Greetings everyone, Justin here from Jacksonville Florida. I've been a home brewer since April of 2013. Thus far I've really been focused on Pale Ales and IPAs. I'd like to continue to work on the Pale Ale style this year and begin to explore sours as well.
My first brew was the American Wheat extract kit from Northern Brewery. It turned out...as beer. Nothing memorable, but nothing that knocked my socks off. I brewed around 5 kits or so and experiemented with some (awful) one gallon recipes I made up myself. Of course pitching while the beer was in the 80's didn't help! There were certainly times during this period where I questioned if I wanted to continue with the hobby.
I have just begun to brew all grain and it's been a really enjoyable transition. Considering how easy batch sparging has been for me, I wish I would have started with this method. Moving the entire operation in the garage/ outside has been a welcomed change and has made things much more enjoyable.
I'm currently brewing ~5 gallon batches using a 10 gallon Blichmann Boilermaker G2 boil kettle/ hot liquor tank, and a 10 gallon Rubbermaid round cooler for my mash tun. My fermenter continues to the 30L Speidel.
I have shared my homebrew with friends and family and their response has been positive. I am certainly my biggest critic and my goal is to brew repeatable beers that I find at par with what I buy commercially.