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dan hodges
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Username: Speed

Post Number: 1
Registered: 01-2008
Posted From: 66.252.115.52
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 08:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

just ran across this board today by way of another board, different color, because of dennys disappearence, and wanted to pop in and say hi. Been brewing for 4 years, all grain for the last 2- 2 1/2. i batch sparge ala dennys advice and have a 3 tiered system, doing mostly 5 gal and sometimes 10 gal batches. I live in west central nebraska so there isn't much out here for craft brews, reason for homebrewing. hope to enjoy good times here, rock on.
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 1470
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.253.156
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome, Dan! You and I sound a lot alike.
 

Tim Wi
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Username: Riverkeeper

Post Number: 962
Registered: 03-2005
Posted From: 68.119.103.98
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 09:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad to have you.

Tim
 

michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 628
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 216.161.70.243
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 09:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome Dan -

A fellow Nebraskan (Grand Island)here. Everyone on this board should take a trip up Hwy 2 to Thedford and see the spaciousness of the beautiful Sand Hills. It would blow their minds.

If you are ever in town - Give me a call.
 

Peter Roman
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Username: Lilbordr

Post Number: 1080
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 75.190.152.223
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 09:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome to the board. This place is a great resource for both beginners and advanced brewers alike.
Good luck!
Peter 'the kid' Roman
 

dan hodges
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Username: Speed

Post Number: 2
Registered: 01-2008
Posted From: 66.252.115.52
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 09:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

michael. i just might do that as i have family in grand island and get down there quite often,
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5249
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 75.165.200.194
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 11:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Grand Island! I spent a few days working there in the early 1990s....I found it to be the worst beer wasteland I have ever seen. Has it changed?

Oh, and hello Dan.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 8378
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.225.170
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 11:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan, welcome aboard! We'd be honored to have you among us.

By the way, I agree with michael's recommendation of a visit to the Sand Hills of Nebraska. I'd crisscrossed the country several dozen times before I finally made a trip that brought me to that unusual region in 2000. There's really nothing else quite like it.
 

a.k.a. Grog
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Username: Kirktech

Post Number: 36
Registered: 11-2007
Posted From: 68.106.245.55
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad to have ya, Dan. Cheers!

Grog
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 5247
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 65.29.223.32
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 12:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It will be nice to have another Dan.
 

dan hodges
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Username: Speed

Post Number: 3
Registered: 01-2008
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Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 12:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hopefully i can add something to the forum
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1308
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 74.226.104.102
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 01:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You already have . . and welcome to the most cerebral brewboard on the net!

Oh, and I find it hard to believe that Western Nebraska is a bigger beer
than Western Tennessee!
 

a.k.a. Grog
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Username: Kirktech

Post Number: 40
Registered: 11-2007
Posted From: 68.106.245.55
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 01:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

heheheh! shhh...I can almost hear the chirping of crickets
 

Anil Tyson
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Username: Anil

Post Number: 68
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 67.168.118.245
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 02:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome aboard, glad to have you.

Prost!
 

michael atkins
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Username: Mga

Post Number: 629
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 216.161.70.243
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 03:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley Grand Island has improved as far as the beer scene goes, but take a look where Dan lives.

Nebraska Sand Hills in all it's glory.

http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/projects/geoweb/participants/dutch/VTrips/SandHills.HTM

http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/nebraska/sandhills2-aug2001.html

(Message edited by mga on January 20, 2008)
 

FlatWaterBrewer
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Username: Flatwaterbrewer

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2007
Posted From: 71.87.83.75
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 03:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah, people think of Nebraska as so flat, then they go 30 miles north of the Interstate and marvel at all the hills.
 

dan hodges
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Username: Speed

Post Number: 5
Registered: 01-2008
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Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 05:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

michael, thanks for posting the link to those pictures, now when i tell you guys i live in the middle of nowhere we have proof oh, and we have a couple of the finest golf courses in the world hidden up here too, one of them designed by ben crenshaw.
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1309
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 74.226.89.117
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 07:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ok, I'll admit that's pretty desolate. I actually do talk to folks at Prophet Systems in Ogallala on an almost weekly basis. I've heard there wasn't much to do there.


I wasn't lied to.
 

Chumley
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Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5250
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 75.165.200.194
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 08:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Looks like Wyoming....does the wind blow there all the time, too? Where are the antelope?
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 8381
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.225.170
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ogallala is indeed the West. I was there once in early November; the wind blew like the memory of a long ago injury.
 

Steve Anderson
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Username: Steveinmemphis

Post Number: 278
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 216.37.68.121
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan, welcome to the board. I have learned most of what I know about homebrewing from following up on the ideas presented here. Some of these folks are great teachers. It's a nice community. For a "lone brewer" like myself, homebrewing would be much more difficult and not nearly as fun without this place.

I have to respectfully disagree with dhacker about West Tennessee being a beer wasteland. Memphis has plenty of good beers to chose from. Raffe's Deli on Poplar is one of several places which have a great selection of beers under 6% alcohol. Yorkshire Liquors on Quince and Busters Liquors at Poplar and Highland both have a pretty good selection of bigger beers (30 or more, from Rogue, Dogfish Head, Unibroue, etc). Flying Saucer has well over 100 beers to try from, and Bosco's is a great brew pub with very good food. Any place in between Memphis and Nashville....that may be a different story.
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1310
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 74.226.89.117
Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 08:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for rubbing that in my face, Steve!

