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Old 12-12-2011, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default Oak barrel smells of eggs

I purchased a Wine Barrel Cleaning Kit for 10 - 20 liter barrels. My barrel smelt awesome after the cleaning, now I have had the sterilizing solution sitting in my 25L oak barrel which was a wine barrel at one point. I went to smell the barrel today, it now smells kinda like eggs. Any idea whats going on here?

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Old 12-12-2011, 05:30 AM   #2
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Well, Campden tablets contain metabisulfite and actually release sulfur dioxide in use, so it's not too surprising the keg smells like eggs if there's nothing for that sulfur dioxide to react with. But once the keg is filled with wine or beer the sulfur odor should quickly disappear...

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Old 12-12-2011, 05:34 AM   #3
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Campden tablets contain a metabisulfite salt. When dissolved in water (and also reacted with an acid, such as citric acid, which I imagine is what you were given) they release sulfur dioxide.

This is probably what you're smelling.
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Booooo
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Thanks everyone! Was worried about making an egg salad beer! hehe
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yuo must be charred again. looking for a cooperage
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