Worth toast­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

AN award-win­ning am­a­teur brewer says the ef­fort, cost and mess of home brew­ing is well worth the ef­fort, although his wife might not agree.

BREW the type of beer you have a pas­sion for drink­ing is the ad­vice from cham­pion home brewer Richard Nevin.

The Kens­ing­ton res­i­dent’s ad­vice is well worth tak­ing, es­pe­cially af­ter he won a gold award in the am­a­teur brewer sec­tion at the Perth Beer Show in June.

“The beer I chose is called Dop­pel­bock, which is a strong, dark Ger­man lager, which is ex­cep­tion­ally malty with lit­tle bit­ter­ness,” Mr Nevin said.

“I dab­bled a bit with my mates in my early 20s but it was only last year that some of my mates were do­ing it and I started to get back into it, but this time more se­ri­ously.”

“I wanted to do some­thing more than just kits, so I started re­search­ing a lot and build­ing my own brew­ing equip­ment.

“The range of brew­ing ma­te­rial you can get from the home brew shops these days is amaz­ing.”

Mr Nevin has been hon­ing his craft for the past 14 months and said he en­tered the Perth Beer Show for a bit of feed­back and crit­i­cism.

“I didn’t re­alise how in­depth the feed­back was un­til judg­ing be­gan – it is a se­ri­ous busi­ness,” he said.

“I wanted some crit­i­cism, con­struc­tive or oth­er­wise, from some­one else, not just my mates.”

While his wife might not agree, Mr Nevin says the ef­fort, cost and mess of home brew­ing is well worth the end re­sult. “The best thing about home brew­ing is you get to drink the kind of beer you would love to try, but don’t want to pay for,” he said.

Richard Nevin with his award-win­ning brew.

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