I love brewing. I started home brewing beer and mead about eight years ago after buying a starter kit for $100 and The Joy of Homebrewing (THE brewing book) on Amazon. Having no clue what I was doing, I threw a bunch of ingredients together and voila--I had 50 bottles of a Not-So Bad Nut Brown. Amazing. I've been hooked every since.
Brewing is actually really easy--much easier than I thought it would be. Not only is it enjoyable, but with the rising price of beer and mead, fairly economical as well. Most five gallon batches run about $35-$60 for ingredients and yield around 50 bottles of beer. Of course--economy isn't the reason I do it. What I love is creating recipes and learning the how and why of what makes certain beers taste certain ways. Other homebrewers I've met love the chemistry of it--making as clear a beer as possible.
Just like most hobbies--there is this whole subculture of homebrewers. There are organizations and websites and competitions and blogs. And suddenly you find yourself at parties discussing hops and wort chillers for two hours.
Any other brewers out there? What have you got cookin'?