Originally Posted by TheGreatHambino
Which brings me to the real point of this post, should I join a club to find people with whom to enjoy the hobby? Have other people found value in being in a brewing club?
I suppose I've been hesitant to do so to this point because I'm intimidated. As an intermediate/beginner brewer I don't feel I have a whole lot to bring to the table of a club, and I don't want people looking down on me for that.
Don't sell yourself short...you have a ton to bring to a homebrew club.
I find that the act of teaching - in any field - makes me better at that activity. You have a lot to learn, and the local club has a lot to teach. And by teaching you, they are refining their brewing without touching a pot. By explaining process and concepts to you in a way that an inexperienced brewer understands, they are re-enforcing those concepts to themselves. By asking questions - especially ones that require some thought - you are forcing them to think about brewing in the abstract, away from the heat of battle, so to speak. It's a lot like what we do here.
The value is that everyone is an individual, with their own tastes and creativity. You can take what one person did, throw your spin on it and come up with a similar, but very different effect. They can pick up things from you, too.
Oh, and most clubs have a group bulk malt order you can get in on, too...
So go for it. You'll give as much as you get, even if you don't see it.