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Old 04-23-2013, 03:09 PM   #21
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Making a starter in the flask on the stove. Got the water boiling and dumped in the DME.

Think Diet Coke and Mentos...

Threw the stirbar in to boiling starter(in flask) to sanitize it....same result.

When I kegged my first sixtel, went to transfer my 6 gal of IPA into it. Well they should call them 5.16stels.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:14 PM   #22
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When I kegged my first sixtel, went to transfer my 6 gal of IPA into it. Well they should call them 5.16stels.
I thought they were called sixtels because they were 1/6 of a barrel (5.25 gal), not because they are 6 gallons?
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:50 PM   #23
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The very last partial mash I did (have new gear, do full AG now), I wrapped my brewpot/mash tun in blankets, set the timer, and walked away.

My three year old apparently objected to his blanket being included in this process, so he removed it. Along with the rest of the blankets and towels I had wrapped around the pot for insulation.

That 152 mash was already down to 140 when I happened to walk by fifteen minutes later. Blarg.

Beer did end up fine, however. Yay for extract saving me.

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:15 PM   #24
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Had placed the bottling bucket on the floor and added the priming sugar in solution. Noticed my valve hadn't leaked (had been an issue before) so I let the beer flow and soon I stepped on a wet towel under the bucket. WTH?! In my rush I forgot to realize that the priming solution didn't fill up to the level of the valve.

Ended up only losing a couple of bottles worth of porter, but now I check for leaks in the tub with water past valve level!

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:23 PM   #25
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Used a digital thermometer for BIAB Mash of 60mins at 152. Setup worked great, only lost 1.5 degrees over the hour.

Was using a round analog thermometer to bring pot up to 168 for Mash Out and noticed that thermometer wasn't going past 160. Double checked with digital and it was 195+

Rest of brewday went fine. OG was 1.069 It's still in Primary so not sure how this is going to effect end product.

Also on same day I left a hydrometer in sanitizer container and and something else in the container must have broken it. Luckily my cousin who I was brewing with had an extra. Now I keep extra of almost everything in my kit.... just in case.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:59 PM   #26
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forgot to take a hydrometer reading after brewing on saturday.
i dont even care. i know my usual efficiency and will check when its done fermenting.
ugh, haha.
itll still be good as everything else was spot on temp-wise/etc

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Old 04-23-2013, 10:39 PM   #27
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I left off the braid in the mash tun until after I'd dumped the grist & strike water in, and only then noticed it sitting on the bench.

Exploding carboy still wins......

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Didn't take FG before priming and bottling my first Saison. I remembered just in time to have just enough left in the bottling bucket to measure.... 1.040!!! Luckily no bombs, but I did condition them in ice coolers just in case they blew.

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I thought they were called sixtels because they were 1/6 of a barrel (5.25 gal), not because they are 6 gallons?
Umm....yea, I figured that out.
I always used slim sankey's so it was never an issue.

At least you didn't say "Well actually"
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about 10 years ago, I went to my LHBS wanting a Porter kit. I looked at the Porter kit while I picked up a Scottish Ale kit. but it turned out good.

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