So I ordered a home brew kit from Australian Home Brewing. I love ordering stuff online. I don’t get much mail apart from bills, so it’s great to come home to a package on the doorstep; this is even better when the package contains home brew supplies!
Anyway, with much excitement, I opened my package, and, to my horror, found that the liquid malt container had broken in transit! There was malt everywhere throughout the box, a total sticky mess.
Thankfully malt cleans up pretty easily with hot water (there’s a tip), so the other contents cleaned up pretty well. Unfortunately much of the malt extract was lost.
These things happen I suppose, but of course it’s disappointing to open a fresh box of home brew supplies to find your malt all over the place, and the rest of your ingredients all sticky. When I moved it, some of the extract managed to drip through the box as well, getting malt throughout the house. The dogs were quite pleased with this and helped with the clean up though.
Well, I sent a quick email off to Australian Home Brewing and they sent me a replacement malt right away. They also threw in some liquor mix for the trouble, which was extra nice of them. I would have been happy with just a replacement malt extract!
To make things even better, I managed to recover a little bit of the malt, probably just enough to throw into a small experimental batch in my 5 litre carboy. It’s not enough for a full 23 litre batch, but enough to play with.
Moral of the story? When God gives you ruptured malt packages, make beer out of it!
Oh, and course the replacement was mailed to me as well, so I had the pleasure of coming home to another package.