I need a hug.
Saturday 03/24/2012 brewing day.
I planned on bottling two batches, and brewing a Dunkelweizen. Wife was gone just me and the dog.
1, First batch SS MINNOW Mild went great. Bottled and priming, confidence soaring. You might say somewhat cocky.
2,Raspberry wheat to bottling bucket, First indications that my day was going down hill, siphon kept clogging, decided to run it through a funnel with strainer, Stariner plugged ,flipped, emptied 6lbs. of Raspberry pulp into bottling bucket.Attempted a second straining, hoping to get at least 3 gallons of the original 5. dumped pulp into basement sink, Oh did I mention septic system with a lift pump, Started bottling couldn’t get 4ozs. before bottling wand would plug. Slow burn erupts, rest of beer in sink. Sink doesn’t empty,Inspect crock, waste level not dropping. Dang the pump is plugged. Shop vac black slop of death out of crock.(Anyone on a septic system knows the smell when you try to clean the sludge out of the bottom of the crock. Almost done 10 gallons of liquid poured on the lawn. Last pumpings are the worst. About 2 inches of the solids that have built up below the pump intakes. (Black slop of death times 10). Lift shop vac. lose grip in slow motion bucket falls. The splash zone of 5 gallons of black slop of death is approx. 14 feet and up to 3 feet up the walls, washer, dryer, water softner, freezer, carboys and buckets. 3 hours of scrubbing, and bleaching, I’ve still got a Dunkelweizen to brew because I don’t want my starter to go to long.
3, Brewing goes well. I don’t trust normal brewing buckets or fermentersthat are still soaking to get rid of the black slop of death splashed on them so I rack to my only clean carboy 5 gallon. After the blow off Sunday I’m down to a little over 4 gallons left and wonder if I’m not smart enough to take a not so subtle hint.
Please excuse the novel, but it was very cathartic to vent.