Brewing at home has become very popular in the last couple of years. So is the number of YouTube channels and tutorials that promise to teach you all you need to know to become an ultimate brewer. But going into brewing requires skill and some pretty large investment. The equipment you need to buy, ingredients you need to get. Not to mention all the time you have to invest in creating a single batch of beer. Are you really sure that you are ready for something like this?
To help you out to decide if homebrewing is really something that you see yourself doing long term. We have made a list of things you should consider before spending a penny or a minute of your precious free time. And if after all this you still want to give it a try we have some advice to assist you with your first brew day. So check our Home Brewing 101: How to brew beer at home and give it your best.
1. Prior Knowledge
Don’t get us wrong. You don’t have to be a beer expert to be able to brew a beer. But you still need to know some basic things about beer. Especially beer ingredients, types of yeast, and what are hops. These are all things that you can learn before you start brewing.
It will make your new hobby that much easier if you take the time to learn now. Also, there will be more time you will spend actually making beer than trying to figure out what is a kettle and what is wort. Anyone can start with beer brewing. But if you have any intention of doing it the right way then grab a book and a pencil. There is so much information on brewing online that before long you will become a beer expert yourself.
2. Make a Plan
Make sure to have a list of all the things you need to do before you start brewing. That would include your budget for the equipment you need to buy and how much time you can dedicate to this project.
It would be such a waste of money if, in the end, you figure out that you really don’t have enough time to do this. People sometimes underestimate their capabilities and just focus on what they want to do even if they know it wouldn’t be possible. Becoming a homebrewer requires time, resources, and patience. It is not a one-time deal.
To check out more information talk to friends who are into brewing and ask about their experience when starting out. Or just go to your local brew supply store and check out what you are going to need.
3. Try it Out
Yes, we are saying go for it. Choose the simplest recipe out there and give it your best shot. Check how big of a disaster you are going to make and you will see if it’s really worth it. You can pick a beer brewing method that doesn’t require that much equipment and make just a small batch.
This will be the best way for you to see how much time and effort it actually takes in brewing beer. And you will feel more grateful each time when you open a bottle of your favorite drink.
You can do it by yourself or with the company just give your best. You will fail, But don’t let that discourage you. Watching all those perfect brewing videos you will soon realize that they cut the bad things and just show the success. Brewing beer can be a messy business but you get to make the beer how you want it to be. So yes. Go for it.
4. Lower The Expectations
Forget the complex beers that take months to make. There will be time and place for that. At the very start just choose a recipe and do it over and over again until it’s perfect. If you want to learn how to make good beer repetition is the key.
If we are being honest it will take you months and years to become a good brewer. This is not for people who will give up after a first or tenth disaster. Even with the most experienced brewers out there it still happens that they make a mess. You need to go easy on yourself and give time to develop your skills.
5. Keep it Simple
Not all brewers dream about making a fudgy brownie porter, or a mango strawberry IPA. If you can’t wait to get your hands on some of these types of beer and try to recreate them we hate to burst your bubble. They will taste disgusting to most people and are mostly good only for show and tell. Not actual drinking.
For you to call yourself a good brewer need to know how to make a good porter and a good IPA. You can still focus on your favorite beer type and develop your skill even further. When really wanting to experiment try to make a new beer that you haven’t made before. There is a reason why you need to know the basics first. When the time comes for you to experiment with new flavors and textures you will feel more confident about a new ingredient because you will know the basics.
If brewing beer is really something that you want to do and it makes you happy don’t let anyone stand in your way. Even if you don’t have enough time at the moment there are still things that you can do to prepare when you are ready to start. We totally understand how you feel. Brewing beer has influenced our life also. So we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Cheers.