Updated: Wednesday, 16th October 2019 @ 4:53pm

Make brew and mend

Make brew and mend

By Mike Dalglish, Jill Geary, and Steven Chicken

BRITAIN may be in a recession but home-brewing companies are in high spirits following a bumper year.

The industry’s upturn in fortunes comes in this new age of fashionable frugality when ‘Make Do and Mend’ is once again in vogue.

Home-brewing is, at its core, a fairly simple process. The only things a budding brewer needs are barley, hot water, yeast, and somewhere to let it ferment.

Mark Hibbert, 48, from the Homebrew Megashop, on Buxton Road, Stockport, said: “It has been busy for the last three or four years but even more so in the last 12 months.”

Demand for make-your-own booze kits has increased as more and more Britons opt to stay at home rather than head to the pub.

Matthew Johnson, 21, a student and ardent home-brewer from Gorton, said: “Home-brewing is great and saves me money.  I like to go out but sometimes it’s just nice to have it on tap at home instead.”

The pub business has been struggling since the smoking ban was introduced in July 2007, but the global economic crisis has steepened its decline, with an average of at least one pub closing every week nationwide.

A home-brewing starter kit costs around £59.99 and produces 40 pints of beer, an average of £1.50 per pint, or half what you might expect to pay in city-centre pubs.

Home-brewing may become even more popular should the government follow suggestions to continue raising alcohol duty, as this tax does not apply to beer brewed at home.