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Title: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: chezteth on September 26, 2010, 01:00:59 AM
I was brewing with a friend today.  The strike water was ready.  I asked my friend to start putting the grain into the water.  As he was putting the first scoop into the mash tun I realized I hadn't crushed the grain yet.  Later on I was weighing out the bittering hops (whole, homegrown Nugget).  I kept putting more hops into the bowl thinking I wouldn't have enough hops only to realize I needed 14 gm not 150 gm.  I guess that is what I get for getting up at 3am for work then brewing afterward.

What is your silly story?   :P
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: majorvices on September 26, 2010, 01:02:03 PM
Besides running off into a kettle that the spigot was turned to the "open postion" at least a million times, several years ago I was brewing with a  friend and we were running the wort through the chiller. He had been getting kind of bored anyway, but the session was about to wrap up and I went inside to do something and just asked him to "keep an eye on it". When I came back five minutes later he was standing there right next to the BK looking off in the distance not noticing that the (CFC) chiller tube had slipped off the valve and wort was just pouring on the ground.

Another time (much more recent), using my IC chiller and a recirc with a pump, I started the chilling process and went inside to help the wife with something, came back about 10 or 15 minutes later and noticed the wort temp was still at 180 degrees. Thought it was odd as it usually cools down to that point in a few minutes but didn;t give it much thought. Then came back another 15-20 min. later and it was STILL at 180 degrees. Now I was definitely in "what the hell?" mode. Turns out I had the chiller running, but left the burner on. Pretty amazed that it was able to hold the beer at 180 degrees for about a half an hour with the burner on and the chiller running!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: dunngood on September 26, 2010, 01:47:21 PM
I would say dropping carboys. I can still see the wave of Stout flowing across the carpet and crashing into the couch. I had to pull up the carpet and pad to clean up.

Then I dropped a 61/2 gal carboy slippery from cleaner. No beer loss but dangerous.

In my early days I had a container full of fermenting wine detonate next to my white germen shepherd. It actually stained the dog. Of course we called him spot for a week or so.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: corkybstewart on September 26, 2010, 02:03:17 PM
I got stinking drunk while brewing once.  Ended up with a minor burn on my hand, found the bag of 20 minute hops the next day, forgot the Irish moss, and didn't write my recipe down.  The beer still turned out OK but since then I stay sober until I start the cleanup.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: brushvalleybrewer on September 26, 2010, 03:55:35 PM
If you brew a Milk Stout and forget to crush the grains, the resulting beer tastes surprisingly like Arrogant Bastard.

Ask me how I know that. ::)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: denny on September 26, 2010, 05:19:57 PM
Like dunngood, using carboys was the dumbest thing I've ever done while brewing.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: Malticulous on September 26, 2010, 06:26:38 PM
Trying to water the grapes with my chiller water. The hose was a little to short. I pulled the kettle over.  :'(
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tumarkin on September 26, 2010, 08:43:04 PM
I also tried to brew a batch without grinding the grain. What made it worse was that it was at Big Brew. Our club always gets together at one home & we all brew batches together. I had already ground the grain for my batch, but someone came late & I gave them that grain & started to put together another kit. In my rush to get it done I measured accurately, but forgot to grind it. Didn't notice till I'd poured it into the tun.

As you can imagine, even though a number of years have passed, my buddies never forget to remind me about that. I tell them that it just lowers efficiency, and that's highly over-rated. They don't buy that Neither do I, but what else can ya say?
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tubercle on September 26, 2010, 09:37:14 PM
  If the pot is on the burner and is stable, leave it alone. Once, after a full boil was going, it appeared that the kettle wasn't centered good enough so Tubercle tried to adjust it. Of course, it toppled over when I set it back down too far to one side and 6-1/2 gallons of boiling wort came crashing down. Tubercle may have been drinking at the time. No injuries thankfully.

  Have you ever heard the sound of boiling wort hitting the ground? It sounds a lot like OH! F^@&!!! but a whole lot louder and a much higher pitch... :o
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: vista on September 26, 2010, 11:32:32 PM
the first time i used an immersion chiller i thought i had to put the immersion chiller in an ice bath and then siphon the wort through it...good times.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: majorvices on September 26, 2010, 11:33:58 PM
Trying to water the grapes with my chiller water. The hose was a little to short. I pulled the kettle over.  :'(

FOR THE WIN!!!  :D
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: bluesman on September 27, 2010, 12:43:10 AM
Trying to water the grapes with my chiller water. The hose was a little to short. I pulled the kettle over.  :'(

FOR THE WIN!!!  :D

That's a shame...

