There are numerous reasons to brew your own beer. The obvious ones are because it’s fun, it results in beer, and at a certain point it can be cheaper than buying a factory brew. At least cheaper than premium beer. But another benefit you might not have considered is health. This might seem like a stretch, and a good line to use so your partner lets you spend more on your hobby. But if you didn’t know, beer has a lot of health benefits. And brewing your own can make it even better.
Known Benefits of Beer: Beer and mead have been considered essential to nutrition for thousands of years. Particularly for the labourer. Much of that may have had to do with it being a cheap, satisfying way to get calories into a work crew, but there is some science behind the ancient practice. Here are some of the benefits of beer when it is used in moderation:
- It reduces Heart disease.
- It strengthens your bones.
- It is a great source of vitamins.
- Helps prevent stroke.
- It is good for your brain.
- It is good for your skin.
- It is good for your kidneys.
- It helps you avoid Diabetes.
- And it fights cancer too.
With all this medicinal value, you would think that beer would be promoted by the government. But in today’s politically correct environment it is unlikely that science would take precedence over a perceived moral stance. Some stubbornly believe that promoting alcohol is always destructive. And so, it is up to us to administer this medicine and improve its nutritional value as well.
How Home Brew is Healthier: Large companies exist to make money first. If making beer healthier did that for them, they would do it. What does save them money is, using additives that stabilize the beer, and lower quality ingredients that result in less of the known benefits. But if you brew your own, you can maximize the benefits by doing your research and using top-shelf ingredients.
If you are just getting into homebrew, this is an opportunity to begin with the best practice in mind. Once you have got all your equipment, your brew pots your fermenter, Your Kegerator parts, and so on. Make sure you find the suppliers in your area that insist on top quality ingredients.
You will never have an easier time taking care of your health than you will by practicing self-care with your own top quality home brew. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.