Missy and I started doing home brewing (beer micro-brewing). Its really a blast and provides us with lots of a high quality and inexpensive beer. The average 5gal batch costs about $20-25 and yields about 54 (12oz) bottles. Thats about $0.37 to $0.46 per bottle.
Our favorite supplier is Materagaia. They supply organic, pre-measured, complete recipes as well as all of the supplies and starter kits you could want.
The hobby has a bit of waiting involved, but if you properly plan and stagger your batches you can bottle as often as you like.
We currently have 1 porter batch that has almost been entirely consumed (Rev. Porter).
We also have the following in the works.
Primary Fermentation (1 week to 10days till secondary)
- Dark Horse Stout
- Pale Horse Raspberry Ale
Secondary Fermentation (1 week till bottle)
- Pale Horse Ale
- Sunny Smiley Happy Summer Whit (Belgian Whit)
We also have a few recipes already purchased and ready to go
- Barbie (American Blonde)
- Honey Kolch
- Strawberry Creme Ale
And have the following in the works
- Blackened Voodoo Clone
- Pete’s Wicket Ale Clone
- Commie Bastard (Russian Imperial Stout)
The Pale Horse that is in secondary will be ready to bottle today and ready for early consumption this weekend. The Belgian Whit will need to be transfered to another secondary vessel, and the stout should be good to transfer to secondary this weekend.