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Somewhat recently, I discovered "The Beer Wench" on a video that The Brewing Network took from the GABF. She was on a panel talking about social media and how it is helping to promote craft beer today. The name "Beer Wench" intrigued me, so I headed over to her website: http://drinkwiththewench.com/. You may have noticed I've mentioned articles on the Wench's site a couple times recently. (BTW ... I'm going to keep mentioning The Beer Wench because every time I do, she comes by and leaves a comment ... it's like my readership on this blog doubles every time I mention The Wench).
Long story short, there are a ton of people blogging about beer. Tons and tons.
Of course, as a home brewer and beer geek, I think this is great. Beer interests me. Reading about beer is fun. Writing about beer is fun. Everyone should blog about beer from time to time.
One reason that I don't consider myself a beer blogger is that I am bad at describing flavors and aromas. I'm probably getting better, but a lot of my descriptions come about because I can detect a specific ingredient that I have used in my own beer. For instance, I know exactly what Munich malt tastes like in my beer, and if I taste a beer where I detect Munich malt, that is part of my description. "This beer has a nice rich Munich malt flavor." But, other than if I am talking to brewers ... is that a good description? Maybe, but probably not. Or, (and I do this a lot), when I detect a Belgium yeast, I will say it has a Belgium yeast flavor. Or sometimes I'll just say it tastes "too Belgium" or has just the right "amount of Belgium character". Most beer geeks, at least, know what I mean, but when someone asks what I mean by "Belgium", I really struggle to come up with something more descriptive.
Another reason I cannot call myself a "Beer Blogger" is that only my sister reads my blog, and she doesn't even drink beer. Well, the Beer Wench will read this entry too, since I linked to her site above, but you can hardly count her as a regular reader. Actually, I did notice today that I am up to 13 (yes, count them ... 13) followers. Last time I noticed, I had 10. I don't know which 3 are new. One of the new ones is Ms. Hunter, and she is probably only following me because I starting following her. She, also, does not drink beer. Oh ... and I have quite a few Facebook friends who follow the blog through Facebook notes. Some of those people are actually beer drinkers. If you are one of these people, you really should read from http://blog.ericshepard.com to get the full effect. Good gosh, maybe this blog is more popular than I thought!
Sheppy Brew is also finally moving to 5 gallon batches. My first purchase was a nice big 8 gallon brew - pot. This past weekend, I brewed up a double all-grain batch of Buckwheat's Belgium Pale Ale. I split it into two of my small fermenters. Just for the fun of it, I used the regular safbrew S-33 yeast for one and T-58 in the other. T-58 should give a more "Belgium" flavor. The brewing day went very smoothly with the larger boil. My mash efficiency does seem to be much higher with the bigger mash, so both these beers will be higher in alcohol than I intended, but that is certainly ok.
This was going to be my 101st blog entry of 2010. I have reached this number only because there were some months I tried to "keep up" with the number of posts in my sister's blog. I was only successful a couple of months and at least one of those was because she "let me win" (not that it is a competition). I've decided to go back and remove some. There is just something about that over-100 post level I don't like, and I still have a month and a half left in the year. I've already removed a couple so that this will look like the 99th post. Sort of weird of me, right?