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Old 05-27-2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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This was the second AG batch we did. The weather was great in Jersey for outdoor brewing. We ( me and my son, Janzik) did our first batch 2 weeks ago and watched 2 batches being done compliments of Bobby M. So along what we picked from the board and read we were all set. My nephew came over and being the two experts we were, we explained all the technical aspects of what we were doing. Now, let me say this, Bobby M had a rule of no drinking till after 11am --- that's a good rule, too bad we didn't follow it. I think that if you are going to drink and brew (especially all grain) you better write down every step you are going to do ( in detail) and check it off. Well we heated up the sparge water and were crushing the grains when the battery went dead on the drill. We had to crank the rest of it by hand. Then we filled the mash tun with hot water. It would have been a good idea to put the manifold in the mash tun first. We finally got the manifold in place without getting scalded and then added the grains. It would have been a good idea to take a temperature reading of the water first. So after adding ice to the mash tun we had another beer. Everything was now running smooth until the boilover. Also I converted my counter flow chiller into a parallel flow chiller which is not as efficient. There's only 2 ways to hook this thing up and of course I did it backwards. As far as efficiencies and gravity readings -- who knows. Maybe my son wrote them down. All in all, it was a good day, I didn't burn my hand on the kettle this week.



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That's why I won't crack one open until after the last hop addition, to much can go wrong. Why let 3 or 4 beers ruin 6 gallons of beer.



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That is too bad, but Im sure the beer will be good, better luck next time, no drinking till you have it in the fermenter, lol, j/k, cheers.

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good advice!

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Great story, even better that no one got hurt.

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Great story, even better that no one got hurt.
we were lucky, looking back we were pretty stupid. AG brewing requires your full attention to detail and has all the elements for disaster. I think it will be coffee and bagels next time out. Plenty of time to drink afterwards.
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I don't know about you guys, but how can you not drink beer while making beer?

I thought that was the #1 rule...

I guess to each their own. Sure, I'm a natural clutz so I see my share of spills and such. I have yet to make a big mistake on brew day that was beer related. I always triple check everything due to minor OCD issues..

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I don't know about you guys, but how can you not drink beer while making beer?

I thought that was the #1 rule...

I guess to each their own. Sure, I'm a natural clutz so I see my share of spills and such. I have yet to make a big mistake on brew day that was beer related. I always triple check everything due to minor OCD issues..
I drink beer when I brew, but I make sure that I drink a beer until it is all in the fermenter. Then I have more.
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I have a few while brewing. Haven't had a problem yet. I can't see not drinking a brew while brewing...

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Oh wow, we drink the whole time we're brewing and haven't had any problems yet. I know it takes more than 1 beer to mess with your judgment, guys! I can handle a few before I feel like I'm going to mess something up.



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