again it all depends on what you make...2 weeks to ferment 2 weeks in the bottle and 2 weeks to condition after is the norm for Mr beer...But some of the whit beer says 2-3 months to condition...it seemed to me after a month i put in the frig a week later i could not wait no more to try them so i start too even if they needed more time...But i would say 6 weeks is about right...
Some of Mr beer is really good...but some i found not good...The price kinda depends on how strong and what kind of beer you want to make...I didnt find mr beer being that much or any cheaper...and it only made 1 case of beer at atime...But you can get into other kinds of beer making as in all extract or all grain which makes it very cheap..But you need the set up for it at first....i liked to make my own just to say i made it..lol
My friend makes his own cider and wine and has even had a go at champagne. He made nettle beer, the very thought of it put me off, but his homemade cider has been very nice, could strip paint but it's still nice. My favourite home brews he has made have been Elderflower champagne and lemon cello. Although the lemon cello is lethal and should come with a warning
I know a few that make their own wine. It's much cheaper than the beer. The equipment for it is, I mean. One has his whole house full of those things. Plucks his own berries and grapes to make it. He even makes it out of leaves and branches.
I would love to find out how to make tsikoudia though.
But wouldn't mind trying to brew my own beer. I'm reading now it indeed isn't cheaper. And from this thread understand it takes a lot of time. But it is pretty neat to drink your own homemade beer.
Well once you get good it is far better than the piss they sell here. I have enough equip to run 3 beer batches and a wine and cider at same time. I keep prob 20 cases in various stages of production. It's basically all we drink when we drink now.
I've found with a kit it works out about the same. Usually about $1 per beer...which is about the low end in the us for a micro-brewery beer. But you get to make it to your tastes...and its all about the process and chemistry! I've seen kits as cheep as $25 for 5 gallons ( 10 liters). Time wise is about 2 months...but after initial boil you have about an hour per week in time used.
The big expense is the one time. Mini kegs for me and bottles. Carboys and all the stuff.
My new grinder and press for cider.
I've cut my bottle expense by using 20 oz or smaller plastic soda bottles, just clean and sterilize. Haven't had one pop yet, and haven't had any effects on taste... just learned not to wash them on sterilize in the dishbwasher, causes warping.