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Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10000
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.192.193
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 07:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

As I mentioned in another thread, because I was asked to comment on my 10,000th post to this board, I will do so now. In truth, this is not really post number 10,000. In 2002 I was given moderator privileges by Pat Babcock, and for some reason the counter was reset (it was somewhere in the high 3000s at that point). Moreover, the board software didn't begin to count posts until an upgrade in late 1999 or early 2000. So it's anyone's true guess as to the real number.

I believe Brews & Views goes back to 1996. At least it was late in that year that I became aware of it and started reading the posts. There was already a community of regulars who hung out here; occasionally I will see a name from those early days and smile in the comfort that I'm not the oldest hand among those here.

Long before I homebrewed (although I knew homebrewers as early as 1970 and my father talked about Prohibition era brewing experiments) I considered writing a book. I was going to title it "For Every Man a Madness." It would have dealt with those (almost entirely male) who embrace hobbies to the point that they take over their lives. I probably realized I had the tendency to be among them. When I think of the influence of homebrewing on the past 15 years of my own life, it's frightening. The monetary cost (mostly opportunity costs compared to what else I might have done) is staggering. Yet I have to say if I had to do it over again, I would very likely do the same thing, including some of the obvious mistakes. Such is madness, I suppose.

At any rate, I really want to thank many other people for the opportunity to post all those messages here. Pat Babcock and Karl Lutzen made the board possible; Pat continues in his dedication after all these years. Please continue to express your financial support to make it a going concern. Over time I've seen many names come and go, and made many fond friends. The sense of community is what keeps me coming back. We have our squabbles and disturbances, but we truly are a family. Furthermore, what I've learned here has been invaluable, and being able to share that is only fair.

Whether there will be post 20,000 is anyone's guess. The numbers have dwindled in the past couple of years; there are many other forums and discussions and alternative technologies for expressing them. I've stayed here out of a sense that this is where I belong. All of you are the reason for that. Thank you everyone.

In conclusion, all I can really say is---brew on!
 

Bierview
Advanced Member
Username: Bierview

Post Number: 569
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.81.178.93
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 08:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,

I am glad you have a sense of belonging. Although I value opinions from many on this board, I always look to see what you have to say as my final confirmation. Thanks for all of your advice.

BV
 

Dan Listermann
Senior Member
Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6545
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 74.83.191.159
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congrats Bill!
 

tim roth
Advanced Member
Username: Hopdude

Post Number: 730
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 173.22.56.157
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 10:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Nice 10K run Bill! cheers,tim
 

robert rulmyr
Advanced Member
Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 996
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 24.155.102.121
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 10:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Quality and quantity of posts!
 

Denny Conn
Senior Member
Username: Denny

Post Number: 7167
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 67.139.233.130
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 11:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congrats, indeed!
 

Jim Williams
Junior Member
Username: Jim_williams

Post Number: 92
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 72.221.65.41
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 12:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,
it's so cool to see you here still. I know my post count is very low. I mostly lurk anymore, and, don't contribute much, but, plan to in the future. The help I've received in a current active post regarding water is invaluable, and, just goes to show that I need to get involved again.

I remember the very early days. Somewhere along the way, my post count went to zero. that was years ago. It is so cool that this board has such a valued member.

Here's to you!

Cheers,
Jim
 

Marc Rehfuss
Junior Member
Username: Marc_rehfuss

Post Number: 88
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 199.133.215.183
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 01:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Back in '99 - '00 when I started brewing I loved reading this board, due to the highly informative posts from Bill P and others. This has been a great resource for me over the years, although I confess to being mostly a lurker. Regardless, thanks to Bill and numerous others.
 

Paul Hayslett
Senior Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2074
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 72.20.66.46
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 03:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congrats, Bill. If I could find any decent beer here in southwest North Dakota, I'd raise a toast tonight. But since I can't, I'll toast to your accomplishment with homebrew tomorrow.
 

priorm
Member
Username: Priorm

Post Number: 110
Registered: 01-2006
Posted From: 96.227.234.15
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 03:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I appreciate your balanced, ever-tempered and knowledgeable contributions Bill. Keep it up.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10003
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.192.193
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 03:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul, I forgot you were temporarily in ND. In these recessionary times it has the distinction of the lowest unemployment rate of any state. Now if they only could see their way to improving the times with good beer.
 

Graham Cox
Senior Member
Username: T2driver

Post Number: 2104
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 04:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, I'm not sure congratulations are in order so much as thanks. Cheers!
 

dhacker
Senior Member
Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1634
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 74.242.161.46
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 04:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Definitely thanks . .

The steady state of your thought process and knowledge on so many subjects is nothing short of amazing!

hack
 

brett matthews
Intermediate Member
Username: Brettj

Post Number: 354
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 124.150.119.230
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 08:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm with Graham and dhacker. Thank you Bill for helping a desperate brewer in search of flavour here in beer wasteland.
 

francisco hott
New Member
Username: Frano

Post Number: 19
Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 200.126.67.187
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 02:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congratulations and thanks for all
 

michael atkins
Advanced Member
Username: Mga

Post Number: 705
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 204.26.73.87
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 03:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill P - Congrat's

Thanks for all the knowledge of brewing that you so willingly share here on the board. You are a great leader and teacher.
 

Vance Barnes
Senior Member
Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3595
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 74.7.7.66
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 03:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here's to 10K+ more posts!

Wish I'd discovered this and the hbd back in the 90's. When I started brewing in 93 there was a big information void around ATL. Finding this board and a local hbc forming in the early 2000's really helped my brewing.
 

Fritz Eubanks
Junior Member
Username: Fritzeubanks

Post Number: 48
Registered: 05-2003
Posted From: 131.167.64.11
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 04:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congratulations, Bill, and thanks.
 

