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Old 06-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Rookie mistake

I wonder about the wisdom of admitting such a mistake in an open forum but I deserve the criticism. I made a batch of light Belgian golden ale last night and everything went smoothly. I quickly cooled down the wort and pitched it on top of a yeast cake from a Tripel I had just racked to the secondary.

I woke this morning expecting to hear the air lock bubbling away but was greeted with silence. I was using a new bucket and checked to see if the lid was tight and felt movement so I lifted the bucket (now empty) from the laundry room sink. WTF?? The spigot wasn't tight, but not so loose as to be obvious, and the entire 6 gallons dripped down the drain during the night.

I've been doing this for the better part of ten years and this is a first but I was surprisingly philosophical over the whole thing - what else can you do? It could have been worse and the bucket placed somewhere else besides the sink.

I made an order with Northern Brewer this morning and I'm making a new batch Friday night.


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Old 06-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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Wow, way to look on the bright side. A vision such as this has always kept me from fermenting in a "bottling" bucket. I'm not going to lie, I probably would have cried a little...

Great way to make up for it though!


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Old 06-19-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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I made an order with Northern Brewer this morning and I'm making a new batch Friday night.
Yikes!! I hope that order included a non-ported bucket or carboy.

I made a similar mistake once, only lost a quart though. But it was the last time I fermented in a bottling bucket.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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Wow, it's a really good thing it was over the sink. Would have really sucked if there was a giant mess to clean up as well.
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Great outlook and way to move forward. R.I.P. to the wort that never was (beer)
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Sorry for your loss. You should be good to go for another 10 years!
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Wow! No ported fermenters for me unless it is a SS conical - far in the future.

I would have had a much more painful experience. I would probably have had a visit to the ER for a broken foot after I kicked something!
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Im trying to look on the brighter side here by thinking that you were fortunate enough that it happened to be in a sink and went down the drain instead of waking up to 6 gallons of a sticky floor mess. Sucks about the beer but it can be remade
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oh man. Having just done my first couple batches racked on top of an existing yeast cake, I am griveing your loss of a good, active yeast cake! HOnestly, you're looking at it the right way. You now have another reason to brew this Friday night...and the room to store it. Better luck next time!
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I'm sure it's a mistake you'll only make once.


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