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The Question for True Beer Lovers: To Brew or Not to Brew?

ByAnthony Hendriks

Mar 23, 2021 #beer

Homebrewing is an activity that can provide you with lots of fun, no matter whether you make beer on your own or with your family, as you try out new recipes and experiment with new pieces of equipment. On top of that, it’s also perfect if you want to offer unique gifts to loved ones and friends.

This may still seem unconvincing to some people as to why brewing at home can be a great hobby, so perhaps the following benefits can provide a bigger and better picture of it.

You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune to Start Brewing

Cost is one of the initial aspects that talks many out of trying this hobby because they have the impression you need to invest a lot to be able to even start. This couldn’t be further from the truth as most specialised stores have great deals on neat beer brewing hardware and cleaning products that won’t drain your wallet.

In case you need some help with the equipment options, there are those starter kits costing under $100, consisting of the most basic pieces such as steriliser, mixing spoon, fermenter, grommet, hydrometer, brew blend, airlock, bottles and taps created by the stores for you. This is enough to give you a hand with your very first batch of homemade beer. Even if you see it’s not a hobby to your liking, it won’t cost you a fortune to come to this conclusion.

starter kit for homebrewing
source: brewzenmaster.com

In case it’s just what you expected it to be and more, you could take the hobby to the next step whenever you can by upgrading some of the gear as you master more of the beer-making. For instance, since fermentation is such an important part of the production process, you might want to get a quality stainless steel or plastic fermenter that’s bigger and with more features than the one you already have.

Glassware is yet another investment you’d have to think of because as beer experts know, it does make a difference in the taste. What you invest initially in something outstanding like Pilsner glasses, would more than pay off in the long run. Buy wholesale, which is a nice strategy if you also think of glass breakages and accidents, and you’d pay a good price.

You Get to Save Money with Your Home Beer

Yet another money-related aspect, your homebrewing habit would actually prove to be an activity that would help you cut down on your beer drinking costs. If you’re a true fan of beer, naturally you don’t buy the cheapest options available on the market but you have developed a taste for the pricier and fancier that could come up to $9 or more in which case you’d benefit greatly by deciding to make your own.

Same as with the handy beer brewing hardware that comes in kits, if you don’t feel that much of an expert yet with choosing your ingredients, you could find a variety of extracts (i.e. ingredient kits) for each batch, which depending on the beer you’re after and the type of malt, yeast, hops, grains and powders you choose could cost $20 or more for top quality porters. With the cheaper recipes for mainstream beers there are ingredient kits that cost #5 per six-pack.

drinking homemade beer
source: minibrew.io

When you do the math, this still comes out as more affordable than when you buy your beer. Especially when you consider that beer is among the most popular drinks in Australia, and the weekly expenditures on beer on average aren’t that low. Not to mention, the Land Down Under is also famous for the most expensive pint prices.

You Take Part in an Age-Old Practice

We aren’t the only ones to be fans of this healthy (when consumed in moderation!) alcoholic beverage as beer brewing is a tradition that goes way back in history. All the way in fact to ancient civilizations like the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, with the earliest proof of beer dating back to 5000 years ago.

The best thing about it is even without knowing any of the science behind the production, you’d still be able to make beer of quality relying on directions about mashing, lautering, boiling and fermenting, and how to use the beer brewing hardware and ingredients. Of course, to get the high quality of beer, you’d have to maintain cleanliness as well with the suitable cleaning products in the likes of brewing detergents and bleach before and after use of equipment and bottling.

trying out homemade beer
source: eater.com

If you think it’s complicated, just imagine what it was like for beer-makers decades ago before all of the adequate home brewing equipment even existed. Seeing the whole process, participating in every bit of the creation of your beer, makes you appreciate the drink all the more, so whenever you enjoy a glass of beer afterwards you’d know all the work and love that goes into creating it.

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.