Originally Posted by krumb
I have a strong, strong odor coming from my Dark Winter Saison...dual pitched a starter (or each) of wlp565 and wyeast 5112 (brett b).
24 hrs later, I have strong fermentation...and a strong smell. It is hard to explain...almost a chemical smell, initially, that can take your breath away...not quite plastic (as I've read that brett b gives off)...the smell finishes almost like the way the carbonation tastes in cola...weird, I know.
Anyone else experienced this?
To answer your initial question. YES! I have been experimenting with a few beers using brett B. I am getting this smell that is almost exactly like you describe. I want to call it plastic, but that is not quite accurate. Maybe somewhere more like a soft plastic (ziplock bags) and leather, maybe like pleather. It is very artificial smelling. It is a dull smell, not sharp or biting, but soft and dull. It's very hard to describe, but I think it's the same thing I am smelling. It is not a smell I enjoy in my beer, and I think i'm going to switch away from brett b, or at least the strains available commercially. I'll stick to using orval dregs for brett b.