Hello from Portland, Oregon!
Hello, Fresh Loaf community! I'm brand new here, and quite new to baking bread (just started last month!), but have already found this forum to have an incredible wealth of information and talent. I've baked three loaves so far and have found something incredibly useful here for each one, so I decided to sign up for an account today.
I wish I could say that baking is something of a family tradition, but I grew up on store-bought bread, so learning to bake my own bread has been an incredible experience. I have spent the better part of a decade as an avid homebrewer, winemaker, and mead maker, and fell in love with the magic of yeast. I recently decided to stop drinking alcohol and instead turn to bread and kombucha making as a way to continue working with yeast and fermentation but in a healthier way.
So far, I have been blown away by how much of an incredible and sensory-laden experience breadmaking has been, and getting to share the fruits of my labor with friends and family is pretty dang awesome too! I look forward to learning from everyone here and becoming a contributing part of this thriving forum.