Home brewing is relatively easy and inexpensive process and also it does not take very long. In very simple term all you’re doing is boiling water, adding some ingredients and filling bottles. It is important to remember the initial investment for first time brewers will be the highest cost, so do not let it put you off as future costs will be minimal. The time involved varies with experience, but usually 5-7 hours for preparation and clean-up. 2 weeks for fermentation and then 2-3 hours bottling. And another 1-2 weeks waiting before the beer is ready to chill and serve.
Basic breakdown of the process
1. Malted barley is soaked in hot water to release the malt sugars.
2. The malt sugar solution is boiled with Hops for seasoning.
3. The solution is cooled and yeast is added to begin fermentation.
4. The yeast ferments the sugars, releasing CO2 and ethyl alcohol.
5. When the main fermentation is complete, the beer is bottled with a little bit of added sugar to provide the carbonation.
As you will find out this is a massive simplification of the process and there is and incredible amount of information about that will help you develop your techniques, but remember this is supposed to be enjoyable so do not be put off by some of technical terminology.