I mean the stupidity.  ;D

Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: roguejim on September 27, 2010, 03:20:29 AM
Like dunngood, using carboys was the dumbest thing I've ever done while brewing.

Oh c'mon, man!  The dumbest thing was you used the carboys incorrectly
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: Mikey on September 27, 2010, 03:42:02 AM
Carboys are fine, unless you don't know what you're doing.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 27, 2010, 05:56:07 AM
Mine was helping a new brewer. He had several failed attempts with beer and brewing and had 2-3 initial
infected beers. As in, his first batches were all infected. Star-san was involved before we found the
screw cap bottles had been crimped on caps...Oxidation galore. But the last batch that I was helping
with, The beer was in the bottling bucket, the corn sugar was cooling on the stove...30-45 min later
we are within 2-3 bottles of the last ones to be capped when I spot the corn sugar still colling on the
stove...

DOH!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: dhacker on September 27, 2010, 11:03:56 AM
My first ever brew . . not knowing better and leaving the lid on during the boil.

(http://kokoscorner.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8354766ee53ef01053612a582970b-500wi)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: ryang on September 27, 2010, 01:18:05 PM
you all make me sound like a genius.  i think the worst I've done is a couple boil overs.  i brewed on friday however only to realize that in order to have somewhere to put the wort, I had to bottle a dubbel...
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: denny on September 27, 2010, 03:25:39 PM
Like dunngood, using carboys was the dumbest thing I've ever done while brewing.

Oh c'mon, man!  The dumbest thing was you used the carboys incorrectly.  

Filling them with wort and picking them up is incorrect?  Cleaning them in a sink is incorrect?  All when I was completely sober?  Tell me, Jim, how do you use them?  ;)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: Slowbrew on September 27, 2010, 04:13:08 PM
My worst day was a list of stupid Paul tricks.

I was making two 5 gallon batches as always.  First I used the grain for one beer, the mash schedule for the other beer, half the hops went in the wrong beers and of course I pitched the wrong yeast in each beer.  The worst part was that both beers were awesome and I have no idea how I made either one.   ::)

And all of this was done completely sober but not, necessarily, awake.  I usually brew really early in the morning so I never drink anything but coffee and water until I'm done.

Paul
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: euge on September 27, 2010, 05:33:13 PM
Lautering 14 gallons of wort into the brand-new 80qt kettle sitting on the floor, then realizing I had no way/strength/ability to dead-lift it up to the kitchen stove- which wouldn't boil it anyway.

And leaving the spigot open in the fermenter when filling it. Yup pulled that one and various others a few times. Found out the hard way to leave off drinking until the brewday is done.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tankdeer on September 27, 2010, 08:09:26 PM
Besides running off into a kettle that the spigot was turned to the "open postion" at least a million times.....
Been there, done that. That's how I learned not to brew barefoot.  :-[

Lautering 14 gallons of wort into the brand-new 80qt kettle sitting on the floor, then realizing I had no way/strength/ability to dead-lift it up to the kitchen stove- which wouldn't boil it anyway
Yeah, done that one too - just not in the kutchen.

Surprisingly, I haven't done that much stupid stuff - which is surprising for a guy like myself. Although I still use carboys, so Denny might say otherwise.  :P
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: blatz on September 27, 2010, 08:20:52 PM
on a december morning years ago, when I still used glass carboys and a plate chiller, I promptly hooked up said plate chiller and hose, opened the ball valve onto my kettle and walked away, quickly turning around to hear a sound similar to ice cracking as I realized I never actually turned the hose 'on' ;)

Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: roguejim on September 27, 2010, 09:13:13 PM
Like dunngood, using carboys was the dumbest thing I've ever done while brewing.

Oh c'mon, man!  The dumbest thing was you used the carboys incorrectly.  

Filling them with wort and picking them up is incorrect?  Cleaning them in a sink is incorrect?  All when I was completely sober?  Tell me, Jim, how do you use them?  ;)

I thought you had told me you dropped a carboy full of a pils.  That would be incorrect handling procedure.  Having said that, I will admit that a carboy is a dangerous thing, and frankly, I don't really trust them for strength. 
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: denny on September 27, 2010, 09:37:47 PM
I thought you had told me you dropped a carboy full of a pils.  That would be incorrect handling procedure.  Having said that, I will admit that a carboy is a dangerous thing, and frankly, I don't really trust them for strength. 

