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Sniffing the airlock!
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:35:38 AM »
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)

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 11:25:27 AM »
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

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 11:29:19 AM »
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.
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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 11:34:17 AM »
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)

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 11:47:49 AM »
Last one I smelled had the aroma of a fart.  Beer turned out good though.  Just sayin' it ain't all roses.
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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 11:49:34 AM »
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

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 02:25:58 PM »
Any bung sniffers out there?  :o

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 02:36:30 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.  :)
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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 03:33:19 PM »
My 3 year old like sniffing the airlocks...
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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 03:51:59 PM »
My 3 year old like sniffing the airlocks...

A sure sign of a born brewer.   ;)   

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011, 06:42:57 PM »
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)
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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 07:24:44 PM »
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.

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2011, 07:33:34 PM »
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. 

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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 09:31:20 PM »
... 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...
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Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2011, 10:49:58 PM »
I sniff airlock, but not bung...  If the bottom of the airlock is too high in the bung, it smells like bung... all rubbery.
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