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No signs of fermentation, but there's an Alcohol smell

So I got my brother a starter kit and a American Wheat Extract kit. I helped him successfully brew the beer and put it in the primary with safale s-05 dry yeast. I kept it at a safe temperature in the middle of the optimum fermentation temp. after nearly a week there was no sign of life so i bought some yeast nutrient and a new packet of yeast. When I opened it up the smell of alcohol burned my sinuses! I checked if the airlock was plugged but no such luck. I added the yeast nutrient but not the new yeast, and still no luck. Am I going crazy or are the wheat beers just extremely slowly fermenting beers? please let me know if you guys have any input.

I put in a response in the Yeast section.

FYI, no need to post twice. The right people will see it no matter where you put it.

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Thanks and I will be sure to limit my posts next time! We will continue on the other thread.

That wasn’t alcohol that burned your nose. It was likely CO2. Your fermentation is likely done. Do you own a hydrometer?

That was not due to alcohol, CO2 made this situation. Be aware in the future.

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This was all discussed here, guys:



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