I'm here to admit I have a problem. I'm only three batches into this hobby and I can't stop thinking about it. I'm pouring through books by Papazian and others, I have Beersmith on my work laptop, I threaten friends to keep empty beer bottles, I'm researching kegging, I've already started thinking about Christmas beers...I'm hooked.
What started as a Brewers' Best kit with an Ale Pail, a 5 gal SS pot, and an extract brew kit has now grown to an additional 5 gallon SS pot, a better bottle carboy, a glass carboy, partial mash brews, and various other trinkets...oh, and the request for a Frigidaire compact refrig for Father's Day.
Everything I read in those books and on this site is true. There is nothing like the taste of a homebrew. I'll readily admit that I've always been a light beer guy. I try to stay in shape but I also love the taste of beer and wine so I have no choice but to choose my beer styles wisely. Yuengling Light, Sam Light, or Bud Light (sue me) have always been my mainstays. Occassionally I would branch out for a Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada Summer Lager, or an IPA. But I typically kept it light.
With that in mind, my first kit was an extract Cream Ale kit. The first time I tasted one after only 2 weeks of bottle conditioning I knew I would be hooked. When I started drinking them after 3 weeks and then 4 weeks I was in the bag. Now when at a restaurant or party without homebrew, it's all I can do to make myself drink BL. I don't even want it anymore. I'm ruined and I have you guys to thank/blame for it.
I bottled a partial mash IPA kit yesterday using revvy's wonderful tips on mounting the bottling wand right on the spicket of my bottling bucket. I have a partial mash version of Centennial Blonde in secondary right now, and I have the ingredients for Sterling Gold for my wife.
I'm addicted and there's no going back... Thanks guys/gals.