Originally Posted by ejf063
I figured. I am doing home brew as a relaxing hobby. I have aged 15 years in the two batches I made. I do need to RDWHAHB.
What's the worse that could happen? You end up with less than stellar beer.
What's the best that could happen? You end up with great beer.
Either way you end up with beer. So relax and enjoy the hobby. Get a few more batches under your belt and you'll really lose the jitters.
When you first start you worry:
Did my beer burp too much through the airlock? not enough?
Is that foam on top mold? Where'd the foam on top go?
Is that smell normal? What about that smell?
Why hasn't my beer gotten clear after two days in primary?
I pitched two minutes ago and nothing is happening! Is my yeast dead?
I pitched six weeks ago and for some reason it's not bubbling! Is my yeast dead?
After a while all these go away and it becomes very relaxing. It even helps me sleep at night because I'll take a brewing book to bed (I've been reading White's book on Yeast lately). Just don't read about a new recipe this way or you might not get to sleep imagining yourself making it.