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Old 04-22-2014, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default sulfur smell after kegging and dryhopping

Has anybody run into this issue? I brewed a basic pale ale with US05, used plenty of yeast, aerated with oxygen, fermented for 12 days (1.068 to 1.011) then cold crashed, fined with gelatin and started dry-hopping in keg with an ounce of centennial and ounce of simcoe. Smelled and tasted fine going into the keg!

About a week or so after dry hopping the beer began to develop a strong sulfur smell. My wife thought it smelled like sewer. I lean more toward rotten eggs. It's been getting stronger and stronger over the past few days. There was no trace of this smell during fermentation or when I racked it to the keg.

Any ideas? As it wasn't there initially I'm leaning towards an infection.

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Old 04-22-2014, 06:17 AM   #2
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I don't rack to a secondary fermenter unless it's going to be longer than four weeks. As such, when I dry hop there is still plenty of yeast in suspension, which will overwhelm any nasties that might hitch a ride on the hops. When I'm ready to clarify, I rack the beer off the hops and yeast cake, rest it for a couple days, add my clarifying agent, rest another day, and then keg. I haven't had an infection problem yet.

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