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Old 01-17-2009, 10:42 PM   #101
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Yeah, I never have a boilover after the boil has broken but as soon as it starts to break it gets out of control till I calm it down! I know, I need to get my sh!t together.
Defoamer, dude, defoamer (aka fermcap)! Or, a fan! You point a fan at the boil surface, no boilovers. Easy as that. Hell, if I have my big airmover fan on medium and point it at the surface, I actually have a hard time keeping a rolling boil. Trust me...defoamer and/or a fan work wonders...and you can up your efficiency a little bit because you get to use more water in the sparge because your evap rate gets increase by the fan.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:44 PM   #102
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Defoamer, dude, defoamer (aka fermcap)! Or, a fan! You point a fan at the boil surface, no boilovers. Easy as that. Hell, if I have my big airmover fan on medium and point it at the surface, I actually have a hard time keeping a rolling boil. Trust me...defoamer and/or a fan work wonders...and you can up your efficiency a little bit because you get to use more water in the sparge because your evap rate gets increase by the fan.
Sweet! I brew outside of an aparartment so I don't have an outlet for a fan but I do need to get some of those fermcaps. Yeah, I know.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:31 PM   #103
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Had an awful brewday after a series of good ones. I tried to use a better bottle without a funnel and without filtering the whole hops. I tried all different ways of getting the beer in that bottle! In my rush, I was pretty lax on the sanitation. Oh well it will still be beer and at worst I will have a sour IPA or something entirely drinkable in 4 months or so.

 
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:36 PM   #104
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I tried to use a better bottle without a funnel
Why?!? How? Were you just aiming the pour from the kettle?
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:53 PM   #105
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Haha, almost. I tried a autosiphon first, which kept getting clogged. Then I tried my bottling bucket which also got clogged. Finally, I just used a lemonade pitcher and poured the wort in by hand. Never again will I make such a mistake!

 
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:14 AM   #106
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I just used a lemonade pitcher and poured the wort in by hand.
This is how I do it from the kettle into the SS mesh strainer that is sitting in the funnel. I do it from a foot or so above to get the best aeration I can on the way in. After a couple gallons I can pour from the kettle direct into the strainer and I have a nice filter bed in the strainer.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:27 AM   #107
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I modded a stout kit by adding roast and flaked barley, northern brewer hops and coffee. Turned out I squished the hop bag which was a nono and when the beer was finished fermenting it tasted like gasoline because it was so hot. I was going to throw it out but a year and 4 months later it is my second favorite beer I have made. It pays to let a hot or bad beer mellow out and to give it a chance to age.


 
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:51 PM   #108
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Intended to leave an ESB in the primary for 3 weeks and.... Kid got sick and delayed me a week. Then the wife got sick and delayed me a week. Then I got sick and delayed my bottling another week. Sure I understand that many leave their home brews on the yeast cake that long or even longer but it wasn't part of the original plan for that brew. It turned out to be the best beer up to that point.

On my first brew using a non-prehopped extract kit (Classic English Pale Ale) I let the grains steep in water that reached 179F (maybe more) and then I foolishly squeezed the grain bag before I was done with it. Turned out to be a damn fine beer. In fact, everyone who has tried it likes it more than any other beer I've brewed. Well....they haven't had my latest one yet.

 
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:07 PM   #109
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When I was new I didn't have a clean fermenting bucket on hand so I stuffed it with a garbage bag. Garbage bags are sanitized in manufacture right? Almost Every Grolsch bottle blew up. I tasted one and it was disgusting.

I tried cooling a glass carboy full of hot wort in a cold water bath in the sink. That lasted about 10 seconds. Luckily no one got hurt.

 
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:29 PM   #110
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When I was new I didn't have a clean fermenting bucket on hand so I stuffed it with a garbage bag. Garbage bags are sanitized in manufacture right? Almost Every Grolsch bottle blew up. I tasted one and it was disgusting.

I tried cooling a glass carboy full of hot wort in a cold water bath in the sink. That lasted about 10 seconds. Luckily no one got hurt.
Uh, this thread is titled "What are some of the mistakes you made...where your beer still turned out great!

Funny stories, though.

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