I decided to post my first post here, so as to introduce myself. I am the (apparently) famous Tom. The saving grace of the geek beer tradition, and apparently, the only one still willing to brew with Ethan after his attempts to kill us all with is dry ice carbonation experiments.
While it is true that I am, at best, a beer brewing newb, I figure that I am a) here to learn and that b) I could have no better teacher than Ethan, as he has nothing better to do with his time than learn me good.
This weekend, I get my initiation into the brewing world, helping the poor young lad transfer all of the beer that has been sitting around in the basement, partly because I need something of a hazing, and partly because, well, I am pretty sure that he needs the help lifing all those carboys. I mean, look at me. I'm a big guy. Ethan, that kid is a stick.
A little background on my brewing history: I started "brewing" back in college, using a very sad looking Mr Beer kit that I bought at a record store, of all places. My beer was an ALL extract brew, came from a can, and tasted like piss water. I never managed to drink any, got very discouraged, and gave up for about 2 years.
Fast forward to about 4 months ago. I find myself in Seattle, with extra money and time, and the burning desire to brew. So I head to my local brew shop, drop about $150 on equipment and supplies, and make something that was described to me as "very close to a Killians Irish Red". It was a tad sour, and a little weak, but drinkable.
Step two, I head back, and decide that for my next brew, I will attempt my all time favorite, hefeweitzen. This brew, you may already know the history of. Suffice to say, I will be repitching it this weekend.
So that is the long and short of it. I have one moderatly succesful brew under my belt, and one hopefully salvagable. Ethan has promised to show me the error of my ways with the all grain brew, and I fully expect to be blown away.
So, until such time as I have anything worthwile to say to you all, peace out, and I hope I passed the audition.