Really titled, what else can go wrong...
Recently working a nice light wheat beer for spring. Nice...until my mash efficiency was off by a too high temperature, 170 degrees, work it down by adding in cooler water, but over-all effect was noticeable. I increase the fermentables by working in some honey and brown sugar, thinking I'd recovered from the problem, i move on to cooling the wort.
I don't turn my back for a minute, and the 32 quart pot (8 gallons for the mathmatically challenged), now has about 6.5 gallons of wort, the wort chiller sprung a leak (hence the working title of this brew). Not wanting un-sterilized water in the wort or increased volume of water in an already light beer, I return the wort for another boil. Removing 1.5 gallons of water takes quite a bit of time and produce a large volume of steam.....
Steam that is vented out of the kitchen via the Microwave.....hmmm....kid needs hotdog, ever see a Microwave catch fire ? Now my "Sprung a leak Wheat" has ruined a $250 microwave. Finally I have the beer at an acceptable volume, though it is still weak.
Tasting the flat beer at bottling time reveals a definetly light taste, my first 3.2 beer!
On the bright side, the wife finally relents on the budget and purchases the outdoor beer making equipment ($300), as the cost of replacing the microwave on regular basis is not cost-effective !
Oh yeah, i'll update on the finished product, i'm hoping with carbonation the beer will be tasty.