This will be infinitely less detailed then most of my posts but my first brewday merited a look back post. It's been 3 months since my first brew day. Derek and I brewed a robust porter kit from brewer's best. He brought his brewing stuff over. We brewed the kit in a hurry.
Lesson #1: Do not hurry.
The beer was fine in the end, a bit bland, but it was a kit. It produced a drinkable beer. We added some bourbon soaked chips to it. The heavy toast American chips gave it a bit of a smokey wood flavor; something that in time we'll explore more I am sure.
The fact that it turned out alright despite my inability to prepare properly is amazing at this point. I'll monitor it in the future but right now I have 2 cases of slightly oaked porter. Not bad.