This came to me in another thread, the one about infections and bad batches....
This is the time of year where we literally have hundreds of nervous new brewers on here. They are worried about everything...Too high temps, Infections, sanitization, being perfect brewers...not making any mistakes.
They are worried that their first creation is like a newborn baby...so weak, and needing their constant attention.
We were all like that ourselves at one time.
I think it would be intersting, and helpful, that our new brew friends see just how hardy our beer really is...how sometimes it seems nothing during the brewing to bottling process turns out right...Except the beer!
And how often that no matter how hard it seems, we try to ruin our beer....it defeats our stupidity and survives.
Sometimes even becoming the best beer we ever made.
And that's why when you start a panic thread...we tell you to relax, that everything will be fine...because we know from our mistakes...and brewing accidents...that it usually is!
So fess up you "big guns" let's show the "noobs" how utter fools we were, how many mistakes we made (and still do) and everything still turns out OK!
I have stuck my arm in the bottling bucket (unsanitized) to fix the spigot.
Stuck my hand in a hot (158 degree) mash tun, to re-attach the braid. Owie
Racked my beer into an unsantized (but still clean) secondary.
I have dropped a lighter I was using to tilt my bottling bucket (and why I came up with my dip tube) right into the bucket when I was lifting it to the table.
I have had a beer where the autosiphon wouldn't keep, and I had to literally use it like a pump to move the beer.
I have had my auto siphon and my bottling wand get so gummed up with whole hops and pumpkin goop that I couldn't use them. Then ground the spring tip of my bottling wand in the garbage disposal and had to literally bottle directly from the spigot.
Brewed when I had a cold.
And fermented a beer at so high a temp it tasted like bubble gum (the one in the "never dump your beer thread.")
And None of those beers turned out bad at all!
In fact some of those ended up being some of my best batches.
Okay my friends...Fess up...Let's show these nervous new brewers just what stern stuff our beer is made of!!!
By the way...hit the prost bar if you find this helpful!