Congrats gophers6- February 2014 Brewer of the Month!

You may know me as "gophers 6" on the forum. As you can probably tell I am a big Minnesota Gopher Hockey fan.gophers6 Q: Tell us a bit about yourself... Along with my wife and son we own and operate a family farm in Minnesota where we produce corn, soybeans, and wheat. (No barley or hops yet.) We also have put about 100 acres into conservation programs for wildlife habitat. Q: When did you begin homebrewing? My brewing adventure began 5 years ago when a friend told me he had gotten a Mr Beer kit and was surprised by the good results. About that time my Dad had given me $50 for Christmas, which was just the right amount to buy a Mr Beer kit, so I decided to try my hand at it. The rest, as they say, is history. I started with the basic refills, then the deluxe refills, then on to the recipes. Now I pretty much make up my own recipes. A typical batch usually begins with a Mr Beer HME to which I add steeping grains, more malt extract and more hops. Q: What is your favorite beer? There have been so many good brews it would be hard to pick a favorite. The beer in the picture is an Oatmeal Stout that I'm pretty happy with. It contains Irish Stout HME, oats, amber DME and dark cocoa powder. Q: Any advice to new homebrewers? Use the community! Thee members of the forum that have taught me so much. This is where I learned about steeping grains, DME, hop schedules..... You name it, you can learn about it here. I encourage beginning brewers to participate on the forum and ask questions. Q: Any one you would like to thank? I want to thank my wife who has been a big help. She usually stirs the pot while I'm pouring in ingredients and also helps with bottling. I'm also thankful for family and friends who are always willing to sample my beer. It's been a great hobby!