Want to try a new hobby? Why not make your own beer?
Home brewing is not really a new interest. Remember that during the medieval days before the commercialization of beer, brewing was largely a family-oriented activity done in their humble abodes. However, while commercial beer brands are widely sold around the world today, the art of home brewing is experiencing a revival.
The right information: the key to successful home-brewing
First, it is important to have the right information. This is the key to making a good home-grown beer. There are online resources that will help you guide as to how beer at home is generally made, as well as home brewing kit recommendations. You may also want to meet and establish relationships with more experienced home beer making enthusiasts. You may find fans on online forums, or on local brewing competitions, or near your small town brewery. From them, you’ll get more detailed know-how. Not only that will you learn, but you will form great friendships due to your shared common interest of beer.
Instructional videos on YouTube and other video-sharing websites are also excellent resources. Most of them are uploaded by seasoned home brewing buffs teaching you how to make beer at home through step-by-step guides. There are many “beginner’s guide to beer making” type of videos so you won’t be lost if you’re going to do home brewing for the first time.
Home brewing kits: fortunately home brewing kits are widely available, and not only that, some of them have become smaller and cheaper. With kits priced as little as $150 (or less than that — some are priced as low as $96), you can begin your own home brewing experience.
How to make your own beer! Easy small batch brewing!
Home brewing starter kits contain the essential ingredients you will need such as hopped malt and yeast. You may find many complete beer kits with tools and equipment including an instruction manual, fermenting bucket with lids, thermometer, hydrometer (to measure the alcohol content), a bottle with a spigot (faucet), carboy (an upstanding container for holding and transporting large amounts of liquid), bottle filler, siphons, tubes, shut off clamps, and many more. New empty beer bottles are usually sold separately,or sometimes included in the kit. You can procure them at local stores, breweries or online — just check out Amazon.com that also sells a variety of kits as well as helpful guide books and manuals. Just make sure you are of legal age to purchase the products.
The beauty of home brewing is that, aside from knowing how beer is made, you will also have more control of the taste and composition. Sure, you can buy bottles of lager at a street corner near you, but you may want a different taste of beer. And there’s nothing quite like a freshly-made brew, with the taste adjusted to your own liking.
Once you’ve mastered the art of home brewing, you can make your own beer recipes for personal satisfaction or for sharing with your beer-loving friends. Best of all — you’ll receive heaping praises from your friends about how really good your beer tastes. Home brewing is a fun and very satisfying hobby particularly among beer enthusiasts.
How to brew beer at home: start to finish