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Old 11-01-2011, 10:52 PM   #11
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Pics of the burns please.
Too bad you missed it! Right exactly on my left boob!

The funny(?) part was that I had lifted out the lid of the MLT with the sparge arm shooting 175 degree water right at me. So, I dropped it back on the MLT and tore off my clothes to stop the burning and then ran to the sink to run cold water over my chest. I was naked from the waist up and worried that my sparge was going too fast so I rushed back to turn down the pump.

I finished that brew, but couldn't wear a bra for about two weeks! I have a little scar to remind me of how stupid I can be.

The beer, however, turned out GREAT!


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Old 11-01-2011, 10:57 PM   #12
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True. The problem was that i started from the beginning. So by the time i was doughing in, i was on beer #3. By the end of the mash i was on #5.
Ah hell... I'm usually on at least number 3 before I even dig my equipment out.

If you can remember racking to the fermentor, the beer is going to suck.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it....


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Old 11-01-2011, 10:58 PM   #13
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Too bad you missed it! Right exactly on my left boob!

The funny(?) part was that I had lifted out the lid of the MLT with the sparge arm shooting 175 degree water right at me. So, I dropped it back on the MLT and tore off my clothes to stop the burning and then ran to the sink to run cold water over my chest. I was naked from the waist up and worried that my sparge was going too fast so I rushed back to turn down the pump.

I finished that brew, but couldn't wear a bra for about two weeks! I have a little scar to remind me of how stupid I can be.

The beer, however, turned out GREAT!
I vote that from this day forward you be required to videotape all of your brew sessions!
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:04 PM   #14
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Dont drink and brew...
I typically don't follow this advice because...well...I like beer. The sad part about my most recent experience is that I was stone cold sober. Perhpas my lesson should be that I need beer for flawless brew days. Interesting thoughts....
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Maybe im just a forgetful drunk!
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I brewed my 1st AG 10 gal batch this past Sunday and everything went fine until I attempted to top off my BK with an extra gal of water. I came up slightly short after sparge. Then the entire turkey burner assembly began to buckle under the 11 gal + keggle weight and began to toppple over! I'm holding one keg to use the last last of my sparge water to fill the other while this happened with the gas still going and burning. So I literally drop the keg I'm holding and stop the BK from going over and only spilled a few drops of wort at this point and try to turn off the gas at the same time. It wasn't at boiling but it was pretty damn hot. Lessons learnt: Do not use a regular turkey fryer burner to attempt to support that much weight with heat on it. It will buckle and poop wort all over you! I was able to stabilize it with 2 bricks but I will have to get another burner. The funny thing is that I was more concerned about getting a stuck sparge over anything else due to 20+ lbs of grain I used. That wasn't even that big of an issue. I only got a little under expected OG. Instead of 1.055 it was 1.044. For 10 gal I'm happy with that. As stated above these little lessons are what will make you brew better beer and think about the what ifs and how to avoid them.
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Ah hell... I'm usually on at least number 3 before I even dig my equipment out.

If you can remember racking to the fermentor, the beer is going to suck.
I hope this is true, because this means my oatmeal stout should be great! Hmmm....did I sanitize that bucket or not? (Pretty sure I did.)
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Maybe it was a Sunday thing. My brew day last sunday was one of those that didn't go smooth. everything that could go wrong did go wrong!!
but i'm sure I will end up with beer.
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Not because anybody is clamoring for a conclusion, but rather because I can't stand unresolved threads...

I kegged my "worst brew day ever" wheat 11 days ago and let the tap start flowing this weekend. SO beyond disappointed!

-The body is thin (as I figured it would be as the damn mash wouldn't raise higher than 150 no matter how much boiling water I added.

-In all my brilliance of that day, I neglected to filter out the bitter orange peel when I racked to primary. So I have essentially been dry-hopping with bitter orange for two weeks. As you might imagine, that imparted a bitterness, that while not overwhelming by any stretch, isn't even close to style.

-The scorching of the grains during decoction imparted a smoky/burnt taste to the beer. It's somewhat subtle, but not subtle enough for anybody to miss.

-I must have fermented too cool for esters and too warm for phenols as my Belgian yeast fermented as clean as any wit I have ever tasted.

So what I have is a low/medium body, smoky, cloudy, bitter, mildly Belgian-y wit. Sounds marketable, huh?

The good news is that for some strange reason, my wife actually doesn't think it's all that bad and prefers it to the doppelbock and IPA I currently have on tap (not because those aren't good, mind you, she just doesn't like those styles).

I think going forward, I'm going to call this an experimental "smoked wheat" to anybody that samples it.

Moral of the story: don't ever attempt to brew without drinking any beer. The beer gods do not like it and things do not turn out well!


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