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Old 08-29-2012, 06:55 AM   #1
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I I have started my first batch of beer from a kit I started it on monday afternoon around one o'clock I then went out when returned around ten there didn't seem to be any activity from the airlock at all so I grabbed my paddle and gave it a little stir and within a few seconds of putting the lid and the airlock back on it started bubbling steadily.

It's now wednesday an it's still bubbling steadily and I was having my breakfast in the kitchen an my wife asks me have you farted ?? To which I reply no and then hear the airlock bubble again so I sniffed the top of the airlock and it seems to be coming from my beer?? Is this normal or have I got a bad batch ? I can't describe the smell exactly at the moment because I then had to head off to work but any help wold be appreciated.

The kit was a coopers euro lager and the SG was 1.032 to start with or it could have been 1.320 I haven't got my notes with me but I worked it out with the 0.5% ABV added for priming in my secondary it would be roughly 3.9%.

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Old 08-29-2012, 08:02 AM   #2
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Sounds like it smells like a perfect lager, fermentation is messy business, you will have all sorts of smells coming from a fermenting beer ranging from cooking venison to the dreaded rhino farts.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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Lol that's put my mind at ease I thought my first ever batch may have spoiled but it look like I have a lot to look forward to :-)

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:09 AM   #4
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i remember the first time i experienced the rhino farts. i almost dumped the batch, but it turned out to be one of the best I've ever made

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #5
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How do you brew ? Kits all grain or extract ??

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:30 AM   #6
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I also have another question someone at work has been telling me that on around about the fourth day of primary fermentation he stirs his brew to mix in all of the froth on the surface so it settles to the bottom before kegging/bottling is this good practice or not ??

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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Never judge the beer on the smell from the airlock. I have yet to experience a pleasant smell from one, and nowadays I know that there's nothing to do but wait and be happy that those smells are going out the airlock and not into my beer.

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:18 AM   #8
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I also have another question someone at work has been telling me that on around about the fourth day of primary fermentation he stirs his brew to mix in all of the froth on the surface so it settles to the bottom before kegging/bottling is this good practice or not ??
I am not a big fan of putting anything in my beer after the yeast is pitched and the lid goes on. If you want to stir just "rock the baby", gently swirl the bucket or carboy a little. Me, I just leave it alone and let them do their job without buggen em'. They know what to do.

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:33 AM   #9
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I am not a big fan of putting anything in my beer after the yeast is pitched and the lid goes on. If you want to stir just "rock the baby", gently swirl the bucket or carboy a little. Me, I just leave it alone and let them do their job without buggen em'. They know what to do.

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Cheers jay I think he just does it so the froth is out of the way for when he siphons it in to his barrel but I can't see it doing any harm being there. How do you guys start your siphon going I think somone said the have a bit of their cleaning fluid in their siphon line to start it is this a good idea or am I better off with just a bit of plain tap water ??

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:35 AM   #10
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Never judge the beer on the smell from the airlock. I have yet to experience a pleasant smell from one, and nowadays I know that there's nothing to do but wait and be happy that those smells are going out the airlock and not into my beer.
Fair point I think I would prefer it more out than in too.

 
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