Hi all, Richland WA here. My first introduction to brewing was as just a hired pair of hands at a brew pub in Bryan, TX. I didn't know much about it but with a little training I was mashing grains, pitching yeast and adding hops along with the guys that knew what they were doing. Years later I would sometimes say to my wife that I always wanted to try home brewing but I was turned off by the idea of extracts. Somehow it didn't seem right to do it that way after my initial intro to brewing. Well wouldn't you know my wife comes across a 1 gallon all grain kit and got it for me for Father's Day last year. By dumb luck that first batch came out great and I was hooked. Since then I have managed to royally screw up several batches. I'm now familiar with the taste of tannins and what I think was fermenting at too high a temp. I also read a few brewing books and changed my mind on extracts. I figured that I need to get a few of the basics down and probably go through some mistakes to learn what I'm doing. I live in Eastern WA, very close to hop central and I have two Cascade vines doing well in their first season. I have 3 young kids so very little time and I often still do small 1 gallon batches but can do 5 gallons. My equipment is in the growing stage. Great program, very helpful. Glad to have joined. Brewing now for football season. Gig'Em !