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Old 05-14-2013, 09:51 PM   #11
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I got ya beat. My last brew: I had just started chilling. I noticed the input to my immersion chiller was leaking a bit. I leaned over with a screw driver to tighten the worm clamp. Little did I know that output hose was kinked down stream. The pressure and heat caused the output hose right by the chiller to explode, spraying my face with near-boiling water. Trip to ER. 2nd degree burns on forehead and nose, 1st degree everywhere else. Luckily, I closed my eyes in time, so no vision issues.

Got a good name for my 1st pilsner, though: Pain Pils.

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:01 PM   #12
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Man, compared to these my brew days go GREAT! I haven't had these types of issues. (Knock on kettle.)

Biggest problem I've had to fight through was when I overmilled my grain and had to constantly run a spoon along my kettle screen to keep the pump going for my HERM.

Pain in the butt, but man did I come out with some amazing efficiency that day. I did also end up with a trub from hell with that batch.

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:40 AM   #13
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at first i did add water then grain and i was mixing in and realized this isnt going to work so i figured to switch out and dump water on top of grain .. this worked better for me although i did mash for more than hour!! although everything in the end worked out just not sure what i hit on efficiency and my abv .. this is also my first all grain batch this is was a learning experience.. maybe next i will add in water first and see what happens from there

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Old 05-15-2013, 03:31 AM   #14
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"First AG weighing my own grain, I assumed I could use a bathroom scale and just subtract the weight of the bucket. The theory makes sense, but it didn't work out in reality." I don't get it, why wouldn't this work?

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #15
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at first i did add water then grain and i was mixing in and realized this isnt going to work so i figured to switch out and dump water on top of grain .. this worked better for me although i did mash for more than hour!! although everything in the end worked out just not sure what i hit on efficiency and my abv .. this is also my first all grain batch this is was a learning experience.. maybe next i will add in water first and see what happens from there
Either way works. Just make sure that you stir it up really really good to make sure you have no grain balls.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:58 AM   #16
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I was taught to put the water in my MLT first. To preheat it then stir in the grains real good.
Exactly, I think this is actually easier than pre-heating with boiling water, pouring it out, adding grains, then adding water...
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:59 AM   #17
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I posted awhile back about what was the WORST and most frustrating brew day I've ever EVER had.. but the beer came out AMAZING, and was a lot stronger than my gravity calculations led me to believe..

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/murp...w-beer-251503/

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:53 AM   #18
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One time, just as I mashed in 26lbs of grain, a snow storm hit. It was like "Well, I'm committed now........" Rushed to set up a shelter in the back yard so I could sparge and boil without snow blanketing me. It was an interesting brewing experience.

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Old 05-16-2013, 04:16 AM   #19
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It seems that the only real problem the OP had was the broken hydrometer. All the rest were bad reactions to the idea that there is a need to add water to grain or to add grain to water. It makes no difference.

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It seems that the only real problem the OP had was the broken hydrometer. All the rest were bad reactions to the idea that there is a need to add water to grain or to add grain to water. It makes no difference.
true!!.. i went in rewind in my head and thought to myself wait i am a dumb as*!! oh well .. fermenting seems to be going well .. now its a wait and see how well it actually is .. very interesting on what my efficiency would of been
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