So after serveral months of indecision, I finally decided to go ahead and buy a home brewing setup. I'd been thinking about it for a while, but when my brother found this great home brewing company In Goodlettsville, Tenn. (just north of Nashville on I-65 for those that don't know where it is) we decided to go in together and get a kit.
The company is www.rebelbrewer.com and it's really mostly an internet company, but their warehouse/business is really close and they have a very small "storefront" to their place with regular (but somewhat limited) hours they are open. We drove down on Saturday after checking out the site and the folks there were SUPER nice. We already knew basically what we wanted/needed, but the staff told us a couple things we could probably get away without and a couple things we should really get to make our first time go smoothly.
They have a wide variety of recipes that they make when you order them. We decided on an extra-hoppy American IPA for our first batch, because that's my favorite kind of beer. The instructions they gave us were super easy and we got everything done without any problem. Now, we just gotta wait a couple weeks for it to ferment in the bucket, then we'll bottle it and should be enjoying it by Thanksgiving weekend!
While they were crushing our grains for our recipe, the manager even took us in the back and gave us a tour of their whole operation. It was really cool and it smelled SO GOOD in there! They have been around about 3 years. When they started, they'd do around 9 orders per day and now they are doing about 100 orders per day. The cool thing is that if you live close, you can just put your order in online, pay for it and let them know when you'll be down and you can just drive in and pick up all your ingrediants right there without having to worry about shipping.
If you've ever thought about brewing your own beer (or, if you already do and want to try some new recipes) I can't recommend these guys enough!