As the subject says I'm new here and am just starting getting into the hobby of sausage making. I've been brewing beer for a few years now and stumbled across a YouTube video where some homebrewers got off topic and did a show on making beef snack sticks. I decided to give it it a try. After a fairly bad attempt I stumbled across this site when looking for methods to make a better product for next time. With that said I went hunting last weekend and now have a good amount of venison at my disposal. I am hoping to make some decent summer sausage but am a little nervous because the last batch of "snack sticks" weren't that great. They were edible but nothing to be proud of. I have a cheap Brinkmann Gourmet electric smoker that I modified by adding a PID temperature controller and solid state relay. It gives me great control over temps. I also just ordered an amazen pellet smoker so I should be able to keep a consistent smoke no matter how hot or cool the element is. My dad has a fairly decent meat grinder and I plan on using my buddies new vertical stuffer. I'm pretty excited about this new hobby, I just hope my second attempt turns out better than the first.