Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
I think these factors are the most important (to me):
1. Number of years actively brewing.
2. Number of batches brewed.
3. Number of different styles of beer brewed.
4. Quality of the end product. (last but NOT least)
5. Consistency and Repeatability
I can answer yes to all of these.
1. I've been brewing actively for about a dozen years.
2. I lost count years ago on how many batches I've brewed.
3. I've brewed more styles than I can remember, even some that I didn't care for.
4. My beers come pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
5. The repeat recipes, a.k.a. my "house beers" come out the same every time.
I guess that would make me an "advanced brewer".
I think there should be a fourth category: Expert. This I am not. I think an expert brewer is one that know and understands a lot of the science behind it, and can apply it to his/her brewing. This is not me. I know what I know from sheer experience. I can tell you what a certain procedure or ingredient will do to your beer, but I can't always tell you why
. So while I think I may be an advanced brewer, I'm no expert.