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Okay so I began a 3 gallon belgian wit recipe about 10 days ago. This is my second attempt to make this recipe (my first batch is just bottled but I feel really good about it) and things are not going as planned. The brewing process went well with vigorous fermentation after about 6 hours or so. Today I cracked the bucket open to take a peek and give my yeasties some words of encouragement when I got blasted in the face with an overpowering nail polish remover smell. It's BAD. I believe it has to do with the insane heat wave that just started about two days ago. I have one batch in a swamp cooler/towel contraption and have been meaning to do the same with this batch but have been hard pressed for time. Anyway, the first week or so went by within a reasonable temp. with no signs of anything wrong and primary fermentation was clearly winding down and I thought it was too late for the heat to have this much of an impact on the beer. Anyway, my question is whether or not the heat is the cause of this and also whether this smell can be mellowed by cooling it and letting it ferment longer....

Somebody please tell me it will be okay!
 
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And here's a picture of the krausen. My girlfriend says it's definitely without a doubt spoiled and moldy. I refuse to believe it, although this smell is pretty wild....

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Okay, here's another kinda related question... So it just got really, really hot where I live (about mid 200's in the shade). Obviously I'm going to have to jimmy-rig something to keep fermentation at a reasonably temperature, but what about the bottles I have carbing/conditioning right now? I have them in a closet that probably gets up to about 80 at the highest. Is this too hot for bottled beer? I don't want to have all my batches turn to nail polish like this one....
 

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I beleive the yeast will still work at that temp but it will cause off flavors. The smell might be co2 with alcohol.
 

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You might wanna cool the bottles a bit in the closet but they should be ok. Something as simple as a bagged block of ice in a new oil drip pan with a very low speed fan on it should cool a closet fine for conditioning around 70. Change the ice out when melted.

Mid 200's in the shade? Time to brew a batch on the pavement! woot! Free heat for the boil kettle and HLT!!!! :)
 

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High temps cause fusels. it may may mellow a Tad with time, but wont really go away. Ride it out and bottle it. It may not be too bad after its conditioned. The first few days are the most critical to control the temp on, next time make sure you have your swamp cooler setup before you pitch.
 

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Okay, here's another kinda related question... So it just got really, really hot where I live (about mid 200's in the shade). Obviously I'm going to have to jimmy-rig something to keep fermentation at a reasonably temperature, but what about the bottles I have carbing/conditioning right now? I have them in a closet that probably gets up to about 80 at the highest. Is this too hot for bottled beer? I don't want to have all my batches turn to nail polish like this one....
Once they are bottled it is not as much of an issue. I store most of mine in a uncooled room. We hit 110 several times last summer and no problem.
 

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"Ethyl acetate (aka: ethyl ethanoate): already mentioned above, this is the most common ester in beer by weight, but not necessarily by flavor impact. Threshold: 33ppm. Common levels in beer: 8-70ppm. Formed by the condensation of acetyl CoA and ethanol. Smells of nail polish and solvent at high concentrations, but can have a slightly fruity aroma at low levels. Our panel has seen ethyl acetate in these beers: Full Sail Keelhauler Scottish Ale, Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Bridgeport Highland Ambush, New Belgium Ranger IPA, among others."

That's a quote from the beer sensory science blog, here's a link

http://beersensoryscience.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/esters/

there's a lot of good articles on that site.
 

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The nail polish aroma will not go away over time. I have some stout that I made 15 years ago that had this aroma then and it's still present today. It was fermented in the low 80s.
 
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