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Old 09-13-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default What does your airlock smell like?

At the moment, I'm fermenting a porter with european ale yeast. LHBS was out of the london ale yeast I wanted.

I'm sure it will be tasty, but the airlock right now smells like burned poop. Serves me right for sniffing it.

What are you fermenting and what does it smell like?

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Old 09-13-2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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Good question, but I don't use airlocks anymore.


BTW, how do you know what burned poop smells like?
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Default Burned poop?

I've never burned any poop but... It depends. When I have placed my fermenter carboy in the basement, that is, not enclosed, I smell a bread, grain, or beer odor from the airlock. However, I brewed two beers recently and put them in my temp controlled fermenting chamber (chest freezer). When I opened and bent over the freezer the first time to check the smell it singed my nose hairs. It was very acrid and literally stung my nasal passages. I assume that I had inhaled a very high concentration of CO2. The beer turned out just fine.

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Good question, but I don't use airlocks anymore.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJmchDK46mY

BTW, how do you know what burned poop smells like?
Prank involving acetylene torch and port-a-potty went horribly wrong. Yuck.
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13 Gallons of my Haus Amber Ale is fermenting in my office at home.

After a week, the smell has tapered off, but the hint of old diapers and various sulfur compounds still lingers.

You wanna brew, you gotta put up with the smell.

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You wanna brew, you gotta put up with the smell.

AROMA, it's aroma.
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I can smell my Belgian Strong Dark fermenting with WLP500 from the outside of my chest freezer.

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I fermented with WY2308 once and it smelled like someone farted in the fridge and shut the door....it was beautiful.

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I fermented with WY2308 once and it smelled like someone farted in the fridge and shut the door....it was beautiful.
When SWMBO came downstairs this morning she asked if I had cleaned the cat box yet, implying "why HAVENT you cleaned the cat box yet?" I just proudly pointed at the carboy and said, it's the yeast. She did not share my enthusiasm.

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My airlock smells like if a banana could fart.

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