Name is Matt. I live way up in Northern Maine about 5 miles from Canada. Been home brewing off and on since the mid 1980s. I just checked and I got a first edition of Complete Joy of Homebrewing! Still use it.
I did just extracts for years and finally bought an all grain set up about 6 years ago. Blichmann cooker and 8 gallon pot, cooler mash tun etc.
I make mead and cider too, but the quality has been “uneven”......I did win 3rd place in an SCA type competition for mead years ago, but I overheard the judges talking late at night about how lousy the entries had been.....
I’m lucky to live near a malting operation and a hops farm, that will sell to me direct. (Maine Malt House and Aroostook Hops). 2.5 hours from a home brew shop though, so planning ahead is key.
I sometimes brew with friends, but mostly on my own. I’ve brewed outside in some nasty weather, I got a good garage set up now, but she’s still damn cold sometimes. Chilling the wort is only a challenge when the hose freezes up....
Just bottled a barley wine today, and was perusing this site for aging recommendations.
Nice to meet you all.