September 22, 2004
First, the mash. Grains and water stabilized at 150 F for 30 minutes. I sparged the grains with 160 F water into the brewpot and added enough water to increase the volume to 5.5 gallons. I cranked up the propane burner and started the boil.
Once the wort was bubbling nicely, I tossed in the kettle hops. 45 minutes later, the flavor hops were added. Last came the aroma hops. I dropped the immersion chiller into the boiling wort during the last 10 minutes to sterilize the copper tubing. Finally, I turned off the gas, hooked up the hose and started the water flowing to rapidly cool the beer.
And here's where the process broke down. It turns out that, unbeknownst to me, one of the clamps connecting the input hose to the copper tubing had come partially loose. I didn't notice because (a) water was flowing OUT of the chiller nicely and (b) I had a top on the brew kettle to prevent any foreign objects from entering the beer. Little did I realize that water could be the foreign matter.
Imagine my surprise when I looked inside the pot. I had a much greater volume that I expected. All of my efforts to sanitize and sterilize the equipment had just been pissed away. 2 gallons of water fed through a garden hose had entered my fetal beer. Ugh. Decision time. Dump $30 worth of malt, hops and yeast, or just say f**k it and ferment the crap anyway. Guess which one I chose?
My plan was to clone a delicious beer that the New Belgian Brewing Company produces, maybe "Matt Tire". The new name of this brew should be Biohazard Ale. There is some minute possibility that the beer will be drinkable AND good. Part one isn't difficult; people drink Sterno, for God's sake. Part two is probably a goner. Contaminants from the hose, chlorine from the 2 gallons of unfiltered water dumped into the wort. Oh well. Dump it now, or maybe dump it later. I remain optimistic that the batch will be pretty good. However, I think it's going to have a short shelf life.
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