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Two Dozen Reasons To
Brew Beer Oneself.

"If you have a friend,
then give him a beer.
If you really love him,
then teach him to brew."

Try it out! Brewing beer is simply fun! Beer is a happy drink. Brewing is an expression of optimism and joie de vivre. Beer is always associated with strength and activity. The same is true of brewing.

Brewing beer brings peace of mind and acknowledgement of one's achievements. Brewing is not commensurate with a hectic life. Brewers are at peace with themselves. Enjoy stirring the mash, listening to the wort bubble, experience that exciting aroma of the hops, and smelling the young beer. Brewing demands concentration and therefore leads one to shut out the daily hum drum, and brings recovery from stress. Beer is not just good against thirst. It represents an excellent means of separating oneself from the one's daily troubles. Brewing offers an excellent opportunity to peacefully withdraw, alone or with friends. One says, "he who drinks (or brews) beer once a week, in a circle of friends, will never need a psychiatrist".

The enjoyment of beer is associated with good company. Friends will come round especially for Homebrewed beer and will want to talk shop with you. Many will want to try out brewing for themselves. Brewing takes time and this time can be used for discussions among your friends. Whether House- or Homebrewer, you will find people with the same interest, throughout the world, and, as we know from our own experience, Contacts will germinate into friendships. Brewing is also a hobby for groups, for friends, for teams, for clubs, and for regulars at your table in your favourite bar. It's good to brew as a small team and this team need not only be made up of men! From the very
beginning of beer production, brewing was women's work, and a woman, who could brew good beer, was acknowledged and respected.

If you enjoy working with your hands, you'll enjoy the demands brewing makes of you. Dealing with natural materials, weighing and measuring, trying things out, transferring liquid from one vessel to another and filling it into bottles or kegs, setting your brewing parameters and testing the conditions, designing and producing labels and using your elegant BRAXONIA, demands skill and the proof will be in your product. If you like developing your own ideas, then brewing offers you enormous scope.

Brewing beer is exciting. It takes at least two weeks to turn the thick hot mash into a beautiful cool beer. Waiting for the first taste is difficult. But only that first sip can reveal if all the things that the recipe promised, have actually come to pass. Is the taste right? Have those tiny microbiological mates in the mash tun and fermentation vat been correctly
motivated? Have we been able to move another step forward on the path to becoming a complete brewer?

Homebrewing is a hobby with a visible and usable result. If the beer tastes good, then the brewer feels his craft to have been acknowledged and tries to do even better. If it doesn't reach his expectations then he automatically has
a new aim. He who brews stays active. Brewing sharpens the senses and beer is no longer just beer to a brewer. Nose, taste buds and eyes are trained and schooled in the Homebrewer. Part of the learning process is the discovery that beer has no apology to make to wine. Brewers are soon trying to brew the best beer ever. To what extent this aim has been achieved can be measured in contests with other Homebrewers. A prize in an international contest is one of
the dreamt of great moments in the life of an experienced hobby-brewer. Brewing is actually quite simple, but to brew the best of beers demands learning and knowledge. The spiritual demands on the brewer, who wants the highest quality beer, are by no means small, but although the brewer who is dedicated to his studies will never know everything there is to know, his brain will stay active and he will stay eternally young at heart.

Beer is not only a historically, but also a biologically most interesting material. The long history of beer is full of adventure, anecdotes and stories. The local history of beers has often never been investigated. Beer history is cultural history, a huge topic, there for us to discover and to improve our knowledge and understanding.

Brewing beer is a hobby without an end, an eternal story. In Germany alone 4000 different beers are made from the four raw materials allowed by law (Reinheitsgebot). Having the courage to stray from the legal definition in order to brew international specialities or historical beers, leaves the
brewer filled with awe and wonder at the taste of such beers.

Homebrewing is developing. National and international assemblies are forming, which produce magazines and disseminate information, organize meetings and training days, as well as international congresses and competitions. Such meetings can be used to just bring similarly minded people together for a relaxed chat, usually about beer. All this carries Homebrewing ever forward. The American Homebrewer's Association has over 25000 members, the Verein der Haus- und Hobbybrauer (VHD) is not yet that far but is growing, just as others are too, in Sweden, and the Netherlands where there are strong Homebrew movements, and in Australia, New Zealand and the UK where huge
amounts are home-brewed.

Homebrewers are now on the Internet and well represented in Online Services. If you enjoy such connections then you can join one of the many international Homebrew forums by using e-mail. A question will elicit responses and tips from all over the world. The Homebrewer will soon be able
to send his own news, take part in discussions, pass on his recipes online or leave tips on the pinboard. This is an international hobby which will broaden horizons and begin to make the beer drinker look far beyond his own beer mat.

