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Old 06-19-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Smelling your airlock air

This may be a really dumb question but does anyone ever smell the C02 that bubbles up out of the air lock? Should this smell a certain kind of way.... should it smell like beer or is it too soon to get a real idea of how the end product will smell?


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Old 06-19-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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I sniff airlocks all the time. Fermentation almost never smells like your beer will once it's finished. Sometimes it smell good, sometimes it smells like "rhino farts."


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Old 06-19-2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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Ok good to know... cause its a bit on the rhino farts side of things as of now lol. Not unbearable, just not what I was expecting.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:18 PM   #4
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I aerate my beer with rhino farts. LGI collects and ships them to me. I know I should get my own rhino, but I don't have space in the garage.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:20 PM   #5
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I aerate my beer with rhino farts. LGI collects and ships them to me. I know I should get my own rhino, but I don't have space in the garage.
I see you're somewhat new here (Mar09) Rhino's go in sheds not garages. Kegerators go in garages and there's been a lot of problems around here with fellow members rhinos drinking there beer while they're at work. I think there's a Build thread for a pretty common Rhino shed in the DIY. I'll try and find a link.

To the OP, yes fermentation will smell great, decent, bad, and horrible. Beer will taste good.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:32 PM   #6
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Crap! I think i mistook a rhino for a hippo and have been using its farts instead. I knew that damn pet shop owner seemed sneaky when selling it to me. I guess the missing front horns should have been an indicator to me. Will this ruin my brew?
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:35 PM   #7
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Here we go, Couldn't find the build thread, but here is a picture of the finished rhino shed
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Sorry, noob mistake.
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Yea, smells like whiskey
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I smell it once and awhile during fermentation, but generally it doesn't smell very good. I know my batch of Apfelwein stunk for the first few days, but now it is starting to smell like apples and I sniff everytime I am in the utility room.

I also sniff a lot when I am dry hopping. Nothing like hop aroma to wake ya up in the morning....


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