Thursday, October 01, 2015

My Wife's Pumpkin Ale

If you follow the SheppyBrew Facebook Page, or my twitter feed, you may have noticed that I posted another article to The Homebrew Academy. 

If you haven't seen it, go take a look. Please Please Please Leave a comment. I want Billy to think it is worth having me "on staff" at his blog.

In the article, I go a little more into detail about making a pie-spice tincture, and how I try to use it to spice the beer "to taste". Again, go read 

Currently, the Will-o-Wisp Pumpkin Ale is in its fermentor waiting to be transferred to secondary at which point I'll add some of the tincture, but most likely less than I'll think I need. After a few days, I'll keg the beer and add more of the spice tincture if I think it needs it.

Every few days I'll add more until we think it is where it should be.

I hope to get the beer into secondary over the next few days. I'm not sure when a keg will open up, but I do think  Chelsea Dagger Pre-Prohibition Lager is about finished.

Again, please go visit My Wife's Pumpkin Ale and leave comments. So far there are only 2. I want to see closer to 20.

Go Bears!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

#GABF Friday Night

The SheppyBrew Beer Model and I attended the Great American Beer Festival last night.

We have attended every year for the past several. Since 2010 I think. It is always fun.

This year, they added another pretty big hall, making it almost a totally new experience. Of course, they added more people so it was just as crowded, but we of course survived.

They also added a second entrance this year. I am always amazed how fast they are able to get people into the festival despite just a huge line. This year the second entrance made it even faster. I was even more amazed.

The new entrance brought us into the "meet the brewer" hall. The idea behind this area was that every brewery needed to have brewers on staff pouring beers at all times. There were a bunch of breweries here.

Friday, September 25, 2015

#GABF Begins Today

Actually, the 2015 Great American Beer Festival began last night for the public and earlier in the week for Breweries.

But tonight is when the 2015  Great American Beer Festival begins for me.

Usually, I have a pretty detailed "game plan" going into every GABF session. This time, I'm not sure I will. I may just follow my wife (whom I think has something of a plan) around and see what happens.

Maybe I'll get more organized for the Saturday Session.

This year, the physical area of the the event has increased quite a bit. This is nice, but of course they fill it with more breweries and more people, so I expect it will be just as crowded.

I will probably want to attend at least one session in the Beer & Food Pavilion. All of them look interesting for tonight:

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Old Beer and Stinky Cheese
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm  Sam Adams and Red Robin Burger Pairing
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm  Beer and Cheese Pairings: Ingredients and the American Way

I am less interested in the Brewers Studio Pavilion Schedule, but we may stop by one of these:

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Rogue Ales: The Grow-Your-Own Revolution
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm  Employee-Owned Breweries
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm  The Evolution of In-Process versus Finished Versions of Barrel-Aged Brews

Anyway, I guess I'll treat tonight as a reconnaissance mission and see what is up for Saturday's session.

I'm Excited.

If you want to look at any of my GABF beer posts (including this one), check out Sheppy's Blog: GABF


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brewing the 2015 Will-o'-Wisp Pumpkin Ale

As you know if you follow this blog or the SheppyBrew Facebook Page, Sunday was a brew day for me.

Specifically, I brewed Will-o'-Wisp Pumpkin Ale.

We actually grew pumpkins in our garden this year, but we didn't use those in the pumpkin beer. They are not pie pumpkins. They are jack-o-lantern pumpkins. Plus, my wife tells me that they are not ready to pick yet. Something about a finger nail test?

Who knows?

Anyway, instead of real live garden pumpkins, I used 58 ounces (a couple cans) of Libby Canned Pumpkins.

The mash is the same as a usual beer mash except I added mashed up pumpkin to the tun about 45 minutes into it. Before adding pumpkin, I heated it to 350 degrees. The idea of cooking the pumpkin was to get maybe a bit of caramelization, but that didn't really happen in the amount of time I cooked it. Not a huge deal.

Monday, September 21, 2015


A couple weekends ago, I discovered that a couple of our geocaches had gone missing.

If you are wondering what a geocache is ... feel free to dig through this blog at Sheppy's Blog: Geocache. If you are still having trouble with the concept, check out Geocaching 101.

Anyway, I was checking up on my geocaches (as I do from time to time) in the Pence Park area. The first one I checked on was Sheppy McShepardSons (take II). It was not where it is supposed to be. To be honest, of all the geocaches that I've hidden, this is the one that I thought would be the least likely to go missing. I guess I was wrong. This did not make me happy.

Friday, September 18, 2015

I'm brewing a pumpkin beer

I'm brewing a pumpkin ale this weekend.


Don't be stupid, you know why I'm brewing a pumpkin ale this weekend.

I'm brewing a pumpkin ale this weekend because of this chick --->

aka, The SheppyBrew Beer Model --->

aka, My wife. --->

This chick, aka The SheppyBrew Beer Model aka My wife really likes pumpkin spice beers.

Really. She really likes them.


I don't think she's actually ever met a pumpkin beer that she has not liked, and she has tried a lot of them.

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