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Old 02-21-2006, 11:49 PM   #1
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Recently I saw a thread about brewing screw ups. I couldn't find the thread so I will relay my story here.

Years ago I had my brewery set up in an outbuilding. I had an all grain set-up and hot and cold water, including lines along the ceiling for my HLT. It was sweet.

I bought 200 pounds of German grain and stored it in a large tub. One night it got really cold and all my pipes froze. One of the ceiling pipes popped a coupling and when everything thawed out the water shot out and as luck would have it all the water went into that tub of grain.

When I found it I was pissed. It was late at night and I didn't know what to do so I pulled the tub outside to be dealt with in the morning. As it happened I didn't get back to it for a day or so, but it was really cold and so I figured it would be a solid chunk, but instead I found the mess was hot. I had fermentation going!

I decided I should make a sour beer and proceeded to mash the grain. I tried to crush it but wet grain doesn't crush. In the end I had 15 gallons of sour wort and a very poor yield. But at least beer had been made and the grain wasn't a complete loss.

At the time I lived on some land and had three sheep. I regularly fed the spent grain to them so I repeated this again. The next morning I awoke to a fresh layer of snow outside and three dead sheep. The grain had bloated them and they now lay stiff in my yard. I had to load them into my truck and take them to the land fill.

I called a friend and told him my whole sorry tale to which he replied, (and I am not making this up) "Well at least your beer has named itself, Silence of the Lambic."

The beer turned out to be very nice and even won Best of Show at the Dukes of Ale Spring Thing. But I can honestly say that is one recipe that will never be repeated.

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Old 02-21-2006, 11:56 PM   #2
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Yea, but you have GOD on your side too. And BTW.......great story.

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Old 02-22-2006, 01:56 PM   #3
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That is a great story. And if I ever start a brewery/brew pub and I make a lambic, I'm totally stealing that name. This forum is insane for coming up with beer names. I mean, seriously, I've seen extremely witty names for beers on here.

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Old 02-22-2006, 02:03 PM   #4
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Pretty good story.

Kind of makes you think how beer was invented way back when.....probably an accident just like that. Someone drank the "grain water", got loopy, and the rest is history.

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Never heard of a brew that calls for ritual sacrifice of livestock.

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Old 02-22-2006, 02:51 PM   #6
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Never heard of a brew that calls for ritual sacrifice of livestock.
Duderino...

I think we have a new requirement for the 6.6.6 ale.

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Cool story. Only thing I would have done differnt is to butcher the sheep. Frozen meat keeps, and how could you tell if mutton gets over-ripe? the taste? ... Call it Lambic Lamb?

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Old 02-22-2006, 04:02 PM   #8
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That gives me an idea, I wonder if my cats would eat grain?

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That gives me an idea, I wonder if my cats would eat grain?
Fattening them up for Sunday's curry feast?
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Hey I just thought of something, you're not talking in metaphores about the sheep being some of your congregation are you? If you are, I think it's time for me to convert!

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