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Old 06-05-2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default How did you get started homebrewing?

This is a free-for-all forum aimed at tracing back how we all stumbled upon the hobby/obsession with homebrewing.

In December of last year, I won a basic homebrew starter kit at my company Christmas party (not Mr. Beer). I brewed the extract amber ale kit that came with the starter kit and haven't looked back since.

I did make the switch to all-grain, and not to hurt anyone's feelings, but I can't imagine going back to extract. I know you can make great beers with extract, but having the satisfaction of going through the milling and mashing process as well really helps you connect with the entire process a little more.

And now...I leave it to you.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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i was going to take a guitar building class but it got cancelled. i was pretty bummed because I didn't really have a hobby and my wife suggested making my own beer because I had mentioned it once and because i love good beer.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:11 PM   #3
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I wanted to try some beers with "odd" ingredients. Couldnt find them commercially, so I started brewing. That was 10 years ago.

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Alton Brown's Good Eats episode "Amber Waves" got me more interested in the concept. But it wasn't until ~2-3 years later that a new co-worker was a brewer and he showed me the ropes.

Started off with extract, then I stumbled into HBT a few years ago looking for clone recipes on-line. Read Bobby_M's all-grain primer; now I'm doing AG, buying in bulk, washing yeast, grinding my own grains, growing hops, kegging, ,making wine/mead/cider too, and just finished a keezer build.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:13 PM   #5
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Started making wine kits, joined a wine club, a couple of the members also made beer kits, I started making beer kits, did a few extract brews, jumped into AG, still make some wine kits but far, far more serious about brewing at this point.

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Mr. Beer gift about 10 years ago.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:21 PM   #7
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Mr beer kit for my birthday last year. Pretty much skipped pm and went straight to AG. Just finished a keezer build and have my first batch carbing in a keg now!!!

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:26 PM   #8
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Did a semester long project for my Chem E class on whiskey production. It was pretty interesting, but doing it myself was illegal, so I looked at the next best (better in my opinion) option, which was brewing beer. Got the starter kit for Christmas and just finished my 2nd AG batch today.

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Worked in a craft ale bar in up state NY for a year (2008), moved back to England and massively disappointed by lack of craft beer. So started brewing myself and now I have awesome beer again!

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An idea sparked in my head that I should try making my own beer, so like many people did, they went out and got a Mr Beer kit. When those didn't turn out well, I started doing other extract kits, and not I'm brewing all grain

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