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Old 06-30-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default List of things that can kill a brewday

I am always looking at my cheap hardware and thinking,
"if the battery in this $6 scale dies the whole day would be shot. Or
"if my only hand-held digital thermometer were to fall into the hlt..." ,
"If a hole were to appear in the middle of that transfer hose",
"what if I break that bazooka tube off while stirring this mash too aggressively?",
"what if I break the elbow on that autosiphon shoving this tube on..."

I wonder how many potential equipment pitfalls could arise and ruin brew day.

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Old 06-30-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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The one that scares me is the split in the immersion chiller - after all the hard work is done, the chiller lets tons of hose water flow into your wort ...

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Old 06-30-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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You guys worry too much. Inspect your equipment during your sanitizing routine and fuggetaboutit.

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I always worry that the Rapture will come just as I'm pitching yeast into a batch after hitting all temps, volumes and gravities

I will say "GD it!" and end up in Hell

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Old 06-30-2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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I am always looking at my cheap hardware and thinking,
"if the battery in this $6 scale dies the whole day would be shot. Or
"if my only hand-held digital thermometer were to fall into the hlt..." ,
"If a hole were to appear in the middle of that transfer hose",
"what if I break that bazooka tube off while stirring this mash too aggressively?",
"what if I break the elbow on that autosiphon shoving this tube on..."

I wonder how many potential equipment pitfalls could arise and ruin brew day.
My scale uses rechargeable AAA's...always a set in the charger.
My digital thermometer is waterproof...sanitize a slotted spoon and fish it out.
I don't have any transfer hoses (BIAB)
I use a mash paddle...unlikely to break...if so, Big Stainless Spoon
Then shove the tubing on the straight part and carry on.

The immersion chiller would suck, but is fed with an RV hose, so if I caught it early, it wouldn't be too bad.

I have two propane tanks (you only make that mistake ONCE)

What can I say?...I grew up watching MacGyver!
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:28 PM   #6
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You cant protect yourself from everything but there are things that you can do.

Remember the Boy Scout Motto: "Be prepared"

Have backup equipment.

Two hydrometers
Two thermometers
Two bottles of Oxygen, in case one runs out.
Less gizmos and gadgets.
The more pieces of machinery and electronics you have the greater chance something will go wrong.

Two bottles of CO2, not really for the brew day, but it lets you get a refill on your own schedule.

My system is based off the K.I.S.S. principle.

For 10 gallon batches, do I really need a pump to transfer wort? No, not really. I can easily pick up 3 gallons, four times. And pour that into my boil kettle. (Thats an example of the thought process I use, for my equipment. Less is better.)

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Running out of propane is probably the one thing that would ruin a brew day for me.

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I'll accept just about any failure/mistake as long as it doesn't happen twice.

Note to self: Stop burning your wort.

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What can I say?...I grew up watching MacGyver!
This should be a homebrewing prerequisite.
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leaving soap in any of the pots and having a plugged drain on a 15 gallon BK. The plugged drain is fixable, the soap in the wort is not.

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