Didn't want to quote Yogi Berra being a Red Sox fan but anyways...
About a month or so ago I put up a post about having my carboys exposed to direct sunlight. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=24340 well.
I pondered scrapping it over and over in my head. I started going back over the the whole brew process and realized I screwed up a whole lot of things on this batch. This was my first batch that I formulated myself. I did all my gravities, IBUs, & ABV longhand on paper. I was so excited about this that I forgot all the other simple things when it was brew-time. Here's the list.
- I forgot to add Irish Moss to the batch.
- I forgot to sanitize my wort chiller.
- Tap water got into the wort during cooling due to a leaky faucet.
- I used the head off my daughter's snowman to cool around the kettle & while I was stabbing it, all the spray was raining into the kettle (Yes I'm going straight to hell for that one!).
- Then it got exposed to direct sunlight.
All in all a what NOT to do while brewing. Well I gotta tell ya that this was the BEST FRIGGIN BEER I EVER BREWED!
I put it in the fridge for its secondary and it cleared better than any other beer I did. As far as lines 2,3, & 4, I guess I just lucked out w/ the sanitation thing. My point being of this whole thing is don't ever quit on a batch until it hits your lips cause you may not know what you're missin!!!!