Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Winners Drawn!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > What are some of the mistakes you made...where your beer still turned out great!
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-03-2012, 08:46 PM   #501
Sardoman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 240
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Here's another classic "I stuck my whole arm into my cooled wort before pitching the yeast" story.

First time using new brew kettle with a ball lock spigot at the bottom. Brewed as usual, whole hops for bittering, additions of chocolate and spices. With this setup, the last gallon or two requires a siphon from the dip tube to remove, so I have the BK up on the kitchen counter, tubing going from the spigot into the fermentor bucket and start the flow. Takes no time at all for hops and chocolate to stop the flow. I took off my shirt, sprayed my arm and a hop bag down with star san and held the hop bag over the dip tube at the bottom of the BK, sweeping it with my fingers every time something got sucked up against it.

It worked. The beer didn't get contaminated and it tastes great!

Lesson: I now use hop bags in the boil for anything other than pellet hops and small ground spices.


Sardoman is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2012, 08:58 PM   #502
Marlowefire
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Dahlonega, Ga
Posts: 234
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I set the temp controller on my Johnson to 66 but forgot to unplug the hair dryer I was using to heat my chest freezer. It got to 131F when I went back to pitch the yeast. The heat caused a vacuum/melted the tops of my better bottles in. I siphoned off the one that had been fermenting for a week into the keg (assuming most of the yeast were dead).

No plastic taste or anything. My caribou slobber is delicious. I'm now going to use these BB for cider.


Marlowefire is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2012, 08:58 PM   #503
Jayhem
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 2,634
Liked 276 Times on 223 Posts
Likes Given: 1248

Default

I did not know I needed to aerate my wort prior to pitching the yeast, I actually siphoned the beer from kettle to fermenter and it still fermented out just fine.
__________________
Next up: Amber Ale
Primary 1&2: 90 Min IPA clone
Primary 3&4: Belgian Wit
Keg #1: White Mosaic Pale Ale
Keg #2: Empty
Drinking: Amber Ale, White Mosaic Pale Ale
Jayhem is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2012, 09:41 PM   #504
frazier
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: illinois
Posts: 1,835
Liked 138 Times on 120 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

My digital thermometer went a little haywire, so when I thought I was mashing at ~152, it was really about 160* F. I didn't realize the problem until four weeks later, when the FG on this mother-of-all-stuck fermentations was 1.032. I bottled it anyway, and while I don't think it's my best effort, it's not bad and everyone else loves it. So I'm not going to argue with them!
__________________
~
"Anything worth doing, is worth doing slowly." ~~ Mae West
frazier is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2012, 09:49 PM   #505
BrewersKaramazov
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Posts: 240
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

I had the output hose come off my immersion cooler, spraying water into my cooling wort. Pulled the coil out of the wort and reattached the hose while balancing the coil on the edge of my brewpot. Still turned out great
__________________
Beer makes me better looking.
BrewersKaramazov is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2012, 01:37 AM   #506
brewerwannabe
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Maryland Heights, MO
Posts: 1
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thanks guys. You made me feel a ton better. My very first brew is fermenting (Yay, Mr. Beer!), but I have been worried because: A) I had accidentally dropped the yeast packet into the batch and had to fish it out and B) I was worried a bit that the temp wasn't exact enough when I added the yeast. Hopefully it will turn out great...
brewerwannabe is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2012, 02:33 AM   #507
wailingguitar
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Florence, Alabama
Posts: 1,656
Liked 114 Times on 96 Posts
Likes Given: 538

Default

I have had some crazy stuff happen in pubs and micros I have worked... very few problems at home though.... However;

I was making an Oktoberfest, second AG brew I had done in my current locale with new mlt I had made, etc. Was brewing on an electric stove, something distracted me and there was a massive boilover. Oh fug! So much wort flooding the stove top. Must not lose all that wort! Put on some gloves, grabbed a clean kitchen towel, started sopping and wringing.. sopping and wringing... the top was fairly clean, but there was probably a little bacon grease and god knows what... Well, I recovered the majority of it, nailed my gravity. My effort was rewarded, beautiful marzen... perfect... mmmm! I think that beer is the best I have ever made at home!
__________________
"Why did you.... what was the point of... how drunk were you when you decided this was a good idea?" - DMartin
wailingguitar is offline
imadumas2 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2012, 02:41 AM   #508
tgmartin000
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,124
Liked 72 Times on 57 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

I bottled a batch of mighty arrow using old mighty arrow bottles (new Belgium ).that I bought. The catch - I left all the labels on the old bottles. Just threw them in a bucket with Sanitizer. Labels, glue, everything. Pulled them out and filled them! I dont know what I was thinking! Beer turned out decent.
tgmartin000 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2012, 03:02 AM   #509
bleme
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Visalia, CA
Posts: 2,043
Liked 297 Times on 218 Posts
Likes Given: 39

Default

You should add bacon grease to your next batch to see if that is the secret :-)
bleme is offline
half_whit Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2012, 04:19 AM   #510
bovinejony
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pasadena, California
Posts: 46
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Was testing the gravity of my wort about a week into primary fermentation, using a bucket with a spigot, and the seal around the spigot began leaking. The only way to tighten was from the inside. It was leaking quickly so I just took the spray bottle of week old star san, soaked my arm, and reached into the bucket and tightened the seal.

Was my best batch yet (english version of SNCA).


bovinejony is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Various mistakes made during brew. justin22 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 07-03-2009 07:11 PM
My first beer is done and it turned out great! TravelBastard Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 11-17-2008 11:33 PM
I made some mistakes.... Jeffro Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 03-09-2008 05:09 AM
I made a few mistakes Bruiz54 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 01-29-2008 12:16 AM
it turned out great! Mustangfreak General Beer Discussion 3 11-22-2007 10:49 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS