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Old 08-27-2007, 02:34 AM   #1
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Ok...I did my first All Grain batch today. Started my water and a small pot with 2 gallons of water to pre-heat the old mash tun. Life is good...doing EdWort's Haus Pale Ale, drinking a few SNPA's to get me in the mood. It is raining, thunder, lighting, etc...no big deal, just moved everything to the garage. Water is ready, put two gallons of boiling water into my little 5 gallon mash tun to preheat, oh yeah, ready to brew!!! Now the kicker...do not, I repeat do not, put two gallons in a 5 gallon mash tun, shut the lid and shake the crap out of it. I know, sounds like a great idea, but just swirl it and put the lid on, trust me!!! If you shake it, it will hurt you. The lid will pop off due to expansion, and the water will, I repeat will get all over your hand and arms. I know, I have seen it and experienced it!!! OUCH!!! Dumb A$$ I am!!! Luckily, my neighbor is a Firefighter and Paramedic, so he let me know wheter the idiot cop needed to go to the hospital. Macho cop is ok and continued on with the brew day The mash went ok after the feeling (painful, but feeling) came back to the left wrist. A little low on the pre-boil gravity, but a little dextrose and I was back on track. Hit the final gravity ok and pitched dry yeast. This will definitely be called the Dumba$$ Blister Pale Ale. Hopefully, my next All Grain batch does not hurt as much!!!
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:37 AM   #2
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Ouch man!!! I'm glad it was only your arm!

What a crappy 1st AG experience.

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Old 08-27-2007, 02:42 AM   #3
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Ouch. BTW, you only need to add about 3 quarts of 170 degree water to preheat your MLT. It will burn too though. Take care of burn so you don't get an infection.

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Aloe vera works wonders on burns. We have a nice plant on the patio for burns.

Next time add the water and forget it for 10-15 minutes.

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That looks like it hurt! I bet the beer will be excellent!
I was heating up my mash (in a pot), to get it to saccarification rest. I decided to move the contents into the mash/lauter tun for the hour rest time, so I asked my buddy to help. Well, I had just cleaned the tun out and forgot to close the spigot; I did this when I was first starting out. We took the mash and dumped it in the tun and my friend shouts "Ouch," the mash is draining through the open spigot, I go and shut instantly. It got on his leg, he was wearing shorts, so it burnt him slightly but he was ok. I sure learned my lesson! You have to be really careful.

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Old 08-27-2007, 02:55 AM   #6
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Ouch. BTW, you only need to add about 3 quarts of 170 degree water to preheat your MLT. It will burn too though. Take care of burn so you don't get an infection.
Thanks for the info...I was way over zealous with the first run, but next time I will definitely learn from my mistakes!
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:00 AM   #7
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Aloe vera works wonders on burns. We have a nice plant on the patio for burns.

Next time add the water and forget it for 10-15 minutes.
Aloe Vera, Neosporin, and Lidocaine, etc...I should make it. SWMBO just thinks I'm a moron and came into the garage after the incident to make sure I didn't kill myself, or burn the house down.
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At your expense, thanks for the lesson learned. It'll save some of us other dumbaXXes the same tragedy.

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Ta for the warning!

...I think I have learned just about the same number of things not to do whilst making beers as things TO do whilst making beer!

...Lets be careful out there!

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Here's to fast healing!

may your beer be excellent and give you more joy than the burn did pain.

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