| Best Hobby During The Pandemic
by Mike Greenstreet
Hello Bob -
I know there are a lot of people like me that have been sheltering in
place,deprived of things like going to a restaurant or bar. My
thumbs are sore from scrolling through endless Facebook rants.
Cabin fever is starting to set in. So I asked myself what would I really
like to do? I decided to do what millions of Americans have been
doing for decades: Make beer at home. What better time than now
to pick up a new hobby?
I discovered that homebrewing can be as simple as dissolving
extract into a pot of boiling water on your stovetop and pitching
yeast. Or you can easily go down the rabbit hole of brewing
equipment and assemble a pro-grade nano brewery in your garage
that’ll have your neighbor secretly questioning if you have gone off
the deep end.. Sky’s the limit, really — if you have the space.
If you wade in with serious effort you’ll be turning water into delicious
beer in no time. And you can have some fun naming your beers like
I did to mine ,-“Locked Down Lager” and “Pandemic Pale.”
I’ve just started homebrewing and find it to be both stimulating and
therapeutic. When I’m homebrewing alone in my garage, I zone out,
and it becomes this relaxing “me time.” I get all my supplies online
and simply learned from the many videos available on youtube and
other places. If I can do it so can you.
I guarantee that homebrewing will give you a reward that goes
beyond just making beer. You will get a feeling of satisfaction and
accomplishment that might surprise you.
Homebrewing is as American as apple pie and baseball. Some
historians believe pilgrims on The Mayflower landed on Cape Cod
not as an intended destination, but as a result of being low on beer.
In the early days of colonialism. For them clean water was hard to
come by. Beer was a healthy alternative for hydration as it contained
necessary nutrients. An easy remedy was to brew their own.
Production of alcohol at home was outlawed by the federal
government in 1919 as a result of the impending era of Prohibition.
Although America went dry for 13 years, homebrewing exploded
althought it was illegal. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933 by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt homebrewing was not included in
the ratification of the 21st amendment. Americans were again
allowed to legally produce, sell and consume commercial beer, but
homebrewing for private consumption remained illegal. It wasn’t until
1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed H.R. 1337, that
homebrewing was again legal at the federal level.
In 2011, President Barack Obama became the first known sitting
president to homebrew beer inside the White House. With help from
then-White House Chef Sam Kass, So be presidential and make
If you're new to the hobby get a basic extract kit. It's easy, simple,
and fun. The best part of course is you'll have your own beer to sit
and drink while you make more beer.
If one good things comes of this pandemic it just might be that we
have more homebrewers than ever before!
It's been fun to write something about my favorite hobby -
Thanks Mike for a most interesting submission. Homebrewing is a
great hobby. With many people staying home during the Covid
crisis it's a great activity for them to try. BeerNexus has a
column devoted to homebrewing that's worth checking out.
I'd like to invite everyone to send me their own columns about
anything related to beer in any way just as Mike did. I select the best
and publish them here. So join in and get writing!
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