1st brew - I'm an idiot.

Homebrew Talk - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Forum

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

simat

Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2008
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
Today I started brewing. I used an extract kit, so nothing hardcore, but it was fun nevertheless. It's fermenting away as I type (hopefully). Anyway, during this process I discovered I'm an idiot.

Having never used a hydrometer before, I assumed it worked similar to a thermometer. So i sat there holding the hydrometer dipped in my wort for 5 minutes and started to get worried that the black viscus liquid at the bottom wasn't rising (like the mecury in a thermometer). After this amount of time, I realised that it floated, so thought "Wow, thats handy, now I don't need to hold it!". So I let it float and checked it every now and again to see if the liquid had risen yet, but no luck :(

It wasn't til about 10 minutes later that I discovered that you just have to read the level that it's floating at :cross:


Anyone else got any stories about when they've done something stupid during brewing?
 

Grinder12000

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2008
Messages
2,996
Reaction score
50
Location
Columbus WI
Double idiot actually:drunk:

The first was your hydrometer technique.

The second was admitting to the world your brain cramp LOL.

Seriously - welcome to MY world.

My first brew I was told by the Local Home Brew guy to put a lid on the bottom of my boil pot so the extract would not burn. So I didas told.

Funny how the lib pretty much keeps all the hops glued to the bottom of the pot. Talk about a mammoth pile of black crap on the bottom of the pot!!!!

Beer was pretty much ruined even after bottle aging for a LONG time. !
 

tbone

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 5, 2007
Messages
189
Reaction score
0
Location
Western PA
Congratulations for getting started in this great hobby. And its great that you can laugh at your mistakes. There will be pleny of them. I know. :)
 

Engelramm

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2006
Messages
150
Reaction score
0
Location
Lexington, Kentucky
In my notes for a batch I brewed a few months ago, I have a notation that says, 'I'm an idiot'.
I was bottling and something cool came on TV so I stopped watching the bottling wand and started watching TV. After a bit, I thought, "hmm, it sounds like it's raining...why is my foot wet...Oh.
The bottling wand will just keep on filling if you don't take it out of the bottle. I lost about 3 beers worth all over the floor.

3 beers won't fit in a 12 oz bottle.

Welcome to brewing!
:mug:
 

GregR

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 6, 2008
Messages
1,118
Reaction score
8
Location
San Diego, CA
my first batch came with about 3 cups of bottling sugar. and i used every grain of that 3 cups. I lost about 1/4 of the bottles to them popping their tops and the other ones were so carbonation that when I opened them they fizzed up like diet coke and mentos! but what was left in the bottles after the eruption was very drinkable. HAH! I had NO idea what went wrong. then I talked to the guys at my LHBM and they just laughed at me and told me the CORRECT amount of sugar to use.

each batch I've made (I'm only up to #5) has had some little hiccup or I did some boneheaded move. but each batch I've been more than happy with.

welcome to home brewing!
 

philhead1

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2008
Messages
96
Reaction score
1
Location
Harrodsburg, Ky.
Your not alone man, on my last batch when sanitizing my bottling bucket I drained the solution through the spiget. After starting siphoning to the bottling bucket I started getting the bottles ready. A few minutes later my wife comes into the kitchen and screams I turn around and see wort flowing freely out of the open nozzle of my bucket that I forgot to close, there goes a good gallon of honey wheat, guess that one goes to the beer gods. Yes I'm an idiot ..... it happens. :)
 

Joker

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2007
Messages
1,951
Reaction score
36
Location
Orygun
That's classic.

There are two ways to learn "do it" and then there is "do it and then read to see if you did it right".

There is a post a mile long of people doing similar things you're not alone.
 

neilb

Active Member
Joined
Jan 12, 2008
Messages
42
Reaction score
0
I once left the spigot open when pouring the wort in :)
 
Top