Originally Posted by cwiredir
Style points aside, there is no good justification for trying to do it all yourself the first few times. Unless you spend an inordinate amount of time researching beforehand, you will likely end up with a batch of undrinkable swill.
If you get hooked, it is a dark downward spiral of large, hard to store equipment.
Thanks for the caution, but glad I wasnt easily swayed, My first batch was ready last friday, and it was pretty darn tasty(triple hop IPA), I look forward to my next batch in the next week or so, I also spent some time last week building some shelves out of recycled oak pallets to organize the equipment in my basement.
Cheers to home brewing!
Thanks again for all the input, If anyone make a good batch and would like to share - please do. I can use the perspective.