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Title: Things you should not do
Post by: thirsty on April 07, 2010, 02:16:36 PM
Do not take the lid off a bucket of beer that has been fermenting for a week, put your face about an inch away from the beer and deeply breath in the aroma.

Trust me on this one.
 I think I hurt my nose and I got dizzy for a few seconds.
 :o
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: theDarkSide on April 07, 2010, 02:22:12 PM
CO2 Blast!!!  I get the same thing when I open my chest freezer that I ferment in.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: babalu87 on April 07, 2010, 02:25:19 PM
Lay on the floor of your bathroom (I was painting) while there are 15 gallons of beer fermenting in there................. I about passed out
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: mikeypedersen on April 07, 2010, 02:59:23 PM
Yeah, I ferment in a chest freezer that holds 6 carboys.  There have been times where there are 4 beers in primary in there and I am trying to move stuff around, so my head is in the freezer.  About 30 seconds and some deep breaths and I have about fallen over and passed out.  That CO2 can be mean!   :o
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: MrNate on April 07, 2010, 03:19:46 PM
Do not take the lid off a bucket of beer that has been fermenting for a week, put your face about an inch away from the beer and deeply breath in the aroma.

Trust me on this one.
 I think I hurt my nose and I got dizzy for a few seconds.
 :o

I did the exact same thing last month. Felt really smart after that. Who would've thunk your brain needs oxygen?
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: narvin on April 07, 2010, 04:16:43 PM
If you don't like the CO2 blast, definitely don't stick your face in the blowoff tube bucket at a commercial brewery.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: captnjohnny1618 on April 07, 2010, 04:19:30 PM
Do not take the lid off a bucket of beer that has been fermenting for a week, put your face about an inch away from the beer and deeply breath in the aroma.

Trust me on this one.
 I think I hurt my nose and I got dizzy for a few seconds.
 :o

Yup, I learned that lesson on my 2nd batch of beer.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: dimik on April 07, 2010, 05:36:51 PM
I think everyone had this experience. I keep repeating it though... with every batch. I just can't help sniffing my beer!
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: thirsty on April 07, 2010, 07:54:26 PM
I usually remember not to do it, but I was transferring the beer and it just looked so good! I couldn't resist.

The sample was yummy at least.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: yaleterrace on April 10, 2010, 04:14:21 PM
Do not take the lid off a bucket of beer that has been fermenting for a week, put your face about an inch away from the beer and deeply breath in the aroma.

Trust me on this one.
 I think I hurt my nose and I got dizzy for a few seconds.
 :o

I'd also add that this might not be too helpful for your beer mid-fermentation, if you care about keeping bugs out.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: smitty on April 11, 2010, 06:27:10 PM
I disagree.  I look forward to do this with every batch. 
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: weithman5 on April 15, 2010, 05:57:27 PM
this may not be real good either:  noticed somebody nocked the airlock off my fermenter.  fortunately i check temperature everyday and it could not have been too long.  hopefully not enough O2 to skunk the beer.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: dbeechum on April 15, 2010, 06:03:51 PM
hopefully not enough O2 to skunk the beer.

<pendant>
That wouldn't be skunking you'd be fearing - it would be the beer getting oxidized.

Skunking is a very specific reaction between UV light and isomerized alpha acids that results in the creation of mercapatan, the chemical best recognized as the smelly stuff in skunk spray.
</pendant>
 
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: weithman5 on April 15, 2010, 06:19:02 PM
i appreciate the correction.  fortunately the oxidation is occurring in the dark, so i have that going for me.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: dbeechum on April 15, 2010, 06:23:24 PM
No problem.. lots of people use skunking as a catch all term for "beer going off" when it applies to a very specific set of cirumstances.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: MrNate on April 15, 2010, 07:55:24 PM
hopefully not enough O2 to skunk the beer.

<pendant>
That wouldn't be skunking you'd be fearing - it would be the beer getting oxidized.

Skunking is a very specific reaction between UV light and isomerized alpha acids that results in the creation of mercapatan, the chemical best recognized as the smelly stuff in skunk spray.
</pendant>
 

<pedant>
That wouldn't be "pendant" - it would be "pedant."
</pedant>
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: narvin on April 15, 2010, 08:42:16 PM

<pendant>
That wouldn't be skunking you'd be fearing - it would be the beer getting oxidized.

Skunking is a very specific reaction between UV light and isomerized alpha acids that results in the creation of mercapatan, the chemical best recognized as the smelly stuff in skunk spray.
</pendant>
 

<pedant>
The word you're looking for is "pedantic"  ;)
</pedant>

Edit: damn, I should read the whole thread before commenting :(
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: dbeechum on April 15, 2010, 11:08:08 PM
The rule of thumb is whenever you pull a smartass grammatical move on the internet - you'll make a grammar mistake. :)
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: MrNate on April 16, 2010, 02:42:40 AM
Edit: I'm a moron. And tired.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: weithman5 on April 16, 2010, 02:46:32 AM
grammar, or no grammar, i am the mope who toppled the airlock. but hey, its, or it's., or it is still a beer.
Title: Re: Things you should not do
Post by: hefevice on April 20, 2010, 08:07:26 AM
The rule of thumb is whenever you pull a smartass grammatical move on the internet - you'll make a grammar mistake. :)

You know, you could have made that look deliberate  ;) You had me at mercaptan (oops!!).