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Title: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: dean on January 21, 2011, 05:35:38 PM
Hello, my name is Dean and I am an airlock sniffer... I love sniffing a bubbling airlock!   :)  The stout fermenting smells so awesome right now... it has some fruity notes to it... maybe the X-D Crystal... or it may be the fact that I used Knob Creek bourbon in the airlock too but the bourbon smell seems to have faded away now.   Its not hops because I only used 3/4 oz of Magnum leaf hops for 60 minutes.  Oh how I'm realizing just how much I've missed brewing beer!!!   8)
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: chezteth on January 21, 2011, 06:25:27 PM
OMG, why would you use your good Knob Creek Bourbon in the airlock?  Better to use some really cheap vodka and save the Knob Creek for drinking.   :P  And yes, I am also an airlock sniffer.   ;D
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: Hokerer on January 21, 2011, 06:29:19 PM
Yep, been sniffing the Dubbel that's been bubbling away that last several days.  Don't even have to sniff the airlock itself since it's been smelling up the whole end of the basement.
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: dean on January 21, 2011, 06:34:17 PM
OMG, why would you use your good Knob Creek Bourbon in the airlock?  Better to use some really cheap vodka and save the Knob Creek for drinking.   :P  And yes, I am also an airlock sniffer.   ;D

Well... actually I'm thinking of adding the last few shots worth of Knob Creek to this stout once its done fermenting.  I didn't have any vodka handy and the bottle is about empty on this so why not... besides... maybe I'll drink whats left in the airlock in a few days.   :-\   ;D

Hokerer, if I close the door on this room overnight... the smell is awesome in when I open it in the morning.   8)
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: tomsawyer on January 21, 2011, 06:47:49 PM
Last one I smelled had the aroma of a fart.  Beer turned out good though.  Just sayin' it ain't all roses.
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: dean on January 21, 2011, 06:49:34 PM
Last one I smelled had the aroma of a fart.  Beer turned out good though.  Just sayin' it ain't all roses.

I take it that was a lager?   :D
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: zacbwb on January 21, 2011, 09:25:58 PM
Any bung sniffers out there?  :o
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: bluesman on January 21, 2011, 09:36:30 PM
I have a barleywine that is just about ready to rack but the airlock vapors were phenominal. I can't wait to taste it out of the hydrometer tube.  :)
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: alikocho on January 21, 2011, 10:33:19 PM
My 3 year old like sniffing the airlocks...
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: dean on January 21, 2011, 10:51:59 PM
My 3 year old like sniffing the airlocks...

A sure sign of a born brewer.   ;)   
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: oscarvan on January 22, 2011, 01:42:57 AM
Right now I have two buckets with hoses going into a bucket of water..... bath tub farts, big ones, and about 20-30 per minute.... a sniffers paradise. Interestingly they are not at quite the same speed. So at times they are synchronized and then they phase shift to be opposite then back to concurrent...... 8)
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: bluesssman on January 22, 2011, 02:24:44 AM
I have to agree, I love the smell of fermenting beer. Actually, I love the smell of grain, hops, grains mashing, wort boiling... I guess all smells of beer making.

Gary
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: passlaku on January 22, 2011, 02:33:34 AM
Don't you run the risk of the vodka/whiskey evaporating and having your airlock dry?  I use starSan solution in my airlock.  And yes, I do occasionally take a whiff. 
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: rjharper on January 22, 2011, 04:31:20 AM
... buckets with hoses going into a bucket of water..... bath tub farts, big ones, and about 20-30 per minute....

