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Old 05-14-2012, 04:50 AM   #1
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Just got home from the most exhausting and frustrating brew days that I have had in my first year of brewing. Here goes a run down of the week leading up to my brew day (5/13/12).

1. Brewing Tasty McDole's Imperial IPA. Started making a 2L starter earlier in the week.

2. Stepped it up once. 24 hours later, I found the starter overflowing. There was tons of crud surrounding my flask and the stir plate.

3. Today. Planned to start brewing around 9am. My friend's brother had a party a few days ago, in which we found that they lost our dip tube for our false bottom and broke our March pump.

4. After my friend's brother helped us make a new dip tube, he let us use his plumber pump.

5. Everything is going ok, until sparge time. The output blew out, spraying beer everywhere. Luckily I was able to turn off the valve.

6. The pump blew out again during the transfer into the fermenter.

7. I was so frustrated and tired, that I did not record my mash temperature or any of my gravities. This entire process took 12 hours. I am so tired.

I just hope fermentation goes well.

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Old 05-14-2012, 05:11 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear, it seems when things start going downhill on brew day, they just compound! I'll bet the beer turns out fine even with all the glitches.

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Old 05-14-2012, 05:18 AM   #3
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Thank you. I appreciate the support.

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
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FWIW, about 4 months ago (around the year mark of my brewing), I came to a realization: making better beer is more important to me than just brewing whenever I can. There have been several times since where, having planned a brew day, I've decided to postpone b/c of impending problems and the snowballing effect mentioned in the 2nd post. It has really made my brewing less stressful and more enjoyable, and it lets me focus on my best practices. Just my 2 cents.

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Sounds like my brew day last Sunday...

1L starter overflowed the night before. Brew day interrupted by severe weather (I'm a meteorologist), so I mixed in my step-up early, missing my mash temp low by 2 degrees F. Sac rest ended up going 2.5-3 hours while I dealt with severe weather. Pitched yeast around 1am late Sunday night. Tuesday night, krausen clogged my airlock and ended up blowing the lid off my brewing bucket 3 feet from the fermenter (a fact I didn't then notice until I woke on Wednesday morning).

This beer deserves an epic name.

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Old 05-14-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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Sounds like my brew day last Sunday...

1L starter overflowed the night before. Brew day interrupted by severe weather (I'm a meteorologist), so I mixed in my step-up early, missing my mash temp low by 2 degrees F. Sac rest ended up going 2.5-3 hours while I dealt with severe weather. Pitched yeast around 1am late Sunday night. Tuesday night, krausen clogged my airlock and ended up blowing the lid off my brewing bucket 3 feet from the fermenter (a fact I didn't then notice until I woke on Wednesday morning).

This beer deserves an epic name.
EMA: Epic Mishap Ale?
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I gotta ask what was pumped through this "plumber pump" before you used it?

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How did those guys lose the dip tube and break the pump?

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My worst brew day ever was the first time I tried brewing AG on my own.

I was doing a clone of Founder's Breakfast Stout when the screen in the mash tun got completely clogged and I couldn't fix it - so I had to dump everything back into the boil pot.

I cleaned out the screen (I should have bought a bazooka tube to begin with) and tried it again.

Clogged.

The next time through, while trying to put everything back into the mash tun, I slipped and spilled hot, sticky grain, water, pre-boil wort everywhere. All over my feet, the kitchen floor, on the cabinets, and under the refrigerator.

100% fail and 100% un-salvagable mess.

Learned many lessons since then - but everyone has a bad brew day or two under their belt.

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You know this will turn out to be your best beer ever and you'll have to try to reproduce it.

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