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jgohean 09-15-2008 03:11 AM

Sulfur / rotten egg smell from airlock
I'm brewing my first homebrew (more detail here), Austin Homebrew Supply's American Amber Ale which uses White Labs California Ale V Yeast.

At 30 hours, the fermentation is active (2 bubbles / second), but there's a distinct rotten egg or sulfur smell. The temp in the closet it's in is about 76. Is this a sign of contamination? Normal? Distinct to the liquid yeast I used?

HighPlainsDrifter 09-15-2008 03:19 AM

Thats the smell of progress! Go ahead, take a deep whiff. You are on your way to a rewarding and all consuming hobby. Welcome to the passion! :mug:

BeerPressure 09-15-2008 03:26 AM

my belgian wit made a yogurt stink throughout the basement. it means it's working.

fat x nub 09-15-2008 03:44 AM

Good! Its supposed to do that :)

golfguy819 09-15-2008 03:55 AM

that smell is fastly becoming my favorite

jgohean 09-15-2008 04:46 AM

Good to hear, thanks for the feedback. Do they all smell like this or is it always different?

BarleyWater 09-15-2008 04:51 AM

Different smells for different yeasts, but the sulfur one is pretty common.

Chenslee 01-12-2011 03:58 AM

Awesome. Searched for rotten egg, and got someone making the exact same recipe as me. Rotten egg smell indeed. On the other hand, the AHS American amber finished primary in two days, and at 5 days is already delicious despite it's sulfurous nose. This one is going to be good.

lumpher 01-12-2011 04:04 AM

they all have an awesomely bad good smell when brewing. it's addictive :D

AleFred 08-13-2011 09:20 PM

i've got the same problem right now im in day 3 of my fermentation of my bear republic racer 5 clone and the smell has dissipated some but i was wondering how long this last for...the yeast is white labs california v

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