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Old 02-08-2007, 02:15 PM   #1
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Last night, I brewed my second batch, a red ale. I did everything right. Cooled the wort, got it in my fermenter, put it in my spare bedroom, and covered it w/ a jacket to keep the light away. Went back into the kitchen to clean up. When I was drying my kettle, ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! There's an unopened pouch of yeast sitting on my counter!!!!!!

So, now I'm running around like a chicken w/ my head cut off and a yeast pouch in my hand. I run down to the fermenter, cut the pouch open, pop the top of the fermenter, and pour the yeast in. ARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Forgot to shake up the pouch before opening, most of the yeast is still in the pouch. Run back to the kitchen, find a room temperature bottle of spring water, pour a little in, run back down to the spare bedroom, shake the pouch, and pour the yeast back in.

This morning, it's bubbling away. We'll see in a couple of weeks if there is any damage done. I don't think so, but we'll see.

Well, at least I got one screw up out of the way. I'm sure there will be more to come, but I bet they won't be forgetting the yeast. I'll probably double and triple check that and forget something else. But that's all part of learning.

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Old 02-08-2007, 02:18 PM   #2
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Everybody who has forgotten to pitch yeast before closing up the fermenter, raise your hands!






(sheepishly raising mine....)

Sounds like it's fine. Nice save - just think, if you'd forgotten and left it in the fridge, you probably wouldn't have noticed until you wondered why it wasn't bubbling after three days...


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Old 02-08-2007, 02:32 PM   #3
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I'm just getting all my mistakes out of the way before I open up my microbrewery, then macrobrewery, then overtake Anheiser Busch as KING OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!! (in my best mad scientist voice) AH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:53 PM   #4
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Don't feel bad, that's not as messed up as bottling the brew with caps and all and then realizing that I forgot to add the corn sugar......
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:04 PM   #5
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I'm too freaked out about pitching in general to ever forget the yeast, but that seems like a really REALLY minor error. It's not like you forgot to add malt and/or hops, or broke a thermometer in your wort, or let a dead animal fall into it. You'll be golden!
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:32 PM   #7
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Quote:
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It's not like you forgot to add malt ...
Did that.

There's a thread on it.

Too emabarassed to find the link.
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Wow, I bet that was a REALLY slow fermentation!
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Did that.

There's a thread on it.

Too emabarassed to find the link.
Here you go...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=13759

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My most recent bone-headed move was trying to cool the wort without turning off the propane burner...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=20753


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