Craft Beer: The Uk Scene

By | August 25, 2017

An insight into the Uk Craft beer scene… With a focus on a new start up trying to make a name for itself in an already competitive market.
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Is homebrewing less expensive than buying craft beer?

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24 thoughts on “Craft Beer: The Uk Scene

  1. Tasty Tales

    That's a pretty cool insight, are you producing more of these vids? We shoot short films ourselves about Dutch craft breweries, new ones keep popping up everywhere! You might like our channel 🙂 Cheers!

  2. Dan Hawe

    doing a great job of shaking the shit out of those bottles philippe

  3. TwoCoaster2

    Love the logic about hobbies vs. $$$$$. I also like live steam locomotives 7 1/4" gauge like Walt Disney ran @ home. People always talking about what hobbies cost. Golfing, fishing, or what ever. Just do what YOU like & enjoy it. BTW I'll likely start home brewing soon.

  4. worldofenigma1

    I have definitely saved money. I do extract kits, and even factoring in the cost of some basic equipment (fermentation vessel, siphon tube and so on) I am sure I have saved money. Not all the kits I have done so far have been great but I would say in balance just as good – they are all live beer so classed as real ale, as opposed to commercial beer that is mostly pasteurised but with perhaps a greater range of flavours and consistency. The cost per bottle comes to probably 50p per bottle (in the UK) as opposed to around £2 per bottle if I buy them. So that comes to about £60 saving per kit of 40 bottles of ale. Even considering the cost of equipment that is a significant saving. Cost saving is obviously not the only reason for doing home brew. I have also learnt a bit about making beer even if it just from kits. It has also led me into reading a bit about how to make beer without a kit, so when I can afford the cost of the equipment then I will be a bit more ready to start on some craft beer brewing.

  5. Alan Potter

    Also it depends on where in the world you are. Being in south Europe, I can guarantee that home brewing is the way to go. I'm an all-grain brewer cause extracts here are super expensive and not all that easy to find. BUT hops and grain is cheap. Yes, I invested some cash in equipment but I did it slowly, I didn't feel it and some of it I got second hand or made myself. I usually brew 50l batches (50l/13 US gallons after fermentation). The grain + hops + yeast for 13 gallons of traditional German Hefeweizen cost me about 25 euro, but I shouldn't even include yeast. I deep freeze a lot of my slurries for experiments. I would not also include the labor and electricity/propane cause well, that's a given. I enjoy making the beer. My point is 25€ for 100 beers x 0.5 ml each beats 100 beers x 2.5 euro each if bought from supermarket. Cheapest hefe starts from around that price tag and is often too old with its hop flavors and banana/bubble gum taste and aroma already fading away.

    So bottom line:
    My beer – 0.25-0.35 cents per beer depending on hops and style
    Store-bought – Anywhere from 1.80€ for the cheapest to up to 5-7€ for some imports.

    I'm a regular beer drinker. I save hundreds of euros per month from homebrewing and I get to treat my friends with my own brew. The awe in their eyes after a few sips is priceless. 🙂

  6. Mark Weinfurter

    Great video. I agree, can it be cheaper, sure. The easiest way to cut expenses, once you go all grain is, buy 50 lb bags of grain. I love the process and I love the beer I make.

  7. Jeff Findlay

    When i first got into brewing (only about 4 months ago) I thought about the fact that i could save a little bit of money comparing it to say the cost of a 12 pack of Sierra Nevada, or Lagunitas. Now that I have done about 10 batches I realize that it is actually the $6.99 22 oz bottles you need to compare it to! Already my beers are usually preferred from my friends and myself to alot of the lower end IPA's! Secondly, we have been brewing East coast IPA's in CA and we cannot get those here! The only brewery near my house that sells them sells 32oz Canimals for $12-$14 each….and mine are seriously just as good! The possibilities of what you can make are endless! Or for example…Pliny the Elder. Hard to find! Limit 1 when you do! And easily $10 for 22oz. Or I can make a keg of a clone and its almost as good for pennies on the dollar!! Cheers from So Cal!

  8. Drunkinone

    I agree…  A buck a beer. For some REAL beer.  It's a no brainer.  DUH.   6 beer a week.  That's like riding a bike with no chain.  Your going nowhere.  LOL  Cheers  =)

  9. HB And that's it

    I can make 2 cases of AG ale for approximately $17-25. Two cases of craft is going to run me about $50-100 depending on brand. Equipment costs for me were a one time expense TWO years ago, and at this point I've saved enough money to consider that paid off. A typical brew day is about 6-7 hours on a lazy weekend day. For me, there is no question that homebrewing saved and continues to save me money versus just buying craft beers.

  10. C Macneill

    you can really save money on equipment got my 6 gal ss pots for scrap price, the mash tun is a home depot cooler, sparger is 5 gal pickle bucket with hundreds of holes drilled in it, made my own wort chiller, hops growing in backyard, cook on gas stove in basement two burners under the pot, but yes you don't make beer to save money,

  11. Paul Edwards

    i live in australia. a carton of beer costs between $40-$70. Thats 7 litres of beer. I can brew better beer at home for between $23-$40 for 23 litres. I am from uk originally and enjoyed proper english and irish ales not lager which we saw as a teenagers soft drink not proper beer. In australia the beer don't cut it for me. Since I have been home brewing my beers have been superior to the store sold beer. My friends and neighbors have seen my achievements in making better beer. They now are home brewing. Speaks for itself. I brew beer tailored to my tastes. Thats the beauty of it. Some people like cooking etc. I like brewing beer.

  12. Protective HT

    I love this debate. People talk about how much time it takes to home brew. Well of course it takes a lot of time. It also takes a lot of time to grow a tomato, but no one questions the back yard gardener. No one questions or criticizes the baker who spends all day in the kitchen to make a cake or pie. Brewing is a hobby, one that you get a top quality beer because you put in the labor. It's not about saving money. It's about the pride you get when you hand a cold beer to a friend and see the smile on there face as they savor the taste. I love the fresh tomatoes I get from my friends garden, but I can't imagine spending my weekends out there in that God awful heat, but he loves it.

  13. Bobby Fells

    If you buy bulk grain your costs go down even more. Plan our your quarterly brewing calendar, buy the stuff in bulk, and brew away. You'll need a mill which is 100 bucks or so but it's worth it. All the equipment pays for itself after a while anyway. Homebrewing is a great hobby!

  14. Nick Hahn

    Lol 6 beers a week????? More like 6 beers during lunch alone…

  15. Brew:20

    What is the best beer of your life worth?  🙂  You can't save money homebrewing, just wont.  You didn't really even mention propane, cleaners, water, electricity, time, lost product, and the investment you'll make on doing it right.  You're right though, It's got to be for the love of beer!

  16. Bondo

    Are, or have you been trying and micro brews out of Minnesota. If so which one and maybe you would do an episode on them!. Cheers brother


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