I Brew Beer For Fun And To Save Money
Most readers and visitors of Debt Roundup know that I am a fan of DIY. I love to use my hands to fix and make things. It gives me a great sense of job and accomplishment. It also allows me to use my creative side. You would also know that I have a hobby fixing cars, especially Jeep Wranglers. I have had three Jeep Wranglers since 2009. I have fixed one up, brought back one from the dead, and bought one from my brother. Yes, it is an expensive hobby, but I really do enjoy it. One thing that you might not know about me is that I also brew my own beer. Yes, I am a home brewer! I started this back when I was in debt as something to do in order to keep my mind off being in debt. Plus, I love beer! I just spend this past weekend bottling my latest brew, a Spring Bock! This was my first attempt at the lager process, so I am excited to taste it. The picture to the left was the start of the brewing process.
My Eyes Opened to Home Brewing
I have always thought about brewing my own beer, but never knew how to do it. I thought it was too time consuming and that I wouldn’t really enjoy it. Luckily, my lovely wife pushed me to try it. I was reluctant at first, but after I tasted my first brew, I was freaking hooked! Yes, it does cost some money to get started, but there are a large number of kits out there to help you through it. There is a beer brewing store near me and they were very helpful in getting me off and brewing. Now, I can’t get enough of it.
There are so many types of beers, different ways of brewing, and processes. It can be overwhelming, but it also can be awesome. You get to experiment with the flavors and types of beers that you enjoy. You can buy a simple kit or you can make your own flavor combination that suits your tastes. The options are wide and diverse.
I Brew Beer for Fun
The main reason why I home brew is because it is fun. It does take up some time, but there is nothing better than creating your own brew, especially if you are drinking a great beer while doing it. When I brew, I get to take my mind off of work, step away from the computer, and just worry about making an awesome beer. There is some science and math involved, but it is not too hard once you figure out the basics. If you are on the fence about brewing your own beer, I say try it. You might find that you really like it.
Tasting your own creation is what does it for most people. I love cracking open an ice cold beer in general, but when it was made with my two hands along with my mind, it makes it so much better. It is truly fulfilling to me.
I Brew Beer to Save Money
Didn’t you just say that it costs money to get started, Grayson? Why, yes I did. Glad you were paying attention. While it does cost money to get setup, the ongoing costs are much cheaper than going out and buying a microbrew. Now, you see that I said microbrew. The reason is that you can’t really save brewing your own beer when you compare it to the price of crappy and mass-produced beer. I can’t make it cheaper than Natural Light, but the taste is 50x better!
In my area, it costs about $9 for a six pack of microbrews. I am not sure how that is in different areas of the country, but this is my damn cost savings experiment. When I make my own beer, I brew anywhere from 40 to 100 depending on the type. For this costs savings statement, lets say that I am brewing 40 beers, which I currently am right now!
For the materials to brew the beer, it costs me about $30 for 40 beers. If I were going to buy 40 microbrews, it would cost me close to $60. Now, that is a cost savings of 50%. I can deal with that!
Update: For those wanting to know about true savings, it took me 3 batches in order to break even on the start up equipment. Considering I have brewed many more than that, I am good!
Along with saving money, home brews are a great gift for friends and family. I have gifted my dad one of my home brews for Christmas one time and he loved it. I even created a label with his face cartooned on it. It was awesome. He still remembers that gift to this day.
Where Will This Lead?
I was talking with J. Money, from Budgets Are Sexy, and he was asking me about my home brewing. I have had a dream since I got the passion for this to make it into something more. I hope that I can turn this into a business. It would turn my passion into my livelihood. I think it would be awesome. There is a town in the mountains of NC that is the second best brewing area in the country. That would be a great place to start a little brewery. Also, my wife has always wanted to move there. I not saying it will happen soon, but that is where I would like to take this. I know it can be expensive to get into brewing, but if you have a passion for something, I say follow it!
Do you brew your own beer or have you thought about trying it?