Brewer here, about 2000 people drink my beer at festivals but only my friends get regular access. Last year I cut the bullshit and have gone brew-in-bag and improved my quality of life and the amount of crap I need around.
LG is dead on. Also, growlers (I even know people who store on 2 liter bottles) can be handy to share. Bottling a whole batch is for suckers. Get a couple corny kegs and a good co2 bottle and, again, make life easier.
In general, if you can cook, you can brew. if you can boil water, you can more or less brew. Just be present in the moment when you need it, be clean, be adventurous. I've given that specific talk to people at festivals when they marvel at what I've done, and then watched a few grow into award winners.
This isn't hard, there aren't secrets to the processes or recipes. The hard part, if money is a pain, is getting going on things like kegging or chillers or that type stuff, being DIY autodidact never hurts, and getting reps under your belt. Local homebrew clubs and brew demos at stores don't hurt either. I know Carolina Brewmasters are fantastic if you're in Charlotte.
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