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Old 05-16-2013, 04:15 AM   #741
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Fermented with nottingham yeast at almost 80 degrees, best honey porter I've had.

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:11 PM   #742
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One other major mistake I made was back when I was a newb, I had 2 beers fermenting in buckets at the same time. I failed to label them thinking I could just tell the difference. One was a wheat and one was a blonde. My plan was to add apricot puree to the blonde and dry hop the wheat. Well, when fermentation was done and I went to add my secondary additions, I couldn't tell which beer was which so I just guessed. Well, I guessed wrong and I got an apricot wheat and a hoppy blonde ale instead.

The beers still turned out OK, but it was just not what I was shooting for. Needless to say, I label all of my buckets now so I don't make this mistake again!

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #743
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I had two pots of water, one clean boiled top-off water, the other just warm water with an dirty can of malt extract sitting in it to warm it up.

After I was ready to top off my primary, I grabbed the wrong pot of water and dumped it in. I could see all floaties and dust pour into the primary and figured it was toast.

Two weeks later, it was one of the best wheat beers I had ever made.

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Old 06-15-2013, 09:49 PM   #744
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If I were to go professional, I would have to name my brewery the "Brewery of Benign Neglect". I've committed almost all the cardinal sins of brewing, sans sanitation, which I'm AR about.

I have to admit to a laissez faire approach to brewing that in my brief experience has led to some great beers, in spite of myself. my unscientific research leads me to believe that it is rather difficult to mess up a beer.

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Old 06-18-2013, 01:16 PM   #745
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If I were to go professional, I would have to name my brewery the "Brewery of Benign Neglect". I've committed almost all the cardinal sins of brewing, sans sanitation, which I'm AR about.

I have to admit to a laissez faire approach to brewing that in my brief experience has led to some great beers, in spite of myself. my unscientific research leads me to believe that it is rather difficult to mess up a beer.
LOL! I too am anal about the sanitation. But that's about the extent of it when it comes to brewing and I have yet to make a beer that I wouldn't classify as very good to great...
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:23 PM   #746
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Dropped the hydrometer into the cooling wort. It broke on the bottom of the pot, leaving glass and those little lead BBs in the wort. I do BIAB, so I lined my fermenter with the bag, then poured in the wort to strain out the glass and BBs. The beer came out fine, with no sign of glass or BBs in any of the bottles. I dropped the hydrometer because the kids were arguing over something and I dropped it when I reached into my pocket to get a coin to flip to settle the argument. I named that beer "Coin Flip APA".

Dropped my screwdriver into the hot wort while tightening the hose clamp on the immersion chiller. Fished it out with my stirring spoon and hotdog tongs. When I use my tools, all I ever do is wipe them (if they need it), so the screwdriver couldn't have been all that clean.

Then later on the same beer, I lined my fermenter with the BIAB bag as usual (I've taken to doing this to screen out the kettle trub), poured in the cooled wort, dumped in the liquid yeast, then pulled the bag. Enough yeast made it through into the fermenter for a good fermentation.

Screwdriver beer also turned out fine. No infections, etc., and a reasonable FG. Maybe I'll call it "Screwdriver Wit".

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:55 AM   #747
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Just happened the other day...grabbed the tri-clover connection on the out put of my brew kettle....after it had been boiling for 90 minutes....Ouch. I'm sure my beer is fine though, lol!

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:56 PM   #748
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Took off the camlock from by boil kettle to switch pump directions and forgot to close the valve...a liter or two of first runnings went all over my garage floor. Oops

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Old 07-26-2013, 06:18 PM   #749
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Forgot to heat up my strike water until the very end of my mash, missed OG, hops were 3% below recipe AA values, thought I underprimed. Netted second place and a 39 from a BJCP judge at a local comp!

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Apparently, if you throw rice hulls onto your false bottom then add your strike water, then add your grains, the rice hills plug up the false bottom and you get a slow sparge and crappy efficiency.

I did that on a recent batch of EdWort's Kolsch and wound up with 1.040 OG. ( Or at least that's what I think happened to slow the sparge and reduce OG by about 10 points) But I wound up with a really, really tasty 4.0 ABV session beer, which is perfect for summer.

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