February 22, 2013 by 250 Beers
Home-brew. Do I or don’t I?
You may have noticed that I have a fascination with beer – more specifically, craft beer. Being besotted with the stuff has not only started to take over my life (in an inquisitive way not in an alcoholic way) but it has lead to me paying more attention to what’s in the stuff and how it’s made.
With the opportunities to start home-brewing being in abundance, the temptation to have a dabble myself is becoming stronger. I can almost see Mrs 250 Beers shaking her head as she reads this. In fact if you listen carefully, you might even hear a feint ‘tsk-tsk’ as she tries to come to terms with yet another part of 250 Beers Towers being consumed by the beer factor.
I thought I’d better write down some pros and cons…
Help. There are five blokes at work (which is more than half the workforce) that are into home-brewing. So I have no shortage of people to ask if I get stuck.
The outlay cost. From the limited research that I’ve done, a basic full kit including bottles can cost as little as $90-$100.
The long-term cost savings. Obviously, doing this is far cheaper than buying beer from retailers. Will home-brewing stop me from buying new beers? No way! Although having my own concoctions at home may well stop me diving straight into a purchased one therefore enabling the procured beer to reside longer in my beer fridge.
Satisfaction. To be able to personally create something special is quite a nice thought.
Swapsies. Having so many colleagues that brew at home means that we could potentially all swap a few beers to provide some variety.
Where in 250 Beers Towers can the fermentation be left in peace? My preferred option would be the garage. However, even in winter my garage is ridiculously warm. Option two is the master bathroom. It’s always fairly steady in terms of a sensible temperature in there but the bathroom has to deal with a fair bit of traffic.
What if it turns out shit? I know, I know. This is the million dollar question that goes through most home-brewers minds every single time they put a new batch down. Can I deal with being let down? Hmmm, maybe. I’m no quitter. I’d have another shot at it.
Time. Due to a couple of mini-250 Beers running around, I rarely get the chance to even do a poo in peace let alone have time to do anything that requires lengthy dedication. I guess I could involve the eldest of the two but he’s already a bit freaked out by my beer lovin’. “Dad, why are you taking a photo of your beer?” He just doesn’t get it. Bless.
Hmmmmmmmm. Decisions. I’ll keep you posted. Comments/suggestions welcome as usual.