Flask failure

While I was drying off my 1 liter Erlenmeyer flask yesterday, I heard a strange pop. I had just used it to culture a yeast starter for a beer, and after cleaning it up, there was a sickening clink that caused me to pause. A quick check revealed a long crack across the bottom of the flask. Luckily, this didn’t happen while I was boiling a mini-wort for the starter, or when I set the nearly boiling contents in to an ice bath. Best yet, it didn’t happen when the vessel was full of a bajillion yeast cells waiting to eat my fermentable sugars and poop out alcohol.

Do not use

Do not use

Now it’s time to shop for a new one. 1L has worked fine, but wouldn’t 2L be finer?

2 Responses to “Flask failure”


  • Its a shame to see a trusted soldier go down like that. In other news, is that a pan of brownies in th ebackground with M&M’s sprinkled on the top?

  • Ha ha – good eye. Close – it was cake with chocolate frosting and mini-confetti. I think the m&m’s would have been much better.

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