Tex Brewer
Intermediate Member
Username: Texbrewer

Post Number: 377
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.203.59.252
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think I might be the one who privately asked Bill to comment on his 10,000th post. I don't remember when I first started reading and posting on this board, but I had another Username back then, so my count is also unknown. What a great board this is. And Bill has provided so much with such grace and equanimity that it makes me proud to be associated with him in this small way. Folks like Chumley, Denny, Dan, and others are also major contributors whose input I value. Thanks, Bill, and everyone else who makes this board work.
 

Dave Witt
Senior Member
Username: Davew

Post Number: 1263
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 12.2.161.11
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 06:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congratulations on 10000 posts, Bill. You answered my first question here back in 1999.
 

Jeff Rankert
Junior Member
Username: Hopfenundmalz

Post Number: 41
Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 76.122.147.39
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 06:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congradulations and thanks.
 

Patrick C.
Advanced Member
Username: Patrickc

Post Number: 861
Registered: 01-2001
Posted From: 72.37.171.84
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 07:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for all the help you have given over the years, but I think your 10,000th post should have been "Aerate well and pitch a large starter." :-)
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
Intermediate Member
Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 458
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 12.165.82.136
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 07:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll join the other posters in this thread in padding my post count. Erm, I mean in congratulating Bill.
 

Michael
Advanced Member
Username: Hoppop

Post Number: 953
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 24.74.164.235
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 01:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Madness it is....I have hit and missed this board since early 2002, and homebrewed since 1992. When I started, I was lucky to be in Seattle, which had a great craft brewing scene in infant stages...no shortages of HB knowledge. When I moved back to the SE, I hooked up here....great source of advice....and practical experience. Thanks, Bill for not only WHAT you answered for many on here, but HOW you answered it. Patience and many teachable moments.

I know this is a Bill "10,000" post, but I want to also acknowledge Denny's input...my wife still has night tremors due to her finding me in the backyard attacking one end of a SS braided washer house with an axe a few years ago.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10008
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.192.193
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 03:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Denny is truly a star on many forums. I'm more of a one-trick pony by comparison. I'm honored to be mentioned with him.
 

Bob G.
Intermediate Member
Username: Brewerbob

Post Number: 481
Registered: 06-2002
Posted From: 71.197.125.248
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 04:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,

I remember posting mostly on Rec.crafts.brewing back in the day, Brews & Views was my second "home" in the mid 90's. Then,early in the new century I discovered via Denny "tastybrew.com". I come back time and again to B&V's since starting up my cafe with the wife last year, I find myself posting less and less but, always check in on the forums to see what's going on. This is one of my regular stops and appreciate your contributions through the years. It was also a privilege meeting you a few years back in one of my favorite haunts that holds allot of history for craft beers including my own from the Shark's Tooth days along with Judy Ashworth in her Lyons Brewery of Dublin. She was a close personal friend of Michael Jackson.
Kudos and cheers to the milestone you have achieved on whatever "real" numeric post that has transpired.

edit to realize I was thinking of HBD newsletter in the mid 90's vice B&V's which I "switched over" to in '02

(Message edited by brewerbob on February 25, 2009)
 

Eric Severseike
New Member
Username: Els94

Post Number: 17
Registered: 04-2004
Posted From: 66.8.241.109
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 07:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,

Congratulations, and thanks from all of us you've inspired over the years.

Eric
 

Cory K.
Member
Username: Galaxy51

Post Number: 241
Registered: 04-2006
Posted From: 70.58.134.155
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 05:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, Thanks for your contributions both on and off this board. Before joining this forum I was a lurker and needed water help. I contacted you privately and received help from you that was just as specific and complete as you would give to someone posting on the forum.
 

Steve Pierson
Intermediate Member
Username: Stevepierson

Post Number: 425
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 66.162.131.35
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 06:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Bill, for your contributions to this community.
 

Nephalist
Member
Username: Nephi

Post Number: 131
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 71.129.43.132
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 06:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They're coming out of the woodwork to send thanks, so I should too. I discovered the HBD and quickly found it over my head. The B&V was more attractive, yet there was some animosity (I won't name names). Yet in every thread there was a balanced response.

I began to read some posts for entertainment, but I always read Bill's earnest posts with interest. It was around that time I switched from extract to all-grain, and his responses were invaluable. Brew on, Bill. Your influence is incalculable.
 

Bob D
Junior Member
Username: Fl_bob

Post Number: 66
Registered: 07-2007
Posted From: 205.188.116.20
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 01:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, Your wealth of knowledge and willingness to contribute to this board has been a huge help to many of us. Thank you.
 

Steve Haun
Intermediate Member
Username: Stevehaun

Post Number: 325
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 64.244.197.15
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 01:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congratulations Bill!
Thanks for your help along the way.
 

Dave Witt
Senior Member
Username: Davew

Post Number: 1264
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 12.2.161.11
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Congratulations on 10000 posts, Bill. You answered my first question here back in 1999.

Forgot to include a big Thank you.
 

Daniel Bishop
New Member
Username: Whatshisface

Post Number: 12
Registered: 01-2009
Posted From: 198.91.4.14
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 04:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey, I'm already on my 12th post. I guess I'm catching up. Congratulations and Thanks!
 

Rob Farrell
Advanced Member
Username: Robf

Post Number: 532
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 216.27.76.200
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 05:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you so much for your service to the collective these many years. I truly mean that, even though I still chuckle about a post I saw when I first arrived here, when signing in wasn't required. In response to a question, Bill Pearce replies, "Just do what I say." Funny stuff.
 

Merle
Member
Username: Merle

Post Number: 110
Registered: 05-2002
Posted From: 68.238.130.39
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 - 12:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Congratulations on 10,000 and counting Bill