While looking for the mailer list aliases, I came across this one, home brew. I was so curious about it, that I added myself to this group.
Brewing your own beer at home.... sounds interesting, isn't it? But it looks like it's no simple job. When I read this, I was so much tempted to try it.
If you haven't tried it, and are so inclined, the Pliny the Elder recipe (or Pliny the Younger) is a fantastic brew. If you're a hop head, you'll absolutely love it, and I've poured it for women who don't like beer and they loved it too. It's truly a beer-lover's beer, and one that will even satisfy those looking to try a good home brew. I obviously can't say enough good things about it. It's *just* right, and the citrus overtones must be what captures the non-beer fanatics. :)
So I tried to read more about the beer making and how to start with it. I went through couple of mails and it started dawning on me that I don't understand anything of what they talk about (except of course for smell and taste of the finished products).
I tried to google for the "Getting Started" stuff. One needs a toolkit - buckets, bottles, carboy, hydrometer, thermometer etc. etc. I could understand the equipments but then I got lost.
What's all-grain? what's keg?
What's hops? and rhizomes?
what's extract brewer? and finishing cones? and lagering?
Sheesh, I feel so illiterate. Will I be able to brew any beer at all?