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121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
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Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
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Meh...
RobertLove

Have you ever been somewhere and did something you didn't know then were chastised for doing something incorrectly. That just happened. I guess I was doing something "unsafe" but at the same time the chance of a problem occurring is exceedingly small. Like will probably never happen, but there are those rare times that it may. So I guess it's worth it to make someone feel like an idiot. Doesn't really matter. They didn't have what I needed anyways, so I guess I'll just start going somewhere else for it. Quiz time! Our quiz tonight was a good one. Lots of points on the line and some great competition. So, let's see who won the pint cards. Tonight's pint card winners were: It
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
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Worst Ski Trip Ever
RobertLove

That doesn't mean that it was a bad trip though. Went to Taos last weekend. Had a great time in the enchanted circle regardless of that fact that it was way too hot to be skiing. If you ski, and have skiied when it's about 65 degrees, you know how much it sucks. It's not that it's just hot. Because it is. You also have to ski completely differently if you're running into slushy spots and especially if you run into water. Yes, I said water. Luckily that was mostly down at the lifts, but still, I don't think that I have ever seen active streams on the runs. So, that was fun. Anyways, the trip was still a good one. Got to travel around the area and even got to visit some breweries there.
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Are We Frustrated Yet?
RobertLove

Have you ever been working on something, dedicated many hours to trying to fix or plan something only to have it blow up in your face. Nothing literally exploded (this time) but I was trying to fix a faucet the other day and it was one problem after another. You think, "Hey, I've got this" and then the faucet shits in your breakfast cereal and say, "Not today!" So frustrating. It eventually got to the point where I decided to say screw it and replace the whole damn thing. Threw that old one in the trash. That'll teach you. Asshole. I know... I try not to waste things like that, but sometimes it's better to just start anew. Stupid faucets. Anyways, I also almost completely
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Crazy Past Few Weeks
RobertLove

What a crazy past few weeks it has been! I have been helping out over a the (405) Brewing taproom on Saturdays, tried to keep up with some house stuff, repairing some fences, and am getting ready to do the largest amount of home remodeling that I have ever done. Gotta fix some stuff inside the wall, which means ripping it up and putting it all back together. I am looking forward to it, but am also a little anxious. We will see how it goes. I will keep you updated. the taproom has been a lot of fun and I highly encourage everyone to get out there and give it a try. Lots of tasty beer and even some special events happening in the near future. Definitely worth checking out. Speaking
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Bigly Happenings
RobertLove

So, the other day I was helping move some stuff so some house remodeling could be done. Everything was going well... until... carpet in one room is wet. Not damp. Standing water kind of wet... Great... The culprit: The hot water heater. Original one installed in the house. Has been leaking for who knows how long. So, let the fun begin. Turn off water supply to the tank. Also doesn't work... Perfect. Well, in order to keep it from leaking, we must turn off the water to the whole house... What a total shit show. It is getting better though. As of writing this (Wed at 1:15) I have all of the stuff ready for the plumbers to come in and replace the tank. Old tank is out.
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017
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Beer Me!
RobertLove

I have been building up to make some tasty brew soon. I had planned on making just a barleywine, but decided that I would like to try and use it as a base for a gyle, essentially making two beers from one. I don't know if it will be a good idea, but I'm going to try it. I have had a yeast starter going since Sunday, so that's ready, mostly. I stepped it up on Tuesday afternoon and it blew out of the flask TWICE! That is some happy and active yeasties. I am a little upset at myself for not better mitigating the blow out, but there's always next time. I think as a precaution I will grab some more yeast in order to make sure that my numbers are appropriate. So, the plan is to
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017
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Yards, Feet, and Cubic Yards
RobertLove

Sunday was spent building and setting up some raised beds. I am going to see how the raised bed that I built fares over the year, not expecting it to last more than a few years, but that will be a good start. The bed that we set up is a round pop up style bed. It's made of a plastic-y fabric that you just unfold and fill with dirt and BOOM raised bed. Right now we have some peas, onion, and garlic in the pop up bed, but will be adding more to it later. I'm looking forward to the whole thing. Ready to get some veggies again. Also, make sure that you know what you're getting yourself into when you start building raised beds. A 4'x8' bed will run you 32 cubic feet of dirt. And
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Pew Pew Pew 1.5
RobertLove

If you all follow all of the blogs that I write, you will have seen that I recently acquired a laser engraver. Was worried about a couple of things for getting it going, but seems many of my fears were a little unfounded. Spent some time before quiz getting the finishing touches on it and it fired right up. I was worried about things like aiming and laser beam alignment, but also, after some checking, all of that was good. So, what to do now? I already have plans to replace the laser bed with a better one, as the one it came with is a piece of garbage. Got the old one out, now just need to find a proper replacement. With the old bed, I was able to do a quick test cut that turned
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Doin' Work!
RobertLove

