Originally Posted by grego2
...Since this will be my first batch, I am doing a honey ale, will it give off any smells thru the air lock? The wife is wondering if I am going to turn the house into a smelly bar.
I have my own brewing kitchen in the basement. It's a finished walkout basement, so it's not like a dungeon.
I keep all my carboys in milk crates. If it gets too warm for your brews I recommend you go get some rubbermaid type containers and use the wick method to maintain cooler brews. Do a search for this method/practice or maybe someone will want to write it up for you here.
Yes, there will be odors. Sometimes they are not pleasant (sulphur). I've been brewing for years and there are no smelly "bar odors" in my house.
Those odors are a result of the lack of sanitation, i.e., the cleaning person is not using enough soap and water when cleaning the bar then using the same water to mop the floors with. Next time you're near a mop smell it. If it smells "sour", it's old water, not enough soap. Toss it.
I also smell my sponges (that's all I use to "scrub" my equipment with after an overnight soak). Sometimes no matter how much soap you use there's bacteria in there that you can't get out. Toss it and get a new one...or go to the dollar store and buy a 6-8 pack for a buck or so...they're cheap enough.