When I first started brewing, there was very little community, majority of the time it was just me. I got introduced to homebrewing after a cross country drive quickly turned into a brewery tour from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Seattle, Washington for an internship. After my roommate/driving buddy and I arrived in Seattle after trying 20+breweries along the way, we quickly bought our first homebrew kit and brewed our first batch. We brewed a few extract + steeping grains beers by following LHBS instructions and learning as we went. We drove back to college after stopping at another 20ish breweries and I knew I needed to continue this hobby. However, time got the better of me. Next thing I knew I had graduated, moved out to Seattle full time, and slowly picked the hobby back up.
I had been a long time lurker of reddit (/u/zeith) and figured the only way to improve was to read and practice. I picked up a few basic brewing books and started reading reddit daily. I failed a ton of beers, experimented a lot, swore a lot, and brewed a few average beers. I rarely shared my beer with others except with my brewing buddy from the internship who ended up becoming my roommate again. We would occasionally brew together, but I spent a lot of time on my own; reading, planning, thinking and dreaming.
After eventually moving to All Grain, I decided to stop flying solo and wanted to involve myself in a community and I picked reddit. I started posting more and got to know a few of the regulars. We shared ideas, theories, jokes, and for the first time, I felt part of a community of brewers. It was one thing to go to a craft bar and talk about the beer with the regulars. It was a completely different beast to...
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Love this post, man. This distills so much of WHY I wanted this site to grow into a real community. Great job!
posted by homebrewdad on 2/09/2015 at 11:54:12 AM
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