Home Brewing – A Brief History

It has taken home-brewers over forty years of brewing, experimenting and drinking by enthusiastic amateurs to bring the craft to the stage where we can produce beers to match the quality of our commercial counterpart. Given the ingredients and the methods it’s hardly entirely surprising that amateur brewers will want to try brew a beer like their favourite pub pint.

I hope to help you in this pursuit. I will not however tell you how to brew precise copies of your particular favourite beers, because by using home brewing methods, for example with the use of home brewing kits, it’s impossible to turn out the same beer as large brewery’s. I hope to help you make homemade beer and stouts that match your favourite beer with a fair degree of success. Similar flavour, and colour can be achieved and in such a way that you may end up liking the homebrew version better than the original.

Modern Home Brewing Really “Took Off” in the Early 60s.

The chancellor of exchequer, Mr Reginald Maudling used his April 3rd budget in 1963 to abolish tax excise restrictions on the brewing of beer at home. It was no longer necessary to have a private brewers licence or pay duty on any homebrew produce. Home-brewers could now produce as much beer as they want, with the only legal stipulation that not a drop of it can be sold. With one stroke of his pen Mr Maudling very sensibly gave Home-brewers the same freedom to practice their craft as had always been enjoyed by home wine makers.

There was a huge upsurge in the interest for home brewing, that eventually beer kits started to appear on shelves in the local specialist shops to meet the demand. Even boots the chemist started to stock brewing kits on their shelves, even the local Woolworth’s store started to stock brewing equipment. And there were specialist’s shops springing up on most high streets. Information on kits for home brewing exceptional bitters, pale ales, stouts and lagers are available on the site.

However there is much more to the hobby of then just making up a kit, Home-brewers need to know what’s behind the theory and techniques and know how to diverse their own formulations for most types of beer. You will be brewing a gallon of beer for the price of two pints. The methods used in home brewing are simplicity in itself and the cost of a fully equipped home brewing kitchen the can be recouped in three or four sessions. Using normal kitchen equipment and utensils, some recipes can be brewed using additional equipment vessels costing less than 4 pints of beer.

Thousands of people perhaps encouraged into the hobby initially, by the ever-increasing costs of pub beers, have found that they can with the greatest of ease brew at home really satisfying beers for as little as 40 pence per pint.

So why not join them?

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