Technically it all began when I was in Wisconsin for Christmas. I decided I wanted to start brewing my own beer. When I got back to Austin, Texas one of the first places I stopped was Austin Home Brew who gave me a free copy of Zymurgy Magazine
which turned me on to the American Home Brewers Association
I quicky signed up to become a card carrying member.
Today my journey continued when I went back to Austin Home Brew Supply
where I picked up my first ever home brewing kit.
I also made sure to pick up what they recommended as a first recipe to get started. Something they called "Texas Blond Ale"
I read somewhere that it's important you do a little yeast farming, while you're brewing. As a result I enjoyed the last of my Real Ale Brewers Cut Black Quadrupal
which did a good job of getting me motivated to learn how to brew great beer!
I won't bore you all with the rest of the details since I'm sure you've all done this yourselves a bunch of times, but I'm excited.
Now begins what will likely be the longest month and a half of my life.
I'm a big computer geek. Specifically I work with Unix like operating systems. As a result I've decided to call my first batch "PID 1" which is the Init process, or first process. Of course if I managed to screw this up somehow I can always rename it /dev/null (the bit bucket)
In case anyone is at all curious about what I did. I have a slightly more detailed post on my site here: http://lnoldan.com/first-time-home-brewer-pid-1/