This week’s knowledge segment from Austin Homebrew Supply covers the different versions of our house and clone recipes, special requests, and some plans for the future of these recipes. As many of you already know AHS offers more than 1200 standard house and clone recipes in three different versions: Extract, Mini-Mash and All Grain. They are designed to be consistent from version to version, but we still get some questions that are important to address.
Extract Recipe Kits:
Brewing an extract kit is the perfect way for a new brewer to get started and learn about the various stages of the brewing process, while producing top quality beer that the brewer and their friends will enjoy time and again. On average it takes about three or four hours to complete the brew process for an extract recipe kit. AHS house and clone extract recipes contain a liquid malt extract, specialty grains and/or special ingredients (if needed), hops, yeast fuel nutrient, whirlfloc tablet for clarification (select brews) and instructions. Extract recipes use a liquid malt extract solely to provide the fermentable sugars. If there are any specialty grains, the grains are milled and packaged fresh into a single use muslin bag so that they may be steeped to extract the flavors, aromas and colors that define the malt character of the brew. The instruction sheet will include: detailed directions on when to add the extract, grains, and hops, the temperatures needed for each stage of the process, preparation of the equipment, when to pitch yeast, racking into a secondary fermenter, bottling, and how to calculate abv %. Click here for AHS house extract kits. Click here for AHS clone extract recipe kits.
Mini-Mash Recipe Kits:
AHS house and clone Mini-Mash recipes contain many of the same ingredients as an extract recipe kit of the same beer. However, there are a few key differences. The AHS mini-mash kits will have less liquid malt extract than an extract recipe kit and, in addition to any specialty grains, the recipe kit will include one to three pounds of base grains from which fermentable sugars must be converted and extracted. To extract these fermentable sugars from the base grains a “mash” step is added to the brew process. Mashing in the mini-mash adds about 45 minutes to the brew process when compared to extract brewing. Mini-mash brewing allows the brewer to take a step towards all grain brewing without having to first invest in the additional equipment required for all grain. They also gain a little more control over their tasty creation. Anyone that can brew an extract batch can brew a mini-mash batch. The only extra piece of equipment that is needed is an inexpensive and reusable nylon grain bag. When brewing a mini-mash recipe, plan to set aside at least four hours and a six pack of something delicious for your brew day. Click here for AHS house mini-mash kits. Click here for AHS clone mini-mash recipe kits.
An oldie but a goody. How to brew Extract and Mini-Mash Video
All Grain Recipe Kits:
AHS house and clone All Grain recipe kits will have all of the same specialty grains, hops and special ingredients that the extract or mini-mash recipes contain, but generally do not contain any malt extracts. All of the fermentable sugars are converted and extracted from the included grains in the recipe. To brew an AHS five gallon all grain recipe kit, the brewer will need a boil kettle of at least eight gallons, plus all of the equipment they had for extract and mini-mash brewing. An all grain brewer needs an eight gallon or larger kettle because all grain batches from AHS start with a boil volume of 6.5 gallons which will be boiled down to five gallons. Eight gallon/32 quart kettles have the room to accommodate those volumes. A mash tun is a vessel in which all of the grains are soaked in 150-155°F water for an hour or more to extract and convert carbohydrates into fermentable sugars. Mashing temperatures and times may vary by style. Conversion is confirmed by conducting an iodine test using an iodine tincture. After conversion is confirmed the mash is sparged with 170°F with water from the hot liquor tank. Our mash tuns have a false bottom, 2 piece ball valve and assembly to connect to the false bottom. A hot liquor tank is like a mash tun but has no false bottom. The instructions for the AHS house and clone all grain recipe kit will include detailed directions for mash temperatures and times, how much to adjust bittering hops based on a full boil, hop schedules, yeast prep and pitching, bottling, and how to calculate abv. When brewing all grain plan to set aside 5-7 hours for your brew day and a 12 pack for you and a friend. When I brew, it’s most of my day. Click here for AHS house all grain recipe kits. Click here for AHS clone all grain recipe kits.
It’s also important to point out that ALL standard Austin Homebrew Supply house and clone recipes are designed and built first as an all grain beer, and then converted into extract and mini-mash recipes. Designing beers this way promotes consistency across all versions of a recipe and is in line with professional practices in the brewing industry. This is also a major advantage for brewers looking to step into all grain. By brewing all grain, the world of brewing is opened up to limitless possibilities in style, design and experimentation.
Another oldie but goodie. Brewing All Grain Video
Other Recipe Kits from AHS
In addition to the AHS standard house and clone recipes, Austin Homebrew also carries Brewers Best extract 1 gallon kits & Brewers Best 5 Gallon kits, AHS 1 gallon all grain recipes, AHS gold seal recipe kits which use a dry malt extract instead of a liquid malt extract, AHS brew in a bag recipe kits, a wild card all grain recipe kit which include a mystery mixture of malts, pre hopped & canned extract kits and more. Check them all out here.
Special Requests for Recipe Kits and Future Recipe Changes
Austin Homebrew Supply wants you to brew a beer that you’re going to enjoy. The two requests we receive most often with regards to our recipes are: Can I see the recipe/Instruction sheet? / Is it available in DME? The answer to both questions is yes!
Austin Homebrew Supply is working towards providing all of our recipe and instruction sheets online through the website. When this project is complete AHS guests will be able to view and print the instruction sheet right from the recipe page. While the project is well under way, there is not yet an expected completion date due to the volume of recipes that need to be reviewed and the programming involved. However, if you want to see a recipe sheet right now just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at Call (512)300-2739 and we’ll be happy to oblige.
Austin Homebrew realizes there are extract and mini-mash brewers that like to brew with dry malt extract instead of liquid malt extract, especially those serving our nation in the armed forces or foreign services where it is not possible to ship liquid malt. For this reason AHS offers a line of DME exclusive recipes, 47 in total, from our gold seal recipe kit line. These recipe kits represent our most popular styles and recipes. However, if you see a recipe in our over 1200 house and clone recipes that are offered in liquid malt, we will happily convert it to use dry malt extract for you. AHS recipes are typically offered as liquid malt kits because the cost of LME is lower, which means a lower price to our guests. Also, LME is easier to work with in most cases. When requesting a conversion please bear in mind that there is a price difference. We ask that you call these orders into our customer service team, or allow a little time via email to convert the recipe, update the price, build you an order and respond.
Now a little teaser for you. Austin Homebrew would like to take a moment to tell you about an upcoming change that we think you are all going love. I can’t say too much now, but 95% of our recipes are going to change in a way that will revolutionize the homebrew industry and improve the quality and consistency of your favorite homebrew recipes forever… If I’ve got your attention now then make sure to look out for our weekly newsletters because we will be announcing this change by the end of February, 2017.
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