So I started brewing about a year and a half ago... My brew log sits at 90 gal, all done in 5 gal batches. I'm comfortable admitting that I am still an Extract-Brewer, because I was overseas for most of that time and have only recently begun to see AG brewing on the horizon.
Anyway, long long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Okinawa, Japan), I ordered a Gluten Free Extract kit. A good buddy of mine was planning a trip to visit and I wanted to share my new hobby with him. Obviously, he has an allergy to wheat glutin, so I thought I'd rock the GF Brew in his honor.
The kit never seemed to arrive, so I finally tracked it down and it was delivered to our house back in the States, being rented by total strangers. I contacted the property manager and he kindly went by the house, retrieved the box, and forwarded it to me in Japan. That's about the time my friend's trip was canceled...
I kept the kit on the shelf as I continued to brew other batches and finally, we found ourselves approaching our move back to the Good Old USA. I decided I didn't want to risk having the movers throw out the kit (can't pack "liquids") so I mailed it to my wife's cousin. After the move, I got the kit from him and again the kit sat, waiting for an opportunity. Finally, my buddy made plans to come visit us this winter to go skiing, so I decided to brew it up.
I laid out all of my ingredients, started my water boiling, read through the directions, set my timers, and I was off. At the same time, I sanitized a carboy and prepared my pre-chiller with ice water.
Then, I realized I had added the honey 45 mins too early.
Then, I realized one of the tied bags of hops had come un-tied.
Then, I dropped my timer and it reset itself so I had no idea how much time was left.
Then, I finished the boil and took it outside to chill, but realized I had already winterized my hose so I had to go back into the basement to turn the water on.
Then, I started chilling the beer and one of the hoses came un-clamped and sprayed hose-water all over the place, including my open batch of 170 degree GF brew....
Sometimes, it's just not meant to be.
In January when he visits, we'll be drinking a lot of Captain-and-Coke, referring to it as "GF Brew."