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What are the Health Benefits of Homemade Beer?

Beer lovers have more than enough good reasons to keep sampling favorite brews. Still, the special benefits of homemade beer are definitely worth exploring. Would it amaze you to find out that some of these bonuses border on health? Home brewing has several advantages over beer brewing for commercial purposes.

Big brewery companies prepare their beer to appeal to the general taste of the drinking public. In most cases, commercial breweries brew their beer with recipes that will equally suit the least critical as well as the highest fussy consumer. Whether the final product is stored in bottles or cans can also affect final outcomes in a big brewery. For instance, bottles have been known to explode as a result of the yeast content of the beer. This, of course, is a serious safety issue for both drinkers and brewers and tends to be more likely in large scale operations.

The commercial beer industry solves this problem by adding yeast killing additives to the beer. These additives tend to neutralize some of the healthy ingredients natural to the beer. For other such reasons, folks that drink home brews may well be enjoying some health benefits that industrial beer drinkers are not getting.

Top Benefits of Homemade Beer Over Commercial Brewing

The benefits of homemade beer include:

Reduces your sugar intake: Refined sugar is a big part of ingredients used to brew beer. Commercial breweries use a specified quantity of sugar per liter to suit their average consumer. When you brew your beer at home, you can reduce the amount of sugar you add to your beer. Limiting the quantity of sugar during home brewing helps bring down sugar consumption from beer. Sugar consumption is necessary for the body’s energy needs, but when consumed in excess quantity, sugar may bring health complications. When you fail to regulate your sugar intake from beer, your blood sugar level could rise. Excess sugar in the body can give rise to or further complicate diseases such as obesity, diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), liver diseases, etc. All this can be eliminated through home brewing.

Provides the body with maximal yeast: Most commercial brewing indirectly removes the yeast content of their beer during the bottling process. When you consume this brand of beer, your body will likely receive less or zero active yeast content. When making your beer at home, you can add a large quantity of the best yeasts and consume it with the beer. Moderate consumption of yeast enables the immune and digestive systems to function effectively. During the brewing process, learn to add the yeast moderately. Limiting the volume of yeast added to your homemade beer will help you avoid the following health challenges:

  • Skin infection
  • Fatigue
  • Nail infections
  • Joint pain

Yeast also adds vitamin B to our bodies, which helps the liver to stay healthy.

Homemade beer offers better nutrients to the body: One of the essential benefits of homemade beer over industrial beer is providing your body with the nutrients required to boost efficiency. The commercial brewery is obviously always after profits. Ingredients added are done so with an eye on the bottom line and may not be the best possible for consumers, as there is a need to meet revenue targets. Also, the processes necessary in large scale brewing may leave little active ingredients afterward. Consuming this brand is not likely to enrich your body with the needful nutrients. You can make your beer at home with good recipes that are also healthy. During the homemade beer process, there is every need to add every ingredient at a moderate quantity. This assures the highest health benefits.

Brewed on clean equipment: Commercial brewery industries reuse their brewery equipment to produce tons of beer every day. Due to this use-and-reuse cycle, and despite best efforts, some particles from the previous production may enter the next production process. When you brew your beer yourself, you can be more mindful of the brewery equipment and general hygiene. To produce a quality brew, you must clean brewery equipment after use and store properly. Since you don’t use it as much, there is a better chance of keeping your brewery equipment in a sterile condition at all times. Your body will be nourished by fresh ingredients and nutrients rather than particles when you consume beer brewed from clean brewery equipment.

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Homemade beer may improve your bone health: Moderate consumption of homemade beer comes with other health benefits. Some nutrients derived from beer supports bone health. For instance, dietary silicon in beer supports bone tissue growth and helps it to develop healthily. You must note that this dietary silicon can only perform effectively if you moderate your beer consumption. 

Beer contributes multivitamins to the body: Vitamins such as vitamin B content of the beer may be filtered away during the filtering process of an industrial brewery. But while making homebrews, you can regulate your filtering process and include most of the vitamins. After making your homebrew using this method, your beer will be unique and richer than commercial beer. Beer has a higher content of vitamin B than wine. Hence, beer is rich in vitamin B and protein as well.

Encourages heart health: Moderate consumption of beer can positively influence the health status of your heart. A research carried out in July 2012 describes the health gain of beer to our hearts. Beer may also help to prevent heart disease, but this depends on the individual involved.

Beer strengthens the teeth: Beer contains calcium and silicon, which are very good for our teeth. Periodic consumption of beer made from barley and hops will provide these rich nutrients that strengthen our teeth and bones.

Brew Your Own Beer and Stay Within the Right Limits

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High consumption of alcohol daily may diminish the benefits of homemade beer. “Too much of everything is bad” is a truism that applies equally to beer consumption. When you consume your beer moderately each day, your body will likely enjoy all the health benefits coming from beers. Generally, men can withstand a greater quantity of beer consumption per day than women. However, according to a research carried out by clinical psychologists in 2009, men have more alcohol dependency problems than women. This problem occurs because men feel more comfortable taking alcohol than women do, perhaps due to societal norms. Individuals should limit their alcohol consumption rate to:

  • Male adults: Men should limit their daily consumptions to two bottles. A bottle of beer is about 330ml. 
  • Female adults: Women should not exceed one bottle of alcohol per day.
  • Young adults: They can consume about one bottle per day, depending on their age.

Careful home brewing will certainly give you the benefits of homemade beer, as well as a taste perfectly suited to your palate.  

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