Judging by post and brew counts, I'm the newbie. One thing I'll ask you gents for advice on: In what sequence do you recommend climbing the skill ladder?
(I'm not looking for a custom-tailored answer - I'd be more than happy with existing threads y'all can recommend) I'm a big believer in the power of patient, structured learning.
I don't have a personal mission statement to
"brew the ultimate beer no later than mm/dd/2012". Rather, I want to:
a. do basic kits (for awhile)
b. augment my method with a small tweak
c. stick with that tweak, until I'm comfortable with it
d. choose the next tweak
e. repeat 'b'-'d' Where I'm lost is in charting a progression of tweaks/tools that is neither recklessly ambitious, nor out-of-logical-sequence If one wants to be a pilot, one's sequence should be more like:
flight plan > fly > takeoff > landing ... and less like:
fly > Kulbit > landing > flight plan
I have no knowledge of where different skills (ABV testing, liquid yeast, dry hops etc) belong in the learning curve
Also, are there any accessories I should probably 'just buy now'
(bottling wand, new spigots etc) I've only done two brews (WCPA and SWOS, with 2xHME), but am very happy with both, and plan to do at least 6-8 more to get comfortable.
looking forward to the meet up!