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cormac 04-13-2013 08:17 PM

Why Do You Choose to Homebrew?
Hey guys,

I'm a journalist writing an article about the growing trend of home brewing. I'm looking to get a few opinions from people I can quote of why they chose to start brewing beer at home and what they enjoy about it. Any answers would be greatly appreciated!

amandabab 04-13-2013 08:26 PM

anything even worth drinking is $9-$10 a sixpack or $4-$5 a 16-20oz single.

I enjoy the process and playing with the equipment

"I just bought this $100 stock pot.."
"what are you going to do with it?"
"Drill holes in it." :D

MotorcycleMatt 04-13-2013 08:29 PM

I brew because I enjoy it. Its part art, part science, and something hand made by me. I never did it to save money, but to have good beer. Our forefathers home brewed so I find it awesome so many people continue that tradition

Thegreatestgray 04-13-2013 08:30 PM

I home brew because I can make 48 bottles of beer for about .60 cents a bottle compared to spending 10 buck a 6 pack

Punx Clever 04-13-2013 08:30 PM

Because I can... seriously, I started seriously brewing college before I was 21 (got the ban here to prove it!) cause I could get the ingredients and getting GOOD beer (not a 30pk of 'stones) could be challenging.

I continue to do it because
1) The the price/quality ratio of homebrew is better than commercial brew
2) I like draft beer... draft systems are easier to maintain with your own kegs (some states register keg sales)
3) I need something to do every other Saturday that can just be my hobby, why not brew?

duboman 04-13-2013 08:32 PM

So I can thoroughly enjoy the craft of making a beverage I thoroughly enjoy consuming and get to be creative at the same time

kapbrew13 04-13-2013 08:32 PM

I can't get a lot of good brews in Jersey and don't want to buy by the case from pa.
Also like experimenting with the different Hosp and grains and process.
DIY'ing brew equipment is also fun and challenging.

pedimac 04-13-2013 08:34 PM

It's fun as hell.

Bordy 04-13-2013 08:36 PM

It's a mix of art and science. It's a rewarding hobby as well, you literally get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Ridire 04-13-2013 08:40 PM


Originally Posted by pedimac
It's fun as hell.

Yep. I don't try to save money with it and there are craft brews I can get that are much better than I can produce (now). I just like the process and learning why certain processes or ingredients do what they do.

I hope to make beer as good as a Sierra Nevada or Bells one day...but I'm not even close at this point. But it's still fun.

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