Wife went out last night which left me lots of time to do some brewing! First batch I did was what was suppossed to be a blonde ale. I bought a brewers best brewing kit for $25 on a local classifieds ad and it included an extract blonde ale kit. Judging by receipts it was 5 years old!!! I figured what the hell, bought new yeast and set to brewing it, if anything I am out time and $4.50. I did a late addition of 1/2 the extract to try and make it a little lighter. No go. This is dark! So I plan to call it my dirty blonde Next I did the Graff recipe from Brandon on homebrewtalk.com Smells delicious and looks great in the carboy! easy and quick recipe. I was just getting ready to mix the wort and apple juice and one of the kids ended up sick and throwing up :cry: not good. So I let everything just sit covered and still in the ice bath. The extra time let me get the batch to 62 before I pitched, so that's a good thing! everything went off without a hitch, and I was done including cleanup in less than 5 hours and before the wife got home. I do think my next batch I will try the early morning route as it sounds more peaceful and by then it will hopefully be a cool crisp autumn morning. Drink up, its a long weekend!