Yeah, I did, but I doubt I'm the only one who's picked up a full carboy.  Of course, I'm certainly not saying I didn't or wouldn't do something dumb!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: scruffymmh on September 28, 2010, 04:12:37 AM
Stupidest thing I did happened 3 days ago, my most recent batch:

1. Put half my grain in, then rice hulls, then baked pumpkin; added strike water, stirred till hit mash temp (154), let sit 10 mins before realizing the other half of my grain was still sitting on the table
2. Added the other half of grain  -> mash temp down to 149
3. Quickly boiled some water (amt. I didn't measure), added to tun -> only brought to 151
4. Quickly boiled some more water (again not measured but more than last time) -> way too much and way too hot -> mash temp to 165
5. 15 mins of constant stirring and feeling like an idiot, mash temp finally down to 156; figured that's fine
6. First running went well. batch sparge -> went to drain second runnings -> stuck sparge
7. Reached into tun to check clog -> scorched my arm
8. didn't end up sparging b/c of clog -> didn't hit target gravity (compensated a bit by decreasing volume though)
8. During ferment, also realized 7 degree difference between ambient air and fermenting beer temp -> explains the fruit esters and fusel alcohols in my beer; now using water bath

BUT, I'm actually glad all that went wrong b/c at least I learned from it
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: a10t2 on September 28, 2010, 04:40:19 AM
Carboys are fine, unless you don't know what you're doing. might one day make a mistake.

Fixed that for you. ;D

My worst brewday mistake to date was actually my most recent brew. I measured out 3.75 gal of strike water instead of 4.75, so needless to say I massively undershot my mash temp. That 1.051 APA got down to 1.005...
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on September 28, 2010, 05:16:18 AM
BUT, I'm actually glad all that went wrong b/c at least I learned from it
Definitely the right attitude :)

And you never know, the beer could still be drinkable.  Ish.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: euge on September 28, 2010, 05:23:08 AM
BUT, I'm actually glad all that went wrong b/c at least I learned from it
Definitely the right attitude :)

And you never know, the beer could still be drinkable.  Ish.

Sounds like an eventful and "interesting" brew session.

Just like an amalgam of some of my early efforts. Don't worry- one's own brew is almost always drinkable. You know you've reached some sort of new low when you end up with a dumper.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 28, 2010, 06:34:25 AM
Besides running off into a kettle that the spigot was turned to the "open postion" at least a million times.....
Been there, done that. That's how I learned not to brew barefoot.  :-[

Shoeless Brew Jackson!

Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on September 28, 2010, 06:46:30 AM
Besides running off into a kettle that the spigot was turned to the "open postion" at least a million times.....
Been there, done that. That's how I learned not to brew barefoot.  :-[

Shoeless Brew Jackson!
I still haven't learned that one . . . I brew barefoot whenever the ground is warm enough. :)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: mainebrewer on September 28, 2010, 12:23:58 PM
Similar to the Major, a couple of brew sessions ago I started the cold water through my IC.
I don't have a pump to do the re-circ process, so I just let the cold water run for a few minutes then start stirring the wort to keep it circulating in the kettle.
Looked over at the kettle in about 10 minutes and noticed the blue flames under the kettle!
Was surprised, as the Major noted, that even with the flame on, the temp had dropped by 40 degrees!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tankdeer on September 28, 2010, 03:03:10 PM
Besides running off into a kettle that the spigot was turned to the "open postion" at least a million times.....
Been there, done that. That's how I learned not to brew barefoot.  :-[

Shoeless Brew Jackson!
I still haven't learned that one . . . I brew barefoot whenever the ground is warm enough. :)
Honestly I haven't either. I don't know what it is, but there is something strangely satisfying about stumbling straight out of bed and into a brew session.  :D
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: denny on September 28, 2010, 03:43:46 PM
Besides running off into a kettle that the spigot was turned to the "open postion" at least a million times.....
Been there, done that. That's how I learned not to brew barefoot.  :-[

Shoeless Brew Jackson!
I still haven't learned that one . . . I brew barefoot whenever the ground is warm enough. :)

