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Old 01-04-2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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Okay. I'm the manager of a homebrew store. I talk beer and wine with a lot of people every day. Then, I go home and read about beer or wine, obsessed right? So, I've made a couple of extract batches...turned out well. I know they have flaws, and I understand what happened. This is important as to not repeat mistakes.

ANYWAYS. It was 19°F tonight and I decided to do my first all-grain batch.

Mashed in @ 151°F for a nice american pale ale.

Sparged with 6 gallons at 170°F

Collected what I thought was 6.5 gallons.

After boiling and adding hops...I go to turn on my faucet that my IC is hooked up to...Nothing. Did I mention I live in an apartment complex. No outside water. I NEEDED that water to cool my wort quickly. Oh yeah. I live on the second floor. No throwing it in a snowbank for me...I DID manage to nearly melt the foot that had fallen over the past 2 days though.

After about 45 minutes I get it down to 90° and start to siphon it into my carboy. I only collect MAYBE 3.5 gallons.

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So upset right now. I really didn't think I'd have this much trouble. This is a huge discouragement.

Cheers. Having a home brew as I type this. Waiting to pitch my starter.

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Old 01-04-2012, 07:07 AM   #2
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Although, I did almost hit my est. OG. Only 2 points off. 3.5 gallon batch....


Grumble grumble.

I quit.

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Old 01-04-2012, 07:12 AM   #3
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Lots of people on here just drain it into a bucket hot and don't chill at all... at least you got to brew. Hopefully the wife wont complain about the dirty kettle

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Old 01-04-2012, 07:25 AM   #4
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I'm just upset things didn't go perfectly. The wife was the one MAKING me brew. I planned to brew this past Saturday, didn't work out....then Sunday....didn't work out then Monday...didn't work out....so she MADE me today. I rinsed out the mashtun in the bathroom at 2am. She's 15 weeks pregnant so she had to go to the bathroom....you should've seen her eyes when she saw the final remnants of grain. (95% went into a trash bag final 5 went into the tub where I scooped it out...apartment mind you). The house is cleaner than when I started....so I hope she's happy.

Always next time right?

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Old 01-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #5
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I have markings on my mash paddle so I can tell how much wort I have in my kettle. Why did your chiller not work?

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Old 01-04-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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Always a next time. If you don't have a plan and you are being rushed,
you shouldn't brew. It should be a well thought out relaxing experience.
It amazes me how much trouble some people go through while they
are brewing. Good luck on your next batch and don't quit.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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It will get better with time and experience. Aside from that, everybody has a bad brew-day at least once. I'm curious about how you came to manage a homebrewing store though. Did you apply there because you were looking for a job, enjoyed beer, wanted to try homebrewing...?

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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You had a learning experience. I can not tell you how I swore up and down when I literally melted the enamel off of my first kettle. Hell, I still spill beer on my floor when I bottle.

Then you get a big pot, switch to all grain and look at what you did and go, wow this is great, or at least drinkable.

So I will also point out that cooling wort quickly is not the worst thing to happen. What is the worst thing is if you pitch yeast when the wort is too hot. You can actually pour directly into the bucket and let it sit with an airlock for at least a day if not two, and pitch a large amount of yeast and it will be fine.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
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I have markings on my mash paddle so I can tell how much wort I have in my kettle. Why did your chiller not work?
Sounds like the apartment complex shut off the water to the outdoor spigots.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:58 PM   #10
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How can you "Sparged with 6 gallons" yet only get 3.5 gallons? Was there that much water left in the Mash Tun? Oh well, I promise it gets better!

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