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Old 07-16-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default ICK! Apfelwein making my house smell like sulfur!

Day 2 into fermentation and there is a strong smell of sulfur. I followed the recipe to a T and the airlock is burping like nuts. Is this normal??? If so how long can I expect this to last?

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Old 07-16-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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Did you use vodka in the airlock? I've got the same smell and mine's been fermenting for around a week now. It's normal. I believe what you're smelling is the carbon dioxide mixing with the vodka. I forget where I saw it, but someone compared it to a rhino fart. Sounds about right to me.

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Old 07-16-2009, 03:30 PM   #3
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It is the yeast reacting to the fairly nutrient poor environment. It will go away in a week or two. People have reported preventing this by using some yeast nutrients in the juice. People have also referred to the phenomenon as "rhino farts" (you can search for that term ).

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Old 07-16-2009, 03:39 PM   #4
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Can I use nutrients now to help abate the smell or did I have to add them before the fermentation started? I think my wife will kill me if this smell lasts another couple weeks . I used Montrachet yeast with my cherry wine a couple weeks ago and didn't smell anything like this, I used nutrients though.

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Old 07-16-2009, 03:45 PM   #5
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that smell means it is working!

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Old 07-16-2009, 05:22 PM   #6
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The smell only lasted 2-3 days on the batch I made.

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Old 07-16-2009, 11:05 PM   #7
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So I went home at lunch and it still smelled awful so I added 3 tsp of yeast nutrient and when I got home from work at 5 the smells was gone and in it's place was fruity/apple goodness. So yeah, it really works, I will definitely add that to the recipe next time.

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So I went home at lunch and it still smelled awful so I added 3 tsp of yeast nutrient and when I got home from work at 5 the smells was gone and in it's place was fruity/apple goodness. So yeah, it really works, I will definitely add that to the recipe next time.
Glad to hear. I will have to make sure I include this next time I make a batch. I think you will see that it will clear faster with the nutrient too.
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It is supposed to be better to add the nutrient a bit later, so the yeast uses up all the nutrient available first before starting on the addition.

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