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  • Minneapolis, MN
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  • I had wanted to brew beer at home for years before I actually did it. I obsess too much about things and tend to overplan, so I read and read and read books, magazines, and of course forums. I became active on HomeBrewTalk among all the other forums because of the surprising support for senior members and lack of apparent 'flame wars' notorious on other boards.

    I brewed my first batch as an extract kit and in hindsight wonder why I didn't start sooner. All the reading and planning was time wasted not brewing. So for all you beginners out there...brew brew when you CANT brew. No matter how much you read and plan, the experience of screwing something up and the trying to adapt is priceless compared to all the reading about it.

    I did about 6 or so extracts and even got a good friend involved in homebrewing. I soon went to all-grain with a cooler setup for about 6 batches. Then I added a 10 gallon mash tun pot and upgraded by brew kettle to 14G to do larger batches. That l
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  • Posted in thread: Solenoid / Thermocouple / Pilot on 08-12-2010 at 12:51 PM
    I used the H15s from BASO. It is cheap insurance. Especially when brewing outside. I can't
    count the number of times my pilots have been blown out and the safety valve stopped the flow
    of gas. Worth e...

  • Posted in thread: 2010 GABF Tickets on 07-09-2010 at 02:09 PM
    Thanks for the responses. I have my tickets now. Thanks all.

  • Posted in thread: 2010 GABF Tickets on 06-28-2010 at 08:49 PM
    Why am I allowed to buy 2 tickets then? Am I only allowed to give the 2nd ticket to an AHA
    member? In the 5 years I have been going anyone can attend the members only session with the
    correct ticket. ...

  • Posted in thread: 2010 GABF Tickets on 06-28-2010 at 07:33 PM
    Hey AHA Members--Are there any AHA members that are not planning on purchasing their allowable
    2 tickets to the Saturday Afternoon members only session?If you would allow me to purchase them
    I am in s...

  • Posted in thread: Pre-NHC get together in honor of Yoop leaving the UP! on 05-06-2010 at 01:03 AM
    Its on my calendar....

  • Posted in thread: Polar King Kegerator - For Sale on 04-18-2010 at 09:24 PM
    A friend of my Lawrence, Kansas has come across this kegerator and asked me if I was
    interested. I live too far away and already have built a kegerator. Told her I would post some
    pics and see if anyo...

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August 3, 2008  •  04:24 PM
Thanks Bug. It was very helpful to bounce ideas off you throughout the process. Good brewing!
February 5, 2009  •  08:14 PM
Ellsworth AFB, out near Box Elder. I actually just got here in November, but it seems like a pretty good place to live so far.
April 22, 2009  •  04:53 AM
MN - thanks for the comment. I'm torn on the relocation. Not a fan of the cold (from WI) but am of employment! HQ is in St Paul and their closing the doors here in Tucson. I'm one of the lucky one's who got an offer to relocate. It's a good opportunity so we're looking at it from the positive side.

Northern Brewer is just a couple miles from downtown St Paul where I'll be working so that will be nice.