just getting started

So I guess I should start off by introducing myself: My name is Paul, I live in New Jersey and I enjoy brewing my own beer. I started home brewing over a year ago with an inexpensive brew at home kit that my girl gave to me for Christmas. This was the basic “open up a couple of cans of malt extract, pour it into some boiling water, add sugar, cool, then ferment. My expectations weren’t too high considering that this was my first attempt. But I have to say the beer turned out to be pretty good.

Since then, I have replaced that small brewing kit with larger primary fermenters and a couple of glass carboys. I’m working on plans for a new brew system which will allow me to brew more beer per batch. Lately, I’ve been brewing in 5 gallon batches because I’m limited in space and storage. Hopefully once my new brew system is complete, I can brew at least 10 gallons with the capacity to do more if desired.

As for this site, well, we’ll see where it goes. I have a couple of ideas that I’m going to implement. In the next couple of weeks I’m going to build a recipe section and a home brewing reference section. The reference section will have info on the different varieties of hops, brewing terminology (like what the hell is sparging anyway?) and a list of places to buy home brew supplies. I’ll also be linking to other brew related sites.

I’m really looking forward to building this site up and sharing with my fellow home brewers!