Home Brewing is one of several unexpected paths I’ve discovered since The Brew Club started almost a year ago. Why was this home brewing concept unexpected to me? Well, I think as you go through the experience of trying new beers of many different styles from many different places, you start to wonder why (or how) can there be so much variation.
For example, Abbey Style beers. They’re similar, but they are each different in their own way. Another example is the subtle but noticeable differences between 5 different Milk Stouts I just had recently. Sure they all have similarities which make them ‘Milk Stouts’ (a subset of Stouts which is a branch of the Ale family….) but, they’re all different. Some a little more chocolate, one slightly sweeter, another a bit more bitter. How is this?
Its the brewing. The brewing process is the WHY behind the HOW.
So what is the best way for the budding ‘beer geek’ to really get under the hood and understand beer? Make some yourself! Now, there is (I’ve found) a huge home brewing community out there to find help and resources as you go along on your beer brewing adventure.
There are homebrewing clubs, support groups and conventions, tons of books and how-to information at every level. This can easily become information overload, but as it turns out, home brewing isn’t as hard to get started as you might think. Today, anybody can buy a quality home brewing kit and churn out a batch (or several!) of very decent beer. Having a simple beer kit is a great way to learn!
But then what? Where next?
If you really want to get into home brewing beyond occasional hobbyist, learning the nuances of home brewing from someone who has already brewed their own beer can be the catalyst you need to unleash your own home brewing creativity! A home brewing mentor is where its at!
Unfortunately, there’s no ‘Mentor in a Box’, but I can maybe offer the next best thing!
As someone also interested in getting into home brewing, I’m really looking forward to following the “How to Home Brew” series written by our friends Mike and Nate over at Thank Heaven for Beer. Just launched, they are going to be posting a comprehensive series about home brewing on their blog that should help answer many questions about getting started with brewing your own beer at home.
Check it out, and ask questions. Mike and Nate are good guys and nothing would make them happier than helping a budding home brewer through the process.
So are you a home brewer? Are there any nuggets of wisdom you wish you knew before you started homebrewing? Let us know!