Intown – Where It All Began
where it all began

I suppose the proper place to start is the beginning. I was in college, living in a townhouse with 4 other guys. For the past half-decade or so I had been dumping spare change into a gallon gatorade jug and using it as a doorstop. I counted it out at $300 and decided to use the “found” money as start-up funds for a new hobby. Homebrewing won out for obvious reasons: it meant we got to drink more beer, just for the sake of drinking more beer, ain’t college great? My housemate had a 3 gallon chili pot in which he had never made chili but was kind enough to let me borrow as a brew kettle. This made my $300 go even further and for on the order of $100 I had a very basic starter kit and two ingredient kits. One quick piece of advice, when first starting out get two ingredient kits. Either you make a big mistake on the first one and need the backup, or you are able to ferment the second batch while the first is carbonating giving you double the stock if you plan properly for the inaugural party.