Getting Started Brewing My Own Beer

Posted on January 18, 2011 by

It’s finally here! My first e-book and you bet your ass it was about beer! What else would it be about? Birds?

Seriously though, this has been a bit of a journey for me. When I started to think about brewing my own beer over 2 years ago, I was nervous, didn’t want to spend the money, had no idea what I was in for and had no one to really ask without feeling stupid about it. I figured, if I felt that way, there has to be a bunch of other people out there feeling the same way. So, if you are thinking about starting to homebrew, this is for you.

Watch the video to find out more or read on.

My free e-book, “Start Brewing Beer with Extracts” lays it all out for you. We discuss everything you’ll need to know about that first batch of homebrewed beer, that you make and enjoy. It is a lot easier and cheaper than you think. All you need is some time. This book covers it all.

  • Why I Decided to Homebrew
  • Homebrew Start Kits, who sells them, how much and what you get
  • Extract Kits – what’s in them and why they are a good place to start
  • Brewing Day – step by step what is to be expected of you along with some tips

  • Fermentation – what’s going on inside that fermentor and what you can occupy your time with
  • Bottling Day – what you’ll have to do, sanitation practices, tips and more
  • Drinking that first beer
  • Readings
  • Checklists and recipe forms
  • And some words from other first time homebrewers.

I’m not going to ramble on about it. If you are thinking about starting to homebrew, this is a great place to start! Check it out!

Also, if you need any assistance, questions, comments, concerns or whatever, shoot me a message and we’ll tackle it together!

Good luck and I’ll be checking up on you!


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  • Ali K

    This is great Mike. I was totally overwhelmed when I first started to brew. With every batch I get into bottles I love it a little more.

  • mike

    Yea. I’m the same way!

    It took me about 9 months worth of research to decide that I could brew and to get the confidence to go for it. I wish I would have just jumped into it as it is really hard to screw up and really easy to just make better and better!

    Thanks for the comment!

  • danielOut

    Great work on this one, lots of really helpful info here. I also like all the pictures; what camera are you using?

    I must be an oddball in that I keep reading about people doing all this research before getting in to home brewing. Personally, I made some homemade hard cider in november, then asked my wife for a kit for christmas. After my first batch of wine and beer were fermenting, I spent the next few days reading a lot. I wanted to just go for it first, since I am a tactile learner.

  • mike

    Daniel, thanks for the comment.

    I’m using a Canon Powershot S2 IS, its about 6 years old but gets the job done. What I don’t like about it though is that batteries don’t last very long in it, even if the camera just sits around.

    I don’t think your the odd ball out. I’m the type of person that really likes to calculate risks vs reward before jumping into something. I think everyone just has their own way and you found yours to be just getting your feet wet then figuring out other things later. That works too!

    Again, thanks for the comment.

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  • Ilan

    Hi mike,
    I just register myself to your e-book. after brewing all grain I wonder who any way to use extracts ?
    thanks for your mikesbrewreview.comIlan

  • Anonymous


    I doubt anyone would want to go from all grain to extracts. That really isn’t the point of the book. Not everyone that starts brewing starts right with all grain. That is quite the time/money commitment for something you may not be sure that you like. That was the purpose of this book. Get in as cheap as possible, know what to expect, make some good beer, then realize you love it and want to grow your brewery!

    Thanks for the comment!


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