I know a lot of you out there that read my blog because you love craft beer also home brew. I have brewed once at Brew-on-Premises place in Freehold, NJ call the Brewer’s Apprentice and it was a great time and the beer came out amazing. I made a Honey Wheat beer with my friend Leigh. I actually recently found an old bottle that was aging in my parents fridge for at least 6 or 7 years and my dad and I shared it. Surprisingly, it was still good once it warmed up a little (as was always the case with that brew). It was full of flavor and aromas that just worked perfect.
|Brewing at Brewer’s Apprentice Freehold c:2002|
So now the debate is to try it again without the professional help at every step of the way in my small Manhattan kitchen. On the one side I think it would be a lot of fun and I have met and know some amazing home brewers that I am sure could help teach me some stuff. On the other hand, i am an awful cook and not very good in the kitchen, leading me to think I would not be very good at brewing. One of the reasons I am an awful cook being, I can be rather impatient. However, I also know the amazing aroma that home-brewing would fill the apartment with.
Besides that and forgetting the cost my other dilemma is this. I obviously love craft beer and I know there is a certain satisfaction that comes from brewing, enjoying and sharing your own beer. However, with so many amazing craft beers in the world, with tons I am yet to try, is it worth it? Should I be prepared to possibly toss a significant amount of home brew the first few times?
These are questions I find myself pondering very often and I often look at different home brew starter kits like the 1 gallon kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop or a starter kit from Northern Brewer. Maybe, one day soon I will brew a couple batches with a local home brewer get the bug and get into it for myself or maybe I will just decide to dive in.
As of now I am leaning towards brewing once money and time presents itself. Thanks to Amie (@AmieDM17) Vanessa (@EmpireVanessa) and Chris (@BeachBumChris) who have provided me with a lot of insight and answered a lot of my questions about home brewing.
And that’s … From My Mellin!