Three reasons you should start homebrewing today

There is nothing more satisfying to put in your brand new beer growler than some of your freshly made homebrew. Here are three great reasons you should start your craft beer or real ale homebrewing adventure today.

 

1. It’s super easy to get going

Homebrewing still conjures up images of horrible bathtubs and gin that makes people blind when they drink it – or it creates a mental picture of copper tubes and pipes that would look more at home in a science lab than your garage.

But homebrewing has got far more accessible in recent years, and now that you already have one perfect container to put your fresh brew in (in the shape of your beer growler), there are fewer excuses than ever to give it a try.

You can pick up a decent homebrew kit from Amazon for less than US$100, like the Gold Homebrew Kit from Monster Brew (pictured).

This kit will make you around six gallons of beer with very little skill of technical expertise needed. A perfect starter spot for anyone with an interest in brewing their own beers.

 

2. Save a bucketload of money

In most states in the US, you’re legally allowed to brew up to 100 gallons of beer (and wine if that takes your fancy) per adult in your home as long as you don’t sell it.

There’s a maximum of 200 gallons, so don’t go over that.

To give you an idea of what this means, you could fill the massive Euro Growler glass 455 times before you legally had to stop.

If you shop around and get a good set with enough containers, you can make yourself a growler of beer for less than a dollar. Bottoms up!

 

3. You know exactly what’s going in

You’ve just spent good money on your beer growler, and you want it to store only the best beer made from the finest ingredients. Microbreweries will take as much pride in their product as you do, but the larger beer chains might be less inclined to care about your perfectly maintained cannonball shaped ceramic growler.

Making your own beer cuts all that out. You can be in charge of exactly what goes in and how much. No nitrates, no preservatives, just delicious beer.

Why you need to consider a Stainless Steel vs Glass Beer Growler

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The dizzying array of beer growlers out there can make it tough to work out what one is best for you.

Here we look at the benefits of a stainless steel beer growler over its glass counterpart.

Stainless steel

pros

  • Durable
  • Generally easier to clean
  • Easier to find with fancy gadgets already attached

Cons

  • Can feel a bit delicate in hand
  • Not the best at maintaining temperature

 

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Stainless steel is nothing new in the beer growler world, but it has a distinctly unorthodox feel to it. It just doesn’t quite chime with what the traditional mental image of a growler is (generally speaking, a big bottle with XXX emblazoned across the front).

That being said, stainless steel rigs offer things that glass just can’t. Steel doesn’t shatter, so if you’re transporting your beer by bike – to a picnic, say – then the added comfort that comes with knowing you won’t be covered in glass if you come off is nice.

Stainless steel beer growlers are better placed to take extra gadgets and gizmos too, like built in C02 taps which effectively turns it into a mini-keg. Awesome for tailgating and BBQs.

On the other hand, stainless steel is generally not particularly good at maintaining the temperature of your fluid. This is fine for real ales, which are generally drunk at room temp, but for craft beers this can be a disaster.

There are some which have insulation to keep the temperature more constant, though expect to pay up for that.

Glass

pros

  • Good, solid feel in hand
  • Maintains temperature well

Cons

  • Shattered glass is far from the best
  • Bulky and heavy

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Glass has a much more classic feel to it. Something that helps this is how heavy many glass beer growlers are. This is due to many glass rigs being manufactured to be half an inch thick in some cases to add to the opaqueness of the glass (and prevent your beer from catching too much sun) and to give the container durability.

The downside of this, of course, is weight. Glass beer growlers are not optimal if you’re planning on hiking all day and then camping out with some fresh brews.

Glass also shatters, which is far from the best. Worth remembering if you’re buying the growler for bike rides. The thick glass also generally means thin necks too, which can make cleaning them a pain.

Conclusion

As with most things beer growler, it comes down to what you’re using it for. Planning on getting something to hold your ale in the boot of your car during a tailgate? Glass if your material.

Want something you can port around town on a bike and will drink from fairly quickly? Stainless steel is your man.

 

What do you think? do you agree with us? Let us know below.

REVIEW: Ceramic Stoneware Weatherworn Cannonball Beer Growler

Quick facts

  • Ceramic and stoneware growler
  • Weight: 3.5lbs
  • Size: 64oz
  • It looks like a cannonball!

 

Fast review

The Terracotta Republic 64oz ceramic and stoneware growler is one of the most standout beer growlers on the market. Prepare to be the centre of conversation when you whip this awesome beast out on a fishing trip or camping.

 

 

Full Review

Before we can go into any specs, we have to get something out of the way – just look at this cannonball shaped beer growler beauty!

Now that’s out of our systems, lets talk about the important things. The Terracotta Republic 64oz growler is made of ceramic, which is a nice balance between stainless steel and glass in keeping your brew cold, just as the best tasting beer is meant to be.

The makers are big on proclaiming it as ‘American Made’ if that is important to you.

The lid fastening uses a ball-cam lever with an offset axis of rotation that the makers claim converts circular motion into a downward linear force. When the lever is rotated into the socket on top of the cap, it presses the cap firmly down against an extra thick FDA approved silicone gasket, making an air-tight seal.

That all sounds might fancy, but we had to know – does it work?

The answer is a resounding yes.

You can trust this growler to keep your beer carbonated and cool.

The aesthetics of this beer growler almost speak for themselves. It really is as cool as it looks. Pouring your pals a beer out of it is certain to get a cheer and plenty of questions. You will feel like a pirate pouring you favorite beer from it, and that is a moment of wonder that can rarely be duplicated elsewhere in adult life.

At 3.5lbs empty, it is a nice weight that isn’t so light it feels flimsy, while it isn’t so heavy you need a backpack to get it to the BBQ. It will also fit nicely in a fridge or coolbag.

Grab it on Amazon now for US$69.


REVIEW: Euro Growler 2 Liter Growler with Metal Handle – Amber

Quick facts

  • Glass growler
  • Two litre
  • Shipping weight: 4.8lbs

 

Fast Review

The Euro Growler 2 liter growler with metal handle is a big, chunky growler. It’s the sort of thing you can imagine having XXX printed across the front of it as someone sits and drinks it on their rocking chair. That being said, it is at the cheaper end of the price scale, though you have to measure up whether you are happy with a glass container.

 

 

Full Review

Euro Growler’s two litre bad boy will give even the most hardy beer drinker biceps of steel once this thing is filled up. It’s up to you to decide if that’s a good thing – for us we thought it was cool as hell.

This growler comes in at the low-tech end of the spectrum, hence the lower price, but it still has plenty of features that set this apart from drinking beer from a regular brown bottle or – blurgh! – a can.

The cap is made of ceramic with a rubber stopper, encased in metal. This gives it a good solid feel that can sometimes get missed when producers go down the only-metal route.

The metal handle is sturdy, despite the weight of the full item, so pouring it is not an issue.

Standing at around a foot tall and made from thick glass means this growler is not one for the fridge, and good luck finding a cooler to fit it.

Glass is worse at keeping beer cold than other materials like stainless steel, so we would recommend this as one for the real ale drinkers out there.

Get it Amazon now for US$32.99