This is not a post about how to brew beer. This is not a post about how to save money. This is not a post about getting ahead by doing it yourself. This is a post about making things with your hands. This is a post about getting dirty. This is a post about starting from scratch.
On the road to self-sufficiency and early retirement, I constantly have to ask myself: is it worth it? What does that mean? It means is the effort worth my time or money. You would think the answer always has to be yes. But that’s not true.
Brewing beer is not worth it. It takes 8-10 hours, $120 worth of equipment, and $10 worth of raw materials to produce ten bottles of beer. Why do it then? Because sometimes it just feels good. It feels good to make something out of a pile of crushed grain and a bag of yeast. It feels good to kiss your partner on the cheek while he’s stirring the wort. It feels good to smell the bready malt during the sparge. It feels good to let the hops roll off the palm of your hand and into the boil. And damn, it feels good to get your batch into the fermentation bucket, clean everything up, and sit your ass down. To give your partner a high five and pour yourself a cold one after hours of tedious labor.
Sometimes, that’s all I need to keep me going. Those experiences of doing it myself. Those feelings of responsibility and control over my life. And most importantly, that space to create, play, screw up, and succeed.
Sometimes saving money or time just isn’t what you need. Ask yourself what you need every single day, and listen. You’ll know when you find it.
(Here is an excellent resource for how to brew beer. This is the tutorial we used to brew our first one gallon batch)