Thursday, October 19, 2017

Summer Lovin' American Wheat

I have not been real good at keeping the blog up  to date recently.

In fact, I've been really bad at it.

I am just now getting around to posting about my September 10 brew day.

Summer Lovin' American Wheat

You may be thinking "September 10 is awfully late to be brewing a 'summer beer'".

You're probably right, but I don't really confine my brewing to seasons that much. I'm ok drinking pretty much any kind of beer any time of year.

Plus, Summer Lovin' American Wheat is more for the World-Famous SheppyBrew Beer Model anyway, and she can drink Summer Lovin' anytime.


The Summer Lovin' recipe has been around a long time. The first time I brewed it was in May of 2011.

It is the base beer for lots of different fruit beers as well.


It is a pretty standard American Wheat beer with orange peal and coriander, giving it a nice orange flavor. It is easy drinking and delicious. 


Brew day went pretty well. I was real low on OG, but I didn't really care that much.

Later, I figured out that most of the reason I was low on OG was that I had completely forgotten to add honey to the boil. I ended up adding it into the secondary along with the coriander and orange peal.

That turned out fine.


I also had quite a bit extra wort (probably another reason my OG was low). I decided to rack some of the wort into an old apple juice jug along with Kombucha SCOBY to sour the beer.

If you follow SheppyBrew's Instagram feed or our Facebook Page, you have likely seen that I've been brewing Kombucha recently. At some point, I may blog about it.

I got the idea of souring a beer with SCOBY from Basic Brewing radio.


Now, I have tried both the clean batch and the soured batch. The clean batch does have that pleasant orange flavor, and the soured batch tastes surprisingly good. Very much like a Flanders Red.

As always, keep an eye on the regular SheppyBrew Channels to see what is happening with this beer (and many others): SheppyBrew's Facebook Page; Sheppy's Twitter Feed;SheppyBrew's Instagram Page; and SheppyBrew's Website. Of course, don't forget to visit this blog often as well!

Go Cubs!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Colorado Pelican Australian Sparkling Ale

I decided to brew before going away for the Labor Day Weekend. On a rare Friday Brew Day, I brewed ...



To be honest, I have no idea what an "Australian Sparkling Ale" tastes like. Based on the style guidelines, the beer should be dry. Because it finishes pretty low, it has a bitter finish.

Other than that, I don't really have much.

I am ok calling this an Australian Ale because the yeast I used was "Australian Ale Yeast (White Labs #WLP009)".

Monday, August 28, 2017

Rocktoberfest 2017

So, the Colorado Rockies had a great start to their season.

They've cooled down quite a bit since about late June and there is no way they will catch the Dodgers for the NL West.

However, they are still in the NL Wildcard race.

If the MLB season were to end today, the Rockies would be in the Wild Card game.

I'm not really a baseball fan, but I do like to go to baseball games from time to time for the experience. And I think Denver is an awesome baseball town when the Rockies are playing well.

Unfortunately, the Rockies are usually out of the playoff hunt by July, so their fans really have to enjoy it when there is a chance to do so.

As luck would have it, I have a beer that should help the Rockies get into the post-season. I actually kegged it this past Sunday.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

T.Ra.Sh. Light Lime Mexican Lager

Ska brewing company makes an excellent summer beer called "Mexican Logger".

I really like this beer. It is light and refreshing with lots of Saaz hop flavor.

I recently listened to a pod cast from The Brewing Network on which the Can you Brew It guys cloned the recipe based on an interview with the guys from Ska.

The guys from Ska referenced several times that they liked to drink this beer with a lime in it.

You may remember the whole story behind T.Ra.Sh. Mexican Lager. If not, feel up to read up on it. I'll wait.

So, this interview with Ska made me think I wanted a similar beer to the Ska Mexican Logger.

Monday, August 07, 2017

2017 Q2 SheppyBrew Stats

Again, I am embarrassed about how late this the quarterly results of the SheppyBrew Brewery as being posted.

I apologize.

As you may know, the Brewery likes to post quarterly updates on how much we have brewed. You can see all these updates (including the one you are reading right now) by following this link:http://blog.ericshepard.com/search/label/Brew%20Stats .

Melting Stream Spring Saison

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Hail Storm Summer Saison

It is summer again.

You know what that means? Summer Saison time. Sheppy Brew's Hail Storm Summer Saison.

Yummy.

If you follow my brewing patterns, you probably have realized that I brew quite a few Saisons. Four Saisons a year. One for every season (saison is French for season). I call them my Seasonal Saison Series.

I just recently finished drinking my Melting Stream Spring Saison and last Sunday it was time to brew the Summer Saison.

Yum!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

#GCCUSA 1 Week Update

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you know how I've been doing on the Great American Cycle Challenge so far.

If you don't follow me on InstagramFacebook or Twitter, you likely don't care.

But I'll tell you anyway.

Things for going great so far.

I could tell you how great, but chances are the totals will be higher when you read this than now when I am writing it.

But, luckily for you, it is possible to see the most recent totals:



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