“Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime!”Bill Owen
“Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.”Dave Barry
Homebrewing – the brewing of beer at home – is a wonderful hobby to pick up. Creating anything by your own hands is a great thing to do and something to be proud of, be it brewing, baking, woodworking, leather working, whatever.
I first got the idea to brew beer at home in 2011. The thought popped into my head somehow while lazily browsing through the internet, drinking beer. I was into baking at the time and thought, "I should be able to do this too". I was not aware at the time that homebrewing was very popular. I started looking the subject up on the net and found to my delight that the craft is quite popular, and that some supply stores for homebrewers exist in Israel. The popularity of the hobby has only risen since then, and I'm proud that my success has influenced at least two people to take up the hobby as well.
I spent a few months studying the subject before I started doing it. You don't have to do that. You can start tomorrow, seriously. Brewing is not hard. It takes time and patience, but it's not hard. The hardest thing you need to master in order to brew good beer is proper cleaning and sanitation.
I brewed my first beer in September of 2011 with a friend. I was amazed at the result. I made a beer that rivaled some of my favorite commercial beers, and the responses from other people were great.
Since then, I have continued to experiment and study the art of brewing, and continued to improve my process and hone my skills. Like any hobby/craft you can pick up, there's more than one way to do it, and I have gone through a lot of these ways in order to find what works best for me.
If you're looking to pick up a hobby that offers great variety, great rewards you can share with your friends, and a more manlier way to get drunk, then I definitely recommend homebrewing for you.
A list of all the batches of beer I've brewed is available here.
Recommended Homebrewing Websites
- Home Brew Talk
- The best forum on the internet to ask questions about homebrewing, find recipes and share experiences with other brewers. Probably the most popular homebrewing forum on the web.
- Hovevei Zion
- An Israeli homebrewing forum.
- Beer & Beyond
- My favorite homebrew store in Israel. Also check out Beer-D, homebrewing.co.il, The Winemaker, Wine4u and Chen Shmuel.
- Home Brew Videos
- When I started reading about homebrewing, I felt I needed some visual aids. This paid website provides detailed videos of the brewing process (extract brewing that is). Of course, you can find lots of (free) videos on YouTube as well.
- The Brewing Network
- Great audio/video podcasts about brewing.