Category Archives: Homebrewing

I like to homebrew.

Today seems like a good day…

…to make beer.

The first day of the Fall season finds me brewing a batch of Texas Blonde Ale.  I picked up the kit when I was in Austin from the fine folks at Austin Homebrew Supply.

I've been making mostly extract batches lately, so this time I choose to make a mini-mash.  It always takes longer due to the added time for the mash.  I'm not sure if it makes that much of a difference.  If I like this kit, I'll try the all extract next time.

And, I need to plan my next batch of Abe's Important Stout.  It's a great beer to have around for the colder months.

The weather is beautiful, the schedule of the day is open, and I am going to relax and make beer.

Let me take a moment…

…and shamelessly promote Austin Homebrew Supply .

Hands down, the best homebrew / wine making store I've ever known.  Good people, great product, and fantastic shipping prices.  Seriously, where else are you going to get $5.99 shipping on any order?

AHS does good volume, so you can be assured that their ingredients are quality.  They haven't been sitting on a shelf for months.  These folks know wine making and homebrewing down to a science.  They know that ingredients can make all the difference between a beer you want to share with your friends and one that goes down the drain.  And, they make sure you get the best.  Service, ingredients, and knowledge. 

I've only been homebrewing for a couple of years.  But, I've ordered from multiple online storefronts.  AHS is the best, without question.  I've ordered kits, individual ingredients, and brewing gear from them.  I have always been absolutely pleased with the quality and price of the things I have ordered from AHS.

I was fortunate to visit the actual AHS storefront this week.  These visits further enforced my impression of AHS.  The store is well organized, clean, and operated efficiently.

I am excited to go back to Kansas and brew the two kits I purchased.  As an added bonus, I found that they have cobalt blue swing top bottles in both half and full litres.  I didn't see them on the website, but the were in the store.  I haven't found them anywhere else online.

Thanks to the fine folks at AHS. 

81 bottles

I just got done filling 81 beer bottles.

Homebrew

Both the 3rd Annual Batch of Abe's Important Stout and the hefeweizen are now in the bottle conditioning stage.

Waiting two weeks is always the hardest part.