Posted on December 1st, 2009
Craft beer isn’t the only thing people are drinking more and more of in America; homebrewing is also gaining in popularity. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as craft beer and homebrewing have always been closely associated. In fact, many of America’s biggest craft brewers started out as homebrewers. With so much great beer out there, some may ask why you’d want to bother with brewing in your kitchen. Here are a few reasons why you should give homebrewing a try.
It’s cheap. After the initial cost of equipment (about $75), the ingredients for a 5 gallon batch can cost as little as 30 dollars. That’s just $1.80 per beer. While that’s certainly more than a Bud Light at home will cost you, it’s comparable to the price of higher end craft beer. What’s more, when you homebrew, you make exactly the beer you want to drink. With a little practice, you’ll soon be able to create amazing beer right in your kitchen that rivals many craft breweries.
It’s easy. The brewing process is surprisingly simple. If you can boil water, you can make beer. By far the most difficult part of making beer is cleaning the bottles to put your homebrew in. Who can’t do that?
It’s fun. Making beer can be a great way to spend time with your fellow beer lovers. Although it certainly can be done single-handedly, making beer is quicker and more fun with a friend. There is a fair amount of waiting involved; meaning there’s plenty of time to crack open a beer and enjoy it with your brewing partner.
It’s educational. When you see a brew go from raw ingredients to finished beer, you’re better able to appreciate all that goes into making beer and how each ingredient impacts the final outcome. This will help you understand what beers are your favorites and why.
It’s legal. Although home wine making was re-legalized in the US with the repeal of prohibition in 1933, beer was actually excluded from this due to a clerical error. Homebrewing wasn’t legalized until 1979. Today it’s legal to make 100 gallons of beer per person over the age of 21 per household, up to a maximum of 200 gallons per year. Most Western countries have similar policies.
So what are you waiting for? There’s not much extra equipment or ingredients to buy. You can pick up your supplies at a homebrewing supply store near you or over at Homebrewing.com.
The Beeriety crew just uncapped our very own Peanut Chocolate Stout brewed this past September. Next time you make or try a homebrew, let us know by using the ‘#mybeer‘ or ‘#homebrew‘ hashtag. We’ll be interested to see your results!