Throughout the recession, most of us have been cutting back. That often means slashing spending on alcohol.
However, there is a way to enjoy a cold one at a fraction of the cost. If you are devoted enough, do-it-yourself alcohol won't break the bank.
Dean Brundage is at home in his kitchen. But, you won't find him whipping up his grandmother's recipe. He's perfecting the craft of home brewing.
"I'm not exactly sure how I got into it," Brundage said. "I think my folks bought me a kit. My cousin is also a home brewer and he probably was instrumental in getting me to start."
Dean has been making his own beer for years. He makes ten gallons at a time, every other month.
The process is time consuming. It takes him about four hours in the kitchen and then about a month of waiting. However, for Dean it's worth it.
"It's definitely cheaper and you get good beer."
Equipment will set you back about $80, and most home brew shops sell a kit with everything you need, including ingredients.
"You can start off at 50 cents a bottle, making beer," Brundage said. "I buy ingredients in bulk and they come out 25 to 30 cents a beer."
Plus, Dean isn't making budget beers.
"I make beers I like usually, I like English style ales and Belgium style beers."
Comparable to beers like Guinness.
A six pack at Albertson's will cost you $8.99. That's about $1.50 a bottle.
Dean's homemade brew is even cheaper than an 18 pack of Miller Light at HEB, which will set you back about 72 cents a can.
You do have to factor in the cost of supplies and the time commitment, but depending on how much beer you drink. Do-it-yourself alcohol can save you money. That's why Dean spends countless hours getting the flavor just right
If you would like to learn more about home brewing, Dean started the Texas Aggieland Brew Club about a year ago so other home brewers can share the tricks of the trade. You can find out more on the club's Facebook page.
Dean also has a blog called Midnight Hour Brewery. For more information, click on the link below.