my first brewing injury

Yesterday I brewed a stout that is modeled after the Rogue Shakespeare Stout. This marked the one year anniversary of the beginning of my homebrewing career. What a fun year it was! I would call this stout my Anniversary Stout, but instead it will be dubbed the Wounded Knee Stout.

Well, calling it an injury would be a bit of an exaggeration, but I did bruise my knee yesterday. As I was sanitizing the glass carboy that was going to be my primary fermenter, I was pouring the sanitizing solution out of the glass into a bucket. I lost my grip on the carboy and it first crashed into my knee and then onto the tile floor of the kitchen. The floor won. A five gallon flood of water and glass shards went all over the kitchen floor, creating quite a mess.

The good news is that I walked it off and kept brewing. I’m just glad there were no beer casualties, although it was one heck of a mess to clean up. Broken glass is the worst. So, the lesson to everyone: Stay focused and keep a tight grip when you’re holding onto five gallons of liquid in a glass container. It seems obvious, but you can take it for granted!


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2 Responses to my first brewing injury

  1. Dan Powell says:

    Last week, on St. Patrick’s Day, just as you suggested, I opened a bottle of your stout beer that you sent home with me a couple weeks earlier. Brian, it was delicious! Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Emmett will not get his, as I am saving it for special day in April. I am sorry about your injury……..but I want you to know, it was well worth it, to have made that batch of your Anniversary Stout. Keep up the good work.
    Gratefully, Dan Powell

  2. Brian says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Dan! I’m glad to hear that you liked it. I also think it turned out pretty well. The body wasn’t quite as creamy as I like my stouts to be, but the color was good and the flavor was mild roasty. I think it turned out to be a pretty easy-drinking, versatile stout. I’ll have to send some of my IPA your way when it’s ready in a week or so.

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