If you've made a few kits and/or extract brews, why not have a go at a simple AG brew, to see the difference it makes? A small batch of AG beer is not difficult and you will discover the difference and feel the joy and pride of making it from scratch. All you need for 5 litres is 1kg of Maris Otter, or other pale malt, a packet of hops, and a sachet of yeast. You just need a thermometer, a decent sized pan and something to strain the grain from the wort. A big sieve, or a piece of cloth in a colander. A bag that fills the pan and,drapes over the sides and holds the grains, made from muslin or voile, is ideal. You also need a hydrometer to check the gravity before and after fermentation. Recipe: 1kg Maris Otter (about ?1.50) One packet of hops (any you like - EKG, Citra, Amarillo, Galaxy, Fuggles, First gold etc) (About ?3-4, but you will only use 15g of the 100g, so cost is around 50p) One packet of yeast, 3g dried yeast is enough. (50p ish) Method: 1. Heat 3 litres of water to 75C in big pan. 2. Pour in the pale malt while stirring - get rid of lumps. 3. Check temp is 65-70C - adjust if necessary with cold or boiling water. 4. Wrap a thick towel round the pot and leave alone for one hour. 5. Strain into a bucket or other vessel through sieve, or colander lined with cloth. 6. Heat another 4 litres of water to 80C and add the grains back to it. Leave 10 mins, stir, and strain the liquid to your bucket. You should have about 6 litres, which will reduce when you boil it for an hour. 7. Dispose of grains, add wort to pan and bring to boil. 8. Add 5 grams of hops when boiling point is reached. 9. 55 Mins later add 5 to 10g of hops, depending on your hoppiness requirements, boil another 5 mins and switch off. 10. Cool the wort in sink, with lid on, add to sterilised FV/demijohn via sterilised sieve to catch hops, and top up the level to 5 litres if necessary. Pitch yeast at around 18 - 20C. [Measure the amount of water added if you top up the FV, and add this amount to the sparge water next time you brew] You should get 8 or 9 x 500ml bottles of lovely beer for about ?2.50. It takes me about 3 hours start to finish, making 10 litre batches in this way (see below). 10 Litre option: You can just double all the quantities and make 10 Litres, which is what I do most of the time, it's a good amount of beer. About 18x500ml bottles, or 27x330ml bottles. You just need a 15ish litre pot. If you've never made an all grain beer it's really worth giving this a go.