I don't have any homebrewing friends, or any that are half as into beer as I am. So I evaluate my beer in a bubble. Its nice to know that I'm not blindly sucking down awful homebrew thinking that I'm an OK homebrewer. Finally, some sort of validation.
I already drank all of this batch, so its time to re-brew for the second round. I've never brewed under pressure like this. I usually have a very relaxed attitude when it comes to brewing. I try a few new techniques, or a new ingredient combination, and just see what happens. I've never tried to duplicate a beer I've made. Who likes drinking the same beer all the time?
Cheers to Kris England and Northern Brewer for putting this kit together and Wyeast for making 1469 a year round offering. Otherwise, I'd be totally screwed.