The forum's been slow the past couple of days and this gives me time to think--a dangerous thing. I'm hoping everyone will share some of the things they've learned or some of the memorable brewing experiences they've had in 2012. This is a way to reflect on where you were, where you are, the things you'll repeat or never do again. I'll leave it pretty open. I get to start I've learned that it was worth treking all my stuff across the state to keep a hobby after breaking up with my fiancee. While drinking isn't the healthiest way to cope with the loss, there are lots of social aspects of brewing that helped me through a rough time. I've learned that aeration is more important than I thought and I continue to make starters and keep an extra bottle of O2 around to give the yeast the best chance they can get for a healthy fermentation. I learned that if the kettle is too heavy/cumbersome/awkward to pour into a fermenter, I can lift the pot and sit down in a chair. I use my knee as leverage to try to help pour without spilling. Someday I'll get a ball-valve and pump or have the gumption to siphon into the fermenter. Someday. I've been able to use BA just about exclusively to get feedback, help, or just to shoot the shit about bewing. It's been a lot of fun. Thanks everyone.