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Brewing Nightmare
Posted May 24, 2006 at 08:15:34 AM by Bean in the Beer category
Last night, I kegged 10 gallons of homebrew. As I went to hook up the CO2 lines to begin force carbing it, I realized that one of my fittings was the wrong type. I went ahead and hooked up the one keg (chocolate stout) and went to get parts to replace the bad fitting. So far, so good. My plan was to simply cut the bad fitting off, replace it with the new one, and zip tie it in place. Unfortunately, my hoses and valves were set up in the one configutaion that would not allow this to happen smoothly. I've got a 3-way block with shuttoffs on the "out" side of the CO2 tank, and one of the three lines has a T in it so I can have 4 gas lines. The T does not contain a check valve. Also, the chocolate stout keg was filled extra full, meaning that the gas-in dip tube was actually below the surface of the beer. Are you following this?

Bottom line: When I went to snip the bad fitting, teh existing pressure in the stout keg forced beer out the submerged gas line, through the T, up to the cut line that I was holding, and out the cut - resulting in approximately 1 quart of sweet, sweet nectar being sprayed all over the following things:
  • Me
  • The cold room
  • All of my kegs, valves, and lines
  • The basement floor
  • And did I mention me?
I was stunned, and it took me a few seconds to shut it off. What a mess. What a nightmare. Not only did I have to clean everythig up, but the gas lines, valves, and T's all had to be taken apart, cleaned, sanitized, and reassembled.
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bigD (May 24, 2006 at 08:54:50 AM):
I did not follow any of that except for the funny part about wet carpet beer spraying all over your person.
rushing (May 24, 2006 at 10:21:36 AM):
Have you seen this...
I was looking at it for my lab but noticed thats this was actaully delevoped by Coors so they would not have to clean as much.
bean (May 24, 2006 at 10:48:33 AM):
Buck seventy a foot!
If you buy some, send me your scrap.
Brad (May 24, 2006 at 11:27:45 AM):
You are a horrible brewer
Brad (May 24, 2006 at 11:27:55 AM):
You are a horrible brewer
Brad (May 24, 2006 at 11:29:34 AM):
By the way, I just figured out what causes comments to post twice. I will tell you tonight...It's still a lOst party fo sho right?
bean (May 24, 2006 at 11:35:43 AM):
Yeah - heading to johns around 6:30 or so... ordering pizza for dinner and whatnot.
corbin (May 24, 2006 at 12:22:07 PM):
man, i'm anti-stoked about lost tonight, solely because i won't be able to watch it until after i download it TOMORROW
bean (May 24, 2006 at 12:35:41 PM):
BRAD: shows on from 8-11... prolly heading to johns at 7:30, not 6:30.
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