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Old 02-07-2006, 07:08 PM   #1
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So I brewed 3 days ago. Two batches, first time using lager yeast (White Labs American and Octoberfest. I set them up at room temp to get them started and then moved them to the cool garage last night. What I noticed is that there is a strange "lemony" odor coming from the airlocks on the primary fermenters. It seems to be coming from both of them. I have never noticed a strong odor coming from my ales that I have made. Any ideas or is it money down the drain? I sanitize with StarSan 1oz to 5 gal, as stated on the bottle.

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Old 02-07-2006, 07:20 PM   #2
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certain hop varieties have a citrusy (lemons, grapefruit) aroma. perhaps this is what you are smelling?

what hops did you use in these beers?

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Old 02-07-2006, 07:24 PM   #3
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I used Tett., Saaz, and Northern B. in one and Cluster and Cascade in the other.

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When I did my first lager I thought I had an infection because of the nasty smells coming out of the primary, but they turned out okay. Lagers are a totally different beast and will try your patience. Hang in there, it's probably just the hops at this point. Wait until it smells like hydrogen sulphide (rotten eggs)!

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Old 02-08-2006, 01:26 AM   #5
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Yeah. Ale smells okay. Lager doesn't, not right off the bat, anyhow. It smells like.... victory...

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