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Old 09-13-2008, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default Brew Night from Hell

Due to family circumstances(softball, birthdays, etc.) I wasn't able to brew last weekend so I waited in, anticipation, for Friday after work to start my brew. I set up my brew kettle and propane cooker on the back patio and filled the pot to 5 gallons. The burners are lit and the batch is heating up. I started to walk out of my shop where I store my brew equipment and just as I stepped off the patio there was one of the biggest Copperheads I've ever seen. I ran into the house and loaded up my pistol and ran back into the backyard. The snake had positioned itself close to the patio where I had just wired some pathway lights. I didn't want to shoot thru my wire so I prodded the snake with a shovel. My wife is urging me to cut the head off the snake with the shovel but why use the shovel when I have an oppurtunity to shoot it. I take careful aim and fire. My wife insisting that I missed while I'm insisting that i grazed him.
Now he's back against the patio and I'm in combat mode. I'm steady flipping him away with the shovel trying to get a second shot while the wife is still encouraging(demanding) me to cut off the head with the shovel.
The second shot is dead on and the verminis thrown over the fence.
Now back to the brew. Just as I get the water warm(nothing in the wort yet) it starts to rain. Not just a drizzle but a full blown dose of what i assume will hit here tomorrow when ike hits Arkansas.
I let the water cool and dump it. I fill the kettle up again and put the burner in the shop and start over. Maybe now I can get this thing done.
It's 9:00 and the boils on.
God be the ones in Ikes path and I'll let evreyone know how the batch turns out. BTW...It's a Dunkel kit from Northern Brewer and my pistol is a Sig 226 9mm.

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Old 09-13-2008, 02:49 AM   #2
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That sucks but at least you didnt lose any beer and you have an interesting story to tell.
You have to name this beer after that snake in someway, if I were clever or quick witted I'd come up with a few suggestions but im not.

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Old 09-13-2008, 02:53 AM   #3
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Klapperschlange is german for rattlesnake...

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Old 09-13-2008, 03:01 AM   #4
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Great suggestions. I'll have to come up with something good and post a pic of the label.

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Old 09-13-2008, 03:05 AM   #5
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Just plain "Dead Snake Dunkel" has a nice ring to it too.

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Old 09-13-2008, 03:08 AM   #6
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<----------- Has a master's degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

If you took the dead copperhead and soaked it in 150+ proof alcohol, you could have probably sold it as a tonic to some Chinese people.


Srsly.

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Old 09-13-2008, 03:39 AM   #7
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Default I hate snakes

Screw the wires, screw the porch, screw...well...everything, i woulda whent Rambo on that sucker. But then again, i live in michigan and and where i live near Grand Rapids, about the worst snake here is a garder snake... but i still woulda had the 12gauge out.... shooting and maybe even screaming like a fool!....

but great story...

i hate snakes...

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Old 09-13-2008, 03:55 AM   #8
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Snakes or spiders...90% of people are scared of at least one of them.


Me? I ain't scared of anything.




Actually, I'm not a fan of spiders. I don't run from them or anything, but I also don't capture them and make them my pets. Or stuff them and make them my spider army.


Nope.

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Snakes don't bother me in the least, even big dangerous ones. But anything with more legs than my dog gets STOMPED! Sometimes with a manly roar... sometimes with a girly squeal... depends on how big it is.

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Did you use snake loads? I live damn close to the open desert where there are plenty of rattlesnakes. Maybe I should get some .45 snake loads just in case.

However, I don't think my neighbors would react well to 12 gauge or .45 shots....

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