What the Heck is RDWHAHB?
A guide for new brewers
There are a lot of things to learn in a new hobby, some more challenging to pick up than others. One I noticed when I first started brewing was this annoying acronym being spread around, 'RDWHAHB'. I mean you can't even say it out loud properly, though it's a fun way to test someone's sobriety. Yet it really is the core of the homebrewing hobby and something that makes the community that much better. 'Relax, Don't Worry, and Have A HomeBrew' is almost a philosophy at my home that I should really have it as a plaque.
Sign I have above my keezer. Can't remember what it says...
What's the big deal?
There is one key difference between homebrewing and other hobbies I have picked up over the years, and that is Time. Some like Diving takes training and preparation but the activity only lasts a few hours. While the slow process that is fermentation leaves us in the dark for weeks if not longer if doing aging. Sure we aren't actively performing any actions but in human nature waiting is one of the hardest things for us to do. Minds wonder and worry about the mistakes we have made or even if there were none, that damn brain likes making them up. The first time brewing provides many of those as everything is so alien to what we normally do.
There are many real mistakes that can be made during the brewing process. We put in time, money and some elbow grease to get a brew day done. There are so many factors that can change the flavor that comes out that it's impossible to learn on the first go. Two years in and I am still learning and making mistakes along the way. This is where the saying comes into play as you shouldn't worry about...
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