Tuesday, October 09, 2018

2018 Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

On the last day of September, I brewed my 2018 version of Falling Leaves Autumn Saison.

Falling Leaves is, of course, the Autumn version of my Seasonal Saisons series of beers. It is darker in color than the Spring and Summer Saisons, but not as dark as the black Winter Saison.

Just for the fun of it, I threw some pumpkin in the recipe as well.

The beer is pretty interesting.

It gets most of its color from a Dark Munich malt from Gambrinus Malting Corporation. The malt flavor is heavily Munich breadiness, but it does have the distinct French Saison taste from the yeast and lots of late Saaz hops.

It is a delicious beer.

I am proud of my Seasonal Saisons. I am pretty particular about saisons in general, and mine are exactly how I like them.

That might be why I brew so many of them. 

The brew day went well.

I started out brewing in the dark, but it was almost 6AM before I got started. That is a little later than I like to start my brew days.

I started the mash and realized that I didn't have pumpkin. I had to run to the grocery store and add it.

The mash was pretty long at a fairly low mash temperature. That should help dry out the beer as the style calls for.

I didn't quite have a stuck sparge, but that pumpkin does gum things up and slows down the sparge quite a bit. I was patient and eventually got to the right pre-boil gravity and volume.

The boil went fine. Chilling went fine. I got the yeast pitched and working fairly early in the day.

I also smoked a Chuck Roast on this particular Sunday. I started the smoker while the brew day was going on. Obviously, the brewing was done before the chuck roast.

The chuck roast turned out delicious. Some day, I'll share my "recipe" for pulled beef sandwiches made from one.

The beer has been fermenting for about a week and a half. At the moment, the gravity is at 1.008. It appears to still be fermenting. I'm hoping it will get to 1.005, but it is fine now if it doesn't attenuate any more.

I don't have any kegs available, so it will be awhile before I even want it to be done.

I am really looking forward to drinking this beer. 

Halloween should be awesome for me.

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Go Bears!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

2018 #GABF Photos

Well, as you probably know, the SheppyBrew Beer Model and I go to the Great American Beer Festival almost every year.

Like last year, since I'm so far behind getting blog posts up, I won't say much about this year's except:

  • It was fun as always
  • The food trucks they had this year were much better food than the regular vendors
  • I do not like Brut IPA's
  • I do seem to like Milk Shake IPA's
  • It didn't feel quite as crowded this year
  • I really liked hitting the State Brewery Guilds.
  • For the first time, I used the GABF Phone App to take notes, and it was much better than carrying pen and paper.
  • Getting into the building was even a smoother process than in past years.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Scallywag Czech Dark Lager

Barbecue and Homebrew. Can you think of a better combination on a beautiful September afternoon?

I can't think of one.

Add in some football; it doesn't get much better than this.

I brewed and barbecued exactly two weeks ago today.

The homebrew of the day was a new SheppyBrew recipe called Scallywag Czech Dark Lager.

I'm not real familiar with the Czech Dark Lager style. It is there in the newest BJCP guidelines, but I don't think I've ever actually had one.

I am in love with Czech Pilsners (now referred to as Czech Pale Lagers in the BJCP Guidelines). I figured I would simple make my My Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner and add some color.

That is what I did.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

2018 Q2 SheppyBrew Stats

Ok. This is embarrassing.

We are only just now getting around to posting our 2nd quarter results. As I start to type this, the 3rd quarter is almost done. Like it ends tomorrow.


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: Sheppy's Blog: Brew Stats .

Anyway ...

We didn't brew a whole lot in the 2nd quarter.

The beers we brewed were:
That is it. Only 3 batches. Only 15 gallons of beer.

Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Will-o'-Wisp Pumpkin Ale

I have gotten bad at getting my blog posts out. This post should have been published at least 2 weeks ago.

But ... oh well ...

Here we go.

On Sunday, September 9 I brewed the 2018 Will-o'-Wisp Pumpkin Ale.

For some strange reason, my wife REALLY loves pumpkin spice beers.

That being the case, in 2014, I designed a pumpkin spice ale. And I brewed it.

Happy wife ... happy life ... right?

It is actually pretty good. The base beer is fantastic and the pumpkin spice is subtle enough that I can drink it, while still being present enough for my wife to enjoy the beer.

Only highly skilled brewing craft men can walk that fine line. Good thing I'm awesome like that.

Some people will tell you that you don't need pumpkin in a pumpkin spice ale. I disagree. So, I put pumpkin in.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rocktoberfest Lager 2018

The Colorado Rockies are in the hunt for the playoffs this year.

As I type ... they are 1.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard spot, but only a game out of first in the NL West. They have plenty of games left with Arizona, so they basically have their playoff destiny in their own hands.

But ... they are the Rockies ... so they are likely to need all the help they can get.

You may not know this, but the Colorado Rockies have never won a division title.

And so ... I figured it was time for me to do my part and help by brewing some

A couple of weekends ago, I did just that.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Brewing Near-Sighted Swine IPA

I don't make a lot of IPA's, but the other day I started thinking I really should get one brewed.

Quite awhile ago I brewed an IPA that I really enjoyed, named Near-Sighted Swine IPA. Rather than come up with a new recipe, I decided to use this one.

I did update the hops a little. But, it is essentially the same recipe as it was back then.

Last Sunday (not this past Sunday ... the one before), I brewed the beer.

I started the brew day somewhat late for me ... after the sun was up ... around 6AM or so.

The skies looked like rain, but I started on the back patio.

About the time that the mash was done, I felt a bit of rain hit me from the skies and I made the decision to move the garage.

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