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Old 03-19-2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Edwort's Apfelwein

So, I dropped in five gallons of apple juice with wine yeast in it in mid Feb. It is still fermenting slowly (based on the ticking sound I hear from the bubbles when I listen to it), but clarifying on schedule as indicated in the original Edwort's post.

I plan to leave it for another month, or thereabouts, and then bottle it (probably 1/2 carbed, 1/2 not). However, I am concerned that at about four weeks, the smell emanating from the top is still somewhat reminiscent of rhino farts.

Anyone else have experience to offer?

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Old 03-20-2009, 02:50 AM   #2
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My first and only batch (about to start a second, though I may cut the sugar addition in half for a more mellow drink) started with the farts after about a week or so I think but they did last for some time. For me it was a steady smell that lasted for some time but wasn't really really bad (some people talk about their neighbors smelling it, but I actually had mine in my bedroom and was able to deal with it fine, it was only noticable for a couple days, unless I stuck my nose in the airlock).

I moved it to my garage to finish up after a month, and let it sit there in the cold for another month and a half or so, didn't bother racking. It had a bit of a stink to it up until a couple weeks before bottling. But it's great now. Unless it's really bad i don't think there's anything to worry about.

Oh, FYI, i used EC-1118 instead of Montrachet, just what was available to me, in case that makes a difference and I used a bit of yeast nutrient (a very small amount, looking back i probably ought to have not bothered or added more).

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I've got my first batch going right now and it has that fart smell, but only when you put your nose to the airlock. I had trippel that did this for a week and it came out fine.
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Old 03-20-2009, 03:09 AM   #4
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Yeast nutrient works wonders.... if used in the recommend amount you will experience no "rhino farts"
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My first and only batch (about to start a second, though I may cut the sugar addition in half for a more mellow drink) started with the farts after about a week or so I think but they did last for some time. For me it was a steady smell that lasted for some time but wasn't really really bad (some people talk about their neighbors smelling it, but I actually had mine in my bedroom and was able to deal with it fine, it was only noticable for a couple days, unless I stuck my nose in the airlock).

I moved it to my garage to finish up after a month, and let it sit there in the cold for another month and a half or so, didn't bother racking. It had a bit of a stink to it up until a couple weeks before bottling. But it's great now. Unless it's really bad i don't think there's anything to worry about.

Oh, FYI, i used EC-1118 instead of Montrachet, just what was available to me, in case that makes a difference and I used a bit of yeast nutrient (a very small amount, looking back i probably ought to have not bothered or added more).

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B_B,

Thanks! I do only detect it with my nose on top of it, so there ya go.

I have it in about 60 - 70 degree basement now, where it's been going for a little over a month.

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Yep That stuff stinks, Just started mine last Saturday.... I hope it taste as good as others say it does.
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Mine smelled like rhino farts for a week plus. It had subsided now.
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Fermented mine in a hot condo starting in August and I added yeast nutrients. No rhino farts whatsoever and I have tasty Apfelwein on my second tap. Pretty darned good after 6 weeks even.
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For those of you who use yeast nutrient, can you tell me how much you used?

When I'm reading recipes that call for it, for cider and apple wines, I am reading 1 tsp/gallon. I'd like to compare that with what you used, especially if you didn't have rhino farts.

I'm sure the lady of our house will thank you, as will I since no rhino farts would mean much less friction when I planned a second batch .
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Have made three 5 gal batches now, added 1tsp/gal nutrient each time when mixing. Ferminted in the extra bedroom next to the MB, and no smell that I noticed at all. Not that I go out of my way to stick my nose against the airlock every day, tho.


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