The url http://beer.ericshepard.com is not currently working. GoDaddy changed my web server, which meant an IP switch. GoDaddy kindly switched the DNS entry for http://www.sheppybrew.com and the other primary domain names that were pointing to that same web server, but they didn't switch the DNS entries for any sub-domains, which meant I needed to manually switch the IP address of beer.ericshepard.com. I thought I did switch it. In fact, I am looking at the DNS manager right now, and it looks to me like beer.ericshepard.com should be pointing to my web server, but browsing to it gives me a not found error and pinging it points to the old IP address.
Of course, this is not really a big deal since anyone can get there by using http://www.sheppybrew.com (plus there are few people who even go to that site) , but there are quite a few old links out on the internet that point to pictures or pages with the address beer.ericshepard.com . I probably would not have even noticed except I was looking at old posts on this blog about Buckwheat's Belgium Pale Ale and noticed that a picture was missing. I may have to contact tech support on this one. Bummer.
Hopefully by the time you read this post, it is taken care of.
Speaking of Buckwheat's Belgium Pale Ale. Inventory is running low, so I think I'll be brewing another batch soon. The Beer Model really goes through this beer fast. You may recall that last time I brewed this, I did a double batch and fermented half with the fermentis S33 yeast (which is my standard yeast for this beer) and some of the T58 yeast (which yields more Belgium flavors). We agreed that we both enjoy the beer better head-to-head with the S33 yeast. This time I am going to compare S33 (the reigning champion) with US05. I am pretty sure that it will be a little more difficult to tell a difference between these two yeasts. My experience tells me that US05 will probably attenuate more fully with a cleaner ester profile than S33. If she can tell the difference, my guess is that she'll still prefer S33, but until we do the taste test, there is no way to know for sure.
After this experiment, I have one more yeast I may want to use to challenge the winner. Many of my beers ferment with a harvested version of American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272). So, far, I've really enjoyed all the beers using the AAII yeast and I sort of consider it my "house yeast". I have said before that Buckwheat is Phat & Tyred's little brother. I suspect that if Buckwheat used the same yeast the two beers would be even closer, and maybe extremely difficult to tell apart. Even if AAII wins, I may not use it in Buckwheat just so the beers are truly significantly different.
Anyway, we are getting ahead of ourselves a bit. That whole thing is way down the line.
I am running dangerously low on empty bottles. Anyone have empties they want to drop off? If not, anyone what to help me drink some beer?