Homebrew Beginnings: I first started homebrewing on my 23rd birthday. I took some birthday $ and went with my sister on a snowy January day to the Flying Barrel in Frederick, MD, where I purchased a starter kit and and extract ingredients for an American Pale ale. The next day, my actual birthday, I brewed up the batch with my friend Josh (also his birthday). We made a lot of mistakes, as most first-time homebrewer's do and it is a day I will never forget. The next day I was already eagerly googling for information on the possible mistakes I had made, as well as trying to learn more and decide on my next brew! I am pretty sure I ended up buying ingredients for a 2nd batch before I had even tasted my 1st!
Where I am now: I currently brew 5 gallon (have capacity to do 10) All Grain recipes using a 15 gallon pot, propane burner, 13 gallon mash tun, grain mill, wort chiller, and temperature controlled fermentation chamber. I am inherently frugal and constantly attempt cost saving DIY when it comes to this hobby. I love to research and absorb any and all information that will help me brew better.
I have learned a great deal through all the good people at HomeBrew Talk, which is a highly active internet forum and community. You can reach me over there under the alias of "brettwasbtd." I have also been educated through the hours upon hours of archived podcasts over at The Brewing Network. I hope I can give back be the tiniest fraction of help and advice to the homebrewing community through my blog.