From the outset it is necessary to declare that I am a novice homebrewer, and at the time of writing, I have done five brews using mostly two-tin kits. Rather than putting you off, I hope this encourages you take a look at the Homebrew 101 articles. I am just a normal bloke who got in to homebrewing recently. I have made a conscious decision to try to avoid any unnecessary terminology, and really try to focus on what you actually need to do. Where I do use terminology, I shall explain it as I go in a bid to ease you in.
Hopefully this can give you the confidence to get brewing. When starting out, it can feel like a bit of a minefield – there are a lot of new words and fancy-looking, expensive equipment that can make it rather daunting. In reality, getting started on your first brew is pretty easy. If you can make a half-decent cup of tea and keep reasonable personal hygiene (or at least now how to), then for the price of a good-sized Indian takeaway, you can get all the equipment you need to enable you to make beer.
You’ll need some basic equipment to begin with, and with the exception of consumables, it is a one-off purchase.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding posts explaining the process, starting with the equipment you’ll need. From there, we’ll look at brew day, and a week or two later, bottling. After a few weeks in the bottle, we’ll look at pouring a delicious pint of home-brewed beer.