Boiling wortIf you have ever thought it might be cool to brew your own beer, or even if you’ve never considered it, here are 8 good reasons you should be brewing your own.

1. It saves money
This is the big one. With the sorry state of the economy, gas prices out of control, and the housing market in the tank, the last thing you want to worry about is where your next beer is coming from. Grab a bucket, some soda bottles, and a beer “kit” and you’re ready to make decent beer on a budget. For about 20 bucks you can make approximately 8 6-packs of beer.

2. It’s easy
People have been brewing beer for at least 8,000 years and it was discovered by accident so it can’t be that hard, right? It’s not. You don’t even need a bunch of fancy equipment; you can brew beer in your coffee pot.

3. It won’t hurt you
No known pathogens can survive in beer so you don’t have to worry about your home brew making you sick. The reason beer was so popular before modern plumbing is that it was safer to drink than water, which often contained all kinds of nasty germs. Contaminated beer may taste bad but it won’t kill you.

4. Impress your friends
Sharing the fruits of your brewing labor will impress your friends, guaranteed. You don’t have to tell them it’s not hard.

5. Get your creative groove on
Have you ever wondered what beer would taste like if it had Gatorade in it? Try it and see! When you’re brewing your own, the possible flavors are limited only by your imagination.

Beer toast6. You’ll gain a better appreciation for beer
The process of turning malted barley, hops, yeast, and water into beer is truly fascinating. Once you have witnessed the magic and mystery of brewing your own, you’ll never look at a beer the same.

7. Save the environment
From saving gas to recycling bottles, brewing at home has many green benefits.

8. You know what is in your beer
Although beer is can be made with 4 basic ingredients — malted barley, hops, yeast, and water, it often contains other ingredients. Commercial beer seldom has an ingredient list so there is no way to know if it has been made with something that you are allergic to, for instance. Corn (sugar), wheat, and lactose are all common allergens which are often used in beer making, although lactose is less commonly used.

So what are you waiting for? Go forth and brew your beer!