3 Reasons Why All Geeks Should Homebrew
When technology and old school artisanal practices collide, it can be a beautiful thing.
For some reason, some hobbies have taken to the inter-webs better than others (the craft scene has bustling hubs like Craftster and Etsy, whereas it can be difficult to find good gardening discussion online).
One thing for sure is that the internet has been a blessing for the homebrewing movement. I can personally attest to the fact that there’s no way I would have started the hobby had it not been for resources like HomeBrewTalk.com or r/homebrewing. While the sheer amount of information can sometimes be daunting, the ability to ask questions and receive near-instant feedback is invaluable. It can also be the difference between a newbie homebrewer taking the plunge or staying on the sidelines.
In some ways, it feels like geeks were simply meant to homebrew. Even famous geeks brew beer…
But if you needed more convincing, think about it this way…
Control: Admit it, as a geek, it can be a painful thing to relinquish control. I know that a lot of homebrewers get into the hobby because they simply want to know more about what’s going into their beer. When you take control of the process, you start to look at the final event differently.
It’s hard to argue that homebrewing is a wise economic investment of time and money with so many amazing microbreweries out there (I naively thought that I’d get into homebrewing to save money on beer, what a jackass!). You can have an amazing six pack of a seemingly endless variety of beer for $9 and a walk to the corner store. But nothing you buy there will ever be as satisfying as a six pack of beer that you made yourself.
Experimentation: Something tells me that a lot of homebrewers were also the same people that took their toys apart as kids, ya know, just to see how they work. While it’s true that the variety of microbrews is definitely starting to push the boundaries (Wells Banana Bread Beer, I’m looking at you), people in the actual business of beer need to worry about actually selling their beer.
As a homebrewer, you can craft whatever you want without worrying about commercial viability. Smoked Oyster Porter? Sure! Sour Pomegranate Ale? Why the hell not! There’s something freeing about brewing something that may turn out like absolute crap.
Upgrades, baby!: There’s something magical about starting out with a beginner’s homebrew kit and ending up with some sort of hacked together frankenstein-system a few years later. There has to be some sort of achievement badge for some of the shit that I’ve built to brew beer. By the way, if you have any pictures of your DIY creations, please feel free to share them in the comments.
Geeks are natural tinkerers and homebrewing is a great avenue for upgrading. Car lovers may have their boosted horsepower, I’ll keep my modified brew kettle and homemade wort chiller.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention. One great byproduct of homebrewing is copious amounts of beer. Just in case you were looking for one more reason to give it a try.
What other reasons got you into homebrewing?