As with any hobby, there are advantages and disadvantages. The same is true with the home brewing of beer. However, most people that choose to home brew their own beer or other beverages will tell you that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
When thinking of the number one advantage to home brewing, what comes to mind is the thing that means the most to beer lovers: taste.
Drinking commercially brewed beer as opposed to home brewed beer is like eating food when you have a cold. The food just doesn’t taste like it should. You’re not getting the full flavor.
When you’re drinking commercially brewed beer that has been canned, bottled, exposed to outside air and knocked around, it’s not going to taste anywhere near as good as fresh beer. If you don’t believe this, open up a bottle of beer from the store, sniff it, and then sniff your freshly brewed beer. You’ll see there’s no comparison. Suffice it to say, you may not want to ever go back to drinking store-bought beer. This is probably the main advantage to brewing your own beer at home.
Brewing your own beer gives you the advantage of a healthy beverage. You may be surprised to see beer being described as a “healthy” beverage, but it’s healthy in the aspect that you know what’s going into the beer and what’s not. If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients on a bottle of beer or any beverage for that matter, you’ll probably find that you don’t recognize half the ingredients that are going into the product. Worse than that is the fact that you are consuming these unfamiliar ingredients.
By brewing your own beer, you’re getting all-natural ingredients that are familiar to you. You’re also not getting all the preservatives you get when you drink commercial beers, so you’re getting a better quality, better tasting beer.
You’ll be familiar with the malt, barley, hops or whatever other natural ingredients you put in your beer. In your quest for good home brewing recipes, you’ll find there are many varieties you can try.
Regardless of which recipe you finally decide to stick with, you’ll still know what goes in the beer. What you’ll like also with making your own beer is that you can control the alcohol content that goes in the beer. You may like higher alcohol content while your wife enjoys a milder beer.
When you buy a six-pack of beer, you’re forced to drink a certain alcohol content unless you want to buy another six-pack of lower or higher alcohol content. When you make your own brew, you can mix it up and make a variety to suit everyone.
Let’s not forget about the bragging rights. When you’re done making your beer, you’ll probably want to have a party or social gathering to show off your home brewing skills. It will give you a lot of pride to be able to say that you made it yourself. Your friends will be impressed with your culinary skills and want to learn all they can about home brewing.
Home brewed beer has a fresh, natural taste that you will never get with commercially brewed beer. Not only is it a natural and better tasting choice, but also it’s also very cheap compared to what you’d pay in a supermarket or liquor store.
The ability to experiment with the recipe will continue to be a source of fun for you. You’ll never get tired of trying different recipes and making different types of beer. Whether it’s mild beer, high alcohol content, dark or light beer, you’ll love experimenting until you find the perfect combination for your new favorite recipe and drink.
Another advantage to home brewing is that in addition to having a premium tasting beer, you’ll also get it at an affordable cost. Once you have all you need for your beer-making venture, you’ll be able to make beer for just a few pennies a beer. The cheapest type of commercial beer you buy is at least a dollar a bottle. You’ll be amazed at how much beer you can brew with that same dollar. As cheaply as you can make this beer, it’s a shame that you can’t sell it!!