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Old 09-28-2012, 05:18 AM   #11
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I got Krausen in my blow off tube and It solidified. I didn't learn this however till after my bung flew off multiple times. I cleaned the floor like 3 times that day. I don't know If it's happened to anyone else but make sure it doesn't get clogged if you have a vigorous ferment.

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:19 AM   #12
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After almost 20 some years of homebrewing I'm pretty sure I have made ALL of them.
Nasty ones where a stuck up blow off tube that blew, still have stains on the ceiling from that one.
Then there was the time I tested all the seals on my keg, forgot to unplug the beer out open line when I started to force carbonate it. A nice stream of porter shooting out of the kitchen into the living room and on my computer. (thankfully keyboards are cheap).
The nastiest was my first brew in the dark ages of using commercial ice to cool my brew by just dumping it in. The beer tasted good for the first couple of weeks and slowly went nasty over a couple of weeks.
The one that still hurts the most was accedently formating the wrong partition and wiping out years of notes on beers made.

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:51 AM   #13
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-Not finding homebrewing earlier
-Not useing the search engine...

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:15 PM   #14
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Made this mistake yesterday. Made a braggot. Pitched yeast (doh didnt take og) let's just put the hydrometer in and test it now. I pulled pretty much all my yeast out on the hydrometer.

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:16 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Kauai_Kahuna
After almost 20 some years of homebrewing I'm pretty sure I have made ALL of them.
Nasty ones where a stuck up blow off tube that blew, still have stains on the ceiling from that
Kahuna I got some on my ceiling too will it come off? Just noticed it the other day.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:42 AM   #16
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I put 8 cinnamon sticks in a 1 gallon batch of buckwheat/apple cider... my first mead and 30 dollars worth of awesome honey ended up tasting like a Smokey bigz red. I later learned making a jaom that 3 cinnamon sticks in 3 gallons is almost more than plenty. I now stick to recipes and use cheaper honey

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #17
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Missed sterilising some instruments at bottling and came back a few months later to find my bottles taken over by mold. Also leaving my mead on the yeast cake for too long, seems to have ingrained a yeasty taste in it which aging hasn't removed (yet).

I like the idea of this thread, should be good for all people new to brewing mead/brewing in general.

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Old 10-02-2012, 01:24 PM   #18
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My mistakes go back to early days of fermentation and thinking that I was the master recipie creator and like the OP going overboard on some ingredients and making undrinkable stuff.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #19
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Take very detailed notes. My biggest rookie mistake.

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #20
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Detailed notes is important if you ever want to recreate (or avoid recreating) a particular mead.

When I first started I only made traditionals and only one at a time. However, when I started making multiple batches concurrently I had trouble identifying which notes corresponded to which batches. Now I use blue painters tape to ID the carboys and jugs.

I enter info in my logbook and also keep a basic outline on the carboy itself ie. "Montmorrency Mel. Pitched 6/26/12, Montrachet, Racked 7/25, Racked 9/23"

When I rack my mead I just peel the tape off and stick it to the new vessel.

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