It turns out #27 is unlucky for me as my 27th beer was unceremoniously dumped down the drain today. Pronounced dead at 7:45 AM. First time I lost one. She was a Surly Bitter Brewer Pro Series Partial Mash Kit, and she had all the potential in the world. Her life, short as it seemed, never really started. My Wyeast 1335 (brand new) never showed signs of yeast activity in the smack pack. I pitched it anyway, ever the optimist. No activity, no signs of life. Patiently, I waited. Should I put a message on the NB board? No, they’ll tell me to wait. They’ll say it will all be fine. That’s what I would tell the worried brewer.
About a week after constant checking, and still no yeast activity, a white cheesy substance appeared on the surface of the beer and the cooler started having an odd smell. Late fermentation? Still, I waited. Don’t you leave me damn it!
Today, I opened the fermentor. An unrecognizable odor quickly came to my nose. Of course, I measured the gravity, same 1.040 as I started with. Things were bleak. I final taste sample would have to confirm what I already knew. I sipped on the last, awful, wort. For she was still a wort, and never became a beer.
I will brew on, but not today. We all know our #27 is coming along with that hollow feeling of watching your time and effort go down the drain.
Good brews to all! Here’s hoping we can all avoid our own #27!