Beer Back Home – Home brewing world beers
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This website is all about beer, where it is from, what it should be like and how to make it at home, just like it was on holiday.

Craig who is behind the site has been into discovering new beer since he was old enough to drink. "My favourite beer to try is the one I haven't tried before". Craig has travelled to many places for both work and vacations and tried many differnt styles of beer in many different places. He has been on too many brewery tours to count.

As a keen home brewer, he has built up some expertise in making beer at home and won a few medals on the way.
 
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What this site is about

Home brewing
Home brewers start for many reasons, either because they want to save money or because the idea of making their own beer excites them. I know brewers that have started brewing because they could not find a supply of their favourite drop, others because their friends share an awesome beer they made themselves, others because they just have a hankering for homemade food. These brewers also roast coffee, made cheese, jerky, cider and even komboutcher.   I started because after travelling in some of the great beer regions of the world, I wanted to enjoy beers I couldn’t find at home, or at least not for a reasonable price.
 
How far you jump in on your first go at home brewing will depend on what inspired you. Many new brewers start with what is affectionately known as kit and kilo. This is a kit, which is a tin of premixed goop, and a kilo of sugar mixed in a fermenter with some packet yeast chucked in. Two weeks later you put it in bottles with some more sugar and in few weeks your brew is ready. As good as it is, it will never be awesome nor will it be the wonderful beer you were trying to recreate.
 
Some will jump straight to systems like brew in a bag or a single pot system and get some good results. Some will start kegging from the get go and skip the fun of volcano bottles. Even if you skip some of the full journey you will still need to learn as you go.
 
I cannot stress the importance of knowing beer. It not only helps you be a better brewer, it also helps you understand the beers your friends are making. If you love to travel and are fortunate enough to travel to Europe, there is plenty of opportunity to try some fantastic beers in their traditional setting, providing a deep understanding of their context, leading to a much better understanding of why they are what they are. Coming to terms with a beer's history is important and experiencing the traditions of food and festivities that the style evolved with tells a rich story. Creating that beer at home gives a great sense of achievement. If you go down the path of judging for your local club or at a regional or national level, having tried the style from taps in the city it evolved gives you a fantastic reference. Irish Stout, Vienna Lager, Belgian sours or Baltic Porter, they all came about in a particular context relying on local water, available malts, fermenting conditions, hop growing conditions and the local weather it was consumed in.