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Old 01-21-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default Smells sour, tastes fine...

Just tested the gravity of a wee heavy I brewed a little over a month ago and it smells sour but when I took a drink from the hydrometer it was fine.

I noticed the smell when I racked to secondary a few weeks ago.

Also, the smell seems to diminish after sitting out a few minutes.

The fermentation started within 12 hours and was very strong. The temps may have been a little on the high side since my carboy is in the same room as the furnace.

Here's the beer. I got the all grain kit from Northern Brewer.
Scottish Wee Heavy All-Grain Kit : Northern Brewer

Gravity started at around 1.08 and is sitting at 1.022. A little higher than I would like but I mashed in a little on the high side.

Any ideas as to the sour smell?

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:58 AM   #2
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Many folks describe co2 as having a sour smell. It will be fine when everything is done.

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Have you checked your taste buds?

And I really think you need an avatar with Homer in it, don't you?

In all seriousness, listen to Revvy. He knows stuff. And I've been drinking.

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I'm not one of those guys who can distinguish between notes of dates and hints of figs in a brew but I've tasted sour beer before.

Thanks, Revvy. I hope you're right.

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Old 02-04-2012, 11:46 PM   #5
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Thought I should do a "Stump the Chump" on this one. If you like Car Talk you know what I'm talking about.

Turns out Revvy knows what he's talking about. When I bottle it about a week later the sour smell was gone.

Thanks!

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