Wow, brave man!  After the first time I stood by the burner wearing Tevas, I decided it was shoes from then on, no matter how hot the weather was.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on September 28, 2010, 03:47:36 PM
I still haven't learned that one . . . I brew barefoot whenever the ground is warm enough. :)

Wow, brave man!  After the first time I stood by the burner wearing Tevas, I decided it was shoes from then on, no matter how hot the weather was.
I don't know about brave, it's just what I prefer.  Remember, I did get thrown out of Club Night for being barefoot  ;D
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: denny on September 28, 2010, 03:49:50 PM
I don't know about brave, it's just what I prefer.  Remember, I did get thrown out of Club Night for being barefoot  ;D

Ahhh...I thought it was for just being yourself!  ;)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on September 28, 2010, 03:52:12 PM
I don't know about brave, it's just what I prefer.  Remember, I did get thrown out of Club Night for being barefoot  ;D

Ahhh...I thought it was for just being yourself!  ;)
Could have been, but that's not the reason they gave  ;)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: majorvices on September 28, 2010, 04:11:21 PM
Similar to the Major, a couple of brew sessions ago I started the cold water through my IC.
I don't have a pump to do the re-circ process, so I just let the cold water run for a few minutes then start stirring the wort to keep it circulating in the kettle.
Looked over at the kettle in about 10 minutes and noticed the blue flames under the kettle!
Was surprised, as the Major noted, that even with the flame on, the temp had dropped by 40 degrees!

HEY LOOK! Someone else as dumb as me!  :P ;)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: micsager on September 28, 2010, 06:16:49 PM
Like dunngood, using carboys was the dumbest thing I've ever done while brewing.

I'm with ya Denny.  I replace my buckets about 10 brews or so.......   And do not go to secondary fermentation.  11 days, and I'm kegging it up. 
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: blorvak on September 29, 2010, 01:38:46 AM
Like dunngood, using carboys was the dumbest thing I've ever done while brewing.

I'm with ya Denny.  I replace my buckets about 10 brews or so.......   And do not go to secondary fermentation.  11 days, and I'm kegging it up. 
I use the same bucket from when I started about 6 years ago, and I'm still using the same tubing that came with my auto siphon from the same era... I think plastic is more durable than it's reputation. 

My worst brewday offence is a starter day offence.  Turns out that if you put a smack pack in an oven, and then forget about it and turn on the oven, it goes POP!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: majorvices on September 29, 2010, 03:06:39 AM
My worst brewday offence is a starter day offence.  Turns out that if you put a smack pack in an oven, and then forget about it and turn on the oven, it goes POP!

Hey Look! Someone dumber than me!  :P ;)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: euge on September 29, 2010, 05:17:52 AM
I see the logic of putting it in there. Nice stable and warm-ish.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: Hokerer on September 29, 2010, 01:54:41 PM
I see the logic of putting it in there. Nice stable and warm-ish.

Stable and warm-ish until he turned the oven on
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tankdeer on September 29, 2010, 02:52:58 PM
^ I do the same thing when letting bread dough rise. Unfortunately, last time I also forgot about it when turning the oven on. :-[
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: capozzoli on September 29, 2010, 11:20:32 PM
Leaned over the kettle to get a steamy wiff, only to watch the glasses slide off my nose into the boil.

Then on one of the next couple of brews did the very same thing again.I suppose the second time was the stupidest.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: Mikey on September 30, 2010, 12:04:12 AM
^ I do the same thing when letting bread dough rise. Unfortunately, last time I also forgot about it when turning the oven on. :-[

I've done that, but I also had a good thermometer in the oven as well.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tankdeer on September 30, 2010, 03:15:01 PM
Leaned over the kettle to get a steamy wiff, only to watch the glasses slide off my nose into the boil.

Then on one of the next couple of brews did the very same thing again.I suppose the second time was the stupidest.
Ha ha ha. I'm sorry but that is just too funny.

^ I do the same thing when letting bread dough rise. Unfortunately, last time I also forgot about it when turning the oven on. :-[
I hear ya. I still have plastic wrap burnt onto my nice stainless mixing bowl the dough was in.

I've done that, but I also had a good thermometer in the oven as well.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: bluesman on September 30, 2010, 08:45:46 PM
I would say the dumbest thing I have done was trying to move my brewstand by grabbing the burner frame with my bare hands  right after a 90 minute boil.   :o

It was like being shocked to death.  Luckily, I reacted quick enough and rinsed my hands in cold water for ten minutes to mitigate the burns.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: blorvak on September 30, 2010, 10:23:47 PM
My worst brewday offence is a starter day offence.  Turns out that if you put a smack pack in an oven, and then forget about it and turn on the oven, it goes POP!

