I don't get drunk anymore because now that I'm over 30 it always results in a hangover. If I do accidentally drink too much it is always during a social gathering around a bonfire, never while brewing as I don't have enough time to drink enough beer while brewing to become intoxicated.
It's only happened once, but I remember about 5 or 6 batches ago I was drinking pretty heavily during the brewing. I don't remember much after flame out. Woke up the next morning paranoid as he'll that I'd done something wrong. Specifically, I kept thinking that I'd poured the wort into the fermenter and pitched the yeast while it was still up near boiling temps.
Once... We didn't take any readings, no idea how long we chilled it, and we couldn't find the yeast the next morning so we had to assume we pitched it. It turns out we did. I do remember coming into the house and our wives making us play dance party on the wii while they laughed at us.
Nope, never have. Too many things that can go wrong. I'm not judging anyone who has though. I also have a feeling there's a direct relation between drinking while brewing and broken carboys and hydrometers.
My best IPA to date was made when me and my buddy were rip-roaring drunk by the time the boil started. We decided to ignore the recipe and just added mixtures of hops continuously throughout the boil. I haven’t been able to replicate it since. I’m actually a little afraid/curious of how many oz of hops we ended up throwing into that one because I did remember going into the freezer.
If i'm brewing alone, I'll have a few as there aren't as many distractions. If I'm brewing with my brew partner, I'll have a few but it takes more concentration to brew. This weekend I'm having a few friends over and we are doing a large brew. Thinking I might stay dry during the brew and wait until clean up to start imbibing. Too many things going on to cause distractions. Especially with a new system.
I once threw a huge BBQ/Brew day at my house. I was buzzed by 11:30 AM and I forgot to mention all my guests that the smooth Vienna Ale they were drinking was over 8%. I imagine I got a ton of guys in trouble later that night. I remembered to keep an eye on everything, but totally forgot about it after I turned the burner off. I left it sitting in the driveway for 4 or 5 hours before I remembered and even then I just stuck a lid on it. The next morning I pitched the yeast and it turned into a wonderful IPA later. Wouldn't reccomend it to anyone. I had to turn the grill over to somone else because I was too sloshed to flip burgers.