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Germelli1 10-13-2011 03:35 AM

What would you do? ...Disappearing Beer
Before I go into this, I want to give some background. I live in a house in my college town. It is divided between our section, the ground floor and my attic bedroom, and a separate basement apartment. I have two roomates in our section of the house, and we all get along great. Our landlord is our age (early-mid twenties), lives in the basement apartment and is awesome.

I am on campus from the early morning until the late evening on weekdays so I am not around often during the day.

Now for the issue:

So I bottled a batch of high gravity Wee Heavy on Sunday. I have been aging this beer for almost 2 months. I left the newly filled bottles in the living room (shared space that the roomates were OK with me leaving the bottles there for a few weeks) to carbonate since my attic bedroom swing in temperature and is not a very good environment to store the bottles.

The landlord has had a HVAC crew here installing a new furnace and duct work, so they were all over the house the last few days.

So tonight I get home and notice that 7 of my big bottles were missing from the milk-crate they were stored in. The bottles ranged from 22 oz to 1 Liter in size. I talked to my roomates and they hadn't moved them or done anything with the bottles.

So this leads me to believe the HVAC workers took the liberty of nabbing some of my large, de-labled bottles filled with uncarbonated Wee Heavy meant to be aged until Christmas.

I am really at a loss on what to do or how to react. I mean if they had asked, I would have gladly given them all the beer they could handle THAT WAS READY FOR CONSUMPTION. Instead I lost a bunch of my best bottles, a bunch of beer they would surely not enjoy, and 3 months work meant to be saved for another 2 months. What would you all do?

Suthrncomfrt1884 10-13-2011 03:39 AM

If they're still working, I'd leave a bottle of poison. Mark it "best beer ever!" and see if they take it.

beersteiner2345 10-13-2011 05:12 AM

Hire them to do more work, and bottle 12 big bottles of epsom salts (laxitive) and leave them in the open.

I hate thieves.

TomSD 10-13-2011 05:24 AM

Sadly those suggestions will more likely get you sued than anything else. This is no different than any other time you have contractors in the house. Move the stuff into a closet or something. I would report the theft though I doubt much would be done about it since it is in a semi-public place (considering the roommates and whatnot) but at least it would get the word out.

Germelli1 10-13-2011 05:32 AM

Well one of the roomates on this floor has been out of town for the last week, and the other guy I am pretty close with. He said he noticed this morning on his way out to work that the milk crate seemed much more empty. So it put the disappearance at yesterday. I am waiting to hear back from the landlord since she has been out tonight.

If she doesn't know anything more about it I plan to ask the guys for the beer back. For all I know she could have thought it was one of the batches I left open for the house to drink to free up bottles. If that is the case then I can just chaulk it up to an honest mistake!

I really want to make absolute sure it was the HVAC guys who are responsible before I act on anything. If I can narrow it down to them without a doubt, then I plan to ask the workers tomorrow to return the beer. If they refuse I am going to call their office to get in touch with one of the owners or something. If they refuse to do anything I will check with BBB to see if they are accredited or something more drastic.

Little did they know how poor the timing was due to all the free time I have after having 6 exams last week :D

wildwest450 10-13-2011 08:51 AM

Poop in the duct work?


Whippy 10-13-2011 10:13 AM

Along with the above suggestions, I'd bottle some piss.

Piratwolf 10-13-2011 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by Whippy
Along with the above suggestions, I'd bottle some piss.

*Insert BMC joke here*

dirtdigger 10-13-2011 11:30 AM


Originally Posted by Piratwolf (Post 3385360)
*Insert BMC joke here*

You already did, nice!!

Bumbler 10-13-2011 12:21 PM

The fact still stand you don't know who took the bottles of unmarked substance, and probably never will. Without direct proof I would be very careful about calling the HVAC shop and accusing the contractors. Why would they risk their jobs over steeling a few bottles of home brew?

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