I know all those places. Unfortunately, I live exactly between Memphis and Nashville . . no matter how you cut it, whether you go east or west when you hit I-40, it's gonna be at least 100 miles.

"Hun . . I'm going out for a six pack . . I should be back in, oh, 'bout 6 hours . . ."

I'd be happy if just a few of the aforementioned brews made it as far as Jackson . .
 

dan hodges
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Username: Speed

Post Number: 10
Registered: 01-2008
Posted From: 66.252.115.52
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 12:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

i can go to north platte which is about an hour away, and get a few good beers, but very few. If i want to get some really good stuff i have to go to lincoln which is 4 1/2 hrs from me., but the trip is twofold as my kids live down there. I guess grand island has some good beers too. its only 2 1/2 hrs away.
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 2995
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 01:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

welcome Dan....just to let you know....any good ideas on here are mine....all of'em
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 8385
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.225.170
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 02:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That's right. Not only did BBB invent beer, he invented the idea of beer.
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1519
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.225.133.222
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 04:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome aboard, Dan.

BBB, you're really Al Gore, aren't you?
 

Joel Halpine
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Username: Jackhammer

Post Number: 72
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 76.85.175.253
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 02:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lincoln, NE chiming in. Glad to have another NE brewer around. Lincoln does have some selection if the home taps are dry, but go west to get the better stuff Dan.
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1316
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 74.226.121.20
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 01:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*An addendum and reprievel from my beer wastelandedness blues.

I'll be in Nashville both Thursday and Friday nights this week for a Tennessee Association of Broadcasters conference. I've already formulated my plans to visit the Flying Saucer on 10th street Thurs. night and maybe go to Blackstone on West End Fri. evening.

Is Dave Miller still Brewmastering there?
 

Jake Isaacs
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Username: Jake

Post Number: 451
Registered: 04-2002
Posted From: 72.154.246.33
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You're going to pick Blackstone over Bosco's? Madness. Unless you're planning to eat something besides beer, in which case the choice would be understandable.

BTW, I work under the Flying Saucer. Very convenient for happy hours :-)
 

Steve Jones
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Username: Stevej

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Registered: 08-2001
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 05:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jake is right - Bosco's is the place. They tap a cask ale each weeknight (I think around 5:30 or so), so be sure to get there early enough to partake of it.
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1318
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 72.4.22.214
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 06:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmm

I go to Boscos when I'm in Mem-town, but haven't been to Blackstone in prolly 7 years. Eats were part of the plan, but the cask conditioned ale is definitely a Sirens call!
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 5255
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 216.23.55.202
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 08:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I found the dark beers at Blackstone to be astringent.

While Boscos was late in the evening, I was underwhelmed with it. The beer I had was rather plain.

Now the waitress' at the Flying Saucer made that place worth the visit!
 

Jake Isaacs
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Username: Jake

Post Number: 452
Registered: 04-2002
Posted From: 72.154.246.33
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


quote:

The beer I had was rather plain.



I take it you didn't have a Hopgod Ale or the IPA pumped through a vessel full of hops (Nessie?).
Some of their "always available" beers don't really do it for me, but there's almost always a couple of rotating beers that are outstanding. Some weeks they'll have the same brew in the cask with a different yeast each day.

I went to the Flying Saucer for lunch yesterday at around 2pm. Since I was about the only one there, I got all the attention of the mini-skirted waitresses. Between that and the comfy couches, it was hard to drag myself back to work.
 

dhacker
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Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1327
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 65.4.225.212
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 01:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just got back from Nashville and I'm sorry to report, the planned beer expedition didn't go exactly as planned. For one thing, some friends driving down from Clarksville Thursday eve were late meeting us at the hotel so we could all go in one vehicle to the Flying Saucer. Second, it was frigid (for TN) and finding a parking spot is not the easiest thing to do in that area. We ended up about a hundred yards from the front door and froze while we walked to the entrance. Sadly, that's when the third disappointment reared. My son was with me for the conference and he's a tender 19 years of age. I forgot about the cigarette laws and how that has forced certain establishments to have a 21 year age minimum for entry . . Ironic the boy can die for his country, but can't enter a beer emporium/ eatery for a Pepsi . . (topic for another time) In my flustered state and without the directions to Bosco's handy, we quickly decided to drive the few blocks west to Blackstone's, I have to admit Jake and Steve, the beer was not as good as I was expecting. I had their Belgian Dubbel which IMO was overpoweringly sweet . . no perceivable alcohol warmth . . as if it didnít fully attenuate. Also, had the St. Charles Porter that I had to really dig deep with my palate to find any character at all . . Oh well, still had a good time!

Last night stayed at the hotel for food and drinks and discovered Draft Flying Dog Doggie Style APA. Much better than either offering at Blackstone's. As it turned out the server screwed up our order on the food (really insignificantly) but took 50% off the tab . . though I didnít ask him to. My son and I ate well, I had three drafts of the FDDS APA and total tab was $16. So I guess I did make out okay after all . . .