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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:01:27 PM »

Good day sunshine--The Beatles
Let the good times roll: the Cars

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 19, 2017, 05:58:29 PM »
We're just so off-topic that... wait.... what was the topic again?!  Who cares?!  Oh.  Alrighty then!

Ex's & Oh's - Elle King
Ba dump bump. He'll be here all week

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:44:36 AM »
thanks stpug, luckily I was never a smoker but this was the same. Nicotine is a controlling monster
   Having quit both - smokes 34 1/2 years ago and chew about 15, I gotta say that the latter was way harder to kick, even though I only chewed when drinking beer. I now can't stand cigarette smoke, but still miss my evening "desert" chew. No way that I'll ever get back into that nasty crap though.
thanks Visor, hitting 80 days today and less than 3 weeks from 100 which is a great starting point. I promise every day not to use that day, and it has worked for 80 days

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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+2

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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 https://www.killthecan.org/ 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

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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.

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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?

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

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