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Old 09-27-2010, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Best way to keep the yeasty smell out of the house?

Well my jaunt back into brewing has hit one of the same snags it did the last couple times.

My wife does not like the smell of fermenting beer. I keep the stuff in a closet and when she opens it I catch hell for the smell. I like it, but of course SWMBO has to be happy before anyone else in the house can.

Is there a way to eliminate the smell? Been thinking of a filter of some kind to rig above the airlock or to hang in the closet just above the bucket, but not sure this would work.

Anyone have a suggestion?

The garage gets too cold in the winter.

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Keep the wife in the garage.

I keep mine in the fruit cellar. If she needs anything from there we have a deal where she can ask me and i will promptly get whatever it is she needs. She likes it cause she doesnt have to go down stairs for a can of green beans and i just fetch them to keep the peace.

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Well my jaunt back into brewing has hit one of the same snags it did the last couple times.

My wife does not like the smell of fermenting beer. I keep the stuff in a closet and when she opens it I catch hell for the smell. I like it, but of course SWMBO has to be happy before anyone else in the house can.

Is there a way to eliminate the smell? Been thinking of a filter of some kind to rig above the airlock or to hang in the closet just above the bucket, but not sure this would work.

Anyone have a suggestion?
You need a mancave to ferment in, how about a garage, or shop, or shed, or . . . . girlfriends house?
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There's been a couple threads with tips. There was a real good one several years back that somehow managed to route the odor out a window. I'm trying to find it but I can't think of enough keywords to search effectively.

But this one turned up. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/odor...rewing-164157/

Can't vouch for it, nor do I remember the thread. If I can find the other one, I'll post it. Hope this helps.

Maybe another old timer can remember the thread I'm talking about, iirc there were even pictures of the setup.

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My fermenting cabinet is open to the air 100% of the time. I find that the smell is only there only for the first week or so. If you close the doors, might be a good idea to ventilate. My wife NEVER complains and she's one picky person when it comes to smells. You should hear her when i dehydrate chile peppers. She's made me dry in the dead of winter on the deck. Not fun, but she's pretty cool so it's no biggie.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people here complain about wives complaining. It's like most guys just give up and let the woman take over. I just don't get it.

But yeah, vintilation is key.

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My wife does not like the smell of fermenting beer.

Funny, I was told exactly the same thing from my wife today. So I made her take a big whiff of some hop pellets.
Luckily it was cool enough outside that I could crack some windows and have the breeze take away the brewery smell a bit.
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You need a mancave to ferment in, how about a garage, or shop, or shed, or . . . . girlfriends house?
Got a garage, but it gets too cold in the winter. It is not heated very well and gets below freezing quite a bit. Guess I could rig up an insulated box with a small heater on a timer if all else fails, but would be really worried about frozen beer or the possibility of a fire from the heater.
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Make a spoof tube.. stuff dryer sheets into a 12 oz soda bottle.. poke holes into the bottom of the soda bottle. rig the bottle onto the blow off tube such that the c02 doesn't escape anywhere but the spoof tube.

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Keep the wife in the garage.

I keep mine in the fruit cellar. ...
I'm gonna have to try that. She'll have her pick, the garage or the cellar.
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ditch the wife, I was thinking about putting mine on e-bay..

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