Is taking a class a big commitment?
Classes are 1 session and take about 2 hours. The cost of the classes are usually $25 and by taking the class, you are entitled to many discounts!
Do I have to take a class to make a beer?
No, you do not. However, by taking a class at The Home Brew Barn you will experience superior results. This is largely due to the fact that you will actually see how beer is made. Seeing all the equipment and supplies and how they are utilize will maximize your success!
How much of my time will it take?
Most extract beers can be made in 2 hours or less. When you make the first batch, it may take a bit longer because you are learning the process and setting up your "brew kitchen".
Do I need a special area to make the beer?
No, it can be made, fermented and bottled right in your kitchen. To brew the wort (unfermented beer) all you need is a normal size work area, stovetop and sink. The wort ferments in a container the size of a water cooler bottle.
How much beer would I make at a time?
The typical batch of beer is 5 gallons, or 2 cases of 12 ounce bottles. 3 gallon batches are also common and yield 3 size-packs. You can make batches of just about any size.
Is it expensive to make my own beer?
It will cost between $0.60 and $1.50 per bottle depending on the style beer. The Home Brew Barn offers various equipment making kits. These kits range from basic to complete. The inexpensive basic kit gets you started, and you can add or change equipment as you go. The complete kit has everything you need to make your first batch of beer.
Is making beer difficult?
Not at all! Anyone who can follow a recipe can make beer! However, like any new adventure, there are basic things to learn. These things can be found in a book or the interent, but The Home Brew Barn suggest you take an introductory class.
Is it legal for me to make beer?
Yes, it has been legal since 1978. A head of household over the age of 21 (adult) can make up to 100 gallons of beer. Two adults can make 200 gallsons- that's nearly 100 cases of beer!