Are you looking into brewing your own beer at home? If so, you’re among a growing number of hobby brewers who create their own craft brews at home for their enjoyment. Some of these people have even gone on to start their own microbreweries and nano breweries, as well! Of course, before you leap headlong into the world of home brewing, you need to know a few more things, such as just how much it’s going to cost you to get started.
The good news here is that home brewing is actually relatively inexpensive, so long as you start small. If you’re not sure that brewing your own beer at home is really for you, that’s the best advice to follow – start small and work your way up. If you are sure that this is something that you’re going to stick with for the long term, then there’s nothing stopping you from going “whole hog.” For this discussion, we’ll take the tentative route.
You will need to buy equipment, and quite a bit of it. You will need a brewing bucket, as well as an airlock, a siphon hose and another bucket in which to let your brew clarify in. This equipment can usually be purchased at any home brewing store for less than $100 or so. Of course, the cost depends on the type of equipment you buy – bargain shopping can help you here. You can also find most of this included with a basic “starter kit.”
If you want to bottle your beer, you’re going to need some additional equipment, including a racking cane, empty beer bottles, caps and a capper. You might also want to use a carboy, rather than a bucket for the fermenting and settling process – these can be somewhat pricey, ranging between $25 and $50 each, depending on when and where you buy.
You’re also going to need a pot that can hold 4 gallons, a large spoon, a funnel and a thermometer.
On top of the equipment for brewing, you’ll also need the ingredients for your beer. You’ll need malt, yeast, hops and sugar. Most of these ingredients can be purchased in starter kits that come with everything you need. If you buy a kit without the equipment (just the beer ingredients), you’ll come out a bit cheaper. Beer ingredient kits can usually be purchased for between $20 and $50, depending on the type of brew you’re after.
As you can see, it really doesn’t cost that much to get started brewing on your own. However, it can be easy to spend too much before you’re sure this is for you, so buy with care.