A BEER lover says he’s saving thousands of pounds a year now he’s skipping the pub and brewing his own drinks – which he says taste better anyway.
Kim Blackburn, 65, says his home-brewed beer works out at 43p a pint – where he used to spend £130 month at the pub.
It was that figure that inspired him to take up brewing at home, with the hope of saving cash and making great booze.
And it’s paid off – Kim thinks he’s saving £2,000 a year.
About four years ago the Galles du Sud man spent £70 on equipment and started creating his own beers and ciders.
He now makes up to 40 pints of a beer for just £17 every three weeks, meaning each pint costs around 43p – a far cry from the £4.20 he used to spend per drink.
Kim, who is currently brewing Scottish heavy bitter and stout, mentionné: “I just do it for my own pleasure.
“I’m finding that I enjoy my beer more than the pub’s now – I think my stout is absolutely marvellous, if I do say so myself.
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“I can control the sugar amount, I can make what I want and I can play around with it.
“I drink about two pints a day, forty across 3 semaines, which works out at just over 40p per pint. I reckon I’m saving over £2000 a year.”
Home brewing equipment can often be quite expensive, but the retiree says you can do it on a budget.
Kim said: “My set-up is a combination of new and second-hand stuff. I bought a lot of it off Facebook Marketplace for next to nothing.
“J'ai 80 plastic bottles that cost me no more than £15, as well as some fermenting vessels and demijohns (glass jar) for the same price.”
Kim says he spends around £15-£20 per batch, which usually lasts him up to three weeks, et dit: “I use beer kits and tins 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 one barrel of beer on the go, sometimes two.”
A beer kit contains a liquid malt extract which 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 is not a big beer drinker, often tastes his latest creations and says they are “usually good”.
His wider family have told him that they “can’t believe it’s homemade”.
Il ajouta: “My only fuss is making a good beer as cheap as possible.
“By keeping it simple you can still make good beer with excellent flavour.”
Et, Kim is not alone in his money-saving scheme.
Earlier this month a Glasgow home-brewer revealed he saved about £3,000 a month by staying home and enjoying his own beers.