Don’t Laugh: Home Beer Brewing Is Making a Comeback

By Lee Bellinger

At a recent business development conference, I struck up a conversation with a young guy named Billy Broas. He teaches people how to get the right equipment to make their own beer at home. This technology has come a long way since folks made beer in their bathtubs during the prohibition and depression era.

With nearly 100 million people out of work, more and more folks are doing things for themselves. Maybe this story isn’t for you. But when it comes to beer making, what’s old is brand new all over again.

The ancient Egyptians did it. So did the Chinese some 9,000 years ago. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington made their own beer. And now over one million Americans brew beer at home. Could this be one the world’s oldest and most enduring hobby? Perhaps.

This ancient home skill has real application for emergency situations. Beer made with modern equipment is healthier than store bought processed brew. And having this skill may prove useful for sale or barter to friends, associates and others.

Home brewing has some advantages:

1. Beer-Making Builds Stronger Social Ties

As society gets more and more unstable, finding community projects with like-minded friends is a good idea. Brewing beer together is a good way to do that. Remember, if you make beer together with your neighbor, you can also coordinate home defense strategies, pool resources to buy food from co-ops and other useful tribal endeavors.

It’s different than playing a round of golf with someone. You’re creating beer together.

2. Control Over the Ingredients and Process

Most beer is made from barley – a hardy specimen. And if barley is not available or desired, great beer can also be made from wheat, corn, oats, or a number of other cereal grains.

Hops are easy to come by nowadays or easily grown in most states. And the yeast? Also easily obtainable from homebrew shop. Or if you are a truly a resourceful brewer, you can harvest the yeast from an unfiltered, unpasteurized commercial beer and use it in your own brew. Yeast can be reused for multiple batches as long as it is kept clean and healthy.

3. The Ultimate DIY Hobby

Your brewing setup can be as simple or as complex as you want. I’ve had phenomenal beer brewed in a spaghetti pot and fermented in a plastic bucket. Then there are automated home breweries souped-up with pumps and control panels.

An interesting thing happens to a lot of homebrewers after taking up the hobby: They find a second hobby in building things that assist them in brewing beer.

Whether it’s a grain storage device, fermentation chambers, or kegerators – the amount of brewing gadgets you can build is endless. And it’s really fun.

Hopefully now you can see why beer brewing has survived for so long, and it is only gaining in popularity.

If you want beer that is cheaper than what you can buy at the store, rich in nutrients, and most importantly – created from your own two hands – then consider homebrewing as an endeavor.

If you’re interested in learning how to brew your own beer, Billy offers a free homebrewing crash course at