I’ve been making my own beer for many years. It’s easy once you have the equipment and a little knowledge. You can easily make a pint of ale for 30p or thereabouts, and the spent grain can be used on your allotment to add nutrients to the soil.
I use a gas ring powered by propane and a large 30 litre boiling pan. I’ve adapted a coleman coolbox to steep the grains. The whole process takes about 4 hours to make 20 litres. Of course, you then have to allow for fermentation and conditioning, but I reckon about 10 days from start to finish. If you want details on this, leave your comments and I’ll answer your questions if I can.