Homebrew for the Holidays: Giving the gift of beer
In a craft-beer-driven city like Philadelphia, it’s little wonder that some of the most popular holiday gifts begin with water, malt, hops and yeast. If you plan to give a home-fermented creation, start early, says Nick Less, co-owner of Philly Homebrew Outlet (1447 N. American St.). Most beer styles can be completed in about a month, except for extra high-alcohol ones, which take longer to mellow. But for novice brewers, says Less, it’s better to start with a low-gravity formula (4-6% alcohol) anyway.