Three Reasons To Get Started Homebrewing Beer

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Homebrewing your own beer is a fun, inexpensive, easy hobby. These three reasons are enough to get you started. Along the way, you’ll discover more. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment you’ll derive when you pop the cap on that first bottle of your first batch and taste the fruits of your endeavors will be one of the most memorable and gratifying events you’ll ever experience. You’ll be amazed at the results.

The explanation behind this fact is simple. Beer tastes its absolute best when it’s fresh. Even with the proliferation of small batch beers available at local retail stores, there’s simply no way they can get their beer to you as fresh as yours will be. Trust me on this, even your first batch will be the best beer you ever had.

One thing I want to get out of the way quickly is that, even though homebrewing is a relatively inexpensive hobby to get started with, you’re not going to be saving money over buying beer at the store. Ingredients alone, if you buy enough to make two cases, which is about as low as you can go, usually will match or slightly exceed what you would pay for the equivalent quantity of micro brew. Then there’s the initial cost of brewing supplies. Still, compared to hobbies like golf, fly fishing, hunting, or anything along those lines, you can go top-shelf all the way on your brewing supplies and still spend far under what these hobbies cost. Not that I’m intending to discourage the golfers, hunters, and fishermen out there. In fact, you’ll appreciate these pursuits even more when you follow them up with a nice, cold beer brewed by you own hands.

One thing you’ll notice after a few trips to your local brewing supplies store is how passionate and enthusiastic the people working there are. It’s hard to be cranky when your job involves making beer. You’ll really enjoy getting to know some of these folks. This, along with the opportunities you’ll have to pick the brains of the old timers, makes home brewing fun. I’ve yet to meet anyone involved with brewing their own beer who wasn’t more than willing to help the rookies. Homebrewers, along with their ideas and advice, also like to share their efforts. Now I ask you, what could be better than that?

So far, I’ve told you that homebrewing is inexpensive, but that you’re not going to save money as compared to buying micro brew from the retail store. Allow me to clarify this seeming contradiction.

Your initial investment will include things like bottles, brewing vessels, a large stainless steel pot, a thermometer, etc. These items you can use over and over again. The actual brewing ingredients, hops, malt, sugar, etc., are all you’ll have to buy once you get your basic brewing set up. In my experience, these expendable ingredients are roughly equivalent to what you would pay for finished beer at the retail store, so that’s kind of a break-even proposition. You should be able to purchase everything you need for your first batch of two cases for under $200. That’s including quality ingredients and brewing supplies. I’ve seen brewing kits and ingredients advertised for $80. Try getting started in golf or hunting for that kind of money. This is what I mean when I claim that home brewing is inexpensive.

Finally, home brewing is a great hobby because it’s easy. If you can boil water, tell time, and follow a basic recipe, you have all the skills you need to get started. You don’t have to take classes unless you want to. Between the Internet, where you can find how-to videos along with all the supplies, and local home brewing stores, you can get all the advice, recipes, and ideas you’ll ever need.

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