Here are ten good reasons for brewing your own beer:
1. It is cheaper than to buy it
If you like good, craft beers, then brewing it yourself is definitely cost effective. It will require an initial investment on equipment. The equipment can be kept small and simple, depending on how much you are willing to do for yourself. If you purchase a kit, it can be as low as $20. Producing a good quality beer at home will most certainly be cheaper than buying a similar quality beer at the store.
2. You can experiment with more flavors
Brewing your own beer gives you the freedom to add any flavor you choose. If you are into hoppy beers, you can experiment adding different amounts and kinds of hops. There are even rare varieties of hops available that are not common in commercially brewed beers. Other ingredients include chocolate and coffee for stouts, or gingerbread spice for a seasonal variation.
3. You decide what goes in it
Because it is your beer, you decide exactly what ingredients you put in it, and what quality. You could make your beer organic if you chose. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals or preservatives added to commercial beers.
4. You can impress your friends
There’s no doubt about it, sharing your homemade brew with your friends is very impressive. Homemade beers also make great gifts.
5. You will learn a lot
By trying out different recipes, and even figuring out what went wrong in the batches that turn out not-so-great, you will get a new appreciation for beer. You will learn how different ingredients taste and combine to produce the different flavors of beer. You will also better understand the different types of beer and what makes each unique.
6. It is fun
Brewing and bottling your own beer is very entertaining. From deciding which malts to choose, or what yeast strain to use, there are thousands of different combinations you can make to create a unique beer. It is very satisfying to have a finished product that was made with your own hands.
7. You can make new friends
The community of brewers is large and well established in many places, and certainly online. You will find that there is always someone willing to help you and share their expertise. People who have been in your place and have learned valuable lessons and can point you in the right way to go.
8. You can win prizes
If you are ambitious you can take your hobby to the next level and participate in one of the many beer brewing competitions available. If your brew is good, it might even win a prize.
9. It is easier than it looks
Brewing beer is a very simple process, especially if you start from a kit. Starting from a kit makes the whole procedure simpler, more foolproof, and still leaves plenty of room for customization.
10. You can make your favorite beer no matter where you are
Once you start looking into brewing beer, you will realize there are many recipes available, including for commercially available beers. That means that you can make and drink your favorite beer, even if it’s not commercially available where you live.