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Look Before You Leap Into Homebrewing.

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When you start a new hobby it's always a good idea to really put some thought into what it is you are getting yourself into. Most new hobbies require a significant time and money investment and homebrewing is no exception. A mature approach to this very adult hobby means doing some homework to anticipate the investment of time, money and space in your home before you spend your first dollar on homebrewing gear.

An easy and fun way to ease into the hobby of homebrewing is to start to network with those who are already well entrenched in their beer making hobby. You can readily find online forums on Facebook for example to appreciate what's involved in getting started. There are often also homebrewing societies and clubs in town that you can find out about either online or maybe through your local homebrewing supply store. These newfound social connections will be people who are evangelistic about homebrewing because they really take a lot of enjoyment from it. Your new friends will give you plenty of opportunity to step through the brewing process with them and learn about the equipment and ingredients you will need to start your craft beer making journey.

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Getting everyone onboard.

Once you have stepped through some basic training with others, it will be time to consider buying your own equipment and taking a stab at it on your own. It is worthwhile to note that the hobby of homebrewing should not just be your own solitary passion but ideally should be a family event. If family members can attend meetings with you at the homebrewing club or go to competitions and other homebrewing events, they will hopefully catch the same enthusiasm you have which will make your life a lot easier. That enthusiasm will be very important particularly in your significant other as each brewing session will undoubtably be a major event in the house involving the kitchen and lots of pans and bottles and water and sponges. Having your better half fully onboard with the process from the very start will make the fun of homebrewing much more rewarding.

Where to put everything?

Another area to look at before you leap is how you will handle the storage of your beer making equipment and ingredients (think boil kettle, fermenter, buckets, hoses, bottles, grain, hops, yeast, etc.). Your other half will no doubt not want your brewing equipment and ingredients to dominate the home or the fridge. Think ahead about storage for the fermentation phase of brewing as well as storing up to five gallons of beer per finished batch. By thinking ahead, when you become a very active home brewer, you will have your family and facilities all ready for the changes. Now that is looking before you leap into the exciting world of making and enjoying your own home made beer.

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