How to Make Beer (Cheaply, Simply): Step-By-Step Guide
By Tyghe Trimble and Chris Pagnotta
When it comes to beer, there’s no lack of selection—despite Bud and Coors—for most beer-selling stores in the U.S. About 8.6 million barrels of craft beer were sold in 2008, and the number of artisanal beer suppliers in the U.S. is growing. With all this choice, you’d think fewer people would be brewing at home, right? Not exactly. Instead, the opposite seems to be true—estimates show that home brewing is on the rise in the U.S. And with good reason. DIY home brewing (after you get the equipment) is cheap. More than that, brewing your own is more satisfying than paying for another round. Next time you crack open a cold one—strained, heated and brewed by your own hand— you’ll understand. In this story, we walk through the steps to make a Belgian white ale. Ingredients and steps vary for different kinds of beer, but the basics are all here. Cheers.