If this is the case, consider starting with a kit (featured at left). This way you can see if you enjoy this fun and rewarding hobby before investing too much money – and still have beer to enjoy. Most hobbyists who begin to brew beer at home absolutely love doing so – no matter the personal challenges of time, money and space. If you enjoy a glass of beer and you enjoy being able to say “I made it myself!” then you are also likely to be hooked after the first batch.
Compared to a kit that costs less than $50, you can typically expect to spend a few hundred dollars to get started with all new equipment in a more extensive, semi-professional setup. The equipment you need will cost around $100 plus a large kettle, which may cost up to $50 or more.
Keep in mind that you will not only need equipment, but beer making supplies. Add in your local store’s prices (or by shopping online) for liquid and dry yeast to your home brew budget. The entire list of ingredients to make a 5 gallon batch can cost from $25 to $50.
More Supplies To Brew Beer At Home
You’ll also want to buy sanitizers and bottles, which will cost from $10 to $20 for 24 bottles of a 12 ounce size. The bottles, however, can be reused repeatedly with sufficient sterilization, making that part of the purchase more of a brewing equipment start-up cost, than anything.
Although you may try the hobby by using (and later continue to use) your kitchen tools and equipment to save money, many people choose to purchase special equipment designed specifically to brew beer at home. If budgeting is a concern you can save the extra tools and need for storage until later as these costs are not necessary right away. And don’t forget, it isn’t as though the money is going out the window – it’s an investment – you’ll get a lot of beer for the amount of money you’ve invested while saving your budget at the corner store or micro-brewery.
Aside from the financial investment at start up, another disadvantage of home brewing is that you’ll love the taste so much you may find yourself drinking more than you used to – dare I say even more than you should. Trust me, it’s not hard to get carried away when it tastes this good and wholesome! Sharing your home made beer is a lot more fun so invite the neighbors over more often.
Of course this is a tongue-in-cheek suggestion. I’m sure you have it all under control. But seriously, sharing your home brew is a great reason to socialize, especially in the hot months of summer.
Include a backyard barbeque into the fun and you’ll have a low cost evening where no one needs to drive or worry about their safety. If you have a swimming pool everyone in the family can get together for a fantastic and inexpensive afternoon or evening social.