Top 5 Reasons You Should Brew Your Own Brew

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Ok, let’s cut right to the chase. You love beer. You have thought about brewing your own brew but the thought is kind of daunting. Getting all that equipment, setting up, the cleaning, the waiting, the self-doubt that you can pull it off; it all adds up to “why bother, I’m off to the store to get another 6 pack!”. Well I’m here to tell you, it’s not that hard. There are so many options today that it’s not only simple, it’s very rewarding to brew your own brew.

Yeah, yeah I know you are searching around and see things like 5 gallon batch’s and full mash and all sorts of other complicated thing but you can work up to that. The key here is getting started. There is a whole industry around getting people like yourself into home brewing and the key is to make it as simple as possible. As you get more experienced and want to learn more you can branch out into more advanced brewing techniques…or not. That’s the beauty of it all. You can keep it super simple and still make great beer.

Still not convinced? Ok I hear ya. Here are the top 5 reasons why should give it a go!

  1. It’s Cheap!

On a whole bunch of levels. You don’t need any special equipment to start. There are many simple boil options that don’t require special equipment. These kits are designed to make it very simple to produce to very tasty ales. Average cost for these kits range from between $15 and $25 bucks and you’ll get between 3 and 5 gallons. They even come with the yeast!  So do the math. If you like craft brew you are spending somewhere in the area of $1.30 a bottle. With a simple extract kit it’s like less than 50 cents a bottle. And that is for an extract beer which is generally more expensive because most of the work is done for you. When (and I do mean when) you start to get into the full process you can expect around .30 cents a bottle and cheaper depending on the style. You simply can not beat the price of purchased vs. when you brew your own brew!

  1. You do not need a lot of fancy equipment to brew your own brew.

One of the most daunting things about home brewing is the equipment. If you do a little searching you come across some pretty elaborate and expensive stuff. So let me say this. You don’t need it to start out! All you need is a stock pot and a plain bucket to ferment in. You’ll also need some plastic bottles to start. If you like the process and the experience, you can upgrade as you go. Even minor upgrades to make it a little simpler are short money. Things like a bottle capper, a hydrometer, and tubing only costs about $20 bucks total. Once My advice to start is to start follow the KISS principal. Keep It Simple Stupid!

  1. It’s freakin fun!

So I remember the first time someone tried to get me involved in home brewing and one of the first things he told me was how fun it is. I was thinking “Dude, you are boiling some sweet water and then waiting around for a month. How much fun is that?” The answer is…pretty darn fun. Yeah it amazed even me. I think the act of making something is part of it but to be honest, as you learn about what you are doing it’s pretty amazing. There is a LOT of science involved but you don’t have to really know any of it. It helps but in the end, if you follow the direction, you end up with something you made and you can share it with friends and family. Watch the eyebrows go up when you hand them a glass of beer that you made and a smile comes over their face after tasting it. You won’t be able to stop the smile creep across your face.

  1. The coolness factor is way up there!

Seriously, brewing beer is something that mankind has been doing for well over 9000 years. How can something that has been around for so long be bad! Beer has been a tool mankind has used to celebrate, make water safe to drink, provide a livelihood just to name a few.  You have the opportunity to continue long traditions; to carry on brewing practices that have stood the test of time. As a matter a fact, if you dig into your family tree I can almost guarantee you will not be the first in your family to brew your own brews. Go ahead, check it out. I’ll wait. See! I told you.

  1. Anyone…yes, even you, can make great beer!

Look, the biggest fear of doing anything new thing is failure. When I ask people who love beer why they haven’t tried to make their own I get answers like “I can’t make good beer.” or “A brewmaster I am not.” Which I reply “Yes you can and do you want to be a brewmaster?”. Remember point 1 through 4? This isn’t about being judged or fears of failing. It’s about doing something that is, cheap, rewarding and fun. Are you going to ruin a batch or two? You bet your life you will but we all do. There is not one brewer that hasn’t lost a batch. Even in the large production brewery it’s a fact of life. From my experience first time brewers succeed over 95% of the time. The other 5% was because they tried to do it while drunk. It happens. I am looking you right in the eye and telling you…You my friend, can make great beer!

So what are the takeaways from this article? That’s easy. Yes you can brew your own brew and it won’t be expensive or difficult. The hardest part is the waiting on the first batch but you can taste it along the way. Actually I highly encourage it. You get to taste the change in the beer as it ages. And yes, aging makes a huge difference in the quality.  In future posts I’ll teach you exactly how to brew on the cheap. So stay tuned!

Learning about an age old tradition and reaping the rewards at the end will be worth every step you take to becoming a home brewer. So next time you reach for a six pack at the store just remember, you can make that same beer just as tasty as what’s in that bottle. Maybe even tastier!

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