Friday, March 10, 2006
While having a cheap source of good beer is certainly a mighty fine reason for homebrewing, the advantages go well beyond the fiscal realm.
For example, it's a natural mood enhancer. That's right. Brewing beer is fun. Even the bible for most homebrewers, written by Charlie Papazian, is called The Joy of Homebrewing, and he insists that stress and anger make your beer taste bad.
It's also a kick in the pants to make something wonderful, like beer, from scratch, using fresh ingredients and following recipes that, in some cases, are hundreds of years old.
Perhaps even more fun than drinking homebrewed beer is sharing it with friends. Assuming it's drinkable, of course, it's very enjoyable to hand someone a bottle of beer and say with pride, ''I made this.''
And another article about homebrewing:
Home-brewing isn't a hobby for the thirsty, reporter learns
(March 10, 2006) My friends say I'm a beer snob. I can't blame them I am.
So I figured I'd enjoy brewing it from scratch.
Measuring precious ingredients and tinkering with them, I'd create exactly what my palate craves: something like my adult beverage of choice Guinness.
"If you want to make Guinness, you can go out on the Web or to a book and find the recipe for Guinness and try to duplicate it," said Brian Charles, 35, who invited me to a brewing session at his Irondequoit home.
And the last thing: A couple nice pieces from wine maker radio
Episode 17 dealing with starting your own wine making club
Episode 18 making labels for your wine
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