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Old 12-23-2011, 01:33 AM   #1
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Does anyone else do this? I put a clear plastic cup over my airlock to capture the escaping co2 and aroma. I don't pay much attention to my airlock as far as a fermentation indicator, but I do pay attention to the smell coming out of the airlock. Sweet/molasses smell and fermentation hasn't done much yet.. Nice beer smell and I know some amount of fermentation is taking place. It's not a science by any means, but it is a basic indicator for me. Plus I just love to smell the cup.. It's the sweet smell of success!
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:51 AM   #2
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Never seen it but if I used pails I would definitely try it. It would be nice to have a concentrated sniff every once in a while.

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:00 AM   #3
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Never seen it but if I used pails I would definitely try it. It would be nice to have a concentrated sniff every once in a while.
It's almost as good as drinking it.. I sniff 'em 3 or 4 times a day. It's amazing how much it can tell you about the progress of the fermentation. You can do it with a carboy too. Just tilt the cup kinda sideways so it doesn't rest on the top of the airlock! I've found that even airlocks that haven't produced a bubble for many weeks still put out aroma...

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:08 AM   #4
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I believe it would be more scientific to have a dog sniff your airlock.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:17 AM   #5
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I believe it would be more scientific to have a dog sniff your airlock.
haha! I certainly am not saying that I make decisions based on smell, but you can definitley note differences in the aroma day by day... If your olfactory sense is acute enough.

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:27 AM   #6
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O de Ferment???
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