Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Hail Storm Summer Saison (batch 236)

Summer Saison Time. Last Sunday, I brewed SheppyBrew's  Hail Storm Summer Saison.

Apparently, I've been doing this Seasonal Saison thing for more than 6 years, because this is the 6th time I've brewed the Hail Storm Summer Saison.

Has it really been that long? I must really like saisons. I must really like the WY3711 yeast.

Yes. Yes I do.

I don't know if you've noticed, but my last few batches of beer, I've made extra. This batch was similar in that I made an 8 gallon batch rather than my regular 5.

This allows me to keep a "Frankenbrew" keg. The "Frankenbrew" keg is a blend of the past few batches. I am sure at some point the mixture will end up sort of weird, but so far, I've liked the result.

This Summer Saison will be a good addition. Plus, I am really looking forward to having a keg of Hail Storm to drink in late July and August.


Anyway ... I got started early morning on Sunday. Not as ridiculously early as I often brew. The sun was actually up for most of the mash.

 And, after I got the wort into the kettle, I interrupted the brew day to go to church.


And then started up the boil after we got back home.


The brew day was fairly uneventful. I got enough into the fermentors to yield about 8 gallons, which was what I was shooting for.

My OG was 1.048, which is close enough to the 1.049 gravity that I planned.


Fermentation was going strong the next morning. I expect that I'll keg in about a week and half if I have an empty keg.

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Go Rockies...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Q2 SheppyBrew Stats

It is July already.

Really!??!

The summer is flying by. The year is flying by. I'm not sure where the time has gone.

But since the 2nd quarter is done ... it is time to share SheppyBrew's 2nd quarter brewing stats.

If you are curious to check out past posts like this one ... see Sheppy's Blog: Brew Stats.

The SheppyBrew Brewery didn't have very many brew days this quarter, but I brewed bigger batches so I still ended up with a decent volume.

This quarter, we brewed 3 "batches" ...

Blackberry in Bed American Wheat (Bam-a-Lam)

Monday, July 08, 2019

Wrapping up #GCCUSA2019

Well, I finished up my 2019 Great Cycle Challenge.

The GCC is continuing to track miles and let us fund-raise well into July, so this number might change, but as I write this post, I've raised $2,046.79 this year. My best year so far.

As you know if you've followed me on this blog or on facebook or on instagram or on twitter). I pledged to ride 1000 miles this year.

This is more than I've ever ridden in a month, and as I've mentioned multiple times, I wasn't sure I'd be able to get it done.

But, as it turns out, I'm proud to say not only was I able to ride 1000 miles by the end of June, but it really was not as difficult as I thought it would be.

Most of my miles were done on my new "gravel bike". However, I did count some miles on an indoor stationary bike.

If my math is correct, I did 144 of the 1012 miles inside. Since the GCC continued to track miles, I made it my goal to do at least 144 miles outside during the first week of July.

I did it. As of this morning, my total is 1,185. The number continues to go up. If you want to see my current total check out



Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Weber Rib Rack

As you probably know ... Father's Day Weekend recently came and went.

One of the things my kids got me for Fathers' Day was a Weber Rib Rack.

It had been awhile since I'd smoked ribs at all, and I had to try this new toy out, so the weekend after Father's Day, I fired up the Weber Kettle and used the new gift.

I bought a couple of Spare Ribs from Sam's.

I prepared the ribs as usual, except I cut each of the racks in half and put them in the Weber Rib Rack on the indirect side of the kettle. I used a combination of Hickory and Apple wood for the smoke.


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