I Homebrew So Should You
Posted on January 25, 2010 by mike
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 than I ever thought I would and here are a few reasons why I got into homerewing and so should you.
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.
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!