Brewing Accidents, Near Misses

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Post  dkwandt on Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:52 pm

burnt the shit out of my foot getting preboil gravity, instead of closing the valve accidently went wide open, it jumpt the glass right on my foot (nice scare) no skin when i took the sock off.

last thing i heard was "tink" then vanilla porter filled my basement storage.

other than a steam burn or two that is about it.
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Post  r@fink on Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:19 pm

@Randi
I've only cracked one carboy in all my brewing years, and that was just being stupid and sliding it into another one on the counter top. Those puppies are dangerous and require you to stay focused. I still have four or five of them sitting around doing nothing collecting dust since I ferment in stainless kegs now.
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I do use the silicone hoses with qd's for my pump transfers, but on my chiller I just use an older RV hose for discharge. I must have had a kink down stream allowing the pressure to build up and find the weak spot.
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Post  ryanjilek on Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:26 am

BTW, r@fink, are you using silicone hoses?
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Post  randi philleo on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:31 am

Yikes! That could have been bad. I should check over my hoses sometime...

I think the worst accident we've ever had was Mike cutting his hand open on a carboy that shattered.

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Post  r@fink on Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:55 pm

So many valves, hoses, wires, flames, etc. How's a guy supposed to keep track of them all?
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Post  ryanjilek on Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:32 pm

Ouch! Glad it didn't turn out worse for you.

Ironically I had a similar experience with hot water but it wasn't equipment failure it was total user brain failure. I was transferring the return line from my pump going to my HLT that was recirculating HOT powdered brewery wash and well...forgot to turn the valve or pump off. I had a couple of tender spots on my hands but looking back it could have been way worse!
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Post  r@fink on Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:09 pm

Just after I started cooling my wort today I had an incident where the output hose from my immersion chiller blew a hole. The hot water shot at me and I was able to dodge it for the most part, but caught a little on the hip. The hose was of the white RV type that I had noticed a developing bulge on the last brew. Should have 86'd that hose when I noticed the bulge!
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