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Old 02-22-2009, 06:12 PM   #1
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Today I decided to take a few pictures of my brew day. I was making an All Grain Czech Pilsner and was very happy to get going. After taking these pictures and working hard for 6 hours I finally had 7 golden gallons of Pilsner cooling with my whirpool chiller in the kettle. No mistakes, no surprises, hit my SG. That never happens to me. There is always one mistake. I had a few IPA's along the way and was so happy to get pumping to the fermenter that I lifted the whirpool chiller out of the kettle, set it down, unplugged the pump an d went in to get the yeast. When I came back out to start the drain off in to the fermenter, the kettle was empty. That's right!!!! I didn't close off the boil kettle valve and the entire batch siphoned through the line to the pump. Beer gone. Now I have 4 Wyeast Pisner Activator packs sitting in the laundry room with nothing to call home. Wasted as I have to go out of town for a week tomorrow. I hate brewing. Im taking a break for awhile.

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Old 02-22-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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Oh, man. That's painful. My condolences. I'm working on a pilsner as I write this, and the though of losing all that work to a booboo hurts.

Side note: I don't usually start drinking beer until the chiller goes in the kettle. That way, I keep a clear head for the brewing, but can start getting prepared for the cleaning, which always goes better with beer.

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:43 PM   #3
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Side note: I don't usually start drinking beer until the chiller goes in the kettle. That way, I keep a clear head for the brewing, but can start getting prepared for the cleaning, which always goes better with beer.


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Old 02-22-2009, 10:38 PM   #4
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Side note: I don't usually start drinking beer until the chiller goes in the kettle. That way, I keep a clear head for the brewing, but can start getting prepared for the cleaning, which always goes better with beer.
I have a similar philosophy. I wait until dough in of my second mash.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:02 AM   #5
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Well that will only happen 1 time. Forgetting anything will make you paranoid about not screwing up in your next brews. Everyone has done something horrible at one time and though painful we are much better after that. You have some really nice equipment I must say.

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:04 AM   #6
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My condolences for your loss.

Let's have a moment of silence People...

Somebody tell those kids in drunken ramblings to pipe down.

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:39 AM   #7
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I don't know what to say except, I am truly sorry. Whatever you do, don't 'take a break' from brewing. You're now down a batch, so you have to brew two next weekend.

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:49 AM   #8
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um...can you send me some of your piles of money so I can build a pro setup like yours? If I had that setup I would never once consider taking any sort of "break"

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:54 AM   #9
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Wow, that's a pretty big "d'oh!". Any violence or non-stop cursing? I know I would have... or maybe just cried. And I'm not violent or emotional.

I know it's ironic, but I never drink and brew.

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Old 02-23-2009, 02:33 AM   #10
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*tips a little beer out onto the floor of his garage*\

For the dead yeasties.

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