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Old 05-28-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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Hey brewing a lager right now...I put it in a used chest freezer I snagged on craigslist.

Thing is...I completely cleaned the freezer (nearly throwing up - it smelled so bad) Even after all that work the thing still stinks, it has gotten worse since lowering the temp to lager in it. I have my beer in a glass carboy, with an air lock. What are the chances, this smell in the freezer can carry into the beer?

I'm really hoping it won't skunk the brew, I just need this freezer through the hot summer.


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Old 05-28-2009, 05:54 PM   #2
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I would have spent more time cleaning.... only time will tell now.


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Old 05-28-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
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Smell shouldn't have any effect on the fermenting beer. Gases are only supposed to be coming OUT of your fermenter. When you get a chance, you should bleach the heck out of the inside of the freezer, let it soak, rinse, repeat, then let it air out a few days.

After that, close it up for a week or two with a generous amount of baking soda in there.

Unless there was some really bad stuff in there like rotten meat, where the "juice" ran down behind the interior panels and got into the insulation, the above procedure should cure the problem. Not a quick fix though.
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Sorry, I reread your post and see that you're lagering in the freezer, not fermenting. My bad. In that case, I'd either try to get it out of there, or run a "blowoff" tube from your airlock to the outside of the freezer to keep any nasty air from migrating into the beer.
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dead body cooler ?
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when I did a lager it took a while for the sulfur smell to dissipate from the fridge maybe that is your smell now?
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dead body cooler ?
Ha ha from where I got this thinig, it wouldn't suprise me.

Let me clarify some things: 1) I already bleached the heck out of the thing.
2) I am both fermenting and lagering in there.
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Ha ha from where I got this thinig, it wouldn't suprise me.

Let me clarify some things: 1) I already bleached the heck out of the thing.
2) I am both fermenting and lagering in there.
your fermenting at lagering temps?
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remember that seinfeld episode with the stinky car ? it will never go away....that is why it was on craigslist !
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that is why it was on craigslist !
D'OH, good luck


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