Where would homebrewers be today if their Dads (or Moms) had drunk good beer? Most of them grew up in households in which the standard beer was just that, a standard beer:
Culturing yeast, high gravity brewing.
Specific gravity affects many aspects of your homebrew, including its alcohol content, sweetness, and mouthfeel. Keep track of a few numbers while brewing to make the best beer possible.
When touring a microbrewery, engage in a little reconnaissance to pump up — and speed up — your own system and technique.
It’s more than a sense of taste. You use all five of your senses to evaluate a beer. Refining your technique can provide more enjoyment and help you make your own beer better.