Friday, March 22, 2019

2019 Melting Stream Spring Saison (Batch 230)

Hard to believe ... at least here in Colorado where we just had the "Bomb Cyclone" a week or two ago ... but spring is here.

Wednesday March 20 was already the first day of Spring. Vernal Equinox. Spring has sprung!

Spring means that it is time to brew my Melting Stream Spring Saison.

Obviously, Melting Stream Spring Saison is the Spring version of my Seasonal Saisons. It is very light in color, very dry, and quite hoppy.

It uses WY3711 for that delicious and refreshing saison flavor.

You may have noticed that this is my second saison batch in a row, and already my third saison batch this year. 

I love saisons. At least ... I love the saisons that I brew.

After my last batch ... 5th Season Blood Orange Saison ... I harvested the yeast so I wouldn't have to go out and buy some for this batch.

My LHBS didn't have all the hops in the original recipe, so I adjusted. Feel free to check it out here:

So, I brewed this recipe on St. Patrick's Day this year. FWIW ... this is my 230th batch of beer brewed (if I have actually been keeping track properly).

I got started before the sun came up, but not as early as I sometimes get started. I was out of bed close to 5:30. I mashed in at about 6:15.

For my saisons, I use a real low mash temperature, so I usually let the mash go longer than usual. It was 7:40 before I started collecting my wort.

The pre-boil gravity was a little low. My buddy Jose at the LHBS  has suggested in the past double-milling my grains. I skipped doing the second mill this time. That might have something to do with the low gravity.

I decided to compensate at the very end of the boil with cane sugar.

For recipes that have a high percentage of pilsner malt, I do a 90 minute boil, which is longer than my usual 60 minutes.

I started my timer at around 8:10AM

The boil was uneventful. I got everything added at the right time. I original gravity was low (as expected from the low pre-boil gravity). As I mentioned before, I added cane sugar to compensate.

I had the beer in fermentor (along with extra cane sugar) and the yeast pitched by 10:30.

Not sure when fermentation actually started, but it was going real strong by the next day.

As I type this in, the gravity is down to 1.012. I expect to get it at least 6 points lower by the time I keg.

After brewing, I threw some spare ribs on the smoker for dinner. They came out delicious, I'm still getting parts of the rack that are a bit overcooked. I think my problem is probably that the temperature closer to the firebox is higher than farther away.

But even though they were not perfect on the whole rack, most of the meat was wonderful. My wife and I put some delicious made-made barbecue sauce on them too.

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Go Blackhawks!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bridesmaids Gift Boutique: Ice Ice Baby

Remember "Joe" from my post Groovy Guy Gifts: Big Slug Mug?

Well .. after posting my review ... he asked if I'd like to do the same for something on another website that he is involved in. He offered to send me something from Bridesmaids Gift Boutique.

He thought maybe drink ware on the site might fit with my blog:

To be honest, nothing really jumped out at me like a bunch of the stuff from Groovy Guy Gifts did.

However, my wife (aka the SheppyBrew Beer Model) took a look and liked the "Ice Ice Baby" insulated tumbler.

So, we had Joe send us one.

Monday, March 18, 2019


It has been awhile since I've shared any wilderness adventure pictures.

As the kids get older, it is harder to get them up in the morning, and so most of my weekend days are wasted waiting for people to get up.

Saturday though, we got the kids up (fairly) early, and drove up to the mountains to do some snowshoeing.

It was nice to get out, and it was a beautiful day.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Update

So ... Remember in SheppyBrew 2018 Year-End Brewing Stats, I mentioned:

" has been having issues. I hope to work on the website this year to correct those problems. I'm not sure what exactly is going on, but the website isn't always rendering the correct page."

The issue that I was referring to was that the server was caching my pages. This would have been fine, but the web server was not treating query strings as different content.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Smoked Pork Steaks and Sausages

I don't know if you can tell from this blog, but I really enjoy Smoking and Grilling meat.

I'm not great at it ... I won't be winning (or entering) barbecue competitions any time soon ...   but I really enjoy doing it and the food tastes great despite my lack of talent.

I'm learning.

I like meat.

I'd make a horrible vegetarian. I'd be a complete failure as a vegan.

So, I try to cook something outside at least once a weekend. For the most part I succeed in that goal.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A is for Alternation Brewing Company

As I mentioned in A to Z Denver Breweries, I'm starting over at the beginning of the alphabet. I published my first "A" brewery, A is for Alpine Dog Brewing Company, in March of 2015. At the time, I think it was the only Denver brewery I found that started with A.

4 years later, there is another one. A is for Alternation Brewing Company.

Usually when I do one of these A to Z Denver Breweries on this blog, I spend some time on their website before visiting.

Alternation doesn't have much on their website ( From google maps, however, I found them at

1539 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

Their hours are
Wednesday and Thursday 4 PM to 10 PM
Friday 1 PM to 10 PM
Saturday 12 PM to 10 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 8 PM

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Groovy Guy Gifts: Big Slug Mug

So ...

A week or two ago ... "Joe" at Groovy Guy Gifts emailed me. He wanted to know if I would be willing to write a product review on the blog in exchange for a free personalized gift.

I like free. Personalized gifts are cool. Sometimes I type things into a blog. Yes, I was willing.

Based on the content of this blog, he suggested that I might like one of the following ...

He was correct. I liked all those items. I was also very interested in several other items on the website.

Pretty much everything in the "Bar & Drinking Gifts" section.

Most of the "All Gifts" section too.

It was difficult to choose, but eventually, I decided to have "Joe" send me a Big Slug Mug (aka Personalized 18oz Giant Beer Mug).

I think it looks cool.

Especially with "SheppyBrew Home Brew" engraved on it.

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