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Old 11-08-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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Default Let's talk outright frickin tragedies

Along the lines of coming home and seeing your dog has chewed off and pulverized the air lock, plug, along with the first inch of plastic neck on the carboy. Any tragedies in your brewing life?
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Did you hurry and transfer the beer? As far a bad stuff in the brewery I dropped a glass carboy and shattered it my first ag brew day. Good news it didn't get me and it only had sanitizer in it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:49 PM   #3
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Along the lines of coming home and seeing your dog has chewed off and pulverized the air lock, plug, along with the first inch of plastic neck on the carboy. Any tragedies in your brewing life?
Wow!

One of my first beers, a hefeweizen, exploded the lid off the plastic bucket. It still turned out good (for one of my first 5 beers). I haven't used plastic since and use a 1" blow off on nearly all my beers.

Ironically, the one time I didn't use a blow off (very, very recently - this week) yeast junk has been spilling out the top of my dry airlock w/ carboy cap. I quickly attached a line. I didn't realize Roeselare was explosive (figured it wasn't . . . and was dead wrong). At least everything stayed attached and is entirely salvageable.
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Not me, but I remember a story from a member here. His cat used his grain bucket for a litter box when he wasn't looking. Didn't realize till mash in......
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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Not me, but I remember a story from a member here. His cat used his grain bucket for a litter box when he wasn't looking. Didn't realize till mash in......
If this is true, this takes the cake! lol. I can't even imagine! "What kind of beer is this?" Oh that one is "Cat Feces Brown Ale" *PUKE*



I've been lucky so far. Worst I've had happen is moths getting into a pale ale as we were immersion chilling it. Still turned out ok though.
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My wife was fermenting a batch of the summer shandy I came up with for her. She was to my right at the comp hutch havin some home brews & watchin videos. So she was nearest to it atm. We raised our glasses to have a drink,& POP! the lid blew off the FV,even with a blow off on it. Luckilly,she didn't get doused with beer.
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Man, that's funny shyte.
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This is about the worst I got. Luckily this was after transferring from the primary so it was only the yeast sludge left over. Still, super annoying.
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These fiascos bluntly remind me to NOT TOUCH any of my brewing stuff when I'm drinking.
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These fiascos bluntly remind me to NOT TOUCH any of my brewing stuff when I'm drinking.
This.
I (almost) never drink when brewing. If I do, it's one low ABV beer. I usually brew in the early a.m. (sometimes through lunch) -- which doesn't stop me from having one, but it doesn't push me to it.
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