I Homebrew So Should You

Posted on January 25, 2010 by

I’m not going to sit here and beat around the bush. You obviously came to my site because you like something more than piss in a can so let’s be frank.

For a very long time I have been drinking craft beers and enjoying them beyond my wildest dreams. That was until I found homebrewing. I finally took the plunge about 4 months ago and have since brewed up four batches of my very own, high quality, tasty, love infused brews. I enjoy this elusive and satisfying dance with flavor, mouthfeel, and drinkability more Brew-Aislethan I ever thought I would and here are a few reasons why I got into homerewing and so should you.

1. Cost

Now everyone is going to have different reasons, I get that, but I think this is a pretty consistent factor for everyone whether its the leading factor or just a bonus of homebrewing. Now the range can be different depending on the brew, but I’ve heard of people brewing good quality beer for less than 60 cents a bottle. I’m not talking Bud (I’m a girl) Light. I’m talking about something with some flavor and body. Something that is going to cost you $10 a six pack at the store. I personally am brewing at about 93 cents to a $1 a bottle.

2. Quality

If you have never had a homebrew and think it can’t be that good, you are completely mistaken. Have you ever had a meal at your house cooked up that tasted better than going out to eat? Same idea, period.

3. Easy to do

Homebrewing is amazingly easy. You can get started brewing your first batch with an initial setup and a recipe kit for probably $170. Check out my “getting started brewing my own beer” article to see exactly what you need and where to get it. I have to say it again. It is amazingly easy to get started homebrewing and actually doing the work.

4. Friends, Community, and Support

In the 3 months I’ve been brewing I have found nothing but an outpouring of support to get me started. Anyone that brews is open to helping others get started and helping them along the journey. It is truly amazing meeting someone and becoming good friends with them in a couple of hours over a couple of brews. On top of that, brewing with friends is so much fun. Everyone brings their kettles and ingredients and previous batches of brews and you sit around all day making beer, eating, watching sports and drinking. Its like a party but a heck of a lot more fun!

5. It’s a Hobby

Everyone needs one and this one quickly becomes an obsession. However, it is a good obsession because you are actually producing something and quite possibly saving some monies along the way. Homebrewing isn’t like doing crack or being addicted to sex like Tiger Woods. The worst that is going to happen is you are going to drink more. That isn’t bad either because they have now proven that hops help prevent some forms of cancer!

I promise you once you try that first homebrew that you made, you will be hooked on homebrewing more than white people on Asian hookers. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night from wonderful dreams running through hop vines and eating barley right out of the fields on my endless journey’s toward a wonderfully shower of homebrew…

So let’s drink some homebrew to mine and your health!

If you have any questions, please let me know. I’ll help you get started and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find it!

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  • http://www.homebrew.fiftycal.net/ danielOut

    Keep the posts coming, Mike! I’m working on a “How to Start Homebrewing” page for Homebrewhaha, and I think this link is certainly going to go at the end of the “Why?” paragraph. Excellent summary.

    Though to be fair to girls, my wife would probably cringe at your “Bud (I’m a girl) Light” comment, a she is a fan of massively bitter IPAs.

  • mike

    Fair enough. I’m not sure why I tossed that in there as I’ve been known to drink a Bud Light here and there. My wife is a fan of IPA’s as well. Another one of my friends wives is a fan of IPA’s too…I wonder if it should be an “I’m a girl IPA?”

    Whatcha think?

  • mike

    Someone by the name of “new brewer” used my contact for to ask me a question about brewing.

    Please do it again. My contact form didn’t give me your email address so I can’t get back to you. I tossed out my plugin and put a new one in so please submit your question and I’d love to answer it for you.

    Thanks.

    Sorry about the technical error!

  • completegeek

    Awesome post, and great looking website. I found it from your link on homebrewtalk and I will definitely be coming back.

  • mikebiewer

    Thanks man!

    I'm in Japan right now, sorry to take so long to respond to you.

    Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you!

    Mike

  • completegeek

    Thanks for the offer. I'm anxiously waiting for my new starter kit to come in so I can get started on a 5 gallon batch. Had my first homebrewing experience with Mr. Beer and loved it.

    Have fun in Japan!

  • mikebiewer

    Thanks for the wishes. We just got back yesterday!

    I've yet to use a Mr.Beer kit. A friend of mine is using it and loves it. He wants to come check out my setup though. I'm curious, which kit did you order? Have you got it yet?

    Keep me up dated! I love hearing about peoples brewing sessions!

    Thanks for the comment.

    Mike

  • completegeek

    I go the brewing starter kit from midwest supplies http://www.midwestsupplies.com/brewing-starter-

    It seemed to me the best value for my money. I have received and eagerly started making the American Wheat Ale recipe from the first episode of Brewing TV. A very good site if you haven't checked it out already.

    The first brew went well. I misjudged the timing on a few things, like how long it would take to boil water on my pitiful electric stove top. In the end though, I still made beer. My fermenter is bubbling away in my closet at this very moment. I've already got plans to make a hard sweet tea for the 4th of July and I'm just waiting on my supplies to be shipped.

  • mikebiewer

    The stove can be tricky. However, once you brew a few times you'll know exactly what to set it on and how much time your going to have.

    Congrats on the bubbling fermenter! It's always amazing to see one bubbling. After you get a chance to sample it, would you maybe want to do a first time homebrewers interview for the site?

    Let me know and I can get ya more info!

    Thanks for the comment.

    Happy Brewing.

    Mike

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