I couldnt have worded it better myself.  I love when it builds up to a big release, its like plop, plop, plop, loooooong silent pause, then faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart...
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: brewmasternpb on January 22, 2011, 05:49:58 AM
I sniff airlock, but not bung...  If the bottom of the airlock is too high in the bung, it smells like bung... all rubbery.
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: euge on January 22, 2011, 06:23:01 AM
I keep my fermenters in the living room where one can keep an eye on them. Can smell when active fermentation starts and when it ends. Nothing like that beery gassy smell!
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: 1vertical on January 22, 2011, 07:05:04 AM
I think Denny is a closet airlock sniffer.... ;)
Me...I love it! until the sulfur gets a rolliin....
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: cheba420 on January 23, 2011, 10:06:45 PM
I was under the impression that airlock sniffing was an essential part of the process!  ;D
+ 1 on the sulfer smells. I recently brewed a batch of cider that got rowdy!!!
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: majorvices on January 23, 2011, 11:40:38 PM
OMG, why would you use your good Knob Creek Bourbon in the airlock?  Better to use some really cheap vodka and save the Knob Creek for drinking.   :P  And yes, I am also an airlock sniffer.   ;D

Do you burn stacks of $100's as firewood and pave your driveway with gold bricks too?
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: chezteth on January 24, 2011, 03:30:08 AM
Do you burn stacks of $100's as firewood and pave your driveway with gold bricks too?

hmmm, that sounds like fun. Although the gold bricks in the driveway might provide a bit too much glare on sunny days.   :P
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: dean on January 25, 2011, 11:51:34 PM
Wow... I didn't realize Knob Creek was that high in status... it only cost ~$40 for a 750 ml bottle and I probably only poured 1/4 or 1/3 of a shotglass into my airlock.  There is about two shots left in the bottle and I'm gonna add that to the stout but I doubt it will be noticeable.  What can I say... it was handy and I knew it would work for what I wanted.   What is the one with the racehorse moulded into the bottle cap... I want to try a bottle of that next and I'm sure it will last me a couple of years too since I don't drink hard stuff often... about two or three shots chased with beer every few months and thats enough for me!  I don't know much about that stuff... its like learning Greek or something... single barrel... double barrel... sounds more like someone talking about going out hunting.    :D   ;)
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: rabid_dingo on January 26, 2011, 12:01:00 AM
it only cost ~$40 for a 750 ml bottle     :D   ;)
:o :o :o :o

I wish I could say that about a vial of yeast!

It only costs ~$6 for a 50ml vial!...

The rent is to damn high.  ;D ;D

Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: dean on January 26, 2011, 12:41:51 AM
Yeh, but I've had that same bottle of Knob Creek for "at least" two years.  Most whiskey drinkers probably plow through a bottle a month if not sooner... so $40 is pretty inexpensive over that time frame... unlike buying a single bottle of Pliney The Elder, etc.  which compared to the KC, they are very expensive... one sitting and they're Gone.   :'(

Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: chezteth on January 26, 2011, 11:45:33 PM
Yeh, but I've had that same bottle of Knob Creek for "at least" two years.  Most whiskey drinkers probably plow through a bottle a month if not sooner... so $40 is pretty inexpensive over that time frame... unlike buying a single bottle of Pliney The Elder, etc.  which compared to the KC, they are very expensive... one sitting and they're Gone.   :'(



I do the same thing with whiskey/bourbon/scotch.  I like to have some decent bottles of these in the house but can't exactly afford to drink them up quickly.  Plus, I prefer to drink beer more often than other stuff anyway.  I do end up spending some decent money on various bottles of beer which, of course, end up being drank in one session.  Either way I enjoy it all.
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: Joe Sr. on January 27, 2011, 12:35:32 AM
What is the one with the racehorse moulded into the bottle cap... I want to try a bottle of that next and I'm sure it will last me a couple of years too since I don't drink hard stuff often...

Blanton's.  And for my money, the bottle is the best part of it.  Actually, that's a bit harsh but for what you pay you can get much better.

My standby's are Elmer T. Lee and Wathen's, either of which should only run you around $30.

Eagle Rare is nice, too.

I drink a fair amount of bourbon, especially in the winter.

A friend swears by putting a vanilla bean in a bottle of Knob Creek.
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: lazydog79 on January 31, 2011, 04:04:58 AM
Hey - I thought I was the only one that did that  :D
Title: Re: Sniffing the airlock!
Post by: andylovesburritos on February 03, 2011, 09:08:15 PM
right now i am smelling mead bubbles. pretty good