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Old 08-06-2006, 06:39 PM   #1
Aug 2006
Cincinnati, OH
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Hey all. I've brewed a few batches with my older brother, and I recently purchased my own kit and have begun brewing myself. I brewed a American Light Lager 2 days ago, and I thought everything went well. It is now fermenting in my basement. When I brewed with my brother, the CO2 released out of the airlock smelled like good beer. Mine smells kinda funky. Not like rotten eggs, but it does have a hint of sulfur. My brother puts water in his airlocks, and I put vodka. I was wondering if the vodka could affect the smell of the co2 being released. I don't think it is the sulfury odor produced by yeast autolysis because it has only been fermenting for 2 days. I also suspected DMS, but the odor is not that of cooked vegatables. I have read that hydrogen sulfide is produced during fermentation, but is it common to smell it coming out of the airlock during the first few days?

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Old 08-06-2006, 06:44 PM   #2
G. Cretin
Jul 2006
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SWMBO say she can smell sulfur in my beers at the first sign of fermentation so I would say it's prally fine just remember 1 week primary 2 weeks second and 3 in storage you'll be fine.

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Old 08-06-2006, 08:28 PM   #3
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Sulphur odors are common. I'm making some blackberry wine & it was bad enough I had to open the kitchen window.
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Old 08-06-2006, 09:56 PM   #4
Aug 2005
Philadelphia area
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Vodka or water in the air lock should not be a factor. If I have cheap vodka around (which I often do 'cause my bride likes those awful fruity martinis), I use that. But water is fine.

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Old 08-07-2006, 01:14 AM   #5
Apr 2005
Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah same thing happaned to me. It's normal. The smell disappears after a few days. Now my beer smells awesome
Belgian wheat lager
Nothing left to drink
European Lager

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Old 08-07-2006, 01:47 AM   #6
Jun 2006
South River, NJ
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let it gas out for a couple weeks... sit in bottles for another month and you should be ready to rock. Funky smells early on are a good sign that the special magic mojo is workin, LOL....
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