Santa finally delivered me a 2 bucket starter kit for me this year. After saying I wanted to get into this for a while, I now have no excuses.
Starter kit is your basic 2 bucket system, with the basic accessories ( hydrometer, thermometer, tubing, spigots, stopper, airlock ). I also picked up ( and read cover to cover ) Palmer's "How to Brew". Have Papizan's books coming as well.
Discovered that I've got a Brew and Grow store about a mile from my house, so that's quite convenient.
I'm lucky to have a very supportive and understanding SWMBO, who let's me make messes in the kitchen as long as I clean them up ( and let her drink the beer I'm making )
I've got my first brew about 4 days into primary, and I'm discovering how hard it is to wait! I used a slightly altered all-extract partial boil APA recipe.
So far I've experienced a couple firsts:
- First boilover.
- First scorched LME.
- First panic over lack of signs of fermentation. ( until I read the don't panic thread, and stopped. )
- First airlock bubbleover. ( cleaned and replaced, now happily bubbling away )
Eagerly anticipating sampling my first homebrew, and already plotting my next recipe and deciding what equipment I need to acquire next!
Glad to become a part of the community here, look forward to learning a LOT, and hopefully in time able to give something back.