Originally Posted by draastik
I recently started enjoying Craft beers. I also tasted my buddies IPA home brew, which inspired me to try home brewing.
I can understand the sanitation and everything about BEFORE brewing. But terminology is what kills me. Strike temp? Pitching? (I think I understand that one). The others I can understand the concept, but I just want to know exactly where to start, where I should look. etc.
1. What do I need to start brewing? Recommend a website where I can get a starter kit for a good price?
2. Should I start with a kit?
3. How do I become patient with the fermentation process?
4. How long does it take to do the initial brew before fermentation? Does it depend on the instructions?
I obviously don't want to bite off more than I can chew here, so any help/tips are appreciated.
Ill try to answer, even though Im a noob too...
1. Starter kits can be found in a lot of places but here is a good place to start - http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/beer-equipment-starter-kits
2. I would. It's easier and will get you started and up and running. If you start with grains, etc you may become overwhelmed. Get your feet wet before diving in headfirst.
3. Good question. You dont "become" patient...either you are or you aren't. You have to MAKE yourself be patient. Im not a patient person, but I tried one of my first batches before its time...not good.
4.The intital brew can last as long as 30 minutes (mr beer kit) or as long as 90 minutes...it all depends on the recipe and instructions.
I will say this...this hobby is HIGHLY addictive! I started with a Mr. Beer kit about a month ago. Fell in love with the process and have now got two batches fermenting and have moved up from the Mr. beer kit to 5 gallon buckets. I am also thinking seriously about starting AG (All Grain) and kegging pretty soon. Ill do this for the rest of my life. I like brewing and creating it almost more than I like drinking it.
Good luck to ya, and welcome to your new obsession!