What would it be like if everybody brewed their own beer?

Yeah, I'm still obsessed with this idea of everybody brewing their own beer. Hey its my show right? I'm wondering what it would be like. I mean, how often would they brew? What kind of beer would it be? How much would they brew?

The things we know.
  • Typical homebrew batch is 5 gallons
  • Thats 40 pints

As a starting point. If one person drinks on average one pint a day, they would need to brew a little more than nine five gallon batches in a year. One every five or six weeks. Would that be enough? What about their spouse? What about parties?

I would imagine most people would choose to brew something simple with character. Like an English Ale or California Common or maybe a new style called kitchen ale. My assumption is that they would use readily available ingredients and the simplest of processes.

So would people brew once every five or six weeks? Would they brew smaller batches? Maybe a gallon week or two to three gallons every two weeks? Can you brew a good beer in small amounts in a short period of time? Which brings me back to the Mr. Beer container! :-)


Alistair Reece said...

Once I get myself settled in South Carolina next year, home of the wonderful Mrs Velkyal, I hope to be brewing quite often and across the styles. It is one of the enduring mysteries to me that in the world's biggest beer consuming nation per capita, the Czech Republic, very few people make their own.

Adam said...

One down...a bazillion to go ;-)

I checked out your blog and added it to my list. Good stuff.

Alistair Reece said...

Thanks for that Adam, very glad to have stumbled across your work here. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

If I were able to brew that often I'd soon be scaling up to a 10-gallon batch size and improving the quality of my equipment in order to make it easier.