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Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by b-one, May 7, 2013.

  1. b-one

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    Naw, you all have got every step locked in right?
    Me, I always seem to forget that I should shut the damn valve after draining the pre-heating tun water. Mash tun is sitting in the sink and the valve is turned to the back side is my only weak-sauce excuse. Probably drained several quarts of strike last Saturday before the brain woke up. Did hit the OG, though, so maybe I'll just continue doing it and call it 'pre-rinse'.
    Or maybe I'll work on being a bit more awake before I start.

    Anyone else want to trot out their regular brewing brain farts?
     
  2. MADhombrewer

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    I have written down the steps so, hopefully, I don't forget one. If I am brewing with someone, though, I forget everything since we are mostly talking/drinking. #shinyobjectsyndrome
     
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    Yes, I stupidly repeat the same f*king thing, forget purging kegs before force carbonating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Not recording when I add dry-hops.
     
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    Leaving the spigot open on my 6.5 primary bucket when pouring wort into it... :( Usually left open after draining out some StarSan to sanitize the spigot.
     
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    Not mashing high enough since getting my Thermapen. My beers just keep coming out too dry.
     
  7. jncastillo87

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    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ;)
     
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    1. Leaving the spigot on the boil kettle open when collecting the runoff.
    2. Forgetting to purge the headspace in the keg.
    3. Leaving the faucet open when I tap a keg.
     
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  9. epk

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    I guess I still forget Irish Moss from time to time.

    Hahaha... I've done it once or twice myself.
     
  10. AlCaponeJunior

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    Forgetting to bring a lighter and thus not being able to light the burner without borrowing one. Buying a wand type lighter and losing it before I use it once. :rolleyes:
     
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    I've forgotten to add whirlfoc a number of times. I'm always multitasking at that point in the boil, cleaning stuff, getting the chiller ready, etc, and whirlfloc gotten lost in the shuffle more than once.

    (Today's pro tip: it doesn't make that much difference in the finished beer.)
     
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    #3 I've done several times, never a good time.
     
  13. unclejimbay

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    Kicking my keg earlier than I was hoping...

    Happens almostevery time. "I wish it would have lasted just a week longer"
     
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    I can't think of major mistakes I make repeatedly on brewdays. But small ones, like forgetting the Irish moss? Yeah, maybe 1 out of 4 times. Another one involves forgetting to put hops in a hop bags or just not having enough hop bags on hand. I built one of those hop spider things that might solve the problem, but guess what I keep forgetting to pull up from the basement on brew day? I guess I end up with more hop trub, some of which ends up getting transferred to beer, but which generally settles out in the fermenter anyhow, and is little problem, far as I can tell.

    I also keep forgetting to place orders for equipment items that are minor -- until you need them. When I order ingredients, I also like to put in for some replacement parts, like plastic tubing and keg seals and such. I been operating for a while without replacing some of my replaceables. Evenutally, some beer-ruining incident will help my memory, like an infection from old plastic siphon tubes (of course I sanitize!) or oxidation of entire batch due to a faulty seal.
     
  15. samtallica

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    I really need to make a brewing checklist because I inevitably forget something somewhere throughout the process on every single batch. The beers still turn out pretty good though.
     
  16. Naugled

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    Over and over again I forget to add the irish moss or whirlfloc
     
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    I've forgotten the Irish moss before, hasn't seemed to make a notable difference. I still intend to keep adding it tho.
     
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    I never remember to order my ingredients far enough in advance to arrive in time for my "planned" brewday....
     
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    A number of folks have made mention of forgetting to add kettle finings (e.g., Irish Moss, Whirlfloc) to their beers. I always add rehydrated Irish Moss to my boiling wort but it has always been my understanding that the most important thing to do is have a vigorous boil and a rapid chill to achieve a clearer beer. I figure that Irish Moss is just some cheap ‘insurance’ for clarifying my beers. Below is a nice write-up from a BYO article on this topic:

    “The most important practice in producing clear beer involves using heat and cold in just the right way to drop protein out of the wort. A good rule is to boil it as hard as you can, then chill it as quickly as you can.

    In the brewing kettle a good, rolling boil of about one hour will help the clarity of both all-grain and malt extract beers. A rolling boil makes the tannins and other compounds that form the hot-break material, or trub, collide with protein particles. A good rolling boil causes more protein and tannin removal than weak boils. After boiling there are still some proteins in solution. Much of the proteins form cold trub during chilling.

