irish guard
Since Mar 18, 1998

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Notre Dame fan and alum.

Authors -

I really like and admire the works of C.S. Lewis (did you know he died on 11/22/63?)

Fellow Wisconsinite, Stephen Ambrose has written some wonderful history books.

Wishes -

I wish the Republicans would stop spending so much now that they are in power.

I wish the good fathers at Notre Dame would give up on the multicultural experiment and begin to do things that are best for the students rather than their own guilty consciences.

Some people like cooking or baking, I like brewing beer. There are two very distinct ways to go about it; the first is to use extract kits (less complicated) and the other is all grain brewing. Both are extremely enjoyable and rewarding. Who wouldn't want to be able to brew beer and enjoy the delicious taste of a good ale that was made by your own hands?

My best recommendation would be to do some online research at They sell brew kits that will accommodate either the extract brewer or the all grain brewer. You can get started for about $250 although, just like any other hobby...and drinking beer isn't a hobby, that's a can add all kinds of things to the brew process as your interest heightens.

Getting started is easy and guys at a local beer brewing store are always really helpful. For a novice, I'd recommend only starting with the Deluxe type kit and use extract beer making kits for brewing until you get better at the brewing process. If you write off the cost of brewing equipment, the cost to brew two cases of beer is about $40 all-in and once you brew your own, you'll never go back to buying and drinking the mass produced swill on the market.

Most of what I brew are either ales (think of Sam Adams only a lot tastier) or IPAs which are pretty hoppy. My three boys prefer the hoppy stuff and I like Porters or a few of the IPAs, but some of those ales are just the best. FreepMail me if you have more detailed questions