Monday, March 04, 2024

2024 McShepardSons Irish Ale (Batch 352) and Chicken

I was originally planning on brewing McShepardSons Irish Ale this past weekend, but my son had an Ultimate Tournament, and I would rather watch those when I have the opportunity.

St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and I wanted the beer to be ready to drink by the 17th. 

So ... rather than delay the brew day, I brewed it earlier than originally planned. 

February 25th.

This is the 2nd time I've brewed this beer, and is the 4th batch of beer I've brewed this year. It is the 352nd batch of beer I've brewed all time.

If you're interested in seeing the recipe ...



I started before Sunrise. Actually, I started the night before by getting the water ready and setting the timer to start heating the water while I was sleeping.


I generally brew on Sundays, and recently, rather than rush to get done before church, I've planned my brew day to have the mash done and set the Foundry to heat up to almost boiling while I'm away.


It works pretty well, but it does mean that I finish up later in the day.


Anyway ... I did that again. The mash went well. My pre-boil gravity and volume was on track.

After church, I started the boil. Everything went as planned through the boil as well.

An hour later, I was chilling. It's still cold enough outside to get quick efficient chilling. 



I racked into the Chubby, which is the fermenter I used for Pressure Fermentation. This is actually a new Chubby, which I got because I had broken the gas-in post on my old one.

When I contacted Anvil to get the plate on the top replaced, they sent me a whole new fermenter.


Not exactly what I wanted, but that seems nice of them.

Since I had the new Chubby, I decided to use it for this beer. But, I didn't want to pressure ferment this beer.

Instead, I decided to use the naturally generated CO2 to push liquid out of a cleaned / sanitized keg so that it would be purged once fermentation was done.

We'll see how that works.


Around 11:30 or so, I pretty much was finished up and got to do a bike ride.


After the bike ride, I prepared chicken to grill.


My last few whole chickens have been spatch-cocked and halved, and I did the same thing for this bird.


I set up this one with the Vortex off-center with some apple-wood. 

The temperature ranged from 300 to 325ish.


About 40 minutes into the cook, I flipped the chicken over to let it cook upside down.


Then, after another 30ish minutes I flipped the two halves again. After about 1.5 hours total, the bird was ready to eat.


The one turned out just perfect. Nice and juicy with great apple wood and lemon pepper seasoning. It was wonderful.

Paired nicely with my Arctic Vortex Winter Saison.


I kept the McShepardSons Irish Ale fermenter sealed overnight to let it build up pressure.

The next morning, I connected the gas to the keg and pushed out about a gallon right away. The rest took more time to push it's way out. Actually, only about half of the liquid was pushed out by the time the beer reached FG.

I guess technically this is sort of a pressure fermentation, but certainly not as high a pressure as I've done most of my pressure fermentations so far.


I'll probably be kegging next weekend and the beer will be ready to drink in plenty of time for St. Patrick's Day.

I'll probably let you know how it tastes.

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Go Nuggets!

Friday, March 01, 2024

Said Strumpet Czech Pale Lager

Ah, the Said Strumpet Czech Pale Lager, a name that titillates the imagination and hints at a brew with a story as intriguing as its flavor profile. This beguiling libation transcends the ordinary, weaving a tale of Bohemian allure that captivates the discerning palates of beer aficionados.

As you raise the chalice of Said Strumpet to your lips, envision a seductive dance of Saaz hops, each aromatic note a whispered secret from the fields of ┼Żatec. The golden elixir cascades with a grace that could rival the most alluring of courtesans, a visual symphony that foreshadows the sensory indulgence awaiting within.


With the first sip, the Said Strumpet unveils its charms. The malt sweetness, like a coy smile, plays harmoniously with the assertive bitterness, a dance of contrasts that enraptures the palate. This is not a beer for the faint-hearted but rather a libation for those who crave the complexities of a true Bohemian seductress.

