Beer is the new health drink? Binge drinking aside, in moderation beer actually has healthful effects. Studies reported below illustrate many benefits from consuming beer. Home brewed beer is even better than commercial beer because it has no artificial colors, additives, preservatives or flavors.
Here are only a few of the ways that home brewed beer is good for you:
-The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center discovered (in May, 1999) that moderate beer drinking reduces the chances of getting coronary heart disease by over 30%. Impressive!
-“The New England Journal of Medicine” found (in November, 1999) that moderate beer drinkers decrease the chances of suffering a stroke by 20%.
-The TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute discovered that homebrewed beer contains vitamin B6, which prevents the accumulation of the amino acid homocysteine (reputed to cause vascular and heart disease). Beer improves vitamin B6 absorption into the blood plasma by 30%.
-Home brewed beer is a stress reliever. Try a quick experiment, if you have any doubt. Even the process of making beer is relaxing.
-Studies have shown that beer increases good cholesterol and decreases blood clot production. Home brewed beer contains no bad cholesterol and no fat.
-Drinking home brewed beer aids blood vessel dilation, sleep, and eases urination in elderly people.
If the above information has whetted your appetite, let’s next consider a typical MYTH: that it is prohibitively expensive to make your own beer. No way!
Forget those huge expensive vats that you have no doubt seen. Basically you only need 2 pieces of equipment: a small fermenter (to store the beer during the fermentation process) and a hydrometer (to know exactly when the beer has finished fermenting). That’s all for equipment.
The final thing you’ll need are consumable ingredients: a can of malt and hops mixture, and some brewing yeast. You can select from lots of basic flavors and styles, also you can customize your own brews with many additional ingredients for your own secret recipes.
It’s very simple to brew your own beer at home. Place a container of malt mix into the fermenter, add water, add yeast, and seal. A few days later use the hydrometer to know precisely when it is finished and ready to drink. Place it into bottles and get ready for your friends to be amazed at your new skill.
It’s simple to get started with home brewing kits readily available online. And it’s cheap — your beer only costs around $5 a GALLON!
Now you have even more reasons to start making your own delicious beer at home. It’s better and cheaper than store-bought beer, plus it’s better for you. So you can drink (responsibly) guilt-free.