Notes taken, folly! Got a journal/notebook specifically for a beer brewing log. I have not read the Palmer book, but have "Beer Craft" by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill. It's very good. Also the short book that came with the Brewer's Best kit. And I've bookmarked a couple how-to sites online. Much as I get most of my info online these days, I'm old school enough that I like to spent an hour reading in bed each night. Course, nowadays I'm reading on a Kindle most often!
Hard to get my wort down below 72 because it's in my office, and there's a 75 gallon aquarium with discus fish in my office as well. Acts as an 86 degree radiator. However, I have the wort bubbling just under a window, and this morning I cracked that window to cool things down a bit. I don't think 72 is gonna kill anything, but would like it a few degrees cooler.
It's bubbling about three times per second into my blowoff tube right now.
Dynachrome, I was born in LaCrosse, and spent my summers growing up on the Gparents' dairy farm outside Prairie du Chien. Is your hinterland near there, or somewhere in the north? There are lots of cool lake names up here around Ely. Big Moose, Agassa, McDougal, Ed Shave, Hegman as mentioned. Hey, how about a Hegman Pictograph Pilsner? I've photographed those pictographs many times, and that would be one cool label!
The Boathouse does craft beer up great! We used to hang out there, but it's just too expensive over the long haul to drink their beer. Now we make the occasional visit when we're flush or want to meet clients for beverages/meals.