“What advice would you give people that are getting into beer?”
Well for me, it’s just dive right in. The biggest mistake I made in brewing was not getting started soon enough. I have learned so much more from doing than I ever had from reading when it comes to beer.
While I think there are some basics it won’t hurt to read about, if you have access to a brew club or you know someone that brews, there is so much more to learn from watching and doing that will be helpful. I made the plunge into all grain only after a guy from my brew club invited me over one Saturday to watch. I had been reading about this FOREVER and suddenly I saw it in action. It was a lot easier than it sounded.
I love reading about beer and brewing, but from my experience, there is a lot of extra information that is not needed in brewing. This is really a pretty simple process; hot water, crushed grain, time, hops and yeast. That’s it. It’s not fusing atoms. Just breaking down complex sugars into simple sugars and letting yeast eat’em.
Anyway, that’s my two cents. Hope it helps. Cheers!