I just cracked my first bottle of Austin Homebrew American Amber.
I left in the primary 3-4 weeks, and it's been in the bottle carbonating for two. Carbonation was still a little low (they've been at 60-63), but very tolerable.
Gave a sip to my wife (whom I fell in love with at first sight; she was wearing an I heart beer shirt).
She immediately guessed IPA. Welp, lesson learned there! It was my first boil, and I didn't adjust the hop schedule. Came out quite hoppy, buy very good.
I'm extremely happy with the results, especially since this was their $0.50 beer series. Total cost was $25 for the ingredients, and $8 for the liquid yeast (which I forgot to wash).
Anyways, I have to say that it is quite good. I am extremely pleased with the results. The only possible complaint that I may have is that it was a bit thin of flavor (might be the hops overpowering though). I think that if you did something similar to a batch sparge on the flavor grains that that would do it.
Quite happy! I cracked one to taste, and I'm about ready to raid all the rest.
I also did their Brown in the series, and that's being bottled this weekend. I adjusted the hop schedule some (used all the hops still, but put less in the boil, and more in the aroma stage). Tasting this, I probably didn't adjust it enough and I'll have a hoppy brown, but that's fine.
I'll let everyone know how that one comes out, since I can't find many reviews on the $0.50 beer series. I adjusted the hop schedule, and did a batch sparge on the steeping grains, so we'll see how that works out!
I have to say that if you want a cheap beer that's pretty quick and easy to make, I'm pretty impressed with the extract kits in the $0.50 line. Next round, I'm doing a porter recipe from here, but I might try their hefe partial mash kit in that series.