Brewing is a biological and completely natural process. Technology merely offers biology the optimum conditions for development and by controlling the parameters, these living systems are steered in the right direction. Brewers
concern themselves with life and they realise that living systems can be influenced but not controlled. Despite the perfection of our technological control systems, every decoction remains a little different. Brewing means
understanding living processes.

Brewing does need technology. The BRAXONIA is a small but complex piece of equipment, a micro-factory. You don't need to understand it from the inside and you will have fun brewing good beer. If you were the sort of child whose steam engine was his favourite toy, or if you can still marvel at a steam locomotive, then you will come to know and understand the technology that sits inside BRAXONIA and it will become a cherished toy for adults, just as your
steam engine used to be when you were a child.

Your computer can help you brew if that is what you want. If you like working with a computer then connecting your PC to the BRAXONIA will open up a whole new field of applications for the power of your computer. Whether it is
as a recipe store, which with time, will become an instruction manual for the system, or as an aid to help regulate the brewing conditions, or accessing world wide online discussions with other Homebrewers, or maybe designing
bottle labels and prospectuses and printing invitations to social gatherings to taste the last extract, your PC will find applications. Software freaks among Homebrewers can use BRAXONIA as a complex technical piece of kit with which they can test their skills. Measuring, controlling and regulating a live reactive system is a motivation to write the best program, use it and swap it with others.

Brewers have one problem fewer than others. They will no longer have to crack their brains to find a suitable present. A bottle of self-brewed beer with a specially designed label for the recipient and the occasion, whether a birthday, wedding or christening, will always be fitting. For example, a start can be made in making good a faux pas with a "Penitence Beer". The birthday of a friend of firm political persuasion can be celebrated with a politically correctly coloured red beer or maybe even a blue or green one! The variety of the beer served can be governed by the occasion and a special beer, just like its brewer, will always be welcome.

The brewer is never short of conversation. Everyone likes talking about beer. If you don't want to just boast about your heroic deeds at the last booze-up, you'll be in demand to talk shop as a Homebrewer. The Homebrewer has
a very special hobby. If he wants to he can put on a show, if not, he can quietly enjoy himself by holding his counsel.

Beer is healthy. Brewers realise and value the way beer supports a healthy diet. Beer contains important vitamins and minerals. Beer doesn't make one fat. Unfortunately it does improve the appetite, and then... Cooking with beer
opens a broad spectrum of culinary opportunities and the brewer who enjoys experimenting can use the draff from the brewing process to cook with or experiment with the exces yeast to start his breakfast rolls.

Jewellery is beautiful and the owner of a BRAXONIA has another jewel at home which he will admire with pride and delight and which he will want to show off.

If you concern yourself with beer and are also a collector then a whole new sphere of activity will open up before you. Old bottles, labels, enamel advertising slogans, beautiful glasses, mugs, recipes, beer mats... there are
no end of things. There are also such specialities as collecting the yeast strain from the beer you drank.

Brewers save themselves tax. Even in Germany one can brew 200 litres per worker in your micro-brewery tax free. In many other countries the state is happy to leave the Homebrewer completely alone (and why not?)

Pubs who want to offer their customers something completely different should consider starting their own micro-brewery. Hotels can offer brewing courses to their guests, especially out of season, in the same way as ever
more adult education institutes already do. Brewshops will display the elegant BRAXONIA Brew-Machine and hire it out. New business opportunities will open up to the Homebrewer.

Brewing is a hobby for men, men and women and especially for women. Tea and cakes in the afternoon is supposed to have its origins in the need for brewesses to swap experiences. The first ever women's Homebrew get-together
has yet to be realised. Brewing is a hobby for women and men from ripe youth to active old age.

It isn't just the solitary Homebrewer who can experience the joy of brewing. All the pub regulars can open up their own micro-brewery and elect their master brewer from their number, who will then take responsibility for
the next decoction. There can hardly be a way of tasting beer that will be more fun, or elicit greater discussion, than sampling self-brewed beer.

Sooner or later every active professional life ends in retirement. The sudden reduction in mental exertion, the loss of so many personal connections, (maybe it will all be replaced by an absence of intellectual activity), leave
many active people at a loss once they've enjoyed those first few weeks of relaxation. They soon start to seek a replacement. Brewing can fill the vacuum. Brewing is an ideal hobby for the over fifties and for the Limbos (as
the Americans refer their senior citizens who, after a successful professional life, look forward to an extended period of activity). And if you are still abusy manager who hasn't yet enough time to brew, then you can already make
your wife a gift of a BRAXONIA.

Homebrewers get more out of life.