Ok. Before any says "Relax" or "Read the other 'infected' threads" or "Bottle it anyway and see how it comes out," please here my story/situation.
As some of you may know, I've been having a tough time not only finding time to brew, but also finding time to learn how to brew non-hopped extract beer.
A few days ago I bottled my first batch. (Mr. Beer with Pale Ale LME instead of their Booster.) I left it in the keg for 4 weeks because I couldn't find time to bottle it at the recommended 3 week mark of this forum. It's been conditioning at room temperature for the last week. So today, I decided to brew their OctoberFest.
I figured, what the heck.. It took me about an hour to do my first batch and had my wife watch the kids so I could concentrate. I thought it would be easy enough to whack it out before dinner.
So, I started the process. Everything was sanitized and I started boiling the LME when I turned around to my 2 year old son calling my name, "Da-Da." As I turned around to discover my son sticking his finger in the spigot as far as he could, I thought to myself, "This has to be the worst it could get." For some odd reason, his index finger was a perfect fit to the spigot. I quickly pulled his finger out and sent him on his way. He couldn't understand why Da-Da reacted to harshly.
(Some of you may know that toddlers are walking petree-dishes.) Oh well, what's done it done.
I continue to brew when my wife, who is feeding our 4 month old son, calls my over. She is making some odd grunting noises and is gasping for air. It turns out that she's been getting a cold and her throat decided to swell up. As a supporting wife as she is, she didn't tell me what was going on so I could finish my brew..
I almost had to force it out of her that she could barely talk..
By this time, I finished my boil and poured the wort into the Mr. Beer keg. As I'm getting ready to leave, I turn around to find my son trying to put the sanitized spoon into Mr. Beer in attempts to stir it up like he just saw his Da-Da do. DOH...
Ok. So now I get back from the store. My un-pitched yeast had been waitign for about 20 minutes for me to get back. I give my wife her medicine and I try to figure out where I left off.
Oh yeah... Yeast Time.
I open the yeast packet and start to sprinkle it. (Keep in my mind that my wife, my two old son, and my 4 month old are all sitting at the dinner table. The baby just finished his bottle. ) As I'm talk, I pitch. OH SH!T!!!!!!!! I dropped the packet inside of Mr. Beer. I'm not sure weather or not Mr. Beer liked that or not. What's done is done....
So, I decided to eat. It's 6:30pm'ish. Then another Oh Crap moment. I forgot to stir up the brew in five minutes like the directions suggested. So, I stir, and stir, and stir, and talk, and think about all the things that went wrong, and stir... Before I know it, it's all foamy and is whishing (SP) back & forth like the movie The Perfect Storm.
WHAT'S DONE IS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I sit back and drink a Tecate with a smile on my face.
Anywho.... I thought it was a funny brewing experience and thought that some of you would get a laugh out of it...