So I got my first Mr. Beer kit brewed and into the fridge and immediately went out and bought a kit that would allow me more versatility (it was love at first sight)
I used that kit along with an immersion chiller I made with my own two hands (very fulfilling but laborious) to brew my first extract w/specialty grains (Imperial Stout). It's is in the bottles conditioning and by the taste of the sample which somehow found its way into my mouth, it's not bad for a freshman effort. I'm basing that solely on my own experience with store bought Imperial Stouts so it's likely to be a tad bit
biased. I made an APA small batch called Tongue Splitter from a recipe I found and it's fermenting quite nicely now. I can't wait to taste that one! I'd really like to try a bunch of different recipes for s***s and giggles before starting the fine-tuning process of any one style. I've got my eyes on a Watneys Cream Stout clone I've found but noticed it has flaked barley and flaked oats among other things. I'm pretty sure these need to be mashed, correct? Should I get into mini-mashes yet or am I too green? If I throw caution to the wind, what kind of additional equipment should I be looking for to start with partial grain brews? You guys have been a tremendous help thus far and I'm certain without some of the advice I've gotten, I'd be cleaning Imperial Stout off of the ceiling and drinking a flat Mr. Beer while signing divorce papers! My fate in is the hands of the homebrew gurus!