Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kombucha

If you follow the SheppyBrew Brewery on Facebook or Instagram, you very well might have seen that I've been making Kombucha.

I'm not sure what exactly got me interested enough in Kombucha to try to brew it. I think maybe it was James at Basic Brewing Radio.

Obviously, I brew beer.

I've been making sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables for some time.

I make homemade yogurt about once a week.

So ... I am pretty well established as familiar with fermentation. For some reason, I was thinking Kombucha was mysterious and exotic.

I'd never had Kombucha. Until the  Basic Brewing Radio episodes, I never really thought a whole lot about it.


But, I became interested in it. Perhaps a bit obsessed with finding or making a SCOBY.

There are plenty of articles on the web on how to make your own SCOBY. I did hear from a local friend that he knew someone who would probably be willing to give me a SCOBY.

In the end, though, I ended up buying a Kombucha kit from Amazon, which included a SCOBY and starter tea.

It wasn't until this point that I completely decided that I was going to make Kombucha. Keep in mind, I had never even tasted the drink yet.


But, I got the kit in. The process is very simple. Make sweet tea. Cool it down. Add SCOBY. Add starter tea to bring down the PH of the mixture (if you don't have starter tea, they tell you to use a little vinegar). Let it sit for awhile.



As it sits, the SCOBY grows and sours the tea.


After you decide the Kombucha tastes about the right amount of sour to sweet (I've decided about 2 weeks is right for me), you can drink it like that, or do a second fermentation.

My second fermentation is basically bottling the tea with fruit juice. Let it sit a couple days and the yeast/bacteria in the tea will eat the juice sugar, making carbonation.

There are tons of Kombucha recipes on the web of other things you can do in that second fermenation.

Currently, Pomegranate Cherry juice is my flavor of choice.


My old Mr. Beer PET bottles come in useful for the Kombucha second fermentation.


I've done several batches. Mostly, I've made standard black tea, but I've also done a couple of batches of green tea.

Right now, I have two gallon jars going. I need to bottle one up soon.

If anyone needs a SCOBY, I can hook you up.


It turns out I do like Kombucha, in case you were wondering.

It is the sort of thing that I don't think everyone would like. I think the people who don't like Flanders Reds would be a fan of Kombucha.


It is pretty fun to break out a bottle that says "Mr. Beer" at work and see the looks people give me as I pour it into a coffee cup.

Some people ask if I'm drinking beer at work. Most people just wonder.

Anyway ... if you think you would like to make Kombucha ... it is super simple. If you have any questions, I'm certainly able to answer.

If you already drink Kombucha and don't make your own, you are wasting your money (in my opinion). It is super expensive to buy. It is super inexpensive to make ... especially if you get a SCOBY from a friend.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week next week, everyone.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Where'd My ManGo Wheat

So ... last Saturday was the AHA's Learn to Homebrew Day, and I used that as an excuse to get the SheppyBrew Beer Model to join me for a brew day.

I try to get The Beer Model to brew at least once a year for legal reasons.

... sort of ...

You see, Colorado (like most states) allows the adult head-of-household to brew 100 gallons of beer per year.

I basically brew 100 gallons of beer per year.

However, sometimes I go a little over.

The law also allows a second adult in the household to brew 100 gallons of beer per year.

As young as she looks, the SheppyBrew Beer Model legally qualifies as an adult in our household.

So, by having her brew ... I figure the SheppyBrew Home Brewery is allowed 200 gallons of beer per year.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Killer Cricket Porter

My wife (aka the SheppyBrew Beer Model) is terrified of crickets.

It is weird ... I know. It is an irrational fear.

For some reason, these little black creatures find their way into our home this time of year, and the boys and I have to remove them for her.

My wife (aka the SheppyBrew Beer Model) is also irrationally afraid of black beers.

When these beers find their way into our house, I take care of removing them too.

Actually, she has gotten better at trying a black beer before becoming afraid of it now.

It is fine.

Monday, November 06, 2017

2017 Q3 SheppyBrew Stats

It is already November.

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

I keep saying I'll do better. I think I'm getting worse.

Anyway ... 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 going to Sheppy's Blog: Brew Stats

Friday, November 03, 2017

2017 #GABF Photos

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

Here are some pictures:


Wednesday, November 01, 2017

2017 Falling Leaves Autumn Saison

Around mid-September, I brewed my Falling Leaves Autumn Saison.

Yes, I am still way behind on posting brew days on this blog.

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


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.

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