As a financially strapped university student, I bought a can of malt extract. It came as a “kit” and included cheap, way-past-due bread yeast. It was barely drinkable but I was fascinated with the process and convinced I could brew something better.
I got my first, very primitive start in home brewing while working in the QA lab at the old Labatts brewery in Saskatoon during my first go-around at university. I continued extract brewing back in the 1980’s before having children & before returning to university to start a second career as a psychologist.