The fine art of making your own beer is one that’s growing in popularity every day. For the novice brewmaster, it’s very much a process of trial and error. Unlike most things where you learn by experience, however, even a “bad” batch of beer isn’t such a hard thing to get over.
If you’re just starting out, here are a few things you’ll come to wish you knew when you started home brewing.
It’s a Labour of Love, not Necessarily Economy
There’s no question that the cost of beer can really add up if you enjoy more than an occasional pint. It’s also true that the raw ingredients for a good batch of homebrew can work out to be a lot cheaper than buying beer. BUT, if you’re thinking of making the switch to brewing your own beer as a way to save money, you might be disappointed. The initial investment in brewing equipment won’t pay itself off until you have several batches under your belt.
The thing is, once you get used to the taste of a freshly brewed pint of your very own creation, you probably won’t really care if you’re not saving a ton of money. It really is THAT good.
Poor Sanitation is the Fastest Route to Bad Beer
We understand, it takes a long time to brew a batch of beer. Surely it’s OK to scrimp a bit and skip a few steps along the way, right? Well, that depends on whether or not you like finding nasty things in your beer glass. If the answer is no, then it’s best to take all the recommended steps to properly sanitize your brewing equipment.
It All Comes Down to the Ingredients
It’s a fact: Crappy ingredients make crappy beer. The difference in price between fresh, locally grown hops and freeze-dried hops from who knows where is relatively small. The difference in taste, however, borders on astronomical. Really, it’s like comparing apples and… squirrels. When you consider the time and effort that goes into making a batch of beer, it’s worth it to start with the best ingredients you can afford.
Do you already have some trial and error wisdom to share on your adventures in home brewing? Be sure to drop us a line to let us know about them. We love swapping sudsy tales while laughing at our failures and drinking our successes.