I recently had the opportunity to "pay it forward" with a good friend of mine, Tres, who purchased a brewing kit. He and I met at the Fermentation Trap and picked out some equipment and an English Brown Ale extract kit. Later on, we got together at his house to brew the kit, celebrate with a few pints of beer, and enjoy each other's company. Our wives and children are also good friends, so it was a very enjoyable afternoon.
Teaching a subject is one of the best ways to both demonstrate how much you know about a subject and determine how much you still can learn. I find the act of explaining the brewing process, at least how I do it, and responding to questions helps me look at the steps in a new light and can lead to new ideas. In this case, I had not done an extract brew in quite some time and had to dredge some of the steps up from memory (and the kit instructions helped as well).
If you ever have a chance to introduce someone to the hobby and share a brew session with them, I highly encourage it.
Thanks to Tres for the afternoon and to Cyndi for sending along the great pictures, some of which appear below.