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Old 07-15-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
Jul 2007
Madison, WI
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I brewed my second batch yesterday evening. It's a partial mash Belgian Wit. Fermentation took off immediately, and all seems well... except the funny smells from the fermenter. My first brew smelled good the during the whole brewing process--and tasted good too. I'm concerned that this one might have gone wrong somehow. Is there any way to tell? Is a weird smell a bad sign? I could post the recipe I used if that would help. I'm worried about my poor brew! I took careful steps to insure sanitation, although it's undoubtedly possible that something funky got in there.

I know, RDWHAHB. Is my beer no good? Should I be concerned?
Primary: None
Secondary: English Pale Ale
Kegged: Hefeweizen
Bottled: EdWort's Haus Pale Ale, Belgian Wit, Bass & Co Pale Ale Clone
Up Next: IPA - Dogfish Head maybe...

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Old 07-15-2007, 05:37 PM   #2
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Mar 2007
Landing, NJ
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It's probably fine, different yeast strains produce different smells.

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Old 07-15-2007, 05:40 PM   #3
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Try making some Apfelwein! It puts out kind of a sulfurous smell. Not like rotten eggs or anything, but still a sulfur smell.

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Old 07-17-2007, 07:35 PM   #4
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I've often wondered and worried about the smell of my brews. But everythings always turned out OK.
Do what you like!
Brew what you like!

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