Whattttssssss going on Homebrewers!
My name's Ty Stevenson.
I'm a homebrewing, Waters Brewer owning, Marine Corps veteran, college grad, wolfdog owning, full time job having, ordinary dude who is writing these grammatically incorrect sentences in hopes of helping YOU, the homebrewer, when it comes to your brew. From your very first beer, to owing your own brewery.
I wake up between 4-6 AM every day, work on my business for a couple hours, take my dog on an hour walk, make my lunch, go to work at a winery (wish it was a brewery), come home, walk my dog again, watch some sports, work on more business, cook dinner, and spend the rest of my night with my loving girlfriend. Put that routine on repeat and that's the jist of my life. I also homebrew about every 3 weeks and I listen to a lot of podcasts revolving around brewing, business, and how to succeed at life.
I grew up living in apartments, motels, with family friends, and was eventually taken in by my grandparents at the young age of 13 after my mom could no longer support me. Pops was in and out of my life for the better or worse, but we are friends now, drink beer, play darts, and golf from time-to-time. My grandparents are the ones who really made me the man I am today. From disciplining me when I was being a stubborn teenager, to being there for every one of my baseball games for 13 years, they are my true heroes. They really taught me how to work hard, fight for what I believe is right, and always be kind to others.
I became a Marine before the age of 18 and was in the reserves until the age of 23. Went to college at 18 and graduated at 23 with a management degree, all while being in the Marines. I have a background in construction and started working 2 days after graduating college and will continue to work towards becoming a brewer, owning my own brewery, and running a successful business.
I had this idea in my mind about starting my own company for a while, after quitting my job as an assistant project manager for a construction where my boss was the worst boss you could ever imagine, where nothing I ever did was good enough, not getting training in my job, and commuting an hour plus there and back in traffic every day, I quit my job and took a month of work. During that month I just drank, played video games, and watched lots of TV, until something clicked in my head, I got to asking myself, "what the hell am I doing with my life". I still had to pay the bills, so I got a job at a winery in Sonoma County, wasn't very satisfied with this job, but because I had gone through these times of failure and defeat, I decided I can do more with my life, so I started a company. I woke up at 3:15 AM on the morning of April 26th, 2016 (not kidding) and decided I was going to start a business, and thus Waters Brewer was founded...
10 Reasons You HAVE To Start Homebrewing
#1 - You will learn how to brew!
That alone should be reason enough to want to learn how to brew. So many people don't even know what goes in to beer (water, malt, hops, and yeast) let alone how to brew it. You will learn ALL about each and every one of these ingredients and the way they go in conjunction with brewing.
#2 - You will save money
Let's say you brew 5 gallon batches of beer, that is about 45 beers give or take a few, and if you brew every two or even three weeks, you will be going through 45 beers every two or three weeks... That's a lot of beers for that amount of time (if you ask me). You won't need to go out and buy beer to drink because you will always have homebrew to drink, if it came out drinkable.
#3 - You become part of a different kind of community
Homebrewers, and professional brewers, are just a breed of their own! They seem to all be on the same team, with the overall goal to make better beer. Brewers are always trying to give advice, and help out other brewers who may need help in certain areas.
#4 - People will know you as "that beer guy(girl)"
I personally love this one. I get asked all of the time "how do you make sours" or "what's the difference from a double IPA and a regular IPA" or even "why is a stout so dark" and you will learn the knowledge to all of these answers in due time! It feels good being able to answer all of the brewing/beer questions that your friends may have.
#5 - You gain a new hobby
I think so many people, mainly Americans, don't have a true north hobby which they then continue to sit on the couch, watching the newest episode of "House of Cards" or "Modern Family". Brewing will give you something to spend your time on that you can then improve on as much time as you want to spend on it. It gets you spending your time and focus on something other then who is going to get voted out of Big Brother this week...
#6 - You just might make some new friends
I know some of y'all don't care to be making any new friends anytime soon, but some people are always down to make new friends. Homebrewing is a great way to meet new people. You can now strike up a conversation with the brewer you have been seeing at your local watering hole and ask how his brewing operation works and you will actually relate, or you join a homebrewing club and end up meeting your best friend that is also a homebrewer in this club.
#7 - A new hobby to get competitive about
As humans, MOST of us are inherently competitive, with that being said, homebrewing is a new frontier that has recently brought up so many new competitions in state fairs, local clubs, or even nationally. If you want to get serious about brewing and try to brew better beers then the next guy, you can always enter your beers in a competition to see how you compare to John Doe over there.
#8 - You might just have found your profession
I myself am in this boat. I started homebrewing, fell in love with the excitement of brewing and trying to always produce better beer, so I took professional courses from Siebel, and started networking with local breweries and finaly landed a volunteer gig with a local brewery that is turning out be have some AMAZING leads for the future and am so glad I made the switch from the wine industry to the beer world.
#9 - You will have a different perspective on beers
From homebrewing and learning about all of these different beers and how to brew them, what goes in to each beer, why this beer is a double IPA and not a triple IPA, or a Stout and not a Porter, I have really learned to think different when it comes to beers. I now know what it takes to brew certain styles of beers, what the difference in beers is, why some have more alcohol content and really everything there is when it comes to beer.
#10 - BEER BEER BEER!
What more do I have to say besides BEER! I think beer is the international symbol for peace and that if you sat down, had a nice IPA with anyone, you will always leave just a little bit more happy. Beer is the best thing on this planet and if you can brew your own... why wouldn't you?
Cheers Y'all! I hope those 10 reasons are good enough to convince you to start homebrewing. it's truly the best hobby I have ever started and will continue to brew until the day I no longer can.
Stay True To Your Brew!