Ok – so who am I and what is this blog all about?

My name is Joe, and I’m a total novice homebrewer based in the UK.

I received my first homebrew kit as a Christmas present (after dropping several not especially subtle hints) in December 2012 and went on to create my first brew a month later during the coldest winter the UK has experienced in many years.

The results were less than ideal.

However, undeterred, my second brew (currently conditioning) is far more enjoyable, and points the way to better technique and future successes which I will not be afraid to inflict on family and friends.

Never one to aim low (if something’s worth doing etc) I have a personal dream to start my own microbrewery one day, emancipate myself from the fluorescent strip lighting and interminable meetings of my desk job and earn a living while creating something of value and enjoyment for myself and others.

(I realise this is little more than a pipe dream at this stage, but all great journeys start with a single step…).

As many books on homebrewing advise keeping a journal of successes and failures, tasting notes and general tips picked up along the way, I’ve decided to make mine public so that others can learn from (and laugh at) my experiences.

While I’m learning, it’s entirely likely that I’ll get basic information wrong, do things incorrectly, and generally bumble my way through the next few years of posts about brewing. I would thoroughly welcome any tips and advice or corrections that can be offered by more experienced readers.

Hopefully anyone at a similar stage to myself in the brewing experience will find my false starts and mistakes reassuring. Likewise, I’m sure anyone with more experience (so, pretty much everyone then) will remember the days of looking at tins of malt extract and sachets of yeast and wondering what the hell to do with them!

And maybe, just maybe, one day another homebrewer starting out with a dream and no practical idea of how to get there will happen across the information contained within these pages and be able to see what it’s like to build something from nothing…


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