I had picked up a few toys and fashioned one of my own for this brew. A much needed wort chiller (no more ice baths!) a false bottom for my cooler (no more stuck sparge!) and a brew paddle shaped from a 1x4 that I had lying around (badass!).
Eddie showed up next, then Luis then Keith, then Wilson, then Chris and Dannica, and before you could say reinheitsgebot, we had a party on our hands. Three pizzas, a blown keg, and more than a few cloves later, we had the beer sitting pretty on top of my fridge ready to bubble away.