In my many years of working in breweries and brewing my own beer, Ive found a few surprising items in the breweries and even in the beer being brewed. It never ceases to amaze me the kinds of things that can show up when beer is being brewed.
1. Prosthetic Arm
Ill never forget the day I found somebodys prosthetic arm floating in the vessel where the beer was fermenting. It turns out, one of the guys lost his prosthetic arm and it dropped into the vessel. While he was gone getting someone to help him fish it out, I happened upon it. It was a strange sight to say the least.
2. Skin Lightening Cream
We had an Ethiopian man working with at one brewery, who was using a particular skin lightening treatment called Meladerm, which is a cream that is used to lighten your skin tone. He was applying it and dropped it in the vessel, which we then had to fish out.
One of the older gentlemen that I worked with at one brewery was wearing dentures and they fell out while he was checking inside one of the vessels. Im not sure how he managed to do this but needless to say, it was a bit of a health and safety issue.
I could go on, but these are three of the strangest things Ive come across when brewing beer. Im sure they wont be the last.