I'll use this thread to document my experiences in homebrewing. I welcome questions and criticism. I'm learning as I go mainly from the internet and books. Hopefully I can help people in their experiences and prevent them from making some of the mistakes I have.
Lets start from the beginning shall we? I started drinking "good" beer way back in 2003 (when I turned 21) because I thought Arrogant Bastard was a cool name for a beer and it actually tasted good too. That opened my eyes to better beers and peaked my interest. I watched a lot of Good Eats with Alton Brown and he did a homebrew episode
. I said to myself "self, that looks like something you would get into" and started researching.
I picked up a starter kit from Hoptech
. It was a pretty complete kit that could get me into the hobby. I bought an extract ingredient kit and got started.
Hoptech IPA kit.
Chilling in my small sink wasn't working out.
...so I dug out a Rubbermaid container. Worked better, but I knew there had to be a better way.
I picked up a cheap 20qt stockpot and did just enough reading to get me started. I tried to take a lot of pictures to document what I was doing so I could improve down the road. I had no idea what I was getting into or if the beer was going to be any good but hey, at least I was brewing my own beer!
The beer turned out alright. I learned real quick that bottling beer by myself sucks. It's like doing the dishes by hand for 2 hours. Something had to be done about this.