My cider smells like egg

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bluemonkey321

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Started brewing some cider, all to the book
but over the past day its developed this really bad smell (It smells like a reaily bad fart or eggs that have gone off) , is this due to lack of nitrogen?

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Yeah, it's sulfur, it's normal, and what mysteryberto said notwithstanding, it will probably take awhile to go away...even in bottle, sulfur compounds take awhile to blow away.
 

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I would steer clear of bacon, my porkfelwine still hasn't started fermenting.
 

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Started brewing some cider, all to the book
but over the past day its developed this really bad smell (It smells like a reaily bad fart or eggs that have gone off) , is this due to lack of nitrogen?

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Pava
yes the yeast produces the sulphur due to nitrogen deficiency in the must. This may be remedied by use of certain nutrients/energizers during fermentation.

The good people over at gotmead ahve complex nutrient addition schedules designed to add N to the mead must throughout fermentation.

Good luck!
 

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I hope this isn't blasphemy talking about another brew forum.
over at brewboard.com a member by name of Hightest has what is called a staggered nutrient addition plan. Supposedly it works pretty well, seeing that every recipe pretty much says to use it.
(I only know this because I used to use brewboard until I found HBT, now I dont need brewboard.)
 

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What yeast did you use? I picked up some White Labs Cider yeast and they specifically say it will smell this way but clear after several weeks.
 

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I made some peach wine and it's been fermenting for about 2 or 3 weeks and still stinks! It reeks of sulphur... I did have to sulphite the fruit but still... I'm wondering if it'll ever be drinkable.
 

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If it still stinks, you may have an issue with H2S. Try some of these suggestions: How to fix rotten egg smell in wine - grapestompers

From Jack Keller's site:
Hydrogen Sulfide:
H2S for short, Hydrogen sulfide is produced in all wines by yeast combining with various forms of sulfur, but in excess creates an undesirable, rotten-egg-like smell in wine. If not corrected, the wine is ruined as the gas is transformed into mercaptans, with a skunky odor, and then disulfides, with a sewage smell. Hydrogen-sulfide gas manifests itself as the smell of rotten eggs. Pour the must or wine from one container to another for a few minutes to aerate it. Refit the airlock and wait a few hours. If the smell persists, repeat the procedure. If the smell persists after four such procedures, destroy the batch.
 

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If it still stinks, you may have an issue with H2S. Try some of these suggestions: How to fix rotten egg smell in wine - grapestompers
Do you think I need to worry about that after 3 weeks? Or just wait it out and see?
 

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I would really be concerned after a week or two- sometimes fermentation does smell, but usually not too bad (except for the well-known rhino farts in apfelwein) or too long. A strong rotten egg smell would concern me.
 
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