CHEAP EATS: Home brewing can save you big dollars

HOME brewing can save money. A good quality wine can cost as little as $4 a 750ml bottle and beer can be as low as $1 for 750ml bottle after set-up costs. Beer is not the only drink you can brew at home. You can make your own wine, sparkling wine, beer, ginger beer (alcoholic and non- alcoholic), cider, stout, cordials, spirits are a bit more involved, but the list goes on.

CHECK out your local brew shop or online. Not all stores carry all products but you can pick their brains. Home brew shops or supermarkets carry kits/ingredients and brewing supplies.

SOURCE bottles. Buy new bottles at home brew shops or ask your friends and family to save them for you.

GLASS is best for wine or stubbies for beer and stout. You can use empty PET bottles from soda water or mineral water or coke, nothing that leaves a strong residue in the bottles for wine and bubbly drinks such as ginger beer or cider. These bottles can also be reused in your next batch.

CLEANING the bottles is very important. Brew cleaner is available at home brew shops/online, etc, and dry the bottle if not used straight away as they can go mouldy.

KITS are the easiest way to make home brew for your first time so you have all the ingredients together to start with. You will also need a hydrometer, about $15, to check the alcohol levels.

ONCE you have your bottles, decide what type of home brew you want and equipment you need to use. It all depends how much you want to invest.

Good quality water from the tap is ok (if it tastes ok) or you can use filtered water.

Join a home brew club in your area for tips and support. Happy brewing!


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