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Old 04-22-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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So I throw this party on Saturday for some of my work friends. I talk up the spread, get everyone excited, etc. BBQ'ed brisket, homebrew and whatnot. People start coming over and I get my Caribbean Punch going to loosen things up (one of sour two of sweet, three of hard, four of weak)... Unfortunately by this time, I am a bit on the tipsy side, someone brought a bottle of something and a few shots were had.

A bunch of them request some homebrew, and I go to get them pints of BM's blonde ale. It seems to come out just a bit dark, but the head is good and I attribute it to the smaller/thicker glassware and the glaze starting to creep over my eyesight.

I give them all their pints and they take some sips, smile politely and filter back to the party. Nobody comes back for seconds.

Today I poured myself one to go with a leftover bbq sandwich and quickly discover that I poured them young Graff.

Three lessons learned. Trust my instincts, label the damn picnic taps, get someone else to pour if I am half cut on punch.

Anyone else screw the pooch this weekend?

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Old 04-22-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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In all honesty, I was headed back to the keezer to pull and dump the batch, thinking that the blonde had gone bad somehow... It's funny how when you are ready to taste "a", and you get "b", no matter how good "b" is, it tastes like S@#&..

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Old 04-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #3
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Doubling the priming sugar on my second batch. I think I launched a few into orbit. Whoops!

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Old 04-22-2013, 11:09 AM   #4
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Hadn't brewed in forever and tried cooling in the carboy, not the kettle. Carboy go boom.

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Hadn't brewed in forever and tried cooling in the carboy, not the kettle. Carboy go boom.
I am about to get a glass carboy for some secondary use, but after all the stories, I will never primary, nor will I do anything but siphon cold fermenting liquid into one. I hate the idea of even moving them around.
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I accidentally dumped my stir bar down the drain. But I think the exploding carboy guy wins.

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I am about to get a glass carboy for some secondary use, but after all the stories, I will never primary, nor will I do anything but siphon cold fermenting liquid into one. I hate the idea of even moving them around.
They are not dangerous, we just had a dumbass moment. We weren't paying attention and we were rewarded with the loss of gear for not doing so. It happens, we won't ever let it happen again though. Stupid mistake. Glass is awesome and I move it regularly with no issues.
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Got a new thermometer. Heated the HLT to 170. Stewed the grains and then sparged. During the boil, I noticed that the thermometer was only reading 182 I adjusted the thermometeer for the boil. During cooling, I noticed that ice cold water was a chilly 80 degrees. Anybody want a paperweight?

With a 30 degree difference, I figure I mashed and sparged at what -- 180?
OG at about 1.044 and FG at about 1.022 -- sounds like a desert beer! Kegged and carbing for the next two weeks.

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Made a 1 liter starter in my 3 liter flask. I thought there was no way it could boil over with that much headspace. It can and it did. Lesson learned, I'll keep a watchful eye on it next time.

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They are not dangerous, we just had a dumbass moment. We weren't paying attention and we were rewarded with the loss of gear for not doing so. It happens, we won't ever let it happen again though. Stupid mistake. Glass is awesome and I move it regularly with no issues.
I guess I should say that they may not be inherently dangerous, but I am a huge klutz, and can easily see maiming myself after running into something while carrying one, etc. My fermentation schedule requires that I mose my carboys all over the house at certain times of day, when the weather changes or when I start the heater or airconditioning.



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Got a new thermometer. Heated the HLT to 170. Stewed the grains and then sparged. During the boil, I noticed that the thermometer was only reading 182 I adjusted the thermometeer for the boil. During cooling, I noticed that ice cold water was a chilly 80 degrees. Anybody want a paperweight?

With a 30 degree difference, I figure I mashed and sparged at what -- 180?
OG at about 1.044 and FG at about 1.022 -- sounds like a desert beer! Kegged and carbing for the next two weeks.
Hehe.. Hope it was a cheap recipe!

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Made a 1 liter starter in my 3 liter flask. I thought there was no way it could boil over with that much headspace. It can and it did. Lesson learned, I'll keep a watchful eye on it next time.
I am looking into ferm cap. I have had boil overs in the house until I moved everything outside, of course..
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