« on: September 02, 2010, 01:42:43 PM »
Go see someone do it end-to-end before doing it yourself, though. A lot of what you do is visual, so you need to know what "looks right."
While that's undoubtedly the best way to do it, that's not the way I did it. I'd never seen anyone do AG before I started. I just read a lot of books and the usenet group rec.crafts.brewing and jumped in. Once I was done, it was kind if like "wow, is that all?". The point being that if you can't brew with someone else to learn, don't let it stop you.
nowadays its very easy to find a solid youtube video (think Kai) series that can show you the steps in case you don't have a friend to show you the ropes.
FWIW, I would have gone all grain my first batch as well, but I had a brew partner who insisted we do extract first. He lasted 3 batches before his ADHD took him elsewhere. He loves coming to drink my beer though.