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JoseLima 01-19-2013 11:27 PM

What is the worst thing or mistake that has happen to you while brewing?

zanemoseley 01-19-2013 11:51 PM

I had a 10 gallon lager batch in 2 corny kegs in my temperature controlled chest freezer. I was doing something in there and for whatever reason took out the temperature probe and forgot to put it back in making the freezer run 100% of the time. Froze both kegs solid before I found out. That beer sucked and I was looking forward to the batch.

Psych 01-19-2013 11:53 PM

Dropping a big ass binder clamp into my kettle just before it hit a boil, it got wedged under my element and I couldn't get it out. Sooo frustrating....

passedpawn 01-19-2013 11:54 PM


ColoHox 01-19-2013 11:55 PM

Not a big deal, but a friend and I simultaneously opened 2 bottles of a very over-carbonated saison, subsequently spraying the entire contents all over the kitchen. Wife was pissed.

masskrug 01-19-2013 11:59 PM


Originally Posted by passedpawn (Post 4804316)

LOL! Why didn't you just pour some of that wort out? I would have poured it in the dog bowl, he seemed to like it :)

masskrug 01-20-2013 12:02 AM

I broke a floating thermometer in the brew kettle. The little steel weights sunk to the bottom. I went ahead and fermented and bottled as planned, but the beer had a rusty flavor to it :(

funkadelicturkey 01-20-2013 12:07 AM

I had a crimp in my wort chiller hose today. The hot water caused the vinyl to stretch and explode like an overfilled water balloon while I was watching.

Hockeyhunter99 01-20-2013 02:25 AM

i cold crashed on my porch and the temp dropped during the day and i came home to a completely fozen solid carboy.

Called it "Snowballing IPA"

hoppyhoppyhippo 01-20-2013 02:37 AM

one time we had a kit that had extra LME in it. It was first beer we brewed and they claimed there was irish moss in there as well. So long story short, I confused the extra LME with priming sugar and the priming sugar with Irish Moss and then not too much later, boom, bottle bombs. We saved a few bottles and put them in a growler (that my brother released the pressure on every day. Anyway it came out really carbonated. Like worse than Champagne.

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