Saturday, May 23, 2015

Searching Guacamole

I introduced a new Travel Bug to the world yesterday:

I know my obsession with Travel Bugs is childish and/or nerdy. I don't care. The whole concept fascinates me. In a weird sort of way, I live vicariously through these little travelers.

On Searching Guacamole's Profile, I introduced him very similarly like I did Search & Rescue. Both list their "mission" to find and hopefully rescue my first travel bug Guacamole.

If you follow the travel bug posts on this blog, you know the tragic story of Guacamole. Just as brief review, though, he was our family's very first travel bug, and we excitedly put him in a cache. Over the next few weeks, we waited for an indication that someone had picked him up, but one never came. We decided to visit the cache we had placed him in and possibly move him to somewhere else, but when we got there, Guacamole was not there. He went missing before he had logged a single mile of travel.

You can read much more about this in the blog: Sheppy's Blog: Guacamole.

To be honest, I don't expect  Guacamole will ever turn up, and I certainly don't think Search & Rescue or Searching Guacamole will be in any way helpful in finding the poor guy. It is all part of the imaginary adventure though. Plus, travel bugs go missing all the time and I hope telling the story raises awareness.

After creating Searching Guacamole (SG) as a geocache trackable, I took him out yesterday morning to get him some experience.

It has been real rainy lately here in the Denver area, and yesterday morning was very wet as well. I headed up to the Evergreen area to a park that had a few caches I've had my eyes on.

I still have SheppyBrew 2 and he visited all the cache's with us. 

The hike was really steep and in some areas rocky. It was an adventure finding the caches.

The picture below is "The Mayor of Bell Park", a stump with a face carved into it. Sort of creepy, but at the same time really cool. I think I'm going to have to bring my kids back to this place when it dries out a little bit.

By the time I left Bell Park, we had logged 7 caches. Not bad.

Then, we headed down to where Guacamole went missing. Sadly, that cache, Kids castle cache, appears to be gone now.

My geocaching app on my phone pointed to another cache relatively close that appeared to be big enough to hold SG. Josiyah's Little Stash is a member's only cache. I'm hoping that anyone finding a member's only cache will know how to log a travel bug. We'll see how that turns out.

The disadvantage of having my bug in a member's only cache is that he has less of a chance of being picked up. If he doesn't appear to move in the next couple of weeks, I'll go pick him up (if he doesn't go missing).

So, we'll see how SG's adventures turn out. As I write this, he has traveled to 8 caches for a total of 5.7 miles. You can see his map here. Because of the whole Guacamole tragedy, I generally don't release my travel bugs until I have logged a significant number of miles. SG is out there much earlier than I am used to. I hope things turn out well for him.

I'm sure I'll report on him from time to time so you know how things are going.

Go Blackhawks!

Monday, May 18, 2015

6 Pack for American Craft Beer Week 2015

Well, I did it last year. Seemed like a good idea. So, I am doing it again.

This year, May 11 - 17 was American Craft Beer Week (#ACBW).

If you follow SheppyBrew on Facebook (if you don't, please go like us). You might have seen my pictures every day. In case you didn't see them, here is my 2015 ACBW 6-Pack:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Biodegradable K-Cups

This past Christmas, I received a Keurig coffee machine as a gift.

It is nice to have. Being able to make myself a cup of coffee at a time is really more in-line with how I generally drink coffee from home. Usually, I only need one cup on my way out for work.


I was talking with a co-worker about my new toy.

He mentioned that he also had one. He loves his. He lamented the fact that all the single serving "K-Cups" were made of non-degradable plastic and ending up in land fills.

Quite honestly, until this guy mentioned the land-fills, I had not even thought of that issue. But once he mentioned it, I could not stop thinking about my K-Cups sitting around for millions of years.

"Surely," I said, "someone has thought to make something bio-degradable." 

Turns out I was correct. My co-worker found San Francisco Bay "OneCup" biodegradable single serve coffee cups that work in our Keurig machines.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Return of Taco Pterodactyl

Back in January, I reported that my Travel Bug, Taco Pterodactyl had gone missing.

If you want, go back and see Missing Taco Pterodactyl?

On December 31th, this geo-cacher said "good-bye" to my little Taco Pterodactyl and dropped him off at "Want a Steak, Want a Shake, or will you get Gas?".

On January 5, a log on this cache says, "Nice cache no trackable inside tho".

I contacted all the people who had logged visits to that cache between the time Taco entered the cache and the time he was reported missing. I got answers from 4 out of the 6 saying they had not seen the poor little guy. The other 2 never answered.

I had no choice but to consider Taco MIA. 

Saturday, May 09, 2015

2015 Style Guidelines

If you are a brewer, you probably know that the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) has finally updated its Style Guide.

Of course, in 2013, I made the effort to brew the at least one beer in all the BJCP categories that I had not brewed up until that point in time. See SheppyBrew Styles if you need a refresher.

On almost the last day of 2013, I brewed Schnockered to Comfortably Numb in my last category (Category 19 Strong Ale) to fulfill my goal. At that point, I had brewed at least one all-grain batch in every one of the 23 BJCP Beer Categories.

And now, they have changed things all up.

As I write this, they have not updated their web version, but you can go out and download a pdf of the 2015 Style Guidelines from

Monday, May 04, 2015

Bad Lands Kölsch

A couple years ago I visited South Dakota with my family, and I have found memories of visiting my Badlands National Park.

Recently, we were talking about the possibility of going to South Dakota again, possibly meeting more family who live in another part of the country.

I thought that, just for the fun of out, I'd brew a beer that would be appropriate to bring to the Bad Lands.

For various reasons, I decided to go with a Kölsch. See the recipe at:

I brewed it yesterday.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Still More @Untappd Badges 19

From time to time, I share the untappd badges that I've earned. I can't imagine why you would want to, but you can look at all the posts (including this one) by going to the "untappd" label on this blog.

After Still More @Untappd Badges 18.5, I went quite awhile without posting any, and so I accumulated enough to be overwhelming. I tried to catch up by posting less information about the badges in Untappd Badge Catch up and More Untappd Badge Catch up. It worked, and now I am ready to proceed with the regular format of these untappd posts.

Since Still More @Untappd Badges 18.5, I've earned the following badges:

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