Monday, April 19, 2010

Nick's Bad Day: Failed to Brew (with video)

Sunday was supposed to be my big solo brew day, but it didn't go so well. I don't mean the kind of not-going-so well where you end up with less fingers at the end of the day, but I do feel a bit defeated. Watch the video when your boss isn't looking.

The video sums it up, but here's the play-by-play:

  • 11:00 AM: 30 mins to the big brew, got my stuff ready to load in the car to take to my friend's parent's house (they have a hose which they graciously are letting me use)

  • 11:15 AM: I get a phone call from my friend's mom. I have this sinking feeling, which is immediately validated when she says her hot water heater sprung a leak. My access to hose water (for cleaning and the wort chiller) is now denied until they can get a plumber out there. Bummer, but at least I can flush my toilets; I'm still better off.

  • 11:20 AM: Undaunted, I seem to remember that there is a sink adapter that lets you connect a garden hose to a kitchen faucet. I remove the faucet from my kitchen sink (which is retractable) and true to form, the faucet tube promptly ratchets back deep into the pipe. This was the first bit of bad luck. After trying for a while in vain to push it back up through the pipe, I dig out my screw extractor (from an electronic toolkit) and with Sam's help, I snag the end of the tube and pull it free.

  • 11:45 AM: I test the water in the sink without the faucet and promptly soak myself from head to toe as it whips around like a spitting cobra. I go change my clothes.

  • 11:50 AM: I attach a bottle opener to the hose to keep it from ratcheting back into the pipe again. I turn on the water to wash my hands... and soak myself head to toe AGAIN.

  • 12:30 PM: I run over to Big Lots (I misspoke and said Home Depot in the video) and buy a 50' garden hose ($9), a two pack of nozzles ($10), and some hose washers ($1). I love big lots.

  • 2:00 PM: I head over to Home Depot with my newly acquired floriculture essentials for fermentological purposes (see if that gets me a googlewhack). After careful inspection of all the various plumbing and sink equipment available, I conclude that they DO NOT MAKE an adapter for retractable faucets. This is bad luck event #2, since the accidental soakings were more like stupidity. They make a brass adapter that will go from 1/2" to 5/8" hose but I don't want to mess up my sink with a metal to metal connection.

  • 2:30 PM: I decide to try vinyl tubing with plastic connectors and buy what I'll need. I bring it all home and open it up. It's always a good idea to clean up before a project, so I turn on the water to wash the sink and promptly soak myself from head to toe. Yeah.

  • 2:45 PM: After checking everything out I go to connect my 1/2" adapter to the sink and discover I bought the wrong size. It was threaded at 3/8", but for a 1/2" hose. Crap. This is Bad Luck #3 or arguably: stupidity. It's now too late to brew.

  • 3:30 PM: I finish making my video blog post (above) and go play Borderlands with Gene.

So there you have it. I need to try and brew during the week sometime instead. I'll keep you all posted.

1 comment:

  1. In case you haven't solved your problem, here's a solution. Take your pull-out handle to Home Depot. They make a hose adapter that goes where the screw-in aerator fits. The make several different sizes so it is best to take your pull-out handle with you. Hope this helps for future brew days. Happy Brewing !!!!!