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Old 03-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #51
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This past January, I was siphoning to bottles, from a plastic bucket. About two-thirds of the way into it, the 2-gallon bucket, which was perched rather precariously on the bathroom sink counter, tipped over. I was covered, and I lost the rest of the batch. Just as well; the beer was plastic-y and undrinkable.

I'm not taking any chances next time: I'm siphoning on an inverted five-gallon bucket, and keeping the bottles in a Rubbermaid bin whilst bottling.
I have another contender for the worst brewing accident:

This past brew day (3/1), I was preparing my morning for a 6:30 start time. I went outside to get the propane tank, and the burner. The tank, which was connected to the grill, came away clean, no problems. The burner was buried under a drift of snow, which came away fine. The hose, however, was partially encased in ice. It peeled away without trouble, until I got to the hook-up valve. It was, unbeknownst to me, completely encased in ice, and then buried under five inches of snow. When I went to free it, I sheared it from the rest of the hose. It is beyond repair, and in addition to no longer being able to brew out-of-doors, I can no longer stir-fry, nor can I deep-fry turkeys.

I'm essentially forced to use an electric stove until I buy a new turkey fryer. I'll let you know how my two brews in primary turn out.


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Old 03-05-2013, 11:31 PM   #52
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But is the beer OK?
Yep, beer is fine! I know my priorities - pitched the yeast before heading to the ER.


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Old 03-05-2013, 11:45 PM   #53
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I once scalded my, uh, male gender bits while chilling a batch.

In our old apartment building where I stove-topped, I pre-heated my IC with hot sink water. Usually I disconnected the 'in' line from the IC so when the water inside it started to boil it'd have two adequate vents (the 'out' and the 'in', both of which would be in the sink). This day I neglected to unscrew the line from the faucet and put the IC in the kettle, 15 minutes before flame-out. As I stood there making hop additions the water in the IC boiled and shot out the only path it could...the 'out' line, which was not held into the sink drain by anything. The hose jumped the sink with one spurt and the second spurt aimed itself directly at a very un-burnable area of my anatomy. I yelped something about it being hot, and later the neighbors brought up some burn ointment. Other than the embarrassment no lasting harm was done- and I now secure all lines and step away from the kettle as soon as the IC is in.
You can decide for yourselves why clothes didn't soak up the heat before the water hit skin. Kyle

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Old 03-06-2013, 06:50 AM   #54
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I don't like the pouring-from-bucket-to-bucket method of aeration anymore.

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Old 03-06-2013, 08:58 AM   #55
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Cobra tap wasn't fully assembled from the LHBS when I attached it. Pretty tame. Typical spills etc, but nothing even remotely as bad as my previous hobby... 2007 Honda 919.





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Old 03-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #56
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After just a couple of months reading the homebrew forums I am scared to death of glass carboys! I get nervous just looking at them on the shelves when I visit the LHBS!
I totally skip that aisle altogether for that reason.... The guys at Midwest must think I'm insane...
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:30 AM   #57
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Cobra tap wasn't fully assembled from the LHBS when I attached it. Pretty tame. Typical spills etc, but nothing even remotely as bad as my previous hobby... 2007 Honda 919.
Is your last name really Brewer?

If so, well played, sir.

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Old 03-08-2013, 12:47 AM   #58
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I had the worst boil over of my life using an extract kit. Super sticky wort was all over my brand new oven/range, and down the sides...along the back. It was everywhere. When it was happening, I didn't simply grab the pot with the gloves I had on. Nope. I started throwing paper towels at the base of the pot in hopes that it would soak up the wort faster than it was boiling over. I now have wort/paper towels that are permanently stuck to the cook top. I've tried for 9 months to clean it (at least once a week). Range cook top still works well.

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Old 03-08-2013, 12:51 AM   #59
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Cobra tap wasn't fully assembled from the LHBS when I attached it. Pretty tame. Typical spills etc, but nothing even remotely as bad as my previous hobby... 2007 Honda 919.
What, only three pieces? You didn't do that right

I shattered one into so many pieces the ortho surgeon said it looked like a bag of marbles in there. Still have the steel strap and 6 screws. Fun ride

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Worst thing I've ever done was absent mindedly grabbed a turkey fryer after removing the HLT which had been warming up on it for the past 30 minutes. I don't think I've ever been so mad at myself.



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