From the HBD Archive
From: Crawford.WBST129@Xerox.COM
Subject: Re: Wyeast Problems?
Date: 1989-12-27 15:13:28 GMT

>It was a very serious bacterial infection which produced a strong
>sulphery oder, much like 2-tube epoxy glue. (Yuck!)

I recently had a similar problem with MeV Research German Lager yeast. The
starter had a VERY strong sulphery odor. I looked though various books on
brewing (including the Trouble Shooting edition of Zymurgy). Some strains
do naturally produce a lot of the sulphery odor (I forget the specifics of
what the odor is) but it is stripped out with the CO2 during the ferment.
I went ahead and pitched the starter and the beer turned out OK, no sign of
a bacterial infection.


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