So, this was my first attempt at all grain brewing. I’m sure whether all grain or extract some people have had an experience like this. My equipment was a 40 quart or so coleman cooler with SS manifold and 1/2 OD tubing. 32 quart aluminum pot, wort chiller and all the other necessities. So here’s what happened. I was doing an IPA with 16.25 lbs of grain 6 ounces of hops. I got mash right to 153 in the cooler for the hour, drained and got it up to 168 for the batch sparge. Everything was going perfectly. I was right at 6.5 gallons. So, I got my pot up to my stove top and this was when everything went wrong. It was heating up nicely and I was enjoying another home brew while waiting and cleaning up. It was raining like a mother outside, thus brewing indoors. As it was heating up, my wife said she noticed a funny smell. I equated this to her being pregnant…everything smells strong to her. As I was telling her so (not very wise on my part) BAM!! BAM! The stove blew up. I mean BLEW UP. Smoke, sparks, even a little flame. I run to the fuse box, turn it off, get my 180 degree wort outside to continue heating up on my gas grill burner while I assess the damage. It appears the stove top grew so hot since the bottom of the pot was so large it just reflected the heat back down. It melted the sheathes around the wires going from the back of the stove to the control panel, they fused together and lots of current plus melting plastic equals explosion I guess. So, the stove is kaput. I go outside, where it is raining like a mother and gusting at 40mph and my damn propane runs out. AHHH! This was now at 10pm (I was supposed be done by now)But, things took a turn for the better. So, luckily I was able to borrow my buddy’s turkey fryer get it boiling, and finish the brew. As I hook up the wort chiller, the thing starts spraying water everywhere! The tubing somehow had a tear in it. I held my finger over the rip, yelled for the wife for some help and was able to get it repaired with minimal interruption. Ugh.What a night.
Started brewing at around 630 and didnt get everything cleaned up till past midnight with all the shit I had to deal with. Luckily I was able to call an appliance repair guy and he walked me through how to fix the stove over the phone…hope I can do it…to save some money. Cool dude. Anyway, have about 100 feet of wires to replace on the stove but it should be up and running soon.
Anyone have a similar nightmare brew day?
I must say, even with all this, I cant wait to do my next batch!