Austin Home Brew Extract kits??? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Austin Home Brew Extract kits???

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-22-2008, 02:56 AM   #1
acesb422
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 41


I am wanting to get my second batch going asap as everyone seems to suggest. My only question is I have been looking at the extract kits from AHS and am worried that I will not know how to do it all?? My last kit had 3.3lbs liquid malt extract, 2 lbs dried malt extract and a little thing of hops and then ofcourse yeast, but these kits are talking about grains in a muslin bag?? What would i be getting myself into with these kits. I don't do secondary fermenting because I am just beginning. Any help would be great!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 02:58 AM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,230
Liked 7723 Times on 5424 Posts


Oh, you can do the AHS kits, I promise! All the directions are provided and it's super simple and easy to do. If you can make hot chocolate from a mix, you can do an extract recipe from them. And, I've done a few of them in the past when I was brewing extracts- they are really good! The ingredients are fresh and make a great beer. You can try a "clone" kit and I think you'll be pleased.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 02:59 AM   #3
Beerrific
 
Beerrific's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Georgia
Posts: 5,562
Liked 54 Times on 46 Posts


Some instructions are included and while you are waiting on UPS to deliver, read this:
http://www.howtobrew.com. That should be what you are looking for.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 03:29 AM   #4
TheJadedDog
AFK ATM
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
TheJadedDog's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
People's Republic of Cambridge
Posts: 3,316
Liked 16 Times on 13 Posts


AHS kits are a piece of cake, go for it! All you do is steep some grains before adding your extract, the instructions that come with the kit give you all the details you need.
__________________
And now we go AG!

On Tap: Nadda
Primary: Nadda
Planning: Extra Special Bitter

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 03:30 AM   #5
9/9
Collembola!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
9/9's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Durham, NC
Posts: 417
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


My first brews have been AHS kits and I have no idea what I was doing and it has been fine. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

You can do it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 03:38 AM   #6
CodeRage
Death by Magumba!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
CodeRage's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2007
Melbourne, Fl
Posts: 2,222
Liked 46 Times on 20 Posts


I'll sing the praises of AHB extract kits. I have done several of them and they all have been great. Follow the directions and you'll be set
__________________
Brutus 20e build | Electrical Primer for Brewers | Auber SYL-2362A2 PID Install & Config
So as I am walking out the door this morning I think to my self:
"self, going to work on Monday is like knowing you're going to get kicked in the nuts. You just don't know when or by who"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 03:40 AM   #7
Gammon N Beer
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
WI
Posts: 714
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts


I am assuming you liked the experience of your first brew that you want to continue. If that is true, then, why not take one step further into the hobby?

Steeping grain is nothing more than you would do when making tea. It is that simple.

go for it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 03:53 AM   #8
jvh261
 
jvh261's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Lyons, Illinois
Posts: 417
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


You'll definitely want to start steeping grains on your extract brews. Makes a world of difference. Its as easy as this:

1. Put the grains in the muslin bag (I'm sure the ones from AHS in the kit will already be cracked/milled).
2. Put the bag full of grains (tied off) in your water.
3. Heat and hold a fixed temperature for a fixed time. I'm sure the directions in the kit will specify.
4. Remove the bag of grains and let drain over your water and/or sparge. Don't squeeze!
5. Discard the bag of grains, bring to a boil and carry on as you would with your normal additions of the extract and hops duties.

My only suggestion would be to buy a floating thermometer sooner than later. Its important to hold the temp of your water to around 155 - 170 degrees when your grains are in there. Depends on the recipe and the grains used. You don't want to boil your grains or get them much higher than 170 or so.
__________________
Primary: Zombie Dust clone
Brewing Next: Jamil's Evil Twin, SN Celebration Ale clone, Russian Imperial Stout w/ bourbon soaked oak chips
Kegged: Zombie Dust clone, Centennial IPA


 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 04:00 AM   #9
mikeyc
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Posts: 292
Liked 10 Times on 3 Posts


Another vote for the AHS kits. They are very easy to use, and make GREAT beer. Its a great way to get started. Pick a commercial brew that you like, and get a clone recipe. They yeild great results!!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2008, 05:11 AM   #10
AFAJ Brew Guy
 
AFAJ Brew Guy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Fernley, NV
Posts: 710
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I have been wondering about this as well. Well thats makes the decision a lot easier. Thanks, off to order that irish read right now. Thanks!
__________________
"There seems to be an over abundance of beer related items in this house." -SWMBO

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Austin Homebrew recipe kits -- Extract vs. Mini-mash peripatetic Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 10-22-2009 04:18 PM
austin home brew rochefort 10 Thor the Mighty Extract Brewing 5 07-21-2008 06:20 PM
Austin Home Brew Kits puravida286 Extract Brewing 46 03-23-2007 05:16 AM
Austin Home Brew JayMckeever Extract Brewing 3 01-13-2007 06:09 AM
Austin Home brew Beer Snob Recipes/Ingredients 8 03-24-2006 07:17 PM


Forum Jump