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If You Love Beer, Home Brewing May Be Right For You!

Feb 28, 2008
Beer is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Frosty cold mugs are enjoyed by millions everyday. The brewing industry is one of the largest businesses in the world supplying those millions of glasses. But more and more people are discovering the joys of making beer at home.

Home brewing has quickly become a favorite pastime for millions and there are thousands of sites online and hundreds of catalog companies devoted to providing the right equipment for their hobby. There are even slick newsstand magazines that are devoted to nothing but the brewing and enjoyment of beer!

And the art of home brewing could be the perfect hobby for you -- if you love beer, you love to cook, you are a bit creative, a bit experimental - and very, very patient.

Is Home Brewing Expensive?

The cost of making your own beer, buying all the home brewing equipment, supplies and ingredients you need to start with this great hobby is probably one of the first concerns for most people. After all, you may have toured or seen pictures of the inside a commercial brewery and know that they use huge cooking apparatus and vats. That's true and their fermentation containers probably cost as much as your home. But for you to make your own beer, home brewing is actually a very affordable and even cost efficient hobby. As a matter of fact, depending on how much beer you and your family drink, it may save you money in the long run from buying it commercially.

Most of the standard kits you can buy for beer home brewing are much less than a hundred dollars and these kits are meant to last you a lifetime -- though many, many batches of homebrew. You might consider it an investment in your family's grocery bill if it means cutting down on the beer you buy from the store! Of course each batch of home brewed beer requires a new set of ingredients including the malt and yeast that you use and anything else you might put into your beer such as fruit or honey. But these additives are generally very reasonably priced and a large jar of some additives can last you for several dozen batches of beer.

Is Home Brewing Difficult?

Believe it or not making beer is actually one of the easiest things you might do in the kitchen! You might compare it to making a very easy batch of soup. When making beer home brewing does require some measuring and boiling and a few other steps but, for the most part, virtually anyone can do it. There are many different "levels" of home brewing. You can start out by buying a "kit" of measured and packaged ingredients and graduate to experimenting with you own flavors and mixtures as you get more experience and feel more comfortable. Many who begin with kits find that later the most fun they have is experimenting with different additives, fruits and flavors.

So if you really love beer home brewing may be for you. And even if you don't particularly love beer, you might want to consider this as a great hobby or as a way to make personal gifts for others who do love beer. Home brewing is economical, easy and a great way for anyone to experiment with making something in their own kitchen.

Great Way to Meet People

Beer is one of the best ways to meet people ever invented. That's the whole idea behind bars. Home brewed beer is no exception. In almost every good sized town in the world you are sure to find at least one, usually more, clubs devoted to the craft and art of home brewing. These men and women love nothing better than getting together once a week or so and hoisting a frosty mug while talking about beer. How can you go wrong with that.

If you love beer, good friends and life, home brewing may be the hobby for you.
About the Author
Mark Hester runs the Drink Up website devoted to Home Brewing. You can read about everything from the best kits to buy to the legalities of Home Brewing Beer at Drink Up! If you are new to Home Brewing, drop by and sign up for our 10 part email introduction we offer to learn all about this fantastic hobby. If you are an old hand, stop by and leave a comment or a recipe at Drink Up!
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