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banjobrew

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2016, 09:59:17 PM »
I really did mess this up. I didn't even let the water sit overnight. I assumed I could just throw it in there and start brewing. I think I was reading from a winemaking website.

Is it worth seeing if this will clear up or just dump it and brew again?
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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2016, 10:07:32 PM »
@ Will I don't use the stuff!
@banjo Read from the beer making websites next time I guess, it will be fine has the potential for flaw for chlorinated water, you'll know soon enough, don't throw it out though.

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2016, 05:35:21 PM »
Do you really need to leave it overnight? I always add before heating the strike and sparge water.

I read this on BYO

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In easy to use terms, a 1/2-gram Campden tablet can be used to dechlorinate 20 gallons of water. This reaction occurs very rapidly and all you really need to do is dissolve the metabisulfite in your water, let it sit for a minute or two and you are finished with the dechlorination process.

http://byo.com/american-amber-pale-ale/item/472-clearing-chloramine--historical-hopping-mr-wizard

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2016, 08:43:06 PM »
Great sticky on HBT by AJDeLange:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=361073
Looks like you can add it a few seconds beforehand *as long as it dissolves*.
It will attack both Chlorine and Chloramine. Leaving it out overnight helps to dissipate Chlorine but it won't dissipate chloramine.

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2016, 09:06:53 PM »
Looks like you can add it a few seconds beforehand *as long as it dissolves*.

Crush a tablet between two spoons into a powder. Then a good stir & it'll dissolve pretty easily (probably because we're brewing at room-ish temperatures for the water, ~20°C would make it easier to dissolve).

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2016, 10:03:57 PM »
That's what I did, just dissolved it right before brewing. It's been five days now and it still smells and tastes of sulfur. In the interest of brewing in time for xmas I'm going to buck it out and brew again.
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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2016, 05:51:26 PM »
I wouldn't be overly worried about a smell of sulphur anyway. Usually sorts itself out. Give it an extra few days fermentation to clean up.

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2016, 06:08:08 PM »
Agreeing with Qs. Way too early to decide if it's bad. Sulphur is normal for some yeasts/recipes. Perhaps post the recipe and a photo?

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2016, 09:48:43 PM »
If only I could post the smell. It smells like sewage. Fair enough if I leave a sample out it loses the smell after a while.
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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2017, 10:00:31 AM »
I'm dead curious...How did this work out ? Usually a smell of sulphur is a good thing, as it's blowing sulphur out. But really, at boil time, that's when any free-ish sulphur should be turned to DMS and vaporised off.

Will; follow-up question... I though Irish water never has chloramine added. Would you need a lot of ammonia in the water to react with the added chlorine, to make chloramine?

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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2017, 07:08:13 PM »
I'm dead curious...How did this work out ? Usually a smell of sulphur is a good thing, as it's blowing sulphur out. But really, at boil time, that's when any free-ish sulphur should be turned to DMS and vaporised off.

Will; follow-up question... I though Irish water never has chloramine added. Would you need a lot of ammonia in the water to react with the added chlorine, to make chloramine?

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I ended up bucking the batch out. It wasn't the sulfur smell you would expect (even for a lager) it smelled (smelt?) more like sewage. It could've dissapated with time but I doubt it. Defintely due to to much campden tablet.
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Re: Smells like sulfur
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2017, 12:41:06 AM »
Sewage suggests a bacterial infection. Clean, clean, clean!!!
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