    Rapid and effective wort chilling, with a wort chiller, is a vital part of this process. When boiling wort is rapidly cooled, the trub forms large particles and drops to the bottom. This is called the cold break, and it drops a lot of protein out of solution. After chilling and a good cold break rest (for about two hours), the clear wort can be siphoned or poured into a primary fermenter, leaving cold trub and haze-forming compounds behind.”

    Cheers!
     
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  20. carteravebrew

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    Yeast nutrient and finings, no matter where we put it to remind us, never make it in during the boil...
     
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    yet another irish moss & yeast nutrients brain-farter. For some reason I got in a good routine with it, now I forget pretty much everytime. Haven't noticed too much of a difference luckily...

    That said I remember adding my tangential port in my kettle and thinking...I'm going to leave this open time & again on brew day and end up dumping wort everywhere. Been 2 years and haven't left it open once (yeah I know I just jinxed myself)
     
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    To prevent myself from forgetting whirfloc tablets, I've started bagging them with the late hop additions when I weigh out hops the night before.
     
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    I have forgotten to add the whirlfloc several times, but lately for some reason I have neglected to make sure the valve on my mash tun is closed before I add the strike water... I have done that three of the last five times I've brewed. My wife has started calling those beers the "garage floor series"
     
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    One word: Checklist :)

    Put the things you forget the most often at the top, or as high as possible on your things to check.
     
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    No time and time again mistakes, but if my timing gets thrown off things can get hectic.

    I am sure to the outside observer the procedure is as wacky as usual but in my own mind it is all going to hell until I think I have caught up to normal proceedings.
     
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    Sometimes it's forgetting the whirlfloc near the end, and other times it can be cleaning the wort chiller after use. Other than that, i've been pretty good at remembering valves and things of that nature.
     
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    Buying specialized yeast for one type of beer and using it for a different batch, leaving me with nothing for the recipe it was originally intended for... :oops: For me, extra yeast never goes to waste... (when I have it)
     
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    I get a little gung-ho when it comes to bringing my boil down to pitching temp ASAP.

    Although I typically freeze about 4 pans of ice 1 or 2 nights prior to brew day to assist my immersion wort chiller, sometimes it slips my mind, resulting in me going to get a couple bags of ice from the gas station 2 min from my house... I hate spending $ on ice :mad:, but I always feel much more relaxed seeing those small chunks and globs of coagulated proteins when filtering my boiled hops out of the wort and into the fermenter... :D
     
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    My typical mistake is wandering away during the wort chilling process and cooling the wort way below my intended pitching temperature. I have also accidentally run *hot* water through the wort chiller and come back after 15 minutes to find my wort still quite warm. D'oh!

    Of course, this step is toward the end of the brew day, when I likely have more than a few brewskis in me already.
     
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    Oh shit, forget that one too this time! Blow off is doing fine. Chill....
     
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    I'm known to forget getting my priming sugar ready before racking to my bottling bucket. I end up boiling it in the microwave and cooling it in the freezer with some foil over the top.
     
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    It's funny what us homebrewers enjoy. I've seen some beautiful cold breaks, lol.
     
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    +1 to this. When I brew alone, I am pretty spot on with timing, note-taking, gear prep etc. When I brew with someone, I turn into a complete flake. I was so drunk by the end of a brew day one time, I woke up the next morning and couldn't remember if I pitched the yeast or not!?!?!?! I did, and the beer turned out great.
     
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    It's not really necessary to cool the priming sugar. 5 gallons of wort is more than enough to thermally overwhelm the relatively small quantity of sugar water.
     
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    Lmfao... I could see myself the next day staring at the airlock wondering... "WTF, why ain't this thang bubblin' yet!?" :confused:

    Good to hear things out turned out great for you.
     
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    It's funny because I like to pitch my yeast into an empty fermenter, then pouring the chilled wort on to the yeast thinking that the oxygenated wort will evenly "disperse" the yeast as I'm OCD thinking that pouring the yeast onto my wort will not mix up the yeast enough with the wort... even though I know that both ways of doing it always comes out the same (from what I've experienced)... Crazy stupid, but one of those moment when I think to myself, "Do you you repeat the the same mistake, over and over and..." :p
     
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    I try to do the same thing... when I remember.
     
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    And as fate would have it, I forgot to add the whirlfloc yesterday...
     
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    The only thing I consistently forget to do is to add the sugar to the boil for the recipes that call for it. Mental block.
     
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    More often than not, I forget the Whirlfloc. But I see it as largely cosmetic, so I don't sweat it.
     
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