What went wrong? Was this supposed to happen? Should I throw it out? What do I do now?

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Postby flavaham » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:08 pm

I have a Saison in primary. It has smelled great for the first two days but I woke up today and smell sulphur out of the airlock. Is this normal?
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Postby ripsnub » Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:47 pm

could be bacterial contamination or simply biproduct of fermentation if sulfate compounds are present at low levels. Could be indication of autotrophic reaction but I would think that if it has only been a couple days that would not be the case. Hopefully the CO2 purged your H2S out since your post and you have a great brew awaiting.
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Postby BillyBock » Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:20 pm

Some yeasts are also sulfur producers during the ferment--it's more common with lager yeasts, but there are some ale strains that do as well.
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