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Old 03-04-2013, 06:50 PM   #11
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Not an accident, but the most egregious mistake I've made. I dumped an entire corny of a Hefeweizen (my second batch of beer) because I mistook the heavy banana flavor caused by high ferm temp as an infection


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Old 03-04-2013, 07:43 PM   #12
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Packaging a 6-pack of Speckled Heifer for my sister-in-law. Bottom fell out. Top of one of the bottles went into my thigh. Four hours and three stitches later back home replenishing lost blood. Sister-in-law had cleaned up the brew room floor. Wife cleaned the blood out of her car.


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Old 03-04-2013, 07:46 PM   #13
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(First batch) I could not for the life of me get my siphon primed so I was forced to suck it through with my mouth :-( That batch is still in 2nd stage.. Hoping for the best.
I did this lots without any problems, I'd always swish a mouthful of vodka first. If it does get infected I'd bet it's another problem.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:02 AM   #14
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I was there in spirit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Beer_Flood
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:12 AM   #15
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Picked up a Carboy full of wort after just pitching the yeast, bottom of the carboy fell out, spilled perfectly good wort everywhere. Luckily I was outside, so I didn't make a huge mess, but licking up the wort so it didn't go to waste wasn't as easy.
Similar here except my new carboy was seeping. Tried to get it in the bathtub, but bottom just broke out. I was left holding the neck in one hand and bottom in the other...with 5 1/2 gallons of chocolate peanut butter stout everywhere. No injuries but a lot of cleanup. It also cost me new carpeting in the adjoining master bedroom.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:15 AM   #16
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This past January, I was siphoning to bottles, from a plastic bucket. About two-thirds of the way into it, the 2-gallon bucket, which was perched rather precariously on the bathroom sink counter, tipped over. I was covered, and I lost the rest of the batch. Just as well; the beer was plastic-y and undrinkable.

I'm not taking any chances next time: I'm siphoning on an inverted five-gallon bucket, and keeping the bottles in a Rubbermaid bin whilst bottling.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:17 AM   #17
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I cleaning an old (light blue-green glass) carboy that belonged to my Father N Laws mother. Just as I was finishing it up, the bottom fall out onto my bare feet. Cut me pretty good. I wasn't planing on using it, just cleaning it up for display.

Brewing mistake: prior to bottling my plastic valve came loose and started slowly leaking. In a mild panic I tried tightening it, but turned it the wrong way making it nearly fall out altogether. Luckily my wife was around so after about 1/2 gal spilled she held the valve in place while I cleaned another fermenter and racked it to safety. She won't let me bottle in the kitchen anymore.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:31 AM   #18
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I wasn't around when it happened, but my roomate witnessed the whole thing. He was on his computer in the living room when he heard a champagne cork popping sound come from the kitchen. He then heard what sounded like a strange gurgling noise and went to investigate. What he found was my 5 gallon carboy shooting a beer geyser straight up and hitting the ceiling (old colonial with high ceilings). Nothing he could really do about it so he watched until it fizzled out. Turns out the blow off tube got something stuck into it and the pressure just built up till the stopper blew. Beer everywhere! I wish he had a cell phone with a camera at the time, but alas no pics.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:56 AM   #19
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(First batch) I could not for the life of me get my siphon primed so I was forced to suck it through with my mouth :-( That batch is still in 2nd stage.. Hoping for the best.
I've been doing this for over a year without any issues at all. While you shouldn't.... You certainly can.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:54 AM   #20
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Holy mother of all that is beer! That has to maybe the worst beer accident in history. Wow! Maybe you are one of these poor souls reincarnated .. how did you run across this bit?


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