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Why Make Beer, Wine, or Mead At Home?

July 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 195

Brewing alcoholic beverages at home is a very rewarding experience as it allows the brewer to create and try new and different types of drinks. While the process takes time and patience, it gives the brewer an appreciation for their creation, while also saving money.

Beer, wine, and mead can all be made at home through various methods, allowing a brewer to try out all sorts of ingredient combinations and brewing tactics, leading to an array of unique and personalized drinks. To get a better understanding on why home brewing is a fun and valuable hobby, it's best to discuss the brewing methods for each beverage separately.

Brewing beer at home is a fulfilling experience, and can take as little as two weeks from start to finish. What's great about brewing beer at home is the option to add different types of ingredients to create and enhance a particular taste. While any beer requires water, hops, malt, and yeast, these are only the basics, but even these ingredients may come in all different types, adding a unique flavor to the brew. There are many home brewing kits available for beer, but the process can also be done from scratch, as there are many informative texts and online sources for techniques.

Making wine at home starts with a very different ingredient: grapes. Although wine is not limited to grapes, it is the most widely used ingredient. Upon extracting the juice from the grapes, yeast is added (similar to beer) in order to begin the fermentation process. As the sugars turn to alcohol, and a second fermentation process is started, the overall duration from start to finish can vary greatly. Some wines only need a month or so to be ready to drink, but others (usually much finer wines), can take decades. While this sounds quite lengthy, that's not to say it can't be done at home. Certainly brewing wine may take longer than beer, but that only means the patience of home brewing is that much more rewarding.

Brewing mead shares some parts with both beer and wine brewing. While it requires honey and water for a longer fermentation period, it may also include hops and spices to add flavor, similar to beer. Mead also has a range of different tastes as it can include a spread of ingredients, from different types of honey, to a various assortment of fruits. Creating mead at home is equally as rewarding as beer and wine, and while it also takes patience and time from start to finish, it's a great technique to make a delicious home brewed beverage.

Brewing beer, wine, or mead from home is certainly an experience worth looking into for any connoisseur. Not only can the brewer create a one of a kind beverage with different styles and tastes, but the process will also save money in the long run. Even better, each of these beverages can be made in various quantities, from a few servings, up to several gallons, given the space at hand for utilization.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make wine, beer or mead at home? Well, visit Hooper Brewing and learn about different methods to brew on your own. You might even find a honey brown lager recipe!

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