I've been Homebrewing beer since 1998 and absolutely love it. I do remember having a few concerns before I brewed my first batch, so I wrote this article for those who may be toying with the idea of getting into this great hobby.
Is it hard to do?
Not at all. Different methods require more time and different processes, but beginner kits for the novice brewer are so easy to use it's not even funny.
Does it cost a lot of Money to Homebrew?
It's very affordable to brew your own beer at home. Depending on what kind of system you use to brew your beer, the cost per bottle can be around 50 cents! Like any hobby, the initial investment in your Homebrew kit is where you will spend the most money, but it pays for itself very quickly.
How much will it cost me to get into Homebrewing?
A beginner Homebrew kit will cost under $50.00, and I recommend this MR. BEER kit that I've linked below.
I always recommend anyone new to the hobby to buy one of these kits, as they are incredibly easy to use, and have everything you need to brew two batches of beer. If you find Homebrewing is not your thing, you are only out a minimal amount of money, and you get two batches of beer out of the deal. They also make excellent gifts for any beer lover.
How long does it take to brew beer?
The simplest methods will take under an hour for you to make the beer, about one week for it to ferment, and two to three weeks to age once it's bottled.
So I bought the beginner kit and LOVE Homebrewing. What next?
While the beginner kits are a fun way to break into the hobby, you learn pretty quick that you are very limited as to what you can do, and how much beer you can produce in one session. If you're like me and love to tweak recipes and share your creations with friends and family, you definitely want to upgrade your brew kit.
This kit below From Northern Brewer, allows you to brew 5 gallons of beer, which equals roughly 50 bottles of ale! It includes absolutely everything you need to do so, minus two cases of empty glass beer bottles.
I hope this article cleared up any questions you may have on breaking into this great hobby. Homebrewing truly is a passion of mine, so if you have any other questions on anything I may have not covered here, don't hesitate to ask me anything in the comment section below.