Lessons learned! - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Lessons learned!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-22-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
Horseshoot
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Horseshoot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Bennington, VT
Posts: 382
Liked 72 Times on 52 Posts



A couple days ago, I brewed an all grain American Brown Ale. I was quite excited about it, because I developed it, myself. However, as the process continued, I drank more and more homebrew. Lesson 1: Stay reasonably sober while brewing.
When I put the chiller in the brew, I didn't notice that I had left the hoses hanging down. Only after smoke was everywhere did my inebriated mind suggest that there was a problem. (see Lesson 1, above.) It was obvious, even to a drunk, that the chiller was NOT going to be functional. So, I scrambled to fill the sink with ice and water. By the time I did this, the brew had boiled about 15 minutes longer than planned. So much so, that I actually had to top up a bit with some boiled water. Funny thing: I hit all of my numbers, spot on!
After the adventure was over (and I had slept off the homebrew) I removed the hoses from the chiller. They were clamped onto the copper tubing with standard hose clamps. I decided to modify the design, using compression fittings, and quick-connectors. It is a MUCH better design. Lesson 2: If something looks like a poor design, it probably is. I should have made the modification the first time I noticed it was such a crappy design.

Now, I'll be able to attach the hoses only after the pot leaves the flame.

Mike
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3287229124.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	9.6 KB
ID:	24684  
__________________
Appalachian Boys' Brewery

"There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it." ~ Hunter S. Thompson

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
donjr721
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
rockville, indiana
Posts: 224
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts


just glad you didn't get hurt, or burn house down. i may have to build a wort chiller using quick connects instead of using hoses, like i planned now.
__________________
Life's good, I'm on the right side of the dirt.
SREEHC .aixelsid htiw esoht roF

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2011, 02:28 PM   #3
Horseshoot
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Horseshoot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Bennington, VT
Posts: 382
Liked 72 Times on 52 Posts


Normally, I prop the hoses up to prevent this. And that works. But, I still think this is a better design. This summer, I am thinking of making a new, bigger chiller (and I'll use this design again) and then I'll use this old design as a pre-chiller.
__________________
Appalachian Boys' Brewery

"There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it." ~ Hunter S. Thompson

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump