New Homebrewers! Here are 4 Things You Should Know

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I love homebrewing.  A little over 4 years ago, I started this hobby/obsession and haven’t looked back.  I continuously chase the perfect batch and pour over my processes and systems to be the best brewer possible.  With that, I have come to learn a lot, some of which would have been helpful when I first started.  So, if you are a new homebrewer, here are a few things to consider.

4 Tips for New Homebrewers

  1. Don’t Cheap Out: If you are like me, you are in this for the long haul. So, buy like a committed mad man.  I knew that I only wanted to buy things once.  I planned out exactly what I was going for and bought equipment that would get me there.  Think  about the most versatile product you can buy and get that.  Only going to brew 5 gallon batches and assume a 7 gallons boil kettle is good enough?  Wrong.  You will eventually want to split a 10 gallon batch with a friend or have 10 gallons of that fantastic pilsner you brew.  Buy for the possible. See our archives for more Homebrew Equipment articles
  2. Fermentation Chamber: I know you may think, “that seems like a big investment”. You are right, it is, but this is really something that dramatically changed the outcomes of my beer.  Before I invested in a fermentation chamber, I worked tirelessly to keep my fermentation temperatures in check.  Sometimes I was successful, but often times not.  Investing in a fermentation chamber is something that every brewer should consider earlier rather than later.  All grain or extract, precise fermentation temperature will be a game changer. See my post Fermentation Chambers: Why They Matter for more.
  3. Join a Club: Joining my local homebrewing club was one of the best decisions I ever made.  I have built relationships with great people and learned a great deal about brewing. The opportunities as a member have made me a better brewer, hands down.  If you don’t have one in your area, look at joining an online club. See my post Homebrew = Community for more
  4. Have fun: Early into my brewing career, I was a stress cadet about every single little thing.  I was so consumed with every detail that I eventually ended a brew day exhausted both physically and mentally.  I didn’t slow down to enjoy the process and it showed in my finished product.  I was so obsessed with the small things, I lost sight of what I was there to do…. make beer.  Now, I am not saying throw everything to the wind.  Hitting your numbers, volumes and proper sanitation are key, but slow down and enjoy the process and have some fun with it.

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There you go.  Nothing earth shattering, but hopefully a few tips to consider and push yourself to the next level.  Cheers!

About Hermen

Good Beer For All! Now is the time to kick the light fizzy stuff to the curb and embrace craft beer. A transplant to the Rocky Mountains (from Michigan aka the high five of america) and loving every moment....and the beer. I'm a HopHead but like to dabble in a little bit of everything. So let's drink and tell.

Favorite Beers: Founders Centennial IPA, Odell IPA and Myrcenary DIPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Founders Breakfast Stout and of course my homebrews.
Favorite Style: IPA

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the info, but if I want to start brewing my own beer, what the ball park start-up cost? Generally, how much space would I need? Thanks again

    • Thanks for stopping by James! My local shop sells a starter kit for $70 but that doesn’t include a kettle. One the cheap side you can get a turkey fryer pot for another $45ish. So I guess all in buying starter stuff around $110 to brew 5 gallon batches. One gallon batches are much cheaper since the kits are cheaper and you probably have pots already suitable for brewing in your house. FYI There’s also this: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brew-share-enjoy-homebrew-starter-kit not sure how long that sale will last though.

      Space? I started off in my apartment kitchen on my stove top, so not much space. As with any hobby you start small and grow and expand before you know it you’ll be in the garage in the dead of winter brewing on your pump driven system with propane tanks and more shiny kettles than you know what to do with. :) Cheers and let us know if you have any other questions.

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