One of the coolest gifts I got this past Christmas was from my wife. It was a homebrewing starter kit. She has since referred to it as the gift that keeps giving. Because I’m now obsessed.
I finally got around to opening up the kit at the beginning of February to brew my first beer. Even after such a short time, I’m thoroughly hooked. There are very few past hobbies that I can remember that have become such an obsession so quickly.
Most of my spare time is taken up by browsing home brewing forums, reading recipes, and learning as much as I can. I have brewed a total of two batches of beer, but I love the process. It requires quite a bit of attention to detail — making sure temperatures are consistent, measuring small increments, and taking plenty of notes — and I’m not even doing the more complicated all-grain brewing.
My only problem now is the fact that I want to brew more than I drink. I’ve run out of empty beer bottles to fill.