Brewing mistakes you really wish you'd avoided...

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You know the kind of mistakes I'm talking about, right?
I'll kick off but please add your own favourites...

Number 1: Spilling beer into your box of 'essential random plumbing bits' so you have to wash and sterilise... The. Whole. Darn. Lot. :doh:

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Leaving valve open when transferring from kettle to fermenter.
Oh - and here's something else I managed to yesterday:

Number 3: cleaning and sterilising a Corny, then discovering that the edges of Cornies are quite sharp and realising you've dripped blood in it...

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Works well in a Guinness clone though.
 

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Leaving valve open when transferring from kettle to fermenter.
My friend did this. I think about it _every_ time I brew and so far, so good.

However...


Forgetting to empty out the sanitiser before filing 🤦‍♂️
(fortunately I bottle, rather than keg, so it was only about 400ml that was lost, not half a keg!)
 
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I underlet all my mashes now. The amount of times in dutifully shut off the HLT tap, then disconnected the underlett pipe.......... without shutting off the mash tun tap, so hot mash water spills out everywhere...

Luckily, I've always had a jug or something to hand to catch it. So far! clapaclapaclapa
 
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Doing a 8kg grain bill biab outside on the decking with the boiler on the patio table and then realising that you have to lift the grain bag out.
resulting in a broken table after having to stand on it to hoist the grain bag into a second fermenter to drain it. Hot wort everywhere and a large dip in the table that needed explaining to SWMBO
 

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Ever thinking...oh you know a double brew day would be a good idea..... nope🤪

Anything to do with brewing that starts with 'This won't take long...'
or 'I'm just going to keep it simple....'🙈

and the best one for me personally....trying to carbonate in the bottle like a sodastream using a counterpressure filler....cue encompassing a 2 metre sphere of space (with me in the middle of it) with beer. That was most definitely not one of my good ideas!

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I went years before my first “left a tap open moment” but I knew it would happen eventually from all the hours spent on youtube and reading forums. What no one prepares you for though is just how gutting it is when it happens.

Also +1 to @DocAnna the number of times I’ve mentally totalled up the time required and then found I’m chilling wort at 1am.
 
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