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Old 03-04-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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Default Worst Experience of Home Brewing

As a newcomer to this obsession of home brewing, it's nice to get on here and here about mistakes that all the experienced people have made and make little "don't do" notes.

What's been your worst experience in home brewing and what caused it? Hopefully this will pull out some good stories

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Old 03-04-2009, 12:16 AM   #2
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hmm...

1. first batch i had the capper break
2. chocolate extra stout isn't carbing as quickly as other batches, i've probably drank 5-6 bottles of unready beer already
3. picked up all my materials for my first AG at the LHBS but forgot to get them ground...used a food processor but still missed my target OG by 7 thousandths of a point...

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Old 03-04-2009, 02:56 AM   #3
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Running out of homebrew - poor planning / increased consumption.

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Old 03-04-2009, 03:53 AM   #4
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Brewed all day with my buddies and got to the last batch. Hooked up the wort chiller, made sure it was running well into the sanke and starteed doing some clean up. The last batch was a stout that my friend was trying to make for the third time because one little thing screwed up each of the first two batches.


Well........ we went to check on the progress and that is when we noticed that a valve had been left open on his fermenter! We lost half the batch down his driveway and are now calling it "Gutter Stout."

Sometimes it's the simplest thing that'll get ya. But then again, I'm sure it was a mistake that led to the whole discovery of beer anyway!

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Old 03-04-2009, 04:18 AM   #5
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What's been your worst experience in home brewing and what caused it?
All my friends like to come drink my beer. I think it is caused by them thinking it is free since I make it instead of having to buy it. And it is also pretty damn good if I do say so myself. And that is about as negative as my home brewing has got.
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:38 AM   #6
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First batch was fantastic, but I drank most of it before it fully matured. By 6 weeks after brewing, I had only a 12 pack left. And damn was it good! I wished that I had waited till the 6 week mark to START drinking it. Oh yeah, and save a 6 pack for a few months from each batch just to see how it ages!

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Old 03-04-2009, 03:59 PM   #7
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Here's mine- I don't use heatsticks anymore.........

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/my-w...ay-ever-10606/

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:21 PM   #8
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Four pounds of flaked rye in a 10 pound mash, no rice hulls. Ever seen a 14-pound bran muffin?

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:29 PM   #9
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Bottling my first batch I developed a leak around the spigot that I couldn't get stopped so we had to bottle as fast as possible. Only lost about a bottle's worth of beer and we had the whole batch done in less than 15 minutes.

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Old 03-04-2009, 05:32 PM   #10
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Ever seen a 14-pound bran muffin?
LOL uh no, but SWMBO has digestive problems so if you're saying you now have Fibeer, I know someone who may be interested..
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