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Old 10-06-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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OK...I ordered the Brewer's Best Equipment Kit (a basic two-bucket kit) and an American Pale Ale kit, from Listermann's, today. I'm excited about getting it and getting started! I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions as my first brew day approaches.
On a side note, Baton Rouge has a home brewers club called Redstick Brewmasters. I went to their meeting last night and joined. This is gonna be fun!



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Old 10-07-2006, 03:46 AM   #2
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Yeah, I just bottled my second batch tonight and I am loving every minute of this hobby.



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Glad to hear you made the plunge, Breaux. You won't regret it!

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Thanks, Breaux. Now that you've bottled one batch and you've got 2 more in the works, you know I'm going to bug you with a bunch of questions. Hope you don't get sick of me!

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Old 10-07-2006, 04:07 PM   #5
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No problem! Brewing is really fun.

I'm constantly asking questions and there are lots of people on this forum who have cheerfully put up with my questions too. That's how you learn, along with doing, and this forum and the people who post on it are extraordinary resources.

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Old 10-12-2006, 09:50 PM   #6
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Grrrrrrrr. Ordering problems have delayed my start.

1. The Listermann site was not prepared for an address with an apostrophe in the street name. That eventually got cleared up, and I got my order placed.

2. When Listermann transmitted my shipping address to UPS, either Listermann or UPS stripped out the secondary address line. SO, my apartment number was missing. This prevented UPS from delivering today.

I called UPS and added my nephew's apartment number (he lives next door and should be home during the day tomorrow). I should have my kit tomorrow. I'm still reading a lot, but I hope to get my first batch brewing Saturday or Sunday. Wish me luck!

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Old 10-12-2006, 10:52 PM   #7
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LOL Waiting on UPS is the second worse part of this new hobby of yours. The worse is waiting for your brew to condition/age while in the bottle - all the while you are wondering how it is going to turn out.

Ask away. That is how we all learn. Also recommend using the search option. Almost any question you will come across has probably been discussed.

Have fun.....and remember Relax and........

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Old 10-13-2006, 03:43 AM   #8
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Yeah, UPS and Fed Ex drive me crazy. I wish they'd deliver on weekends to residential addresses. When I'm expecting a package and it doesn't arrive by Friday, it crushes me.

Aging my brew in bottles, on the other hand, is a little easier for me to deal with. Every couple of days I pick up a lovely unlabeled gold-capped bottle of ESB from my first batch, hold it up to the light, and just admire its clarity, its amber-brown bottle-filtered reddish color, and congratulate myself on its lack of sedimentation and cloudiness. Sure, I'd like to drink it, but I'm content to wait until I think it will be a pleasure to consume.

Hey Breaux, the search function is nice and you can learn a lot by using it, but it's no substitute for asking your own questions directly. Never fear asking a question. That's how we learn.

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I may never get my kit. Maybe I wasn't meant to brew. I know one thing for certain. If given a choice between UPS and ANY OTHER METHOD (Bubba's 69 Rambler Delivery Service...I don't care), I will never choose UPS again.

The address correction I called in to customer service never made it to the distribution center. So, my kit was not delivered again, today. I argued with some snotty supervisor until I got angry and cussed at her, then I agreed to make sure someone would be here Monday to accept delivery.

I'm frustrated. No, I'm pissed off. It's hard to make me mad. I'm probably one of the easiest going people you'll ever meet (ask my brother...back me up, Breaux, are my feathers easily ruffled?). But this situation has me fuming. I sent an email to Dan Listermann and told him about this. I thanked him for providing free shipping, so as not to sound ungrateful. But I urged him to stop doing business with UPS.

Rant over. I need a beer.

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I'm frustrated. No, I'm pissed off. It's hard to make me mad. I'm probably one of the easiest going people you'll ever meet (ask my brother...back me up, Breaux, are my feathers easily ruffled?).
Oh, yes, yes you're right, I back you, Breaux! You're always calm; I'm the hot-headed one! Now, put that axe and the chainsaw down, OK? You sold the flamethrower, didn't ya? Remember what happened last time you got you feathers ruffled? It was hell convincing everyone that it was them chupacabra's that slaughtered AND roasted all our poor chickens. There, that's better. Relax! And don't worry. Have a home brew.. OOPS, I mean, have a Sam Adams, yeah, that's the ticket! A Sam Adams. You like Sam Adams, right?

OK, I couldn't resist, seeing that it's Friday the 13th today.

That is a total bummer about the kit not showing up yet. Nothing you can do about it, though. Seriously, just go grab a sixer of some microbrew you've never tried before and enjoy the evening. You gotta do research to figure out what you want to brew anyway.

My Kamado arrived. I'm going to fire it up later on and smoke some pork butt. I just gotta let the rub sit on the meat another few hours before I get started.


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