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Title: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: enso on May 12, 2010, 08:29:30 PM
266:  If the brew day has gone wicked smoothly and you are near the end...

You forgot something!


This time it was the Irish moss.  Again.  Last time I brewed this recipe I also forgot!
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on May 12, 2010, 08:47:15 PM
Maybe this beer is telling you it WANTS to be cloudy.   ;)
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: kgs on May 12, 2010, 08:58:01 PM
Try using a checklist and a mise en place (that is, set out everything you need in a specific order). I use a Brewsmith brew sheet printout and I place my ingredients out in small Pyrex cups in the order in which they will be used.
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: enso on May 12, 2010, 09:43:54 PM
Try using a checklist and a mise en place (that is, set out everything you need in a specific order). I use a Brewsmith brew sheet printout and I place my ingredients out in small Pyrex cups in the order in which they will be used.

Oh believe me I do that also.  I start prepping about 6 days in advance usually.  Something about little munchkins running around gets me slightly distracted...  No, I can't blame them either.  The truth is, even if I were 100% prepped and on the ball I would get distracted at some point!   ::)

 ;D
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: BarleynYeast on May 12, 2010, 09:44:18 PM
Try using a checklist and a mise en place (that is, set out everything you need in a specific order). I use a Brewsmith brew sheet printout and I place my ingredients out in small Pyrex cups in the order in which they will be used.

I took this idea one step further. Using those $2.00 kitchen timers, I set a timer for every kettle edition. Best $10.00 I ever spent.  ;D
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: kgs on May 12, 2010, 09:54:25 PM
Try using a checklist and a mise en place (that is, set out everything you need in a specific order). I use a Brewsmith brew sheet printout and I place my ingredients out in small Pyrex cups in the order in which they will be used.

I took this idea one step further. Using those $2.00 kitchen timers, I set a timer for every kettle edition. Best $10.00 I ever spent.  ;D

I use the timer on the microwave, but same concept. :-) I use it for the mash, then for the boil. (Just in case I accidentally hit the wrong button and cancel the timer, I write the start time on the brewsheet.)
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: slimsparty on May 13, 2010, 05:06:59 PM
I have a mental block against irish moss.  Its been 40 gallons since I have remembered.  I guess Somewhere along "Good last hops are in...oh man I gotta sanitize the chiller"  I forget
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: makemehoppy on May 13, 2010, 06:37:42 PM
I put my whirfloc right in with my last hop addition when I am weighing them out.

If you have to forget something irish moss is the least of your problems....
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: micsager on May 13, 2010, 06:54:35 PM
266:  If the brew day has gone wicked smoothly and you are near the end...

You forgot something!


This time it was the Irish moss.  Again.  Last time I brewed this recipe I also forgot!

I forget Irish moss all the time. 
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: monk on May 13, 2010, 08:39:05 PM
I also forget the moss a lot.  A couple times I've actually forgotten the 0 minute hops, and those were supposed to be hoppy red ales, too!  There's so much to remember at the end of the boil, it's easy to leave stuff out.  I really do need to start doing the mise in place thing...that would really help.
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: enso on May 13, 2010, 09:04:31 PM
I put my whirfloc right in with my last hop addition when I am weighing them out.

If you have to forget something irish moss is the least of your problems....

See, now that is what I try and do.  It should have happened too as I had hop additions at 15 and 10 minutes either would have been fine.  It does not work when you have a beer with no finishing hops though...   :P

I even measured the hops out 2 days in advance!

Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: euge on May 14, 2010, 05:48:34 AM
Microwave timer. Whirlfloc tabs in  the 15 min hop addition. 

Random law of the brewday #267: You will inadvertently leave some tap or valve open at a critical point in the process.
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: dbeechum on May 14, 2010, 07:17:36 AM
Random law of the brewday #267: You will inadvertently leave some tap or valve open at a critical point in the process.

Especially if it will pour hot wort/water into your sock/boot
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: monk on May 14, 2010, 04:22:31 PM
Random law of the brewday #267: You will inadvertently leave some tap or valve open at a critical point in the process.

Especially if it will pour hot wort/water into your sock/boot

...or your crotch.  (First runnings...down my leg)
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: dbeechum on May 14, 2010, 04:29:38 PM
...or your crotch.  (First runnings...down my leg)

You "win" for that one.
Title: Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
Post by: enso on May 16, 2010, 09:51:29 PM
Random law of the brewday #267: You will inadvertently leave some tap or valve open at a critical point in the process.

Especially if it will pour hot wort/water into your sock/boot

...or your crotch.  (First runnings...down my leg)

I'm not even gonna ask what your crotch was doing near the draining wort...


Check, I have done #267 the scalded foot.  Only it was hot water on my very first all grain while dumping in strike water.  A brown ale that ended up infected...

Sadly I was wearing sandals? or crocs?  maybe chuck taylors?   or some other such improper footwear!  YeeOUCH!  That was a blister!