Originally Posted by SiriusStarr
Thank god I'm on beta blockers...
Nah, in seriousness, I was so pissed off by everything that had gone wrong with the brew already I had given up on the batch and was beyond caring. The full description of that day can be found here
, for your entertainment.
hhahaha... WOW!!! You poor guy!! Glad that beer turned out OK. I had a similar situation when I first started brewing.
My wife and I were at a cranberry festival, and we saw a 1 gallon Cranberry Cream Ale kit. I don't even like cream ale. My wife got it for me, deciding that I needed a hobby that didn't involve power tools or computers (HA! I use them both in brewing!)
Anyway, I screwed this batch up EVERY way you can think of. I used tap water. I didn't boil it long enough. I didn't start the yeast. I left the one gallon container uncovered for a week, exposed to open air. That container, by the way, I washed with dishsoap prior to using. I poured it into a juice jug, then into a measuring cup (neither sanitized) for bottling. Then I realized I forgot the corn sugar, uncapped the bottles, poured it all back into the juice jug, added the corn sugar directly (no boiled water), and back into the measuring cup, back into the bottles.
By the time it was ready to try, I was bolting myself up, mentally preparing myself to drink enough of this sewage so as to not hurt my wife's feelings.
Honestly, it was one of the best damn beers I've ever had. And I don't exactly like cranberries OR cream ales. My friends want me to make it again next year. I'm wondering if I should screw everything up again, just to make a perfect beer.