Some good places are here: http://www.tastybrew.com/forum/
Tastybrew.com is full of Americans, and I bet you will find people in your area. Ask questions and they will be answered, a nice bunch of people.
you can also go to our group website which is here:
Members Of Barleyment - it's a Canadian websitehttp://barleyment.wort.ca/
The guy that owns Members Of Barleyment has his own brewing
website, - so he owns Members Of Barleyment which is mainly for us around this area, but the owner has his own site which caters to mostly Americans, that website is here:http://www.bodensatz.com/index.php
His beer forum is here:http://www.bodensatz.com/forum/index.php
Now if you want to see what OUR local guy's club looks like go here:http://barleyment.wort.ca/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=MoB
and click on BSB4 - which is short for BigStrangeBrew 4. It was held
at a guy's house in his big backyard, - many guys brewed that day, - everybody came with their brewing equipment and made beer ! - what a fun day !
All the guys in this club do all grain brewing now, - it's done with 100% grain, and this grain or "malt" is bought from the big companies that supply our major breweries.
Down in the States, it's the same thing, guys buy from the suppliers for Coors, Budweiser etc.... we do the same process as the big guys, but on a tiny scale.
Only 8.5 lbs of grain produces 5 gallons of beer at 5% alcohol. - And it's darn cheap.
Btw, if you wish to get into brewing, go to your local homebrewing store, and buy a kit........ there are so many brands to choose from,
- it's so easy to do, and so much cheaper than buying beer. However it is a hobby, and it's not like make the beer and an hour you are drinking it... there's a bit of time involved.
To answer your question I've beenbrewing now for about 15 years on and off - I only started all grain brewing last March, so I'm very new to it, but make some good beer at the moment.