Those who have grown frustrated with the skyrocketing costs of beer in bars, pubs and restaurants have thought to themselves at least once; “Why don’t I just brew my own?”. For some, the thought ventures no further than idle speculation. For others, it is the spark that ignites a roaring passion for home brewing. This guide to the best homebrew magazine will get you off on the right track! For the uninitiated, the benefits of home brewing start to speak to themselves once one has developed a taste for it. The setup costs are relatively newbie friendly and it won’t take long before you’re saving a fortune by bringing friends over to your place to savour the fruits of your labours in lieu of the usual pub visit.
Homebrewing allows you a cornucopia of opportunity. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of brewing there are all kinds of kits available for you to try a range of different beers and make subtle tweaks to existing formulas or even create your own for a beer that is as unique and distinguished as your tastes.
One of the best things about being a homebrewer is being part of a community of like-minded enthusiasts all-too-eager to try out new ideas, recipes and formulas or trade anecdotes about the brew that went spectacularly and hilariously wrong. Once you’ve taken on this hobby you’ll also find that there are a number of great magazines, both in print and online that can help you to further hone your craft while also keeping you abreast of what’s going on in the homebrew community.
Here are 5 of our favourites…
Beer & Brewing
Widley touted as on of the best homebrew magazines out there, beer & brewing has it all. This magazine has everything you could possibly want incorporating a wealth of homebrewing info alongside exclusive interviews with world-class viewers and helpful hints to help you to perfect your craft.
They also offer online video courses detailing the full brewing process. As well as the video courses and library of online articles you will find a very well produced podcast on there website.
All in all Beer & brewing is definitely one of the best homebrew magazines out there and our top pick!
Brew Your Own
A great read for entry-level brewers Brew Your Own magazine from Northern Brew has a wealth of home brewing information but eschews too much technical jargon. Whether you’re looking for the latest equipment reviews, recipe ideas, fascinating information about the ingredients that homebrewers take for granted or new brewing techniques, Brew Your Own has you covered. As well as boasting 8 issues a year, they also have an extremely comprehensive and easy to use website with literally thousands of articles in its archives.
Beer Advocate is a monthly magazine that covers all angles of homebrewing with a wealth of contributors and an incredibly diverse community of readers from all over the world. As well as a wealth of homebrewing information you will find articles about beer culture, food and beer pairings and interviews with prominent people in the beer world. You can find a plethora of articles and back issues of the magazine on their website.
Published by the American Homebrewer’s Association, Zymurgy magazine is only available to US subscribers. Don’t be deterred, however, there’s still a whole lot of easy to follow tutorials and fascinating articles on their website!
While Draft magazine has some home brewing focused content it’s predominantly a great beer magazine that’s both informative and entertaining and covers just about everything about beer and brewing you could ever want to know.
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