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.