Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Brewday Nightmare

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-18-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
Copperpots_Brewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 239
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Brewday Nightmare

This was the single worst brew day of my brewing career...
So i brewed my holiday ale yesterday, well I attempted to at least... I just bought a hop rocket, and I was stoked to use it to spice my holiday ale. I used my hop rocket for the first time, and did a couple upgrades to my HERMS single tier system on top of that, which all should have been figured out before i actually brewed... not mid-brew. I upgraded all of the hoses I'm using from 3/8" to 1/2". Including the dip tubes and such. I figured it would help move liquids faster. So while i was mashing, i was trying to remove dip-tubes and such and solder new ones together, which ultimately didn't go as smoothly as i would have liked. It didnt help that my wife had her friend over, and i didnt know her husband was coming too, so i was trying to entertain while brewing which always ends in disaster.
So I ended up having to mash a bit longer becuase i didnt have my hardware ready, which isnt a big deal, it just made the day longer. So after i got it all together, I put my 1/2 hoses on my pump, but i didnt have hose clamps big enough to clamp them on. I kept having troubles with my pump not pumping, from what i thought was due to my mash tun having a 3/8 dip tube and 1/2 hoses, i thought there was too much air getting in, so i kept having to screw with it to get it moving. Then, I was about a gallon of water under my total boil volume. I did my boil while i was playing darts, and when i ran out to put my honey and molasses and whatnot in at the last 10 min mark, i looked and realized i had run out of propane because i didnt put my new tank on, instead i tried to stretch my old tank out. So who knows when it stopped boiling. So packed the hopback with hops and spices, but then i had the same issue again of my pump not pumping, but this time it didnt make any sense because all of the tubes and hosing was 1/2". So i tried to rely on gravity to help me out. I put my old 5gal pot upside down on my brew stand and set the keg on top of it. But the keg has a domed bottom so it was wabbly, but i had it sitting still and everything was moving just fine. I was trying to get stuff cleaned up, and then i heard a giant CRASH! I turned around and the whole boil kettle had fallen off and about 3gallons of beer just spread across the driveway. I was so unbelievably pissed.

What i'm pretty sure happened was, since i didnt have the hose clamps, air was getting in the lines and the pump wasnt able to create enough suction to pull the wort through.
So needless to say, i have a 3gallon batch that i am less than confident in. So i will be rebrewing next week... during the day, not the night.

ugh.

__________________
Copperpots_Brewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-18-2012, 11:41 PM   #2
BBL_Brewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BBL_Brewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Kokomo, IN
Posts: 3,695
Liked 418 Times on 292 Posts
Likes Given: 309

Default

Been there. Well, I've never dumped half a batch on the ground, but I had a brewday from hell myself last winter. Sorry for your loss BTW.

__________________
Slots Down Brewery
Stick with the plan....not the sparge.


Never Ending Liquid Yeast - How to Farm Yeast and Freeze it.

BBL_Brewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-18-2012, 11:48 PM   #3
rgarry
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rgarry's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Naples, Florida
Posts: 195
Liked 17 Times on 14 Posts

Default

I brew early in am so nobody can bother me. I lay out my equipment the night before so I have no surprises . With that said we have all had bad days but we usually can recover. Can't recover from the drive way. Sorry dude, it's the time and the money and the expectations that piss me off.

__________________
rgarry is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2012, 07:14 AM   #4
Fantastical
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 275
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Wow that definitely sounds like a terrible day! Here's hoping the next one is better!

__________________
Fantastical is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #5
Darkness
Local's Need's Brewing
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Darkness's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Turners, MO
Posts: 474
Liked 43 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 63

Default

Yep feel yo pain man! I had brew buds come over for a brew day month back and before they got there I broke my hose bib off my sink, then in the middle of last mash turned off wrong pump and burnt up heating element. One beer finished two gal short anyone Finnished 2 1/2 gal over so we blended. But we still did 57gal that day just a little rocky.

__________________

Why can't every day be a Brew day?

You Stay Classy Brew Nation!!

"He who dies with the most beer didn't drink enough!!"
(that's from me)

Darkness is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
VegasJ
Internet Toughguy
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
VegasJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posts: 309
Liked 60 Times on 42 Posts
Likes Given: 31

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Copperpots_Brewing View Post
I was trying to get stuff cleaned up, and then i heard a giant CRASH! I turned around and the whole boil kettle had fallen off and about 3gallons of beer just spread across the driveway.

I would have sat down, lit a smoke, & cried.
__________________
VegasJ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #7
kh54s10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 6,580
Liked 591 Times on 501 Posts
Likes Given: 160

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by VegasJ View Post
I would have sat down, lit a smoke, & cried.
I would have probably punched a wall, breaking my hand, spending the night in the ER, missing work.... and not able to brew with the broken hand...
__________________
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-20-2012, 02:03 PM   #8
RandomBeerGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Tacoma, Wa
Posts: 750
Liked 71 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kh54s10 View Post
I would have probably punched a wall, breaking my hand, spending the night in the ER, missing work.... and not able to brew with the broken hand...
+1
__________________

Click'Clack Drink'Drunk - 99.9 KISW The Mens Room
----------------------------------------------------

RandomBeerGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What a nightmare! Francis Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 20 02-22-2012 07:12 PM
1st Brewday this weekend, but I'm already thinking ahead to the next brewday. jfire Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 10-19-2011 01:55 AM
nightmare brewday! stevedasleeve All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12 10-31-2010 12:32 AM
First keg nightmare Schwind Bottling/Kegging 5 02-27-2008 09:37 PM
Nightmare MikeRLynch General Beer Discussion 7 02-03-2008 09:10 PM