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Old 02-20-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
Apr 2008
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I did my first mini mash a month or two ago, and the process was an absolute disaster. Typically I brew on a propane burner outside, but I did the mashing in my stainless steel pot inside on an electric stove.

It's a long, long, embarrassing, story, but basically I boiled my grains during my mash. (accidentally). Then when doing the sparge, I spilled crap everywhere and basically said, fine, forget the sparge.

At this point was In a horrible mood, did half my boil time, forgot to add 1 of my hop addditions. During the water top off period, put way too much water in. It was a horrible day. For some reason I kept making stupid mistakes one after another.

I decided to keg this beer, because I figured it would be horrible and didn't want to waste time bottling a beer I would have to pour out.

Last night had my first pint, and it was a very smooth, delicious, irish stout beer. I was instantly addicted to it. ZERO tannins. Just a great beer.

How could this have happened?

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Old 02-20-2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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Jan 2009
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The brew gods didn't want you getting discouraged.
"There are no stupid questions. Only stupid people who ask questions."

Primary: none
Secondary: American Light Lager
Bottled: Glücksweizen (closest to an amber wheat I guess).
Bottled: Apfelwein
Kegged: Cream Ale

Upcoming:a Brown Ale, and a Belgian Ale, maybe a Porter.

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Old 02-20-2009, 02:33 PM   #3
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You've discovered the joy of small beers.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

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Old 02-20-2009, 02:35 PM   #4
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you made beer, thats how!!! even though we're scientists in our art, you could just about throw anything at a batch, and still have beer.
ill keep my money, guns, freedom, and can keep the change.

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