We love our hobby, and tomorrow is the chance to get other people to join in the fun. November 5th is National Learn to Homebrew Day, created by The American Homebrewers Association in 1999 to encourage people to homebrew.
There are two groups I want to talk to:
To potential homebrewers: There are a bunch of ways you can go about learning to brew. You can use the resources provided by the AHA, read a book, or here’s a cool idea, join the Academy.
But this thing is tomorrow meaning you don’t have much time. My advice – find some brewers and dive right in. You can find a group demonstration but I recommend finding a buddy and helping them brew. It’ll be more personal and you can ask all the questions you want without feeling uncomfortable around strangers.
To current homebrewers: pay it forward. I know most of you brew on Saturdays anyways, so why not invite some people over and get them involved? It may seem like a selfless act, but don’t forget what Billy E. told us about the perks of a brewing buddy.
You might just find a new person to split ingredients with, critique your beer, or heck, even learn from. Not to mention that when you teach someone to homebrew your karma points get a 1Up.
So no matter what your level, get brewing tomorrow. If you need ideas, how about making a winter warmer and joining in our Group Brew? That’s what I’ll be brewing.
Happy Learn to Homebrew Day everyone.