The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser: Homebrewed Beer

If you believe you can create something yourself – go for it. Whether it’s a computer, a desk, or even beer, there is nothing more rewarding than the satisfaction of making something from scratch.

About four years ago I taught myself how to brew beer. I started off with a German classic; the Oompah Altbeir (amber style). After some time I had created batches of pumpkin-wheat, chocolate-raspberry, and cream ale to name a few.

Homebrewed batches are usually 5 gallons and result in 46-50 standard bottles. The average length of brewing is 4-5 weeks. Here is a simple list of the very basic steps involved in homebrewing – something I will go more in-depth in a later post.

A very basic homebrewing schedule

  1. Cleaning & Sanitation Day: Clean and sanitize everything that will come in contact with your brew
  2. Brew Day: Depending on what style you’re going for, this can take anywhere from 2 or 3hrs for beginner recipes, to 6+ hrs for more complicated ones.
  3. Fermentation (7-10 day waiting period).  Secondary fermentation can be employed during this time for a smoother batch.
  4. Carbonation (2-3 week waiting period).
  5. Test day! (drink up :D)

(Again, I will go into extensive details in a later post, but for now this should suffice.)

So why is homebrewed beer the ultimate crowd pleaser?

Well it’s simple…who doesn’t like beer?! And not just any beer – this is the good stuff, the top-of-the-line, freshest ingredients, rare moment when others can appreciate your hard labors!

A perfect opportunity

This past fall was my cousins wedding – one of the best opportunities for homebrewers to shine. Not only was I excited to make something special for my family, but it was a great chance to learn more about which styles pair well with events. Yes – just like you pair drinks with food, you pair beer with events.

I consulted my local homebrewing store, and was told the Belgian Whites are excellent for weddings. After gathering the ingredients I set out to make the ultimate crowd pleaser.

Fortunately, I snapped a picture of each step in the basic schedule listed above – enjoy!

All the ingredients:

brew ingredients

brew ingredients








Here is my batch during brew day:


Brew Day








Here is my batch during fermentation:

Fermenting homebrewed beer

Fermenting brew








Here is batch during carbonation:

Carbonating homebrewed beer

Carbonating homebrewed beer








Here are the custom labels for my cousins wedding, courtesy of my sister:

custom labels

Custom Wedding Labels


The result…

Many happy cousins! I can’t say with accuracy if it was the brew talking or the naturally elated feeling of weddings – but this was definitely the ultimate crowd pleaser.

For this reason, homebrews are one of the perfect wedding gifts out there. Everyone can have a taste.

If you have any questions about homebrewing or Mashbout in general, feel free send me an email ( or post a comment below.


Written by Jesse Aaron, a blogger and homebrew scientist!

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Jesse Aaron

I'm a blogger, homebrewer, and community manager. Aside from writing, I have a passion for music and design.

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