New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Banana bread smell - RDWHAHB or ..?




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-25-2008, 05:14 AM   #1
andreiz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 105
Default Banana bread smell - RDWHAHB or ..?

I brewed a 5gl batch of Morebeer Christmas Ale from their kit 2 days ago. Prior to that I made a 2L yeast starter from WLP001 yeast and pitched it all into the wort and aerated by shaking the carboy for 4 minutes. Fermentation started pretty quickly, and while it wasn't excessive (nothing went through blow-off hose), it was fairly active. My only concern right now is that I'm detecting a fairly strong aroma of something close to banana bread coming out of the carboy. Suggested fermentation temperature was 68F and I'm pretty sure that the temp inside my apartment didn't go above 71-72F. I was under the impression that banana-like aromas are produced at high fermentation temperatures, but 71-72 doesn't seem that high to me.. Am I wrong?



__________________
andreiz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 06:40 AM   #2
yeoldebrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: American Southwest
Posts: 446
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I don't have an answer except to say that most of my brews so far have the classic 'fruity' taste. I'm noticing the first batch I brewed is improving--but very slowly.



__________________

My airlock passes gas.

yeoldebrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 08:11 AM   #3
Rounder999
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 35
Default

After a few days fermentation it will amazingly begin to smell like....BEER! Relax and enjoy

__________________
Rounder999 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 01:29 PM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 58,669
Liked 3864 Times on 2824 Posts
Likes Given: 647

Default

I agree that it'll be better with a little time. Fermentation produces all kinds of strange smells, and that isn't necessarily an indication of the taste of the future beer.

One thing I will ask, though, if 72 was the temperature of the room, or of the fermenting beer? Fermentation is exothermic, and the temperature inside the carboy can be 6,7,8, maybe even 10 degrees higher than the ambient air temperature. I use those cheap stick on thermometers on each fermenter to keep an eye on the temperature of the beer. Right now, mine are fermenting at 62 degrees, so they are fine with WLP001.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 04:09 PM   #5
steelerguy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Posts: 486
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

YooperBrew makes a very good point, if the ambient temp in the room your fermentor was in was in the low 70's, you can bet your fermenting beer was in the mid to high 70's.

__________________
steelerguy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 06:49 PM   #6
andreiz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 105
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew View Post
One thing I will ask, though, if 72 was the temperature of the room, or of the fermenting beer? Fermentation is exothermic, and the temperature inside the carboy can be 6,7,8, maybe even 10 degrees higher than the ambient air temperature. I use those cheap stick on thermometers on each fermenter to keep an eye on the temperature of the beer. Right now, mine are fermenting at 62 degrees, so they are fine with WLP001.
Yes, I realize fermentation is exothermic, it just didn't feel warmer than the room to touch, but I guess thermometer is the best way to tell. I'll have to pick up some of those stick-on ones.

Any suggestions on cheap/easy way to lower the fermenter temperature? I heard of people wrapping a wet towels around the carboy and pointing a fan at it.
__________________
andreiz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 07:19 PM   #7
idkid
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Posts: 132
Default

As many on here do, I have a small rubbermaid tub that I put my carboy in. I put a couple inches of water inside as well. Often, that is enough to keep the beer cool. If not, rotate in and out some frozen bottles of water that you stick in the water. This isn't as great as having a temperature regulated space to ferment in, but I live in a small apartment so I do what works!

__________________

Tiocfaidh Ar La

"I kissed the bottle, I shoulda been kissin' you"-jawbreaker

idkid is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 07:22 PM   #8
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 58,669
Liked 3864 Times on 2824 Posts
Likes Given: 647

Default

I have an Igloo Ice Cube cooler with wheels. I actually made a different lid out of styrofoam that fits tightly over the carboy. I can lager in it, in my basement in the winter. That's probaby way overkill for your needs, so a simple cooler with some water in it (all the way up to the beer level is good), and a frozen water bottle in the water would really work well. I have a floating thermometer that I float in the water around the fermenter- those stick on themometers aren't waterproof so I needed something else.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-25-2008, 10:21 PM   #9
OrvilleOrdinary
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 61
Default

I throw a wet T-shirt over the carboy, then dip the tails of the shirt in two different containers of water. That way, the shirt wicks up the water from the containers and keeps the shirt moist throughout the day. It works flawlessly.

As soon as I can afford it, I'm going to buy a temperature controller ($70-$80) that you can attach to a small refrigerator. The temp controller enables you to raise the temp inside the refrigerator to as high as 75 degrees I think. So just throw your carboy in the fridge, set the temperature to the desired temp, and it should maintain.



__________________
OrvilleOrdinary is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Banana Bread Ale DeathBrewer Recipes/Ingredients 139 11-13-2013 11:12 PM
Banana Bread Beer Recipe kkocher13 Recipes/Ingredients 6 09-19-2013 09:33 PM
Banana Bread Holiday Ale McTarnamins Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 28 04-20-2012 07:40 PM
Banana Bread Holiday Ale McTarnamins Recipes/Ingredients 19 03-18-2011 12:03 AM
Wells Banana Bread Beer FatMonsters Commercial Brew Discussion 5 01-03-2008 03:05 AM