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Apr 27, 2011
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Hopefully everyone can calm me down a bit and tell me I'm over reacting and everything will be fine :)

Brewed a 5gallon batch of oatmeal stout this weekend. Pretty much after the decision to brew I proceeded to make mistakes along the way.

- started at 8PM on Friday night (~20F degrees)....never doing that again
- drained water into mash tun and started pouring in grains and mixing the grains
- realized I didn't close the valve on the HLT and by the time i finished mixing the grains was up to 12 gal in my HLT when I should have only had 4
- decided not to waste anything an let the mash rest
- since I didn't have more than a gallon in my HLT, I had to get about 8 gallons into the HLT and up to ~170F so that the HERMS coil was covered so that I could recirculate mash
- due to the cold and time to get the HLT water up to temp, my mash dropped ~140F degrees after an hour.
- got mash up to ~160F degrees to mash probably a 90min mash
- drained all the wort into the boil kettle, ended up with about 12 gallons for only a 5 gallon batch
- decided it was too late and I screwed up too much already so I left the wort in the boil kettle and went to bed
- boiled wort the following day probably about 120mins to get it down to about 7gallons before adding in the hops
- with about 15 mins left, added in yeast nutrient and whilfloc tablet and went to turn on the pump to recirculate and sterilize all my tubing/plate chiller
- pump wont turn on....frozen due to water left in it from previous night
- decided to dump the hot wort into a better bottle and let it chill outside since it was ~20F
- near boiling wort and better bottle = melted better bottle
- grabbed bucket fermentor (luckily this one didn't melt) and drained boil kettle
- let fermentor sit outside (lid on with airlock) for about 4hrs until i got it down to ~70F and pitched yeast
- as I type this right now I hear the sweet sounds of fermentation happening.

So......aside the fact that I'm and idiot, should my batch be OK?


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Aug 6, 2013
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Well, you really swung for the fences on this one. Haha! Sorry, I don't mean to pick on you. We've all been there, but most of the time it turns out alright.

It looks like you didn't break any of the HUGE no-no's - ie, you sanitized everything you should have, didn't sparge above 170 degrees, and got your wart to the right temperature before pitching.

Let us know how it turns out! Sorry to hear about your bad luck.