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It smells like beer

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Marni

It smells like beer

Is it okay if my starter smells like beer?  Everything else looks fine.  No hooch, just the smell.

Marni

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SourdoLady

Yep, that's perfectly normal. It's the smell of fermentation. Everything's good!