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Old 11-17-2014, 02:07 PM   #221
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using foamboard in mash tun for the first time, I put the writing side down. i sure hope it doesn't mess the beer up. has anyone else pulled this boneheaded blunder?
Put it in a crock-pot liner bag. Food safe and heat resistant.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:26 PM   #222
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Went to start the IC on a brisk fall morning and quickly realized that the garden hose was blocked with ice. I guess I should have thought of that ahead of time. Took a while to unclog it, but I had a trickle running through there.

Worst case scenario is my 20 minute addition acts more like a 30 minute, and my 5 minute acts like a 15.
Had that happen to me this weekend. Oh well, at least I discovered the beauty of an ice bath. Took 8 minutes to get the wort down to 65, when my IC takes around the same time to get the wort down to 75. I used less water and have an icemaker in my fridge, so I may use that method going forward.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:45 PM   #223
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My hoses and filter were frozen solid last saturday. I went and bought bottled water. Then I noticed my IC was cracked seconds before it dropped into to boil! Close one!

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Old 11-17-2014, 08:50 PM   #224
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not a huge face palm, but I dry hopped both batches of my beer, but I only have room to keg one of them. So, I'll probably move to secondary and just dry hop again before its time to drink. Or who knows maybe I will keg and take to a party.

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Old 11-18-2014, 04:05 AM   #225
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Multiple bomber crash this evening. Got a new fridge last week for the basement, excited to try a lager soon. Put an empty bucket in there just as a placeholder...so when I decided to chill a dozen bombers, I put them in the deep door cavity - you know, the one that can hold a couple gallons of milk- instead of the main area of the fridge. Pulled the door open, the railing holding the bottles in gave way, and my bombers headed for the concrete. Check that railing before you trust it to hold a beer in. Better yet don't put your beer in the door at all.


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Old 11-18-2014, 06:41 PM   #226
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Adding white grapes to my dandelion wine, misread the recipe and left the grapes in for two weeks not two days. Not a huge deal but when you spend that much time picking dandelions you want it perfect

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Old 11-18-2014, 10:26 PM   #227
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Was brewing a Belgian Pale as a starter for a Wheat Wine this past weekend and had a friend hanging out while I brewed (I normally brew alone). Was gonna do a third of an ounce FWH/10/whirlpool. I got my scale out, changed it from oz to grams and promptly weighed out 33 grams for each addition.

Didn't realize my mistake until AFTER dumping in the FWH addition....

Ended up doing a 25 min boil so I wouldn't have a crazy bitter beer.

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Old 11-19-2014, 02:03 PM   #228
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Brewed a great ESB. Decided to cold crash it, so dropped the fermentation chamber temp down to 36. Forgot to take the blowoff tube off of the airlock, so I ended up sucking the 2 qt bucket of starsan back into the carboy. That batch is now referred to as Extra Starsan Bitter.

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Brewed a great ESB. Decided to cold crash it, so dropped the fermentation chamber temp down to 36. Forgot to take the blowoff tube off of the airlock, so I ended up sucking the 2 qt bucket of starsan back into the carboy. That batch is now referred to as Extra Starsan Bitter.
Just pulled this one myself.
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Brewed a great ESB. Decided to cold crash it, so dropped the fermentation chamber temp down to 36. Forgot to take the blowoff tube off of the airlock, so I ended up sucking the 2 qt bucket of starsan back into the carboy. That batch is now referred to as Extra Starsan Bitter.
Just took a second place in the fruit beer category for an Apricot Cream Ale with 2 cups of sucked back Star San...
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