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Old 09-15-2008, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default 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?

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Old 09-15-2008, 03:19 AM   #2
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:26 AM   #3
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my belgian wit made a yogurt stink throughout the basement. it means it's working.

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Good! Its supposed to do that

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Old 09-15-2008, 03:55 AM   #5
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that smell is fastly becoming my favorite

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Old 09-15-2008, 04:46 AM   #6
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Good to hear, thanks for the feedback. Do they all smell like this or is it always different?

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Old 09-15-2008, 04:51 AM   #7
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Different smells for different yeasts, but the sulfur one is pretty common.

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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.

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

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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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