1864 August Herbolsheimer from Bavaria opened a brewery in Topeka KS.
By the 1880's it was the largest brewery in Topeka producing some
2,000 barrels of beer. In 1882 the brewery was renamed the Topeka
Steam Brewery. It is not known whether the name change was due to
the fact that steam engines were used in the production of his beer
or that one of the breweries notable brews was a steam beer.
It was a bottom fermented, dark foamy brew that was fermented in the
stone caverns beneath the brewhouse and living quarters.
Topeka Steam contains 8 lbs Malt extract, 1.5 lb of milled steeping grain, hops, priming sugar, fining agents and a Wyeast Activator smack pack.
Each Bacchus Batches kit is formulated to produce a specific style of beer. Since the quantity
and alpha acid in hops vary sometimes significantly from one year to
the next or from one bale to the next we adjust the varieties and
amounts of hops in Bacchus Batches kit to provide consistent results.