Happy new year everybody!
For the last few years I have been enjoying local beers from all these local breweries that have begun to pop up around my area. There have been 4 or 5 that have popped up at the in the last two years in the Portland Maine area that have done real well for themselves and are brewing some stellar beers. I have been inspired by this and all these awesome beers I've tried, I decided I want to try brewing my own at home. It's always been something I wanted to do but never thought I had the space, time, and honestly I've been a little intimidated by it. I have been reading, researching, and even visited several local breweries to soak in some information and inspiration and I'm gearing up to take the plunge.
I wanted to reach out to the collective knowledge base here on the forms and ask for some advice or just simple tips from folks who have done it before. Should I start out with just getting a homebrew kit from an outfit like Austin Homebrew Supply and buy the ingredients separately? Or maybe just buy a complete kit for my first batch to feel it out?
The space I have to work with is very limited as we have a very small house. We do have a small crawlspace downstairs but it's not exactly livable space and its mostly used for storage. Can I use the crawlspace basement that's not the most ideal climate for the fermentation process? Also, it's the dead of winter here in Maine too so I will have to keep my outdoor boiling activities to nice sunny days as I don't have a garage either. Should I be worried about colder temperatures or just wait for nicer weather?
Any tips, advice, online suppliers, or just general words of wisdom are appreciated as I take the plunge into what I'm guessing might become my new favorite hobby!
Thanks in advance and cheers!