Tonight has thus far been an awesome night. Decorated the Christmas tree with my wife and Buster boy while sipping coffee and Jameson. I decided to chill my newly ready-to-drink American IPA 2. I had low expectations for it, and for good reason (or what I thought were good reasons). When I brewed it, I accidentally added around a half gallon of not sanitized tap water. Also, I was unable to take any gravity readings, since I broke the last two that I owned. ALSO, I threw every hop I had left in the fridge into it. I was leaving for tour in a few days and thought what the hey, I may as well use these all up. I was afraid it would come out watery and too hoppy, or at least have a clashing hop profile since I didn't take much care in choosing the hops that went into it.
So, I cracked it open about 20 minutes ago.
IT IS AWESOME.
Great balance of hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Great looking head that lasts for days. And to top it all off, its the clearest beer I have brewed to date. I am for sure going to try and brew this again. I just need to figure out how much water I added at the end and figure out how to adjust for that... which I don't mind, because learning about beer is fun.
So the moral of the story is this: No matter what you think you did to screw up your beer, RELAX, DON'T WORRY, HAVE A HOMEBREW! Chances are it will turn out just fine.