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Old 06-01-2010, 04:21 AM   #1
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I brewed a black IPA three days ago and started seeing lots of action in my blow off tube this morning. I keep my primary in the basement shower as it maintains a steady 67 degrees with the door shut. Tonight, the whole bathroom kinda smells like eggs/ sulfur. I don't want to open the lid as I am sure I won't be able to "See" whats wrong. I don't want to say the words, but could I have an "infection"? and is there a magical penicillin shot I can give my beer, or is to late?

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:25 AM   #2
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I would say you are probably okay. Sometimes yeast can produce a smell of rotten eggs. Since you just pitched the yeast a few days ago, I doubt you have yeast autolysis going on.

Relax, wait a while, rack to a secondary or bottle and give it a go (after a few weeks of bottle condition) If it tastes horrible mix it 1/2 and 1/2 with a commercial beer

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:26 AM   #3
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It's fine. As you continue brewing, you'll learn the types of yeast that give off more sulfer like smells. Some won't do it at all, but others will. You'll learn to love it. Just the yeast doing their jobs. The smell will dissappear a few days after fermentation has ceased.

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:32 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, I have spent a lot of time in micro's thanks to my higher ed, in fort collins and all my brews so far take me back to the good ol days. Kinda freaked out when I got a new smell. I will keep ya'll updated on anything new.

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