Hello all. I used to be a what I like to call 'young-punk-party-drinker', which means I pretty much drank large quantities of beers like Natural Light, Bud Light, etc in a short amount of time, disregarding the taste and my appreciation. I am not proud of this. I started working at my local Buffalo Wild Wings as a host about a year ago, and eventually moved my way up to server, and now I'm a bartender there. If any of you know much about BW3, it's beer that is one of our top three marketing ploys, the other two being wings and sports. With that being said, we have 28 different beers on tap, and a select-few more on bottle. I have since developed a new favorite of wheat ales, including Blue Moon, Shock Top, Hoegaarden (sp?), Goose Island's '312', etc. I would like to begin brewing my own beer because that stuff is mad expensive compared to the aforementioned american style beers. I was wondering if there was a "go-to" beginner's kit? What's the best way to get supplies if there isn't a local home brew store? Does lhbs stand for local home brew store? (Wondering because I am also a fish keeper and LFS is common for local fish store in forums and such) I think I would eventually like to expand the operation into two kegs and two taps so I can brew and keep a bud light style beer for my dad and girlfriend, and one for my blue moon clone or other beer that I'd like to try.
Just to give a little bit of my taste portfolio, I absolutely love Blue Moon, Shocktop, etc. I really like Dead Guy Ale from Rogue, as well as Leinenkugel (sp?) Summer Shandy. I really like the wheat ales and citrus flavors I guess haha.
P.S. I'm a 5th year Biology student, so I can understand and comprehend most of the science things involved and I don't need much simplified explanation. I actually more or less 'make' alcohol just by injecting CO2 into my smaller planted fish tanks by mixing yeast and sugar and water, and running an airline tubing into the water. My 55 gallon heavily-planted 'show tank' is running off of a 5# CO2 canister.