I had a terrible brew day yesterday, so I want to unload. Then everyone can share their terrible brew days and we can all laugh at each other. My day started out by going to the LHBS, and buying a kit for a partial mash rye beer. Being in a rush, I neglected to open up the kit and peek in. When I got home (about 1 hour away), I found that I has forgotten to crush the grains. That took a rubber dead blow hammer, a huge cutting board, and a food processor to fix (all in all, about an hours worth of time). When I was heating up the mash water, I was stirring it around with my thermometer (I don't know why...I was bored). At around 155 degrees I accidentally whacked the end of it onto the inside fitting for my ball valve. Lead shot and glass in the mash water (luckily no grain yet). Awesome. When I was heating up water to rehydrate the yeast, I poured it into a measuring cup that I was holding to cool it off in the fridge. The cup literally exploded in my hand, and I sliced open my finger. Not cool. Luckily, it looked worse then it was, and my beer remained blood-free. Lastly, when I took the final gravity reading, I realized that I had no idea what temperature the wort was, so I waited until it felt room temperature-ish and took it then. This also means that I have no idea if the temp at pitching was 70 or 80. I think the beer turned out ok in spite of all the horseshit that happened,but I will have to wait and see. What I really learned here is that I need a backup thermometer at all times...I ended up using a meat thermometer to do the mash/sparge water.