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Old 08-01-2009, 03:03 AM   #1
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I have an ESB that has been sitting in a secondary for a week now. I opened it up today to check it out, and when I took a hefty whiff, the alcohol seemed very strong, to the point of a small burning sensation in my nose. The og was 1.056 and when I checked it just before I racked it to secondary it was 1.014. According to beersmith, that gives me 5.48% ABV.

My question is, should it burn my nose when I take a whiff (of the beer that is)?

I have only brewed 1 other all grain batch, and it was a Hefe that had only 4.16% ABV. I don't remember it buring when I smelled the Hefe

Thanks in advance.

 
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:54 AM   #2
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My guess is that the harshness came from a whiff of carbon dioxide. That'll burn the ol' nostrils.

 
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:58 AM   #3
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Yeah, you can get some nasty smells building up in the fermentor with off gassing and all, that have little to do with the final product.

You'd really need to pull a sample out and swirl it in a glass a bit to get an accurate sample of the nose of the beer.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:57 AM   #4
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Ok, thanks alot. Just wanted a little peace of mind.

 
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:37 PM   #5
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Carbon dioxide, when dissolved in water, results in carbonic acid, which is what gives you soda nose.
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