Steve has been writing on this site for 10 years now and has in the past written on many subjects. He now concentrates on helping people.
Home brewing is is making a return for 2021. I can only suppose that it is doing so due to the economic climate and the current stay at home restrictions.
Not so long ago you could walk around a supermarket, for instance, and not see a home brew kit anywhere, other than a specialist shop. Whereas during the 1980's everywhere sold home brewing supplies in kit form and they were cheap.
In my early 20’s and after I got my own home I could regularly be seen in the kitchen making up batches of beer, lager and wine. I found it a very satisfying hobby. Brewing is an art form and is taken extremely seriously by many people.
On brewing a batch of beer the anticipation which builds up before the first tasting is tangible. So much time and effort was put into making your beer at home, in preparing the raw materials and the care and attention that you give to it, whilst it is fermenting,means that anything other than a drinkable outcome just will not do.
I have to say that a home brew beer would have to be pretty bad for me not to drink it after so much effort has gone into making it. Like everything else in this world, 'practice makes perfect'
Over the years since the 1980’s home brewing kits have developed significantly and the quality has improved massively.
Brewing. Why do it?
There are many reasons why you should brew beer at home. For me the main reason is a way of saving money. Initially though, it must be remembered that it can be quite expensive to set up your home brewery if you buy everything brand new.
Years ago I had every conceivable item that you could want for making beers and wines and you know what I did when the novelty wore off and Supermarket beers started to become cheaper, I got rid of every single thing. When you buy this equipment you should remember that it could last a lifetime if you look after it. Not expecting that I would ever need to brew my own beer again was the reason for getting rid of it all.
How wrong was I and I am now regretting the decision. Looking round in a well known Supermarket here in the UK today I could see how much technology has moved on even in the homebrew market. A lot of the big names in homebrew kits have disappeared allowing new blood to arrive and they look very professional I have to say.
It’s no longer a requirement to have loads of brewing equipment as there are some fabulous kits on the market which only need you to add water and yeast. I’ve done a few of these in the last year and the quality is amazing.
They work really well when attached to a beer engine hand pull for real ale. The conditioning is amazing when pulling through a beer pump.
Technology has moved on and pub condition beer is possible at home.
Practice Makes Perfect
What are you waiting for ?
To Brew or not to brew?
That is the question. Now this article is not intended to show you how to brew, but is merely for information purposes to help you make an informed decision to either renew your acquaintance with home brewing or to get you to take it up for the first time.
Some of us need a little push and some encouragement to get started. This I hope, will make you think and allow you to decide for yourself if it is the right time for you to take up the hobby of home brewing.
I have taken up the hobby again and it will be my intention to share my successes and failures within future articles on the subject.
One thing that you can be sure of is that you will not only save yourself money by brewing your beer at home but it will be a talking point when meeting up with your family and friends or work colleagues.
In my experience everybody who knows that you brew are always asking how you are doing or when your next batch is due for sampling? If you are anything like me when you buy beer from a shop you are always protective of it and don't like giving it away. On the other hand if you brew your own you are much more likely to share it as you seek approval from the people sampling it. This is especially true when you know that you have just made a great batch of beer.
What I have now found on my return to the hobby is that all the equipment you once needed isn't required now. Brewing kits have evolved and are so much easier to use.
Kit or recipe?
When you start your home brewing what will you do? Will you decide to brew from a kit or will you work from a recipe found on the internet or from a friend / family member? Either way I am sure you will have a lot of fun doing it.
Not many hobbies will give you so much pleasure and have the effect that brewing will. Just remember that what you brew can be more potent than beer which is made on an industrial scale.
When I started back for the first time I bought a just add water and yeast starter kit which contains everything you need to brew the first batch. I was very impressed with the quality of the end result. After that first one I became more adventurous and began looking for the best recipes I could find on the internet. If you have any recipes just let me know and I may well include them in future articles.
Brew in a bag (B. I. B.)
You will hear more about brew in a bag ( bib ) as you go. If you haven't been introduced it is worth having a Google search to see what is available. Many brewers now cater for this market for home drinkers who have a real beer engine like I have. If you like the real ale experience then I would encourage you to consider this, particularly if you are of a mind to get or build your own garden bar. This is another thing I would encourage you to do if space allows outside.
My home bar with hand pull beer engine.
Serious about home brewing?
Then you need one of these. Seriously, a must if you want great pub conditioned beer at home. A beer engine makes such a difference and they can be picked up on e-bay for a small cost if you are good at bidding.
Having a hand pull beer pump will mean that you save yourself the trouble of having to bottle your beer when it is ready. The beer pump will pay for itself very quickly in this case. I wouldn't be without mine now.
Get all the information.
What I find is that having a good old fashioned book is necessary for anyone who is into brewing at home. Being able to get advice and guidance is important. Having a place to go for reference will take the guess work out and allow you to be sure that you are doing things correctly.
Kit or your own recipe?
Cheers for now.
Good luck and cheers for now. I hope you let me know should you start your brewing experience. Let me know of your successes and share with me your tips and tricks. I am always keen to learn what works for other people. Please comment below if you have any questions you think I might be able to help you with.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on April 03, 2013:
Iguidenetwork, check out ebay or amazon for the kits. Thanks for reading and commenting. Enjoy your new found hobby.
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on April 02, 2013:
Now I have found a new hobby, this will surely be fun... I wonder where would I buy that kit. I want it! Great hub. :D
Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on November 03, 2012:
I love cider too. Maybe I should give it a go.
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 03, 2012:
My brother makes a fantastic cider brew. Great hub.
Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on November 02, 2012:
Kaili Bisson, great news. Good luck with it and let me know how it goes. Thanks for being the first to comment.
Kaili Bisson from Canada on November 01, 2012:
Great Hub. We made some stout at home a few years ago that was really good...you have inspired me to give it another try.