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Old 03-05-2013, 03:38 AM   #31
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This wasn't an accident, but was a sad sad time for homebrewing: my friend used perfectly good grains and brewing techniques to brew a Colt 45 clone.

I can't say I was part of it, I abstained as a matter of principle.

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Old 03-05-2013, 03:40 AM   #32
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A week ago after brewing, I slipped on an ice sheet created in my driveway from my plate chiller. On my way to the ground, my hand hit the front license plate of my car and gashed my little finger. Broke the finger and had 8 stitches and had to see an ortho specialist. After the hospital, x-rays, stitches, doctor, tetanus shot, antibiotics and the orthopedic hand specialist (plus follow-up visit with him today), this will be my most expensive beer in more than 24 years brewing!

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Old 03-05-2013, 03:55 AM   #33
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First siphon led to an unexpected mouthful of wort which was promptly spewed into the bottom of the fermenter. Had to take a time-out and re-sanitize once I quit laughing!

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Old 03-05-2013, 04:05 AM   #34
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This wasn't an accident, but was a sad sad time for homebrewing: my friend used perfectly good grains and brewing techniques to brew a Colt 45 clone.

I can't say I was part of it, I abstained as a matter of principle.
That's horrible ..yet humorous ... there is no way someone loves gut rot that much.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:06 AM   #35
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I know everyone has a stroke of bad luck every now and again. I want to know what's the worst brewing accident you have done. Anything from broken hydrometers.. to bad yeast... or maybe whole batches being spilled
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f45/worst-brew-day-ever-393397/

^there's mine. Highlights include slicing my finger open with a razor knife, and an overflowing keg spilling beer all over the floor.
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Picked up a Carboy full of wort after just pitching the yeast, bottom of the carboy fell out, spilled perfectly good wort everywhere. Luckily I was outside, so I didn't make a huge mess, but licking up the wort so it didn't go to waste wasn't as easy.
Same thing only it was inside and it landed on my foot. 5 gallons of sticky goodness in my garage and 2 stitches on my middle two. . . ouch!
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Gravity-feeding sparge water from BK to HLT cooler. Hose popped off and I spent at least 20 seconds burning myself, trying to get the hose back on. Not once did I consider shutting the valve. My hands stung for 3 days. My brewing buddy laughed at me, and did exactly the same thing a week later.

We are asses.

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Old 03-05-2013, 04:27 AM   #38
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I love the anecdotes involving drinking a little too much while brewing and everything going fine. Not me. I had one too many Pliny's one day and when I woke up, about six hours later, I found that I had dented the living hell out of my HLT pot and there was boiled-over wort everywhere. My burner was out of gas and to this day I can't find the would-be fermentation bucket. Needless to say, I then had another Pliny.

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Boil over on my foot while wearing flips.

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I've been lucky I guess, and haven't had any major disasters. I have, however, learned a healthy respect for all the stainless equipment involved in brewing. I've cut myself on more than one occasion during the cleanup phase (don't worry, no blood anywhere near the beer). Worst one was probably when I was trying to unscrew my bazooka screen from inside my boil kettle. I unscrewed the screen, but as it turned out, I had accidentally unscrewed the screen itself from the short length of threaded pipe it had been clamped to. The 1.5" length of threaded pipe was still screwed into the hole inside the kettle. So I reached in, pinched the stainless steel threaded pipe tightly beween my thumb and fingers, and began trying to unscrew it. Sliced a nice, clean gash in both my thumb and fingertips.

Just last weekend, I nicked a finger on a tiny piece of stainless mesh that hadn't quite been trimmed flush on my cylindrical hop screen, while cleaning it. Nothing serious, just annoying, but like I said, I'm now much more attentive when dealing with all this sharp metal.

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