Homebrewing is the brewing of beer on a small scale for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Beer has been brewed on the domestic level since its advent, thousands of years prior to its commercial production, although its legality has varied according to local regulation.
People choose to brew their own beer for a variety of reasons. Many homebrew to avoid a higher cost of buying commercially equivalent beverages. Brewing domestically also affords one the freedom to adjust recipes according to one’s own preference, create beverages that are unavailable on the open market or beverages that may contain fewer calories or less alcohol.
Homebrewing beer kits come in many different types and from many different manufacturers. A local homebrew store may create some of their own beer kits by packaging materials together. Most beer kits come with a full set of instructions for brewing. These instructions, sometimes called recipes, may vary widely in the amount of instruction given. For instance, many all-grain kits assume a familiarity with the brewing process and so may give fewer specific instructions on the general process. Many advanced brewers prefer to design and perfect their own recipes rather than buy a beer kit. A Beer Kit may or may not include yeast.
Coming soon: A directory of suppliers of beer kits and information about homebrewing of beer