Hey Look! Someone dumber than me!  :P ;)
Hey, the theory was fine!  The practice, well...

The silver lining was that the yeast didn't get all over the oven.  The smack pack exploded on the top, leaving a huge hole, but kept all the yeast neatly inside.

And no, I didn't use it.

Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on September 30, 2010, 10:29:24 PM
And no, I didn't use it.
Too bad, you could have thrown it in at the end of the boil and had some nice yeast nutrient in there :)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tubercle on October 01, 2010, 11:50:30 PM
 If the pot is on the burner and is stable, leave it alone. Once, after a full boil was going, it appeared that the kettle wasn't centered good enough so Tubercle tried to adjust it. Of course, it toppled over when I set it back down too far to one side and 6-1/2 gallons of boiling wort came crashing down. Tubercle may have been drinking at the time. No injuries thankfully.

  Have you ever heard the sound of boiling wort hitting the ground? It sounds a lot like OH! F^@&!!! but a whole lot louder and a much higher pitch... :o

  And Tubercle needs to add a second one...

 Threw a handful of pine needles in the boil just to see what would happen.  :o Too bad it wasn't the one that got spilled. :P

Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tankdeer on October 02, 2010, 12:07:50 AM
Well, I got a new one to add from today. Not the dumbest, but pretty dumb still. Started filling the kettle with strike water and had the burner on - went inside for a couple minutes to put shoes on (ground was cold :)), got distracted, came back outside to an overflowing kettle and the burner snuffed. :(

So then I overshot my strike temp a little - no biggie, just add some cold water to bring it back down. Well I did that, but then didn't think and just doughed in with the entire volume, instead of just what I needed. Not that it was a big deal as I easily adjusted, but still pretty dumb.

Oh well, that's today. Next brew is probably monday or tuesday. We'll see what I can add then.  :D
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: saberhagen on October 02, 2010, 05:26:57 PM
you all make me sound like a genius.  i think the worst I've done is a couple boil overs.  i brewed on friday however only to realize that in order to have somewhere to put the wort, I had to bottle a dubbel...

A boil over isn't bad. Letting all the hop fibers and high gravity wort from an extract boil cook into the range for 60 minutes 'cause you don't want to stop boiling and ruin your first batch of beer ever; that's bad!
Just ask my Landlord! ::)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: beveragebob on October 02, 2010, 07:04:29 PM
Started drinking after the mash was done. Bob's Evil Twin was born on that day. Brewed a Barleywine where the wife had to administer the hop bill and turn off the flame. I was passed out on the couch! New rules for brew day.... no beer until the chillers are cooling down the wort! :)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: skyler on October 03, 2010, 12:48:33 AM
4 words: hops in garbage disposal.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: benjammin on October 03, 2010, 04:28:32 PM
when i was transferring from my secondary into my bottling bucket and using my mouth to start the siphon. once the beer got to my mouth it kind of startled me and i spit a mouthful of wort into my bottling bucket. that batch was dubbed "a little bit of Ben in every bottle."
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: chezteth on October 03, 2010, 06:37:11 PM
Another one I have from awhile ago.  I was using my immersion chiller.  I didn't have the hose clamp tight enough and my wort ended up getting diluted.  Fortunately, I realized it before the gravity dropped too low.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: saberhagen on October 03, 2010, 06:38:08 PM
4 words: hops in garbage disposal.

So true! That should be on the first page of every beginning brewer's book! I had to let the oven cleaner soak in to the range which I had scorched while I went to Home Depot to exchange my 25' pipe-snake for a 50 footer. Hops for miles!!!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: euge on October 04, 2010, 01:56:27 AM
4 words: hops in garbage disposal.

So true! That should be on the first page of every beginning brewer's book! I had to let the oven cleaner soak in to the range which I had scorched while I went to Home Depot to exchange my 25' pipe-snake for a 50 footer. Hops for miles!!!

How about tonight!?

Doing a concentrated steep batch. After placing kettle in tub totally and forgetting about it- stupidly left the tap on and the kettle overturns.

