Hot Glass, Cold Brew

Tonight I participated in my first Escambia Bay Homebrew Club activity; a fund raiser for The Belmont Arts and Cultural Center. Tonight they had their “Hot Glass, Cold Brew” which featured blown glass demos, auctions of hand crafted glass items, live music and of course complementary beer provided by the Homebrew club. I know for fact I’ve never served so many glasses of beer. We had 13 items listed:

  1. Belmont Pale Ale
  2. Light Lager
  3. Jim’s Root Beer
  4. Jim’s Honey Ale
  5. Jim’s Blueberry Wine
  6. Rick & Butch Tornado Watch IPA (between 8% and 9% ABV)
  7. Dusty’s Red
  8. P&B Pale Ale
  9. P&B Wheat
  10. Ron’s Rum Punch
  11. Scott’s Cherry Wheat
  12. Laura’s Dry Cider
  13. Laura’s Blueberry Cider

This was a fun event for me, not only did I find out about the Belmont Art & Culture Center but I also got to meet other club members. The BACC looks like a pretty cool organization.

My Austin Homebrew 20th Anniversary All Grain Irish Red & Stout kits arrived today.

AHS 20th Anniversary Irish Red & Stout All Grain Kits

A few days ago I ordered my next two beers from Austin Homebrew Supply which shipped without much delay and arrived today, well within their promised delivery period.  So far all my experiences with AHS have been great and I recommend them to anyone looking for good deals on Homebrew supplies.

Currently they are running a special, to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, with a wide choice of 20 beer kits for just $20 each, yeast is extra of course. Each kit gives you an option of Extract, mini-mash and all grain to fit your brewing style preference. These kits were not designed as cheap products made with low production cost and high sales in mind.

These are not inferior kits. These kits are being sold below cost with an option for free shipping. The only shortcut is the price. Order soon before they are gone.
-Forrest (HomebrewTalk.com Forums)

Sure, I know the argument that if you put your own recipe together, it costs less- and it does. If you buy all your grain in bulk and culture your own yeast bank, grow your own hops (or find really good prices) you can get your beer cost down to less than $0.25 per 12 oz serving. The AHS kits come in to about $0.44 per 12 oz serving. That still isn’t bad at all when you consider that they have 20 years of experience putting together award-winning beer recipes so the recipe will produce good beer- the homebrewer is the one at this point who’s going to make or break it. Also, if you are starting out or have limited space for storage, it just makes sense to spend a little more and get the beer kit that fits your needs.

The plan:
This weekend I will be brewing my beers. My goal is to brew them back to back, finally using the all grain equipment I have collected over the past few months. I plan to post my progress as I go, so come one back later for the updates.

31 Tap Salute!

While on a business trip, I stopped for gas somewhere between Montgomery and Auburn Alabama. I don’t recall exactly where this was. They didn’t support pay at the pump, so I went inside to pay for my gas. Once inside, I saw this:

Has anyone seen more taps inside a gas station than this? I count 31 taps. I have to admit, I’ve never seen draft beer sold at a gas station before.