Today Christine Ha blogged about what she learned from her first foray into making her own beer. Of course, we heard from all the home-brewers out there, including commenter Jeff, who wrote:
The guys at DeFalco's are great. They really know their stuff. Definitely agree that that's the place to go for equipment, ingredients, and instructions/advice. Don't worry about poisoning your friends, however. There's nothing that lives in beer that can kill you or make you sick. It can go to vinegar and taste terrible, sure, but if you clean and sanitize properly that will never be a problem. It's not like making dry-cured salami at home; beer making is easy!
Thanks for clearing that up, Jeff.