Full disclosure, as of 7:48 P.M. on May 24th, 2016 I have not brewed one beer. I’ve never actually even seen it done in person, though I have watched a million YouTube videos on the subject. For anyone like me, who loves the thought of brewing their own beer but has never done it, the Brewing TV YouTube channel is an amazing resource. The videos are older (about 3-4 years old) but the information is still a gold mine. Even just looking up “How to Homebrew” on YouTube can give you a great place to start.
Another amazing resource for a new homebrewer is John Palmer’s book “How to Brew.” Regardless of what kind of beer you want to brew or how you want to brew it, this book is an excellent place to start. The entire book is available online (I think), but you can also buy it on Amazon, or at a local book store (if any still exist in your area) for about $12. A read from cover to cover will give you more than enough information to brew your first beer.
Now back to that homebrew… As I’ve said, I’ve never homebrewed before, but with a chemistry degree and Mr. Palmer’s handy dandy guide to homebrewing, I feel more than prepared for my first batch, though most of that feeling of preparedness came from the “How to Brew” book to be completely honest. Even without a chemistry degree though, you can be more than prepared to homebrew as long as you do your research.
After about a month or so of agonizing if I wanted to spend the money to get a starter kit ($169.99 on the Northern Brewer site), I decided to pull the trigger and just get the kit. It does not come with a boil kettle, which is essential for brewing, so you will need to get that on your own, as well as a few other things. All in all the cost should be somewhere between $200-250 with the starter kit I linked above and all the other necessities to becoming a first time brewer.
Now, this may seem costly, but it is relatively inexpensive compared to an all grain system for example, which adds a mash/lautering tun(s) on top of the other necessary components like the boil kettle, fermenting carboys, bottling system, etc. My kit comes in any day now and the excitement is mounting. Northern Brewer is an amazing resource for new brewers, and definitely a good balance of affordability and quality for a new brewer.
Ok I’ve rambled enough for one day! The next post will be brew day hopefully!
Until then, brew on.