My name is Nick. I think a lot of stuff is really cool and interesting, including beer. I often thought about brewing, but a couple of things held me back:
- I live in the Pacific Northwest (Portland area, no less). Therefore, about 60% of the people around me at any given time are probably beer brewers. Brewing is not the most original pastime activity around here, and by choosing to pursue it, I instantly become one of the worst of many, many, many brewers in my state.
- If I pursue brewing, I don’t want to half-ass it. I wouldn’t likely want to mess with bottling for very long, and I feared that I wouldn’t feel like a 100% true brewer until I move to all-grain. Therefore, to plan on doing it ‘right’, I was looking at a pretty decent-sized capital equipment investment (furthermore, I’m trying to cut down on the material crap I accumulate).
After hemming and hawing about it for too long, I decided, “What the hell.” You gotta start somewhere, right?