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Old 12-04-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Default sulphur smell from wyeast 1278 (scottish)

I used wyeast 1278 (scottish ale) in my 80/- this weekend and my fermenter is kicking out some pretty foul sulphur smells.

Before someone tells me to relax... I already am. I know the sulphur will eventually go away, but I'm a little confused as to why I am getting it in the first place.

I've brewed this recipe before (using extract) and used the same yeast for it, but it never produced the sulphur during fermentation. The only real variable aside from AG vs. extract is the fermentation temp.

The first time I brewed it, I had the temp down at about 58°F. I was not able to do that this time because my fermentation fridge is currently acting as a kegerator, so I had to ferment this batch at about 70°F in my closet.

So... do you guys think that perhaps it was the temperature that made the difference in sulphur production this time?

I'll be very happy when the sulphur dies down. It smells like an elephant farted in my closet right now.

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Old 12-04-2006, 02:24 PM   #2
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mmmm...elephant fart ale...

It might have something to do with the temp differential, or it might just be some other minuscule variation. Maybe the yeast just felt like getting all rotten-eggy this time around. But, yeah, all other things being equal, I'd blame the temp dif. That's the typical culprit for beer weirdness.

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I was just going to make the exact same post, but Im using Wyeast 3333.

Straight sulphur smell coming out the airlock, and being the chronic airlock sniffer that i am, Im finding this rather unpleasant.

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I was just going to make the exact same post, but Im using Wyeast 3333.
3333 is german hefeweizen yeast, isn't it?

Sulphur is common for HWs, lagers, and california commons. Not so common for ales.
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That's a pretty large difference in temperature, I'd contribute the smell to that.

Did you remember to add your sulphloc to the boil? You might get some strange smells if you didn't.

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3333 is german hefeweizen yeast, isn't it?

Sulphur is common for HWs, lagers, and california commons. Not so common for ales.

Yes it is. And yes you're right, elephant farts are a good way to describe the smell.
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Did you remember to add your sulphloc to the boil? You might get some strange smells if you didn't.
No, I didn't add it. Where can I get some?

Will it be next to the snake oil on the shelf at the LHBS?

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Be careful of the snake oil, it'll kill head retention.

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No, I didn't add it. Where can I get some?

I can sell you some. It's expensive though...

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Be careful of the snake oil, it'll kill head retention.

just add some bleach to counteract that
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