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checked out Butler Winery in Bloomington today because I was told that they have a good homebrew selection. I think this photo is evidence of that!


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Hey all! I'm pretty much a newb to homebrewing. I am currently fermenting my second 5 gallon batch. hope to get some good advice and inspiration from this group!
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Welcome and happy brewing.
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thought the way the light hit this tree in the rain was cool.
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damn, not sure what to think of this... i can see that it might have some good aspects, but at the same time it looks like a good way for the insurance to fuck you.. oh what? you were going 56 in a 55 1 minute before impact? its your fault.

if i get a car that has one of these, can i remove it? doubt it.. i would try and lock it down...
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really good sushi! or at least I think it was.. A fan I am! 
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Thought I would post on the brew bench that I made. It was mostly made as a place for me to mount a pump and the plate chiller. Is has a few issues, but it seems to work for the most part.

Let me know what you think! Any recommendations would be most welcome!
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Very nice! 
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my brew from Saturday finally started fermenting.. really need to do yeast starters from now on..

this one is going to be iffy. really ran into a lot of problems is cooling and transferring to carboy.. hope it turns out well! 
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So how long have you been brewing? I love microbrews. 
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I'm trying to figure out what is going on.. anyone else had issues with bursters not working right? I tried to take out a ground of 3 L1 portals with no shields with a L5 burster and was only able to do about 3% damage to a L1 resonator... I was sitting right on top of it... frustrated.... 
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Yeah today I was having some trouble with it. I kept hitting a portal with busters over and over and there was no change in the energy. 
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wow, i can finally be happy with something the USPTO has done...
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time to head back to Indiana. it has been real DC! I enjoyed my time and look forward to coming back!

it was also good ingressing in you!


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successful day of travel so far. arrived at the hotel, unpacked, ate, and even played some ingress. making an impact for the #resistance! #ingress 
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I travel a lot for work and was recently pushed outside the beltway to stay here due to a conference filling up hotels and my not booking far enough in advance. Overall this hotel seems okay. You can really tell it's an older hotel as most of the furniture in my room is extremely worn. The couch cushions are about 2 inches thick at points and the arm-chair in my rooms is extremely faded. Both of the chairs at the desks are well frayed as well. As for the bed, don't even think about trying to sleep in the middle of it. Your rear-end will sink down about 4 inches when you get into bed putting you is more of a deeply reclined sitting position. It didn't really bother me too much, but thought some folks might like to know. As other reviewers have stated the breakfast is free but pretty bleak. Most other Marriotts I stay at have pre-made oatmeal, but here they just have the packets and I couldn't find the hot water to make it. I can also confirm other reviewers with respect to the climate control in the rooms. I had a 1 bedroom suite and the thermostat only controls the main room, while you have to operate the in wall unit in the bedroom manually. My biggest complaint was by far the "high speed internet". I wasn't even able to stream music reliably for more than 5 minutes in the room. The hard-wired jack also didn't work, and if you were hoping to be able to use a chromecast or roku in the rooms forget about it unless you brought an extension chord. The outlet for the 32" 2009 Panasonic (with a 10 second start up time) is hidden behind the stand which is bolted to the wall... It's close to I-95 but quite a ways away from anything touristy. There are some food places around by the look of it, but I didn't try anything. Basically for an extended stay hotel I can't imagine having to stay here for more than a week. There are much better extended stay hotels in the Alexandria and Arlington areas.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
To me a lobby is a lobby, so that didn't really influence my rating. The rooms were nice and some of them offered little balconies. The rooms were nice. The desk was large enough to be useful, and the data-ports were active (useful if you use a travel router). Bathrooms were standard for hotels. The big selling point for me is that this hotel is extremely convenient to many shopping locations, restaurants, and the air force base. If I was in the area again I wouldn't rule out this hotel.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
First time trying this place out and I am very pleased! one of the few coffee shops that don't over sweeten their drinks. I can actually taste espresso!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
They have some great salads. Enjoyed every time I have been here! Salads are pretty expensive, but I have learned to expect to pay the price for eating healthier. I haven't been disappointed leaving Sweetgreen yet!
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Never been here during an afternoon rush, but my two times stopping on the way to work have been pleasant. The brewed coffee was good and it seemed their specialty drinks were good. Didn't try any of their tea related products though. Also, price was reasonable. I would come here again. As a side, I'm sad this replaced the Caribou that used to be here, but at least it's not a Starbucks.
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reviewed a year ago
Went to try enjoy a Sunday breakfast at about 10:00. It took a few minutes to get a seat, then about 35-40 minutes to get our drinks/food ordered (we were one of the fortunate tables that had menus right away). After another 15 minutes we were told our server had "lost our ticket". Another 5 minutes after this notification we were given our drinks. Another 15 minutes we got our food. The food was a sole redeeming point of our visit. It seemed that the kitchen staff was on top of it because another table with a different server was in and out in about 25 minutes. The other side of the restaurant also seemed to be moving swiftly. On a scale of 1-5 our service was a 0. Absolutely terrible. If you get a good server I can imagine you could have a pleasant experience.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is my 4th week at this hotel. I can't say that I have any complaints. The rooms have always been clean when I have arrived and the staff has been friendly. Out of the few Residence Inns I have stayed at in the DC area this one has the best WiFi I have experienced. It doesn't drop out and is nice and quick. Some other hotels I haven't been able to stream video, but here it's no problem. To me this is a huge plus! I have tried out two of their room types. The Studio and the One Bedroom with King bed. The studios only have showers (which I prefer) while the One Bedroom variant has the more traditional bath-tub/shower. The hotel is near a lot of good eating locations and has convenient access to the metro. You might not need to go out to eat too much as so far their "evening social" food has been great! This hotel has a nice fitness and pool area as well. Fitness is a combination of treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free weights, and a couple of weight machines. Haven't experienced too much over-crowding. There is always something open to use. The only this missing that other Residence Inn's in northern Virginia have is beer in the lobby shop and beer/wine at the social, but this is such a tiny thing that it doesn't bother me one bit.
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Quality: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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reviewed 2 years ago