CLEAN UP: With any great hobby in the kitchen, there is always a mess to be cleaned up. If you are married sometimes it is best to clean up before your wife gets home from work. Try to do it on a day she isn't home or make some extra commitments to wash the dishes and she may be kind in letting you explore your interest further. A good bottle brush helps to clean the carboys - I bent the end of the brush so ti cleans the side of the carboys better. I usually clean my carboy first so as not to have something dried on that is too hard to clean later. (see first photo above) During the last batch, one of my glass carboys accidentally tipped over in the basement closet spilling the liquid for one bottle of beer on the floor. That's right. I noticed I had one less bottle to fill. Accidents happen. I had also lost control of the hose at the end, when I was transferring the beer to bottles, and sprayed the toaster oven and counter (see top right photo). I used paper towels and the dish rag to wipe up. I have some Oxy-Clean in a spray bottle and that helps to wipe up these messes. It is good on the kitchen tile also as I tend to loose beer during my lautering and spaging steps. See the previous blog entry on lautering.
I know everyone is brewing beer and writing about it. This is my view on homebrewing.