After a stressful week at work, all we need to whisk away the fatigue in our bones and muscles is to drink several cold bottles of beer. However, the beer that we purchase from the store can take its toll on our wallets. The heavy tax imposed on our favorite beverage doesn’t make it easier for us either. But if you want to cut costs without compromising the amount of beer you want to enjoy every weekend, then maybe you might want to try brewing your own beer at home.
The advantages of home brewing are not limited to being able to manage more easily your financial budget. Home brewing is also a very enjoyable hobby, not to mention that it can also make a significant improvement in your social life. This article, however, will focus solely on how you can save money by brewing your own beer. So without further ado, let’s break down the reasons on how home brewing can help you cut costs
You typically start by purchasing a brewing kit. It’s an investment on your part, so you should consider first whether you’re willing to brew your own beer long term. Since you’ll be spending on equipment, you might as well use it for a long span of time.
But first, some extensive research needs to be undertaken before you pick one. Remember, there are many types of brewing kits out in the market, so choosing the one that is best suited to your needs will ensure that every penny spent is worth it.
First, think long and hard on the amount of brewing that you are about to do, and mind the specifications required to do the job. Once decided, pick the least expensive brewing kit that has all the specifications that you need.
After picking the equipment, list all the ingredients that are to be used in brewing your beer. Buying in bulk will also be less expensive. Stores that offer discount rates for bulk ingredients are common so don’t forget to look for them in your area. If you encounter difficulties in this regard, the Internet is a reliable source to look for one.
And of course, drinking beer won’t be as enjoyable without drinking it from the bottle (at least in my case). To avoid overspending, you can buy bottles and bottle caps in cases. Better yet, these bottles can be reused over and over again as long as you make it a point to re-sterilize each bottle after every use. All you need are a good bottlebrush and a sterilizing agent (don’t forget to check the expiration date though). If a sterilizing agent is nowhere to be found, plain household bleach should be sufficient enough to do the job.
The initial expenses might be considerable at first, but once you have brewed large amounts of beer long enough, you’ll eventually notice the costs of home brewing is much less than the costs of buying beer from the store.