Seems that it's usually best to start at the beginning when starting something so lets do that :-).
Brewery D-day for us was March 2013, that was the day that Simon and I realised that this obsession would never be over until we saw it through. We had recently been on a ride and came across Dalgety (Berridale) brewery. They had a small setup and were making it work. Had we not met them, we may never have made it through.
They showed us that without a lot of money it could be done.
We started to pool our money and went into research the possibilities of a very small system that we could self fund.