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Old 09-02-2005, 06:56 PM   #1
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Ever have a batch where you break everything? Last night wasn't very fun but I did end up with 5 gallons of fermentable beer...so that is nice.

I broke the rigged up bulk head out of my cooler. The mini-keg bung warped the plastic on the cooler and now won't snap into place.

My siphon starter snapped in half when I was shaking iodophor solution off of it.

My input line to my chiller came off mid chill and sprayed water all over the garage. (Not to mention that immersion chillers suck in the summer, even with a pre-chiller.)

The 3oz of whole hops stopped up my siphon over and over....

I will not be brewing again until I impove my setup. I need to convert my chiller to a counterflow, get a real bulkhead and ball valve, put a tap in the bottom of my kettle and get a hop screen.

I always wondered why people fussed over their equipment so much, and now on my 8th batch I am realizing how nice it would be to impove it!
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Old 09-03-2005, 01:30 AM   #2
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Seems like every batch I brew, I run into a problem, get pissed, and upgrade. Then that upgrade requires more upgrades.....etc, etc.

For example, I started using the Hop Stopper, which is great, but it really requires a counterflow chiller. So I got a good CFC, but it really needs a pump to work right.

One of these days, I'll get it all straightened out.
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Old 09-03-2005, 01:31 AM   #3
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Sounds like a hard time ! If you name this brew, might I suggest Murpy's (law) Lager,stout,etc.? That'd be fitting.

 
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Old 09-03-2005, 05:08 AM   #4
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The good thing about things happening like that is learning from it, upgrading, and finally getting in a rhythm.
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Old 09-03-2005, 06:24 AM   #5
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Yo Brother Nate! You in Portland? I'd love to do an All-Grain together if you live close by. I'm on the north side, in St. Johns. Let me know.

I just had a vintage 1 gallon demi-john break on me when I was making a starter. I guess the glass was too cold when I poured the warm wort into it, and the neck cracked in half. At least it didn't shatter all over the place. Almost cut me though! That was LAME!!!
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Old 09-03-2005, 06:27 AM   #6
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Don't know if it'll make you feel better but I've had similar problems this week.

Monday: Beer in secondary stopped bubbling left 24hours just to make sure before taking hydrometer reading.
Tuesday: Got hydrometer out dropped and broke trial jar.
Wednesday: Wife picked up new trial jar from HBS whilst she was out.
Thursday: Try again. Shook water off Hydrometer after sterilising and rinsing snapped Hydrometer. (sound familiar) Phoned homebrew shop for new hydrometer.
Friday: New hydrometer arrived, carefully took reading below1:010, bottled beer without further incident.

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Old 09-04-2005, 04:52 PM   #7
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Last time I made a batch I broke my racking cane while trying to remove the tubing. This lead to a nasty cut on my thumb, hence the name Wounded Thumb Wheat.

When I was getting ready to bottle Wounded Thumb, I was cleaning out my bottling bucket and broke the spigot that opens and closes the valve. I now have to use pliers to twist it opened or close it up.

You should call your beer Catastrophe Ale. Sounds like your brewing experience was worse than mine.

Anyone else ever notice that trips to the HBS for supplies end up being about 40% ingredients and 60% equipment? I put down $70 yesterday buying a secondary carboy (plastic), fermentation lock, racking cane, and star sans. And when I got home, I realized I couldn't find my bottle clip from my last racking cane and I can't remember if I removed it or not prior to tossing the cane. At some point, I would like to get some good equipment do I don't have to re-buy plastic crap.
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Old 09-05-2005, 05:24 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by oregonNate
...The 3oz of whole hops stopped up my siphon over and over....

I will not be brewing again until I impove my setup. I need to convert my chiller to a counterflow, get a real bulkhead and ball valve, put a tap in the bottom of my kettle and get a hop screen...
You can homemake your own couterflow chiller, there are plans all over the web on this. I can recommend the Weld-B-Gone bulkhead fitting, about $20 delivered. You can get one with a ball valve on it as well, or pick up a ball valve at Home Depot. As for the hop screen, click the link below:

www.ihomebrewsolutions.com

If you are interested in a stainless steel valve, you can get these at the link above as well.

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Old 09-06-2005, 02:08 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed_Savage
Yo Brother Nate! You in Portland? I'd love to do an All-Grain together if you live close by. I'm on the north side, in St. Johns. Let me know.

I just had a vintage 1 gallon demi-john break on me when I was making a starter. I guess the glass was too cold when I poured the warm wort into it, and the neck cracked in half. At least it didn't shatter all over the place. Almost cut me though! That was LAME!!!
Hey, my name is a bit of a joke as I'm from Oregon, WI. I would love to move to Portland though, loved it out there last time I visited.
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Secondary:
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#10 Back-forty Barleywine (Aging)
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#4 Double White

 
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Old 09-06-2005, 02:12 PM   #10
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Thanks for the sympathy and suggestions. I'll definitly have some fun constructing some new equipment this fall.

I think broken glass carboy's has to be the worst homebrewing accident...hope and pray that never happens to me. Looking back, my little malfunctions were just annoyances. But after midnight and a long brew day, things always seem a bit worse than they really are.
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Coming up: Foreign Stout
Primary:
#13 Smokedbowl Porter
Secondary:
#12 Doppelbock (lagering)
Kegged:
#11 Ratebeer's Brown Ale Revisited
#10 Back-forty Barleywine (Aging)
Bottled:
#9 Amarillo IPA
#8 Christmas Abbey
#7 Pumpkin Abbey
#6 Robust Porter
#5 Blackberry Wheat
#4 Double White

 
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