FOOD & TRAVEL
I’m a big fan of DIY projects. And while I haven’t brewed my own beer just yet. I was curious about what all goes into it.
I bet reading the post title you thought “Huh, how many people actually brew their own beer?” With the sudden interest by the public at large in micro-brews and IPA’s the answer is, a lot more than you think. Before you head out to the store or hop on Google and clear out some space in your home to start your own brew, there are couple items you’ll want to know.
Brewing your own anything (unless it’s coffee) typically isn’t cheap, at least to begin with. And brewing your own beer is no exception. The average cost of an at-home brewing kit is around $100. Add to that the ingredient kit and your cost is in the $130.75 range. Remember you’ll need to order bottles and caps unless you’ve done some upcycling and can reuse old bottles. This a great way to me conscious of your carbon footprint. If you do plan to buy fresh bottles and caps your total will be around $141 – which works out to be around $17 per six-pack.
Each batch will make about eight six-packs and moving forward, the only recurring cost will be ingredient kits, which cost about $30. So let’s say you make six batches every year that will be an annual cost of about $320. Depending on how much you spend on beer every year, brewing your own may or may not save you money in the long run.
Brewing beer can be a bit of a process. A batch of beer ferments for at least two weeks – the specific length of time is dependent on the type of beer you decide to brew. After the fermenting period, two weeks of bottle conditioning are next. The purpose of conditioning your bottles is to provide an environment for the yeast in your beer to continue to ferment and enrich the flavor of your beer after it’s been bottled.
All in all, it is awesome to learn new skills and if brewing beer is something you want to check off your bucket list it certainly will be a fun experience. And who knows, you may find so much joy in it that your microbrew will be found on the shelves of the local grocery store. Happy brewing!