Need ideas for a new hobby to make staying at home more fun? We’ve got a good one for you - Homebrewing!
Thanks to our 39th President, Jimmy Carter, who in 1978 signed the bill which effectively legalized homebrewing nationwide, you too can take part in the ancient tradition of Homebrewing. Don't fret - it’s easier than you think.
French microbiologist Louis Pasteur.
Before you start brewing, a short history lesson. Beer has been brewed domestically throughout its 7,000-year history, beginning in the Neolithic period. For the sake of time (we know you want to start brewing beer), we’ll skip a few centuries and jump to the 18th century, when the Industrial Revolution introduced such important innovations as the thermometer and hydrometer. These tools increased efficiency to the point that mass production of beer was possible for the first time in history. In 1857, French microbiologist Louis Pasteur explained the role of yeast in beer fermentation, allowing brewers to develop strains of yeast with desirable properties (conversion efficiency, ability to handle higher alcohol content). I’d say this is almost as big a gift from France as the Statue of Liberty.
So “Why Homebrew”, you ask? In addition to the obvious reason that it will make you the coolest person amongst your friends, it will allow you to unleash your creative beast. As you get the hang of the basic steps of homebrewing, you can try different recipes, and add various flavors to make your own special craft brew. When the beer is done, you can call it “creative drinking”. Take some inspiration from our 44th President, Barack Obama, who shared his recipe for the first beer ever brewed on the White House grounds. The president brewed a honey ale that was made with honey gathered from the White House’s own hives.
In addition to the new found popularity and creative outlet, there are other benefits to homebrewing as well. Making beer is a great activity to bring you and your significant other closer spiritually (pun intended). Also it is no joke that homebrewing can reduce the environmental impact of fermented beverages by using less packaging and transportation than commercially brewed beverages, and by the use of refillable jugs and reusable bottles. Everyone wins!
From the Neolithic period until today, homebrewing has truly developed into a craft (hence craft beer), much like cooking, that allows people to express themselves, to rely less on mass production and be more self reliant. So cheers to freedom of self expression and brewing your own beer!