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Old 03-03-2009, 05:59 AM   #1
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Default Holy crap WLP400 belgian wit smells bad during fermentation

Brewing a wit and using WLP400 for the first time and the smell coming from my fermenter is just horrid right now. She's fermenting at 68F. Generally it seems as if most smells coming from the fermenter during high krausen are pretty nasty, but this smell is traveling across the hall from one room to another.

Anyone have any similar experiences with WLP400, or any other yeasts you find particularly nastier than others while fermenting?


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Old 03-03-2009, 06:05 AM   #2
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I actually used that same yeast two brews ago with similar results. Shouldn't last too long though. I transferred out of the primary at 1 week and there was just a little odor left when opening up the primary.

You think that's bad? Try wine yeast! That stuff stunk up my whole basement for over two weeks.


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Old 03-03-2009, 10:35 AM   #3
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this must be the third thread I've seen regarding belgian wit yeast being stinky.....not including the one I made a couple months ago.....yeah. It smells like half digested baby vomit. the weird thing is, you can still detect the same note in the finished beer, but it works well in there all toned down and mingled with the other aromas/flavors.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:43 PM   #4
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Yep. For the first hour or two of fermentation it smelled of lovely oranges and cascade hops, then I went back for another sniff and gagged on the stench. After about a week it went back to the citrusy/bready smell. but yea... gagfest
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Oh - and keep you eye on that WLP400. It has one hell of a personality. Very calm at first then suddenly you have to rush to get a blowoff hose on, and then its calm again, and then you need a blowoff again. Its exhausting.
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Yeah, WLP400 is a finicky and sneaky strain. I've had starters agitated on a stirplate raise 4-5 inch krausens, cresting a 2L Erlenmeyer.
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Certainly one of the worst smelling fermentations, and one of the only strains (along with WLP300) that I always use a blowoff for.
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Weird... I never noticed much smell from that yeast.

I guess I'll just have to brew a wit again sometime soon and make sure to smell it more carefully :-)
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WLP400 is a monster, blows off like crazy and stinks, it's like an ogre.



it has layers......like an onion.
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Mine smelled like orange yogurt, it was nice.


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