You've carved your own chopsticks. You've built your own computer. You've sewed your own tent. What else can you do to make your life more insular? The answer: brew your own beer. But how to get started in the ancient art of transforming grain into something more tasty and intoxicating? The process may be ancient, but many of the brewing tools have gone hi-tech, offering amateur and pro-sumer beer brewers a variety of hardware, software and online community resources to tap into...
Brewing is an ancient art whose origins date back to before the time the pyramids were built on Mars. Most people don't realize how easy it is to do (even though it is time consuming) and how superior your results will be to most store bought spirits. Anyway, if you think about it, it might be a good idea to learn to brew beer before you learn to do anything else. That way learning can be even more… *urp*... funner.
WilliamsWarn: Beer in 7 days!?!? A superslick modern machine that costs almost as much as my diamond encrusted, bpa-free water bottle. An extravagance, to be sure, but maybe one that is worth the cost.
Etsy? You betsy. Synergybrewing hand builds a home brewery kit for 15 gallon production.
DIY Garage: This is a category that we love around here for its clever appropriation of inexpensive parts and true homebrew spirit. How can you not love converting an old keg into a huge boil pot? USA #1. Cryptic screen name: brewer_of_beer.
Some suppliers of beer kits, supplies, and ingredients:
- Brooklyn Brew Shop. Prepackaged, small volume brewing for total noobz
- One step up in complexity: www.mrbeer.com
- Full spectrum supplies for those who know what they are doing: www.midwestsupplies.com
- Tech minded beer brewers might also want to check out The Beer Hacker series. The 2008 Web-based beer brewing software might be a little dated, but upon investigating, most of these online and app sources change very little year to year.
- And after you're feeling confident and fully geeky (and clear headed after "experimenting" with recipes), you can super serious like the made by John Carnet, with his impressive The Ultimate All-In-One Beer Brewing Machine
BeerSmith might look like something still loaded on the Windows 95 machine you've stowed away in the basement, but don't let appearances fool you. With nearly 100 styles of beer to customize/tweak automatically, the Windows-only application, BeerSmith, is often recommended for amateurs and expert home beer brewers alike, offering almost an unlimited amount of options to customize the taste and appearance of your brew. It also helps there's a healthy online community to tap when you need advice/feedback.
If you need some visual instruction about how to make beer, there are quite a few YouTube vids to watch while "researching" with a beer in hand:
The Easy Way:
The Scare You A-Way:
Moonshine: The Real American Way: