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Old 04-06-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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My three biggest screwups over the years:

3. Dumped a bunch of PBW solution into my tray full of Star*San solution without thinking, and continued to use the solution to "sanitize" all my racking and kegging equipment. (Not sure what the pH would have balanced out to, but I bet it wasn't as low as it should be for sanitizing!)

2. Jammed a sticky gum-rubber stopper and S-type airlock onto my Better Bottle for primary on a rye beer. At 3 AM I was awakened to a BOOM! as the stopper went flying. The stopper and clogged airlock was found several feet down the hallway. Little bits of krauesen/trub remain all over the closet ceiling and walls to this day.

1. Tried to drill new holes for the hinges on my first chest freezer conversion. 5 of 6 holes went smoothly. The 6th hit a freon line. SWMBO says she'd never been so scared--I am normally very calm under pressure but I completely lost it and went on a rampage, cursing and punching the freezer until I almost broke my hand.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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1 - first all-grain batch: misread my new thermometer and mashed at 115.4

2 - Tried to make a strawberry cider, but didn't read the ingredients of the strawberry juice. Huge xantham gum content. Resulted in viscous swill. Strangely, the syrupy concoction measures 0.999 FG. (?)

3 - TBD

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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1. Biggest fail to date, failed to tighten/check the MLF connector on a liquid line coming off a keg. Hooked it up to gas in the Kegerator fridge and walked away. Came back the next moring to 5 gallons of beer in the bottom of the fridge and all over the garage floor -- plus an empty CO2 bottle to boot.

2. My first time using whole leaf hops thinking it would be no different. clogged the crap out of my Polysulphone connectors on all my hosing, clogged the plate chiller, clogged the toilet, pretty sure the sewage authority had to get involved. Didn't get but 3 gallons from that 5.5 gallon batch. Never using them again in a BK without my hop spider :P

3. Deciding to play it cheap one afternoon when all the carboys were full and attempting a fermentation in a blue shaded Nestle 5 gallon water cooler bottle. (had just used the 5 gallons for my strike). Beer tasted more like plastic than beer.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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I can only think of one. First brew...Vomit American Wheat. How I learned that boiling hops in high RA water without the presence extract is a very bad idea.

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #5
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1) Racking my chocolate stout, I filled the racking equipment with sanitizer to start a siphon. I usually siphon it into another container until the beer starts flowing, stop the siphon and then put the tube into my secondary. Wasn't really thinking and siphoned all the sanitizer into the secondary.

2) While having some friends over on a brew day, I was explaining to them what a "hot break" is and how not to get a boil over. I went to put my stirring spoon down, and with an emphasis on not making a mess, my wort boiled over and made a huge mess.


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Old 04-06-2012, 10:00 PM   #6
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1) Added strike water to mash tun... and then grains... and then realized I forgot to put the manifold in first.

2) Tried to filter wort by putting a coffee filter in the funnel

3) Started heating up a small amount of water to adjust mash temp, walked away and came back to a pot that was boiled dry.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:04 PM   #7
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Dumped my entire sparge water in at one time so fast it lifted my false bottom up and flipped it over. That was a 10 gallon mash tun with 24 pounds of grain. Sucked.

Replaced the false bottom with a kettle screen for other reasons, caught the kettle screen in the drill bit and twisted it pretty good.

Got super drunk and decided to brew a clone of double barrel pale ale.

Screwed up every single hop addition, with wrong amounts and wrong hops. Came out fine though.

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Old 04-06-2012, 10:08 PM   #8
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Holy crap where do I start...

Dropping a 5 gallon glass carboy of yeast starter while a 2 bbl batch sat just chilled ready to pitch. Good to have a friend who came to the rescue with the yeast from a batch he just racked so I'd have it.

3rd degree burns on hand from accidentally pulling the valve off a 60 gallon HLT at 172F, and trying to plug the 1.5" port while it drained on me.

Broke a hydrometer...
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:29 PM   #9
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Tried to make a licorice stout by melting real licorice candy (not corn syrup candy) in a home made double boiler. The candy didn't melt well at all. The beer came out sickly green and tasted horrible.

Ginger beer. I used a recipe I got here. Maybe my technique was wrong. I think it's so gingery it's undrinkable. Half a one gives me heartburn and I'm not subject to heartburn. One of my friends likes it though because of how gingery it is.

Infected AG stout.

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Old 04-06-2012, 10:46 PM   #10
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I am lucky after three years or maybe I can just drink anything, so I only have two.
1)Dark Red Irish Block, first attempt to make a big beer, used LME and Extra Dark Crystal, after 6 months in the bottle, well it just never came out right and went down the drain.
2)Big Belgium Blonde, about the same story. Got the clone off Hopeville and think it was overrated. After 4 -5 months in the bottle it got tossed out.

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