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Old 01-03-2011, 12:35 PM   #11
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Great stories.
Anyone else?
I'm starting to feel a little better about myself.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:45 PM   #12
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Here's one that could have turned out much worse than it did. I was getting ready to add the hops to the BK, had it in a hop sack, ran inside to enter some numbers into Beersmith went back out , No hops. SWMBO's dog took off with the hop sack and was playing with it, by the time I found it it was covered in dog slobber and grass. I made some quick substitutes and the beer came out fine. At the time the dog , a Boxer named Porter was just over a year old, she's two now and no smarter but I do keep a better eye on her when I brew.

 
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:49 PM   #13
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I had some friends over who brew extract and wanted to see AG in action. After we mashed in my friend picks up the manifold and asked "when does this go in?"

 
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:58 PM   #14
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one carboy exploded and lost a batch of beer back in my extract days. Don't put nearly boiling hot wort in the carboy and then dunk in cold water.

Had a couple instances of filling my bottling bucket while the valve was open. I solved this by going to a racking can and bucket without valve, hehe.

 
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:03 PM   #15
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First time I used my IC, I just had a piece of vinyl tubing for the output. I was on my back porch, and draped the tubing off the end of the patio. It was summer, so I was brewing in bare feet.

Turned on the water at the hose. Output tube went flying around, dousing my feet in just-below-boiling water. Took a couple days before I could put socks on.

At least I knew my thermal efficiency was good!
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:09 PM   #16
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Not brewing, but beer-related. This just happened last week.

With the Christmas tree in place, my swivel recliner was moved forward and the side table was relegated to the garage. While watching TV, I had a glass of beer on the floor next to my chair, well protected from foot traffic. (It was between my chair and the sliding glass door, with about 18 - 24 inches of space.) When we called my son home from his friend's house, he decided to walk up through the back yard, instead of coming all the way around the block.

Upon his arrival, he knocked on the slider for us to unlock it. At the sound of his rapping, our surprised dog let out several sharp barks, and charged the slider. Remember, I pointed out that this is a swivel recliner? Well, I was reclined. When the dog hit the footrest of my chair, Newtons laws of motion were put into effect, and the chair swiveled. As there was nothing for me to grab to halt the motion of the chair, it continued to swivel as I flailed about grasping for a handhold.

Finding none, I determined that I should grab my beer before it was struck by the still swiveling chair. Alas, as I looked down, the chair lightly touched the beer glass, causing the glass to tilt and hover at approximately a 45 degree angle for what seemed like several seconds, before succumbing to Newtons law of gravity! (Dam that Newton!!) Result: One glass (minus 3 sips) of Brooklyn Brewery's Monster Ale Barleywine spilled on the carpet.

With SWMBO present in the room.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #17
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During 2 of my last 4 brew days, I forgot about the 7 gallon bucket being filled with filtered water in my kitchen and ended up with varying quantities of water to mop.

When bottling my very first brew, I tripped over the baby gate at the top of the basement stairs while carrying 5 gallons of delicious brown ale. Luckily, I had mostly sealed the bottling bucket lid and let my body take the brunt of the fall. I ended up losing about a pint or two (onto my face and shirt) but walked with a limp from my bruised knee for a few months...

 
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:20 PM   #18
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During 2 of my last 4 brew days, I forgot about the 7 gallon bucket being filled with filtered water in my kitchen and ended up with varying quantities of water to mop.

When bottling my very first brew, I tripped over the baby gate at the top of the basement stairs while carrying 5 gallons of delicious brown ale. Luckily, I had mostly sealed the bottling bucket lid and let my body take the brunt of the fall. I ended up losing about a pint or two (onto my face and shirt) but walked with a limp from my bruised knee for a few months...
Way to sacrifice your body inseady of the beer! I was toobing on the Guadalupe once and got out of my tube, I went under 3-4 times trying to stumble to the side on the algae-covered rocks, but I kept my beer above the water every time! SWMBO didnt think it was very funny.

 
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:13 PM   #19
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Also not brewing, but beer related. My first keg (15.5 gals) and no prior experience in tapping kegs. (this is circa 1978) The bud tap had; a two handle device that secured the tap to the keg, a one handle device that tightened a seal around a "plunger" that you forced through a wooden plung (bung). Found out how much pressure my keg was under after being rolled around a bit. Took a beer shower. I was 19 at the time so it wasn't quite so bad....

 
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:49 PM   #20
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This is similar to the soda syrup situation, but instead involves an imperial IPA and some inexperience with cleaning a tower.

We had been waiting months for this IIPA to finish fermenting, it was the first IIPA we made and we had high hopes for this beer to punch us in the teeth with a hoppy explosion of flavor.

With the kegs/lines sanitized we kegged the IIPA. During this time I had removed the faucet for a good cleaning as it was slightly sticky. So the beer was kegged and we had cold-crashed it so that we could force carbonate it and try it right away. In the nature of impatience, we cranked that bad boy up to 30psi and rocked that keg like crazy.

After about 10 minutes of carbing we were ready to taste. We couldn't wait. 9.5% ABV and hops were the only two things on our mind. At this point I would like to remind you of the location of our faucet (in the sinnk) and the state of our psi (cranked up to 30). It all happened in slow motion. The liquid disconnect went on and there was an unfamiliar spraying sound. The IIPA blasted us relentlessly and doused our kitchen like a Rainbird on steroids. We had no idea what was happening. It only took a couple seconds for us to figure out what was going on, but it seemed like an eternity. Our precious creation was everywhere.

We lost about a gallon of the IIPA on that fateful day, but at least we took most of it to the face. And to this day, the kitchen still smells fresh. I believe that the hops have permeated every piece of hardwood and drywall in the room.

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