Head over to Colrain. Cider Day is the first weekend in Nov. You can get all the fresh press you can handle.
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One of the things that's gone really well for our club meetings is the occasional "Tech Trivia" night. Formatted like the old GE College Bowl (c'mon, somebody besides me has got to be old enough to remember that!). Start with a tossup question. Each team buzzes in (I bring and old synthesizer with sound FX) and whoever buzzes first gets a chance to answer the question. If they get it right, they get to try to answer 3 more questions. If they're wrong, the other team gets a shot.
From looking into this more around the net I've seen some systems where guys are using the "white HD or Lowes" RV & Boat medical grade potable water hose ($12.00) and slapping a Whirlpool House filter on it. I like this idea. Think what I'll do is this; when I get to the brewery I'll hook up the RV & Boat hose that I bought (still in the packaging) and fill a nice frosty glass full and take a taste. If it tastes fine, no worries; proceed as planned. If it's just a little bit funky, I'll invest in the filter.
Sometimes I brew early in the morning and the 60 minute mash gives me time to drink coffee and wake up.
Not to mention that I usually start by 9 AM and I just don't want to drink beer that early.