Home brewing is a great solution for people who are bored with the traditional taste of beer and would like to create a product with a familiar composition. Many people emphasize that only home-made beer has managed to obtain a thick, long-lasting foam, as well as a taste and color that even some kraft products cannot compete with. How to start your adventure with brewing and is it worthwhile to do it on a slightly smaller scale? In our article you will find answers to these and many other questions.
Beer production - legal issues
If you have any doubts about the legal aspects of beer production, we can reassure you. You can produce beer for your own use, as long as you do not intend to profit from the sale of the beer. So the production on its own, it's all in the cards. Homemade beer is not as concentrated as the moonshine popular during the communist era, so there is no concern about the legality of this issue either.
Before you start brewing at home, you should read the Excise Duty Act and Council Directive 92/83/EEC of 19 October 1992 on the harmonisation of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages (Articles 10 and 14). But be sure that a 30-litre pot, plastic tubes and fermenters meet the requirements of your home and you have nothing to worry about. A home brewer cannot be a company - it must be a single person. Also, the paragraph on personal use does not assume that you can not offer your product to your friends - until you transfer the rights to the product or a monetary transaction, everything is fully legal.
Cash and time expenditure
Few people who start their adventure with home brewing realize that it's actually quite a time-consuming activity. Home-made beer is about adding aromas, brewing ingredients and watching over the proper course of the process, so it requires patience and attention. The whole effort is rewarded by the satisfaction and unique taste of our own product.
To start brewing your first beer, you need to stock up on a few dishes and other items available in the brewer's shops. These include, but are not limited to:
- beer yeast,
- fermentation containers,
- sodium extracts,
- thermometer, measuring instruments and other small objects.
In some shops there are whole sets available for home brewers and perhaps a good solution for some is to use this option, at least at the beginning.
Beginnings can be difficult
Many owners of kraft breweries emphasize that at the beginning they did not do well at all, and their products did not taste good to anyone but themselves. However, over time, an optimal recipe was obtained, which allowed to obtain the right taste, smell and consistency of the beer. So don't be discouraged if at first not everything goes according to your thoughts and the first attempts will burn in the pan. Not every first beer can be drunk. In this case, however, it is worth following the principle that training makes the master and simply do not get discouraged..