Five Excuses Why You Should Not Become a Homebrewer

1. the equipment is real expensive and I think it will take up too much space

2. brewing takes too long, i want some beer right now!

3. there is so much good commercial craft beer on the shelves why bother making my own

4. brewing my own beer will save me tons of money

5. brewing is too complicated for my small brain

Now that I got all the negativity out of the way, ignore this list, get out there and brew your own damn beer!

Take pride in crafting something amazing with your own two hands (that people actually want). When I pour a pint of Kruski’s for a friend and get to hear them say something along the lines of “Damn Gina! this beer is delicious” or “Hott Lava, this shit is great” or “this beer tastes better than other craft beers” Its the ultimate pat on back.


And now five reasons why you SHOULD become a homebrewer

1. the equipment is real expensive and I think it will take up too much space  You can spend as much as you want on your brewing equipment, it does not take fancy equipment to make excellent beer. .  Many-a-brewer has gotten started using a simple and affordable Mr. Beer Kit some one gave them as a gift.  Brewing does require some minimum amount of equipment to get started, but many pieces of brewing gear can be added in stages.  Like adding more carboys to allow more varieties to be fermented simultaneous or upgrading the brew kettle to make larger batch sizes possible.   I often get asked by my friends “what do i need to buy to start brewing my own beer?”  My answer is different for each person, but no matter the situation you should be able to get the equipment you need and that fits the space you have available.  Hobbies are never cheap, but they sure are fun.

2. brewing takes too long, i want some beer right now!  The thing about brewing is it does take a long time and does require a great deal of effort.  Fortunately all the time and effort is not constant, hurry up do a task and then wait.  My friend Shane and I always tell folks “it takes a lot of beer to make beer”, basically we hang out drinking and talking and having a great time when we brew.  A typical brew session consists of a group of folks standing around the kettle sipping beers waiting for water to heat up to a desired temperature.  Then we combine the strike water with our grains and wait again for the mash to complete (convert starch to sugar) for about an hour.  Then we sparge (separate the sugary water from the grains).  Then we stand around sampling more beverages waiting for the boil to start.  Once boil is reached we stand around waiting for the time when we need to add our hops and other items.  Then we start chilling the wort (the beer is called wort prior to pitching the yeast). and wait for it to reach the proper temperature for pitching the yeast.  We transfer the wort to a fermentation vessel and pitch the yeast.  Then we clean up the equipment and wait for the fermentation to be completed.  This could be as quick as three days or as long as months, each brew is a different animal.  Once the fermentation is over you need to package the beer in bottle or kegs.  The final step is to either let it age or drink it up.

3. there is so much good commercial craft beer on the shelves why bother making my own  I brew my own beer because I enjoy spending time with friends and family creating it, and we all really enjoy making it disappear.  To be completely honest, with any one whom is still reading this all the way down here, I probably buy more beer as a homebrewer than i did as only a beer drinker.  I tend to like to have a few varieties of whatever beer I plan to brew next for ideas of what I like and dont like about that style, but I call it research!  .

4. brewing my own beer will save me tons of money Yes you can make great beer at a relatively low $cost per glass ratio, but this relates mostly to lower strength brews and larger batch sizes.  As the ABV% (alcohol by volume) increase so does the cost, it is directly proportional to the amount of grain required.  As a brewer once you have a rotation of proven beers you love to brew you will want to begin to make double sized batches.  The increased batch size does save some time and some money on the cost per glass, but it normally pushes you into an equipment upgrade.

5. brewing is too complicated for my small brain    I  feel so fortunate that I began my home brewing adventures in the right time period.  I began my hobby in 2007, and spent a few months just reading and learning before I began my brewing adventures.  There was what seemed an endless wealth of knowledge published and authored tutorials on dedicated brewing forums.  In 1984 Charlie Papazian published The Complete Joy of Home Brewing. this book basically is the home brewers bible. Charlie P presents brewing in an easy to understand method, and he starts from the absolute basics and reaches up into the most advanced techniques towards the latter chapters.  I own two different editions of this book, and often loan one of them out to friends.  It is unbelievable how much can be learned from a few books and the homebrewing forums.  In general it just seems that brewers love to share with each other.  Even the professional craft brewers are willing to talk to and help us homebrewers.  They often even share recipes directly, or giving you hints on how to duplicate it.

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4 Responses to Five Excuses Why You Should Not Become a Homebrewer

  1. Shane (Whirling Bastard Brewery) says:

    Nice write up there J Man. Funny how most people do say it takes to much money and time to homebrew when I can go down to the local beer store and buy great craft beer. No shit since we live in Michigan. But the time and memories created with friends is well worth it. Plus getting home from a long day’s work and pouring from your kegs is pure happiness. :)

  2. Jay says:

    Thanks Shanewall… speaking of which it has been way too long since either of us has poured each-other a few pints.

  3. Erik says:

    Sounds like the reasons we initially didn’t brew, that and I confused sterilization with sanitation. I didn’t want to have to heat up all those bottles and materials. I was way off, sanitizing is as easy as cleaning with soap.

    Saw your blog on bottlemark, feel free to check us out too.

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