Q2 of 2015 was actually pretty busy at the SheppyBrew Brewery. I brewed five batches:
- Melting Stream Spring Saison
- Summer Lovin' American Wheat
- Bad Lands Kölsch
- Gzombie Gnome Gapocalypse
- Hail Storm Summer Saison
|Hoppy Melting Stream|
Every one of the batches were 5 gallons, making my 2nd quarter volume 25 gallons (let me know if you want me to walk you through the calculated formula for determining that total). I am on pace for 100 gallons in 2015. Last year, I was at 35 gallons by the end of the 2nd quarter, so I am considerably beating last year's pace.
Of the 5 batches, 3 were brand new recipes (Melting Stream, Bad Lands, Gzombie Gnome). I am at 6 new recipes for 2015 so far putting me on pace for 12 new recipes by the end of the year. For what it is worth, I brewed 10 new recipes last year down from 14 the year before.
|Drinking some Summer Lovin|
I didn't brew any lagers this quarter, leaving me at 1 lager so far for the year. I expect to brew at least one in Q3.
Of course, all my batches have been All Grain.
All these batches were kegged. My bottle collection is dwindling, so I will probably have to make an effort to get some beer bottled soon.
|Boiling Bad Lands Kölsch|
I got two of my Seasonal Saisons brewed this quarter. Last year, I skipped spring, so Melting Stream Spring Saison is brand new, and tasted fantastic. The recipe for Hail Storm Summer Saison changed just a little bit. Instead of Styrian Goldings hops, I used Tettnang. No reason, really. Just decided to grab different hops at the store.
Gzombie Gnome Gapocalypse is a wonderfully interesting beer. It is sort of English Mild meets Oatmeal Stout meets rye. It turned out tasting fantastic. It looks like a muddy mess, but it is actually fantastic to drink. With the low alcohol, it is also easy to have several without being totally schnockered. This is a good thing. It probably won't last much longer.
|Gzombie Gnome Gapocalypse|
Bad Lands Kölsch journeyed with us to South Dakota this year. It is hoppier than your typical Kölsch-style beer, but that was by design. It was a big hit. I actually have a little left, which is somewhat amazing.
|Bad Lands Kölsch in South Dakota|
It is looking like the 3rd Quarter will be slower than the 2nd. At the moment, I don't have any kegs open for Hail Storm, which is still in the carboy. I'm sure that situation will be fixed before I'm ready to keg, but I'll still need to drink some more before I brew too much more.
|Brewing up Hail Storm|
The Chicago Blackhawks are 2015 Stanley Cup Champions. This makes me happy. I will have to brew a beer to commemorate the happy occasion.
So there you go. Keep an eye on this blog and my other outlets (especially the SheppyBrew Facebook Page) so that you can keep up with what is going on in the brewery.