View Full Version : Wow, what a smell.

12-16-2003, 08:54 AM
This could be me; I could be paranoid. But today when I opened my closet to take a look at some brewing cider (yeah I know, not mead) I was hit with a wall of delicious apple smell. I think it smells great but I have a feeling it might lead others in my house to investigate. So far I think I am okay because it is apple and I have an apple-cinnamon scented air freshener. Anyone who smells a whiff of it will assume it is the air freshener. Here is the question: when I do a mead -- or a melomel with a different fruit -- will it produce such a heady aroma? If so, what do you recommend? Just more air fresheners or maybe a box of baking soda in the closet?

Wow, it does smell great though.

12-16-2003, 01:12 PM
I heartily reccomend just plain good old honesty. Sooner or later they are going to find out anyway and it would be best to just communicate what you are doing. They may not like it but at least you will have their trust that you are not a liar or deceiver. :)

12-16-2003, 06:14 PM
lol, this is good advice for 99% of the population. I live at home (yes I am 23) and my mother is a teetotaler... all alcohol is sin and evil. She knows that I drink but gives me hell for it. I had a couple of beers for my cousin's bachelor party and she called me a drunkard for a couple of weeks. Obviously I am not a drunkard -- I drink rarely and with moderation -- but that does not matter to her. At this point it is her way or the highway, and this is the cheapest rent around. Will she find it? Surely. Do I want that to not be sometime soon? Definitly.

12-21-2003, 11:14 AM
Ok I have an odball solution for you that may not be in your budget, and I don't know how workable it is actually. Check out how much a climate controlled self storage facility is and do your brewing there. It should definately be cheaper than moving out. Otherwise you start gettig into the realm of a friends basement or some such solution that may have other problems. Note that being in a closed closset concentrates the odors for when you open the door.

12-21-2003, 11:53 AM
Hmm, the off site C.C. storage idea is great. I might just have to look into that. I don't have a huge budget but if it is cheap enough I could fit it in somehow. I never even thought of that. I could build up to my hearts content. Might be a pain to check up on it as frequently as I wanted but that might be for the best. A friend's house would be great. Except my friends are less patient than I am. My five gallon batch might mysteriously get kidnapped by alien cows from Venus and turn into a two gallon batch.

Yes, the closed closet concentrates the smell. During the early morning I have been opening the door and airing it out. I turn the fan on low to get some air circulating and open the window also. This keeps the smell down for the most part. You cannot smell it from outside the closet anymore.