So you want to be a home brewer?

I’ve been brewing for over ten years at this point in my life and I couldn’t be happier.  I started way back in high school by making different sodas and adding a small dash of yeast to carbonate each batch which ended up in lots of popped bottle tops and over fermented soda spilling all over my teacher’s apartment floor (sorry Alice) and accidentally making alcoholic root beer (sorry class of 2004?) which was more delicious than it should have been.  I’ve made a lot of good batches of beer and I’ve seen batches go bad in front of my eyes (Melissa, you know what I’m talking about).  Now you all get to take some great wisdom away from my success and misfortune because mistakes are only useful if you learn from them. Continue reading