Craft A Brew Brown Ale Kit: Brew Day

Craft A Brew Brown Ale Kit: Brew Day

A few weeks ago, Craft A Brew generously set me one of their¬†one-gallon starter kits [**]. For those unfamiliar, Craft A Brew makes homebrewing starter kits and extract-based recipe kits, ranging from 1-3 gallon batches, providing new homebrewers with all of the equipment and ingredients necessary to start their first batch of homebrew. With several … Continue reading

2013 Winter Solstice Ale: Tasting Notes

2013 Winter Solstice Ale: Tasting Notes

Two years running, I’ve made a point of brewing on the summer and winter solstices. Beginning in 2012, I started this tradition by brewing on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, a strong ale/winter warmer of sorts, to ease the coming abyss. Although the apocalypse doesn’t seem to have come, I’ve continued brewing big beers … Continue reading

Apartment Brewing Tech: Storing Malt

Apartment Brewing Tech: Storing Malt

In my apartment, I like to maintain a well-stocked brewery, keeping several varieties of base malt, malt extract, and specialty grain on hand. Also, I like to buy malt in bulk to save money when I can. However, storing malt in an apartment can be tricky business as limited space is available. Additionally, when brewing … Continue reading

AHB Blog: Kegging the Farmhouse IPA

AHB Blog: Kegging the Farmhouse IPA

After 3 weeks of fermentation and 5 days of dry hopping, the Farmhouse IPA is finished. Inspired by¬†Michael Tonsmeire of the Mad Fermentationist blog, the Hoppy Saison is mostly a traditional saison, but with loads of Saaz, totalling 4 oz in late and dry hop additions. The yeast was saved from the primary fermentation of … Continue reading

Falconer’s Flight APA: Tasting Notes

Falconer’s Flight APA: Tasting Notes

One month since brew day, the Falconer’s Flight APA, an American-style pale ale using Falconer’s Flight hop blend, has finished fermentation, kegged, and is tasting nice. This APA came out great, with the late hopping of the Falconer’s Flight really pronounced. A review and recipe below. Cheers and happy brewing! Review Pouring into a tulip … Continue reading

Brew Club Project: Barrel-Aged Saison

Brew Club Project: Barrel-Aged Saison

A few weeks ago, I brewed a French saison, a nice choice for the spring/summertime. However, I won’t be tasting it anytime soon. That’s because it’s souring in a barrel. A barrel in my apartment? Thankfully, no. This brew was part of a collaboration between my homebrew club, the Austin Zealots, and Jester King, a … Continue reading

AHB Blog: May Zealots Meeting!

AHB Blog: May Zealots Meeting!

Summer has arrived in Texas, and thankfully the end of academic year craziness is slowing. That means time to brew! The saison I brewed in April finished fermenting and is stored somewhere special. To give a hint: don’t expect tasting notes anytime soon, perhaps next year, although do expect a blog post very soon on … Continue reading