knapplc wrote:Is the beer you're making really that much better than, say, a local microbrew that it's worth the extra trouble? Or is the process the thing, and not just the end product?
I hope to eventually be able to make beer as good as the stuff that I generally buy from the store; it's also significantly cheaper than buying premium beer from the store. My neighbor and I are splitting the cost/space, and he already had much of the equipment (he brewed for years in Hawaii, couldn't take all of his equipment when he moved to the mainland) so the initial cost was about $50 each to get the rest of the equipment we needed. The ingredients will run us about $30 for a five gallon batch. That will give me about 26 quality beers for $15. Usually the beer I buy is between $10-$15 per 12-pack, depending on what I want at the time and sales, so I'm looking at about half the price.
That said, the process is definitely part of it. It's something I'm positive I'll enjoy, the sense of accomplishment after a batch comes out good, being able to share it with friends, etc. are all things I'm looking forward to. It's kind of like gardening, I guess. I garden as well, and with a few exceptions, I could buy produce that tastes just as good from the store for pretty cheap compared to spending hours preparing the garden, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, etc. But I like to garden, and I know exactly where the food is coming from and what goes into the soil and onto the plants.
edit: forgot the most important reason: when civilization as we know it fails and we're all living in a Mad Max-like world, I want to still be able to enjoy a nice cold one after a long day of raiding and pillaging.