My friends and I have been putting tile in at my girlfriend's house. It's been a good learning experience and hopefully will be adding some real value to the house. It's taking longer than expected, but most projects tend to. That's okay, it'll get finished and will look damn good. I highly recommend you try and install some tile sometime. It's great fun. I think that's enough of that for now, so let's move onto the quiz. Many teams did very well on the bonus questions tonight, but we only have so many pint cards to give out. Those teams who got to take home some of those pint cards were: Turkish Delight; Betamax and Chill; We
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Eye Opening
RobertLove

Lately we have had a really big and great crowd. This crowd has included new teams, regular teams, and travellers, in for a good beer and a good time. I think this goes without saying, but I really enjoy beer. I have had many different styles from many different breweries. However, my list pales in comparison to some others that I know. They trade. They travel. They ship. They get the beers. I am often slightly envious, but with the collaborative environment surrounding beer, there is always someone willing to share some brews with. At quiz I got to try a beer that I didn't think I'd ever get. Barrel Aged Bible Belt by Prairie Artisan Ales. Thank you
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
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The Times, They are a Changin'
RobertLove

I have been thinking about what to write for a bit and have been coming up short, so I think I will just talk on something that I have been considering in my life otherwise. I think I have come to the conclusion about something in my life that it is time to move on from. I have been holding onto it for a while, but the other day I realized that it wasn't worth holding onto any longer. So, here's to changes. See you all soon! Tonight's quiz was a good time. We had some tough competition for the pint cards tonight, but as always, each one can only go to one team. Those teams winning the pint cards tonight were: The Betty White Supremacists; Dr. Dre's
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
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Clutter, Clutter, Clutter
RobertLove

Have you gone through your stuff recently? Checked the clothes hanging in your closet or in storage? Looked in those boxes from the last time you moved? Evaluated what should and should not be kept? These are all things that we should all try to do on a regular basis. Often the "Spring Cleaning" is meant to provide this, but just once a year can sometime get overwhelming. I have recently started going through my collection of things. Three old computers that no longer work... Why? "Oh, I'll do something with them in the future." No, I won't. No one likely will. They are non-functional and at some point, you have to say goodbye to everything. But wouldn't it really be better to not
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017
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End of the Holiday Season
RobertLove

We had our third annual Christmas tree burning last week. It's a lot of fun, but reaffirms how dangerous those trees can be. If you are using a real tree, make sure that you keep that bad boy watered very well. The burning of the tree is generally the way that we light a bonfire to burn off any collected fallen trees or piles of brush that have built up over time. There's always a lot of that as one of my friends has 7.5 acres that has pretty densly forested areas. This year the bonfire was in the pond, which is unfortunately dry right now, but that's okay. We ended up burning for about 7 hours one day last week. Lots of work, but definitely helpful. We're focusing right now on clearing
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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A Fiery Quiz!
RobertLove

Tonight's quiz was a great one. Lots of people showed up and we had some strong competition. But first, let's talk about some fiery topics. Today (Wednesday) I and some friends spent a good amount of time working on cleaning up around his new property. This included burning about a ton of wood. Lots of work, but very rewarding. I'm tired now, but totally worth it. The property, specifically the pond, will be much more useable than it has been previously. Now just to figure out how to have it hold water. I guess that's an important part of a pond. We'll see. At the very least, it will be a nice stargazing place. Let's move on to the quiz! Tonight's quiz was packed. A
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
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A Holiday Quiz!
RobertLove

The teams that were able to secure some pint cards for the night were: Wrooong!; Fantastic 4; Turner and Cooch; Los Tigres; and Don't Choke on Your Aspirations. I recommend you spend those bad boys on some of the beers that are up there now. I mean, Hibernation by Great Divide, Christmas Bomb! by Prairie, Big Jamoke by Marshall, etc. Lot's of good things to try and, I mean, it's free, so why the heck not? After all of the dust settled tonight, we had three clear winners. Taking home the $10 McNellie's gift card was
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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8 Days Until Birthday Shenanigans (or is it 12?)
RobertLove

Everyone loves some good birthday shenanigans, and since mine is coming up, I figure we should celebrate. I want you all to wear your special holiday sweaters at our next quiz. This is to celebrate the upcoming holiday (which one is it again?) and to celebrate my birthday. We all know which one is more important, right? Well, tonight's quiz was a good, yet tough one. Lot's of lead changes throughout the night, but as we all know, there can only be a few winners. The teams who were able to score a McNellie's free draft pint card were: From Texas with Hale (Joining us all the way from Houston, Texas. How nice of them!); Rogue One Hype Train;
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