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Old 10-29-2006, 01:50 PM   #1
Aug 2006
Granite Falls, NC
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I am trying my first cider, I pitched ale yeast but fermentation did not start after 4 days so i pitched another packet of yeast and it took off. It's been fermenting for 3 days now, but it has a horrible smell of rotten eggs. I can smell it comming out of the airlock, and when I popped the top off of the fermenter it was really bad. This is my first cider, so I don't know if this is normal or if I should dump it and start again. Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 10-29-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
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Some yeasts produce sulfur smells at lower temperatures. Leave it alone.
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Old 10-29-2006, 07:09 PM   #3
Aug 2006
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Sulphur smells are completely normal for cider, give it some time and it will go away.
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Old 11-24-2006, 10:18 PM   #4
Nov 2006
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This question brought me to this site. I started my first batch two days ago and there's almost no foam on the top, there are some bubbles, and it smells terrible. I made the mistake of sticking my nose in after i cracked the lid and I nearly fell over and soiled myself.

My questions, is anyone stirring theirs? I'm going for 10 days in the primary, 2 months in the secondary, prime, bottle and drink after a month in bottles...does this sound similar to your batches??


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