Most people start homebrewing because they enjoy the hobby or enjoy being in control of what their beer tastes like. Others just enjoy experimenting or showing off to their friends. No matter what the reason, an added benefit is that it is said to save you money. The question is: How much money does brewing beer at home really save?
First thing that you have to understand is that by brewing beer at home, you will be making good beer to sit and enjoy. Beers like Natural Light, Bud Light, Keystone, Miller, etc. are good if you are drinking a lot or saving money. Since these companies make hundreds of thousands of beers a day and market towards people who drink a lot at a time, their prices are already pretty cheap. However, if you are looking for a richer beer like a Sam Adams, Great Lakes, or Erdinger, then homebrewing is right for you.
Say you are a big fan of a certain type of beer, for instance a Honey Brown. If you homebrew your own honey brown ale, you can make approximately 50 bottles for a fraction of the price right at home.
A standard six pack of nice beer at a store will cost you about 7 to 9 dollars. A beer this way will cost you about $1.16 to $1.50. If you buy it in bulk for instance a 12 pack, you might be able to cut a couple of cents off that but you will still be paying a little more than a dollar per beer.
Brewing beer at home varies in price by what ingredients you are using and what type of beer your brewing, but it ranges from a little less than 40 cents a bottle to 65 cents. By looking at brewing this way, you can see that you can save a lot of money on beer by brewing at home. You can get more than twice the amount of beer for the same amount of cost.
Unfortunately if you are going to start brewing beer at home, you will have to make an initial investment. You will have to buy a homebrewing kit which has all the necessary equipment which runs about 100 bucks, but after this you wont need to spend any more than the cost to buy the ingredients.
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Pat McLoughlin has a degree in architecture and likes to write about architecture on his website responsibuild.com. Responsibuild is a site that looks at humanitatian design and construction projects around the world.