Bathtub full of wort!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: a10t2 on October 15, 2010, 06:18:29 PM
I had to resurrect this thread for my new personal "best". I forgot to switch my thermostat from cool to heat and plugged in a space heater to get a quadrupel up to temperature. Woke up this morning and the beer was at 101°F. :'(
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on October 15, 2010, 06:43:03 PM
I had to resurrect this thread for my new personal "best". I forgot to switch my thermostat from cool to heat and plugged in a space heater to get a quadrupel up to temperature. Woke up this morning and the beer was at 101°F. :'(
Cool it and pitch some new yeast.  It might be ok . . .
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: Norm! on October 15, 2010, 07:12:55 PM
Filtering a watermelon beer, and pushed it into a keg 1/4 full of sanitizer  :'(
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: BrewArk on October 15, 2010, 07:15:15 PM
Filtering a watermelon beer, and pushed it into a keg 1/4 full of sanitizer  :'(

Did it hurt or help the taste? ;D
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: a10t2 on October 15, 2010, 07:15:46 PM
Cool it and pitch some new yeast.  It might be ok . . .

It's down to about 78°F now. I don't think new yeast would do anything at this point - the original pitch of 3787 is still going like gangbusters. Fortunately, it was only that hot for 8 hours at most, and >48 hours after pitching, so I might be able to get away with it.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: Norm! on October 15, 2010, 07:17:17 PM
Filtering a watermelon beer, and pushed it into a keg 1/4 full of sanitizer  :'(

Did it hurt or help the taste? ;D

To say the least it was watery!
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on October 15, 2010, 10:33:29 PM
Cool it and pitch some new yeast.  It might be ok . . .

It's down to about 78°F now. I don't think new yeast would do anything at this point - the original pitch of 3787 is still going like gangbusters. Fortunately, it was only that hot for 8 hours at most, and >48 hours after pitching, so I might be able to get away with it.
That's impressive, that's getting up into heat shock territory.  I'm really interested to hear how this one turns out, I've never heard of anyone fermenting anything that warm.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: a10t2 on October 15, 2010, 11:46:49 PM
That's impressive, that's getting up into heat shock territory.  I'm really interested to hear how this one turns out, I've never heard of anyone fermenting anything that warm.

I definitely wouldn't do it on purpose, but I'm not at all surprised to learn yeast do very well at ~100°F. They do just fine at 98.6, after all. ;)

I'll check back in in a few days once I've tasted it.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on October 16, 2010, 05:15:10 AM
That's impressive, that's getting up into heat shock territory.  I'm really interested to hear how this one turns out, I've never heard of anyone fermenting anything that warm.

I definitely wouldn't do it on purpose, but I'm not at all surprised to learn yeast do very well at ~100°F. They do just fine at 98.6, after all. ;)
???
Not really, Saccharomyces tends to do much better at 86F, that is standard for lab yeast incubators (30C).  The 98.6 incubator (37C) is for growing e.coli in most labs, among other things.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: a10t2 on October 16, 2010, 11:25:49 AM
Yeah, I was just going for the cheap yeast infection joke. I know that isn't Saccharomyces.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: tschmidlin on October 16, 2010, 03:33:18 PM
Yeah, I was just going for the cheap yeast infection joke. I know that isn't Saccharomyces.
;D  Dur, I should have gotten that. :)
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: weazletoe on October 25, 2010, 10:20:41 PM
At the LHBS, gathering two different recipes. An IPA, and a breakfast stout. All went well, till I threw a few ounces of, I think, 120*L into my IPA grist. I spent that night picking out individual grains out of my IPA sack. Could not get it all, resulting in a black IPA, that turned out really nice. It just so happens, I was back in the sheet metal shop today, and found half a keg of it. IT's been a good day.
Title: Re: What's the dumbest thing you have done on brewing day???
Post by: a10t2 on October 26, 2010, 02:12:02 AM
That's impressive, that's getting up into heat shock territory.  I'm really interested to hear how this one turns out, I've never heard of anyone fermenting anything that warm.

I racked it into the keg tonight. It tastes totally normal - a little fusel-y, but not out of whack for a two-week old 9.8% ABV Belgian. Actually, I wish I'd started it a little warmer so there would be more fruitiness. With a little age on it I think it will be totally drinkable. I would like to have been able to leave it on the yeast another week or two, but oh well. The keg will be bouncing around on the back of a truck for three days, so hopefully whatever yeast is left will keep working.