Homebrewing has exploded in popularity over the last few years. The Homebrewer’s Association estimates there are a total of 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States alone (as of 2013). And there are many reasons for this. There’s a low barrier to entry in terms of expertise, cost, and equipment. Increasingly, beer kits for homebrewers are growing in quality and diversity. And finally, there is a source of fulfillment—not to be discounted—which comes from crafting a beer with your own hands. Whatever your reason, we know that you will find satisfaction in homebrewing, whether it is your first or hundredth batch.
At its core, homebrewing is surprisingly simple. As others have said, “If you can boil water, you can make beer.” But once you get past the simplicity of your initial brew, you will begin to realize the vast amount of flexibility you have in trying to achieve a perfect beer. The different grains, yeasts, malts, hops, even the water, can all alter the taste of your home brew. And mastering all of these things can lead to some pretty fun and surprising results! The take-home message here is that you can make your beer as complicated or as simple as you want: so don’t be afraid to give homebrewing a try!