Why We Brew

Why did we start brew­ing? Because we thought it would be divert­ing and enter­tain­ing. (It turned out to be frus­trat­ing and dif­fi­cult.)

Why did we stick with it? Because, from day one, it helped us under­stand beer bet­ter. When we spoke about malt and hops, we were no longer think­ing in abstract terms, but had han­dled the raw mate­ri­als. We began to under­stand what effect they had, and could sud­den­ly detect them in the beer we were drink­ing in the pub. We learned how hard it is to brew great beer and gained a new appre­ci­a­tion for the brew­er’s art.

Why are we brew­ing more now than ever? Like the man says, it’s “a reac­tion… to what is oth­er­wise avail­able in the mar­ket­place”. We sim­ply can’t get the kind of beer we want to drink in Pen­zance for a price we can afford. We love cask ale in the pub but, some­times, we want Bel­gian, Amer­i­can or Ger­man-style beers. Sure, we can order bot­tles online, with a hefty deliv­ery charge, and do so as an occa­sion­al treat; but, now we’ve more-or-less got the hang of it, brew­ing at home is far, far cheap­er, and has final­ly become as much fun as we’d hoped it would be.

4 thoughts on “Why We Brew”

  1. I start­ed brew­ing out of curios­i­ty more than any­thing else… 40 pints of beer from a 1.5kg can of gloop? sure­ly not! Once I under­stood this stage, I pro­gressed through to all grain brew­ing and as you say, it lends a bet­ter under­stand­ing to the beers that we enjoy, or not as the case may be. I did at one point brew think­ing it would save me mon­ey, but I’m not sure it has yet, main­ly because home­brew­ing intro­duced me to the choice of beer avail­able out there.…and I buy a fair bit! Hav­ing said that, brew­ing your own beer and brew­ing a beer that you real­ly like has the edge over buy­ing beer that you real­ly like 🙂

  2. Good for you. As an impor­tant leader in Amer­i­can home brew­ing famous­ly says, relax, don’t wor­ry, have a home­brew. You brew for sport, as I did when I lived in Ore­gon years ago, but now I brew out of neces­si­ty.

    Inci­den­tal­ly, my last batch of the month is boil­ing away in the gar­den shed nice­ly even as I write this: a dark, dry mild for May. (Big flavour hop addi­tion will make it non-tra­di­tion­al though. Oh well.)

  3. There’s a rea­son why I don’t home-brew and it’s the same rea­son why I rarely drink beer at home.
    I’ve always asso­ci­at­ed beer with being out.Finding new pubs and new beers.Meeting up with old friends and total strangers.
    I don’t know why but whist I’m hap­py drink­ing wine at home there’s some­thing about sup­ping beer at home that’s not quite right.
    I can’t real­ly put my fin­ger on the rea­son why but there it is.
    Once, and only once, I pur­chased a bar­rel of beer for Christ­mas. Tim­o­thy Tay­lor’s Land­lord.
    I even bor­rowed a pint glass from my local to enjoy it prop­er­ly.
    I hat­ed it.Not the Landlord,which was superb, but drink­ing out of a pint glass at home.It felt like sac­ri­lege.
    To solve the prob­lem I got a gang of mates round to demol­ish the con­tents of the bar­rel and then we all fucked off to the pub to drink prop­er pints.
    I knew the instant that I walked into the pub and called a pint that I’d nev­er ever drink anoth­er one at home.
    And I nev­er have.

  4. Good for you – home brew­ing still reminds me of my Dad and his demi­johns full of Boots recipe paint strip­per, good that you’re hav­ing bet­ter suc­cess­es. From mem­o­ry his brews loi­tered in the attic until my mum shout­ed at him enough to tip it away – no one was ever sui­ci­dal enough to try drink­ing the stuff!!

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