I originally got into homebrewing during the early 90's because I longed for the taste of some great German beers I discovered while serving the US Army in the mid 80'. Through mail order supply and over the course of the first year
I brewed 5 extract batches, the first one was great, then the next four
progressively tasted worse than the one before. Discouraged, I then took a 15 year sabatical from home brewing.
I only regained interest or confidence as my case may be after a homebrew supply store opened for business locally. I still longed for the taste of those German brews, so I stepped inside my new "Happy Place" a little over 1 year ago.
Since then and after talking with the guys at my LBHS I have brewed upwards of 30 extract kits, anything from Hefe Weizen to Tuppers Hop Pocket, Arogant Bastard and many others. All have been great successes since I learned about sanitizer.
Today I bottled my first Partial mash, an ESB recipie I found on Beerrecipies.org. It tasted great right out of the Primary and has the perfect color, I will condition it for 3-4 weeks and will let you know how it turned out.
Thanks to Homebrewtalk.com and the many knowledgeable people who visit the site.