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grainbelt
04/19/11 08:25 AM  
Flanders Smell
I opened up my FLanders Red using Al's Flemish Ale the other day to take a gravity reading. It was fermenting for just over a week. 8 or 9 days I believe. I took a whiff of the bucket and felt like I almost burnt my nose hairs, so strong and overpowering that I had to stop before I could smell it again.

I checked it a few days later and smelled great and gave a little taste to make sure everything was alright.

Anyone have something like this happen before? Or what I can chalk it up to? I could not believe how strong the smell was. I am glad it dissipated

Mike T
04/19/11 08:29 AM  
Re: Flanders Smell
Was it CO2? The first time I helped out at a brewer I made the mistake of sticking my head inside a recently emptied tank to see what it smelled like... won't do that again.
danger
04/19/11 08:41 AM  
Re: Flanders Smell
haha. you'd be surprised how many people on brewery tours stick their face in a very active blow-off bucket only to rip their face away just as fast with tears in their eyes.

grainbelt
04/19/11 10:46 AM  
Re: Flanders Smell
I dont think it was CO2, maybe it was a mixture of CO2 and the funkyness of the yeast? But I have had the CO2 blast before and it was not like that at all.

Maybe the CO2 that was in there made it worse, but in 5 years of brewing never smelled something like this. Which is why I am stumped, I was worried but since it has dissipated I am not as worried.

Rob B
04/20/11 10:27 AM  
Re: Flanders Smell
CO2 is exactly that...I had 4 fermenters going in my fermentation chest at the same time and made the mistake of bending my head into the space...wow! Talk about an intense burn in the nostrils.
grainbelt
04/20/11 12:32 PM  
Re: Flanders Smell
I am assuming it was that. Although it was completly different than what I have got from that before. I am assuming from the funky yeast smell, possibly some sulfur or other bye-products from fermentation. It was more like a huge funky nose on a infection times 10.

My initial though was some sort of infection. These are my first few sours so the smell just really surprised me

 
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