Beer Making and Why You Shouldn’t Attempt It By Doug Van Kempen  |   Submitted On December 28, 2010

Of all of the hobbies in the world one could undertake beer making probably shouldn’t be your first choice. Kitchens all over the world are littered with the remnants of beer making apparatus. Large pots and fermentation bottles are taking up space in closets just waiting to be used once again. Refrigerators are full of little brown bottles just willing to be cracked open. It is as though once involved in the hobby all other concerns and desires are forgotten and the endeavor takes over the entire house.

Here are just a few reasons you make not want to try making beer at home:

The socializing can be endless: When the word gets out that you are a home brew master, and once friends have tasted just one of your precious bottles of ale, you will constantly be plagued with nagging questions. The questions will come from people you didn’t even know were friends: When will your next batch be ready for tasting? Have you brewed that famous stout of yours lately? Do you mind if I drop by and try some? Could you brew me up a keg? The lines of people will stretch around the block. You’ll never get any time to yourself and forget the mental image of walking to your frig after a long, hard day to grab a cold one. That time alone you had envisioned in your back yard sipping your precious creation in peace and quiet will never happen.
The hobby will quickly become an obsession: Starting out with a simple eBook full of interesting information about the process, looking at the hundreds of possible recipes and setting out to make them all are only the beginning. You’ll also soon discover that starter kits, newer and bigger beer ‘machines’, the latest gadgets and labels made just for you are just of a few of the options waiting for the home brewer. Shelves will need to be put up in the basement to house your growing collection of bottles. You’ll eventually want to build a walk-in cooler, perhaps two, just so you have room for not only your own batches but those from other brewers you need for “research”. You’ll soon find that beer is all you think about.
You will be an instant celebrity: There is something about brewing your own beer, particularly if the word gets around you can do it well, that has a mystique about it. It draws attention. Your entire town or neighborhood will know you as the ‘beer guy’ and while they may not know your name they will know your face. You’ll get solicitations from non-profit organizations that want to have a beer tent in the town square, asking if you can donate a keg or two. Local beer distributors will have your picture pasted to their dashboards with a bounty on your head. A few local stores will send you special event sales flyers made just for you, because after all, you’ll spend countless hours and large sums of money studying their shelves as you buy bottle after bottle so you can try and copy famous recipes.
Before you begin making your own beer make sure you want to put up with all of this nonsense. Great beer making is not for the faint at heart. It requires severe dedication to friends old and new and a study in the art of beer making. If you can’t cope with these possibilities you probably should not become a home brewer.

Doug Van Kempen has been all over the United States in a quest for the perfect beer recipe and brew. His trips have allowed him to meet many home brewers and he shares those tips on his website, []. You’ll find helps, tips, and suggestions for brewing your own beer []. and making it the perfect hobby

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