“Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.” – Jack Nicholson
For millions of people around the world, the veteran actor hit the nail on the head. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold glass of beer with just the right amount of foam, especially after a long day of work. With its popularity and its capability to have different flavors, it’s no wonder a lot of folks are exploring starting their brewery. The best part? It can be done.
The expensive and hard part of brewing beer is securing the right equipment for the job. Brewing equipment with the smallest capacity (1 barrel) could cost $100,000 according to MarketWatch. Granted, of course, you can buy it used for much less. But if you intend to make brewing a full-time business, it could set you back up to $1 million for a brand-new, 30-barrel system. Apart from that, you have other essential equipment to worry about. Among the things you would need for this project are boilers, kegs, kettles, bottling and canning lines, cooling systems, storage tanks, filters, labeling machines, fermentation tanks, waste treatment systems, and tap handles. But of course, as long as you shop around, you can get all these stuff at reasonable prices.
Next, you have to have a supply of ingredients. If you’re brewing small batches, you can find businesses like Hop Havoc where you can buy hops by the pound. You also have to look for a stable supply of grains, malt extracts, and yeast.
As for water, it’s something brewers could debate for hours. But basically, you would want water that’s clean and free of odors. It should also have low to moderate alkalinity and be moderately hard. Of course, though, there are ways for you to adjust water chemistry if needed.
Once you have both the equipment and the ingredients, you can finally start brewing and growing your business.