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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 12:19:14 PM »
Cheers Dave. Most of my hobbies usually turn into addictions/obsessions. That was the biggest thing to learn with this: I did not have a chew habit, I am an addict. I will also never want to give up chocolate. But I'll just call that something I like, damn addict speak again there, sorry ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:29:16 AM »
Good to know. Sorry to have completely side tracked this thread, but looking back, maybe thats for the better anyways

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Me Make a Better Brew Day
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:05:48 AM »
Tell them how cheap 'n' easy it is.

And maybe make two batches instead of just one.  Maybe one extract and one all-grain, or BIAB vs. cooler mashing, so they can see the differences.

I just taught a couple groups of friends how to brew from zero to AG, and I agree on the two-batch method.  Everything was all set up, and they closely observed batch #1 while I explained what we were doing.  On the second batch, they pretty much took over and went through the steps with me guiding as needed.  It was cool, because there was an immediate chance to apply the new knowledge.  We met ahead of time and I showed them how I use my brewing software, Bru'nWater, and brewday spreadsheet to plan out a batch.  It was a good move to meet ahead of time over beer samples while working through the different calculations. 

We also worked out a cost analysis for ingredients and calculated a per-beer cost, which is always eye-opening in a happy way.  Both groups are eager to brew again, and we'll do a follow-up brew in the near future. 

I just picked up a Grainfather and have been enjoying learning that new system.  I thought maybe it would be possible to have the new brewers working through a batch while I ran a batch if the GF.  But, I found that in Minnesota, the GF is an inside toy, so that won't work so great. 

Overall, I think it was cool to plan this out as more of a larger learning experience than just a single brewday.  The recipe design work ahead of time was really productive because the brewday had some context.  And the immediate practice in batch 2 locked in the skills and created the confidence and desire to continue in the hobby.
This is such an awesome way to teach someone. I have "taught" 2 or 3 people in the last 4+ years, but all the design and prep work was done before they were even around. It is a big piece of the project and I will work that in somehow the next time I have a student with me

Kegging and Bottling / Re: A Sneak Peek
« on: October 17, 2017, 11:00:30 AM »
Liking it

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:51:50 AM »
Thanx Jon. Not much fun the first month, but keeping at the keyboard kept me off the can

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:46:42 AM »
thanks stpug, luckily I was never a smoker but this was the same. Nicotine is a controlling monster

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru,n water question
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:27:41 AM »
Yep, I would adjust any water that is going to run through your grains.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:22:23 AM »
Looks kinda quiet in this thread today. First time seeing it. I have kind of disappeared over the last 78 days as I have been busy committing my efforts to a different purpose. I still love brewing, I still love the AHA forum, but I guess I have missed a lot in the last almost 80 Days. Those 78 days have made me a better person, less chemically dependent and all the time I used to spend here has been spent at recently. I have popped in a couple times in that span with questions on kegging, as that was new to me. thanks to all for your help on that front, especially Hoosierbrew. Yall have not lost me, just prioritizing a bit differently. Learning there that I may be a bit compulsive and have focused that compulsion there while it used to be here. Sorry for the rambling, just wanted to say hello again for a moment

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Shameless promotion for our first ever comp
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:35:18 AM »
Good luck, if I was closer and had anything ready, I would enter.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 02, 2017, 08:37:56 PM »
Where have all the good times gone: Van Halen (at least a cover)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts
« on: October 02, 2017, 06:34:40 PM »
Thanx JT, I have one keg, and one only...for now. It was definitely easier than bottling. The brew is my Mt. Hood IPA/APA for the Bloat meeting on the 20th. A little early but I will be out of town the 6th through the 15 and wanted to make sure I was ready. How is your version coming along?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:18:06 PM »
Thanx Jeffy you rock

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Kegging and Bottling / Keg posts
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:06:55 PM »
Dont see any stickies on the topic, so which post is grooved on a ball lock keg? First timer, I know you all can tell me the answer quicker than I can search for it on here

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:18:39 PM »
Song for the dumped: Been Folds Five

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Ingredients / Re: Pilsner Mail for an IPA?
« on: September 21, 2017, 03:19:31 PM »
I agree. My all pilsner malt pilsner has been done with 60&90 minute boils and I have not had any issues with the 60 minute version. Not going back to 90 except for something really high gravity

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