My ninth batch of homebrew is fermenting, and I’m still as enthused about this hobby as I was when I first began. If you think about it, Homebrewing is the one hobby that actually provides a return on investment. I enjoy golf, but at the end of the 4 hours, the $30+ dollars are gone (along with about 8-10 balls). With brewing, after all the hobby stuff is complete (creating the recipe, purchasing the ingredients, brewing, cleaning, waiting, worrying, bottling, waiting, wondering), the best is still waiting for you… drinking.
An additional bonus for me (as a wanna-be artist) has been in naming and designing the labels of the different beers. This has been the most enjoyable aspect of this hobby for me. Don't get me wrong, the beer is very good (especially the Imperial IPA). Creating the concepts and graphics for each variety has been fun and continues to enhance my creativity. The latest label is for the Belgian Witbier, Lunargaarden.
Pretty cool, huh? I think so.How time flies! I can't believe that was my ninth batch of beer back then. I seemed to have lost count now...which is a shame. My batch and recipe logging has changed some over the months, and I'm not sure everything is in one place anymore.