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Old 08-28-2008, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default my brewing closet smells like the day after a frat party

hello all. i've been looking around this site for a little, and the other day i finally went out and bought my brewing kit. it wasme with 2 5 gallon buckets, and a bunch of other stuff.

any way...i did my stuff, i boiled(which it never seemed to roll, just a rolling simmer) then i cooled and pitched my yeast.

a few bubbles the first night, then the next morning a few more bubbles..
by the time i got home from work, the airlock was full of foam, and so was the top of the bucket. this was after about 18 hours.

i cleaned out an sanitized the airlock

now its been 48 hours, and there are little to no bubbles in the airlock. did something bad happen?

the closet smells like day old spilled stale beer.
i am brewing the basic ale that my homebrew store sold me if this helps. i just watched the airlock for a minute, it bubbled about 5 times. isnt it a little early for it to be going so slow? does it pick up again?

is the airlock just dirty...there is brown stuff stuck to it.

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It's fine. Give it time.

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relax. don't worry about the bubbles. Take time to read this http://blogs.homebrewtalk.com/Revvy/...before_action/ it will help.

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is the airlock just dirty...there is brown stuff stuck to it.
Where is the airlock dirty? Picture? Is there still fluid in it?

I'm asking b/c I'm wondering if you had a bit of a blow off.

Otherwise, fermentation can be done in as little as 48, and the smell means your doing it correctly!
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smells like pretty much everyones area they keep their Fermenters, cept for you lucky lager people.

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the foam came up right through and out the top of the airlock. i rinsed it, tried to scrub it out for a little. then i sanitized it and put more water in it and put it back in. its just got a brown tint on it, some darker spots, but its not stoping airflow

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also. i am reading a lot about getting oxygen into the wort for fermentation. one post sad to shake it for a few minutes. i shook it for about 30 seconds. should i shake it some more

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the closet smells like day old spilled stale beer.
Breathe Deep Young Brewer....for that is the smell of greatness!
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i should probably just shut up and wait...

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