Been brewing for six or seven years now, mainly because it’s a lot cheaper to make your own. A combination of new baby (at that time), partner not working, and a large mortgage meant it was either that or go teetotal. Those who know me know that teetotal wasn’t an option ;-) For most of that time I’ve done extract brewing, often based around a kit but almost always adding more malt and aroma hops, often steeping grains, and always using a good dried yeast like US05 or Nottingham. I find the Coopers Real Ale and Stout kits are a good basis for that kind of brew. Recently I’ve got a new Grainfather and have entered the world of all grain brewing. My first all grain brew using the Grainfather is fermenting right now. It’s an ESB using English hops with Golden Promise and Special W malts. I’m sure the malt flavour will be better, but the extract brews I was doing were still pretty respectable and better than a lot of mainstream commercial beer. I don’t always have time for a 6 hour AG brew so I’ll probably end up using the Grainfather once a month and making extract brews inbetween. I’ve also worked out that the Grainfather can handle enough grain for me to make a high gravity wort then dilute it at fermentation stage so as to have two 20 litre batches instead of one 23 litre batch, so long as you’re aiming for a strength around 4 – 5% ABV, which is what I like anyway. So that’s probably what I’ll end up doing most of the time to justify the extra hours spent brewing. My tastes lean towards traditional English styles more than modern hoppy craft beer. The great thing about home brewing is you can make the kind of beers you enjoy the most.