I’m saving thousands by brewing my own BEER… it’s only 43p a pint – my ales are better than the pubs

A BEER lover says he’s saving thousands of pounds a year now that he’s skipping the pub and brewing his own schnapps – which he says tastes better anyway.

Kim Blackburn, 65, says his home brew costs 43p a pint – where he used to spend £4.20 at the pub.

Four years ago, Kim Blackburn quit the pub and started brewing his own beer - and says he's saved thousands of pounds since

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Four years ago, Kim Blackburn quit the pub and started brewing his own beer – and says he’s saved thousands of pounds sincePhoto credit: SWNS
The South Wales man says his beer costs him 43p a pint

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The South Wales man says his beer costs him 43p a pintPhoto credit: SWNS

It was this number that inspired him to start brewing at home in hopes of saving money and making great alcohol.

And it’s paid off – Kim believes he’s saving £2,000 a year.

About four years ago the South Wales man spent £70 on equipment and started creating his own beers and ciders.

He now makes up to 40 pints of beer every three weeks for just £17, meaning each pint costs around 43p – a far cry from the £130 a week he used to spend.

Kim, who currently brews Scottish heavy bitters and stouts, said: “I only do it for my own pleasure.

“I find I enjoy my beer more now than the pub – I absolutely love my stout, if I do say so myself.

“I can control the amount of sugar, I can make whatever I want and I can play around with it.

“I drink about two pints a day, forty over 3 weeks, which is just over 40p a pint. I estimate I save over £2,000 a year.”

Home brewing equipment can often be quite expensive, but the retiree says you can do it on a budget.

Kim said: “My setup is a combination of new and used stuff. I’ve bought a lot of these for next to nothing on Facebook Marketplace.

“I have 80 plastic bottles that cost me no more than £15 plus some fermenters and demijohns (glass jars) for the same price.”

Kim says he spends around £15 to £20 per batch, which usually takes up to three weeks, and said: “I use beer kits and cans to brew my alcohol.

“I’ve got my Scottish bitter and a stout, but I’m about to start a festival cider.

“I brew weekly, so I always have a keg on the go, sometimes two.”

A beer kit contains a liquid malt extract that is then added to water and yeast before the fermentation process begins, eventually resulting in a bottle of beer.

Kim’s wife Arethia, 82, who isn’t a big beer drinker, often tastes his latest creations and says they’re “usually good.”

His extended family has told him they “can’t believe it’s homemade”.

He added: “My only excitement is to make a good beer as cheap as possible.

“By keeping it simple, you can still make good beer with excellent taste.”

And Kim is not alone with his savings plan.

Earlier this month, a Glasgow home brewer revealed he was saving about £3,000 a month by staying at home and enjoying his own beer.

For now, Kim is concentrating on Scottish bitters and a stout

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For now, Kim is concentrating on Scottish bitters and a stoutPhoto credit: SWNS

https://www.the-sun.com/money/6018855/man-saving-thousands-brewing-own-beer/ I’m saving thousands by brewing my own BEER… it’s only 43p a pint – my ales are better than the pubs

CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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