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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Moving
RobertLove

What a pain in the ass. It's fun when everything is done, but the process is shitty. Pack everything you own; load it up; move it to the new place; unpack; hope that nothing broke or got lost. Blah. Just have to take it one step at a time. Like the dog said as it backed into the fan: "Won't be long now". We'll get through it all. I'm looking forward to it all being done. Quiz time! Our pint card winners for the night were: Everyone Wish Hannah Happy Birthday!; Leaked Pee Tapes; Donald Trump's Comey Over; Fell Out Boys; and Add 30 Points to Our Score. Congratulations to you all.
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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What's in a Quiz?
RobertLove

Why do we all come to play pub quiz? Is it to win all the dollars? Generally, no. It often punctuates your week with time spent with friends. It gives you a reason to get out of the house on a traditionally slow Tuesday night and get together, drink some beers, talk, and, maybe, win a gift card or pint card. So, I want to thank all of you for coming out each week to play along with us. I hope that it's someting you look forward to each week. I sure do. Quiz things! Tonight's pint card winners were: South City Landlord's Squid Leavings; No Mercy; Too Many French Jokes, Too Little Time; Badass Bingle Bangles;
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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A Hard Rain
RobertLove

NMF was a little rocky this year. Cold weather, buckets of rain, and lightning throughout the day on Saturday put a bit of a damper on the situation. That doesn't mean that things didn't go well. The headliners played. Beer and food was easily found. Inside shows still happened. While everything didn't go as planned, it went pretty well, all things considered. I spent some time at Bigfoot Creative hanging out for their (405) Brewing beer pouring. Had a good time hanging out with the guys over there. Make sure you check out their stuff if you are looking for some cool OK gear. Quiz time! Tonight's pint card winners were: Big Oh; Trump
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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What is Good?
RobertLove

Have you been to a store that specializes in something lately? How have they been doing? I have been having some mixed experiences with specialized stores as of late. I know that the availability of products on Amazon, ebay, or other online retailers has really cut into many brick and mortar stores lately, but some seem to have been hit harder than others. Let me know if you your particular specialty store has been suffering lately. Tonight's quiz was a good one with some tough competition. Our teams taking home some pint cards were: It's Because We Sweated; Gold Diggin' Whores; Hippotopomonstosequipedaliophobia (yes,
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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A Flurry of Activity
RobertLove

Been super busy lately and had a bit of a rough day on Tuesday. Lots to get done, but it all was successfully accomplished. House cleaned for a showing: Check I'll be moving soon and our landlord is wanting to show the house. Guess I have to live cleanly for the next 6 weeks or so. Oh well, should make the move easier as I can start staging things to get ready to move. Now just to get the projects finished at the new house... What fun awaits... Taxes Filed (yes... I know I waited until the last day, but hey, they got done): Check Didn't have to pay this year, which is good. Was concerned about that. Got a little back, but nothing too exciting. QFAC Planned
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Half of any Job is Having the Right Tool
RobertLove

Helped a friend brew today on another friend's system. Turned out pretty well, until it came time to chill the wort. How does everything hook up... We don't know. Not our system. Well, shit. Let's get this figured out. Finally found all the right connectors and got it going, but damn, that was more difficult that we thought it would be. Also, I now need a Therminator. Screw the immersion chiller I have been using. That thing is junk compared to the Therminator. Just pump the wort through and cold water through and boom! Wort comes out at pitching temp. It's magic. Not really magic, just quite impressive. I knew that Blichmann was proud of their products, but I now know exactly why
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Good Beers to Come
RobertLove

Lots of things going on now. Make sure you check out the CBAO Flights and Pints event at McNellie's starting on Thursday, April 6. The event starts at 5 pm and goes until Sunday night. They will be pouring specials made by Anthem, COOP, Marshall, and Prairie Artisan Ales. These beers all used the base wort that was then fermented at each of the breweries independently. Should be some great stuff in store. Make sure you don't miss it! We had a great night tonight. Despite a little slower night, there was still tough competition. Those teams that were able to take home pint cards for the night were: Orgasms & Beer;
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McNellie's Norman (The Abner Ale House)
121 East Main Street
Norman, OK
73069
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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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
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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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
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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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
[Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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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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