The mouthfeel is nothing short of a tactile caress, a velvet touch that leaves a lingering memory on the tongue. This is no ordinary lager – it's a dalliance with decadence, a rendezvous with refinement that unfolds in layers, revealing the meticulous craftsmanship that defines the brewer's art.


And what of the finish? Ah, the Said Strumpet leaves a parting gift, a lingering herbal whisper that resonates long after the last drop has vanished. It's a curtain call, an encore of flavors that beckon for another rendezvous.

In the realm of Czech Pale Lagers, the Said Strumpet stands as a testament to both tradition and audacity. A libation not just to be tasted but to be experienced, a symphony of flavors that celebrates the artistry of brewing and the allure of the Bohemian spirit. Raise your glass to the Said Strumpet – a brew that invites you to succumb to its charms and indulge in the forbidden dance of exquisite indulgence.



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Monday, February 26, 2024

M is for Monolith Brewing

If I'm counting correctly, as of L is for Locavore Beer Works, I've visited 116 breweries as part of the A to Z Breweries Series of Posts.

Amazingly, most of those have been in the Denver area.

Even more amazingly, there are still tons of breweries in the area left to visit. 

I started with A is for Alpine Dog Brewing Company way back in March of 2015, so I've been doing this for basically 9 years.

9 YEARS! Where has the time gone?!?

And here we are moving on to my newest brewery visit .... as I mentioned in L is for Locavore Beer Works, we had already visited it when L was posted.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

L is for Locavore Beer Works

If you've been following along on the A to Z Breweries Series of Posts, you know we are well into our 5th round of breweries.

We started round 5 with a bike ride to A is for AC Golden Tank Room, and just around a week ago we posted K is for Kodiak Brewery Bar and Grill.

If you have not been following along, check out the other A to Z Breweries Series of Posts, and I'm confident you'll pick up on the concept.

So ... since we finished up K, obviously up next we needed an "L" brewery.

According to the Colorado Brewery Map & List, we actually had quite a few choices for "L" breweries, and last Friday, we picked one out ...

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Spare Rib Coil

So ... Spare Ribs are one of my favorite meals to smoke.

They are easy to find and comparatively inexpensive, and when done right, they are delicious.

Not too long ago, I was watching the BBQ Pit Boys YouTube Channel, and they were doing "St Louis Beer Can Split Ribs".

And then ... a few days after that video, I saw them doing "Crown Pork Ribs the King of Ribs".

When I make Spare Ribs, one issue I have is the amount of space they take up on the grill.

It isn't really a problem when the kids are away (like they are now), and even when they are here, 2 racks is more than enough to feed us all.

But two racks pretty much takes up my whole 26 inch Weber Kettle, and it is a little crowded. I don't have room for anything else.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

K is for Kodiak Brewery Bar and Grill

If you follow this blog at all, you probably know that we are continuing along on our A to Z Breweries Series of Posts.

If you have not been following along, you probably don't care, but real quickly ...

The SheppyBrew Beer Model and I have been visiting (mostly) Denver Area breweries by going through the alphabet, and choosing a brewery that starts with the letter we're on.

We've been through the alphabet 4 times and are on round 5 right now.

Sometimes, we won't have a good option that starts with the letter we're on, so we have to take "artistic license".

We sort of had to cheat like this to get a letter "J" in J is For BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, and now we're on the letter "K".

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

2024 Mardi Bock (Batch 351)

I brewed in the garage this past (Super Bowl) Sunday.

We got a decent amount of snow again on Saturday, and so the back patio (where I usually like to brew) was covered, and I took advantage of the slightly warmer garage for brew day.

This is my 3rd batch of 2024. It's my 351st batch all-time. This is the 69th time I've brewed in my Anvil Foundry.

After Sunday, I've actually brewed this recipe (with minor tweaks, I'm sure) 4 times.

The day this posts will be Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Grad, aka Fat Tuesday, aka the day before Lent, and so it is an appropriate time to brew the  seasonal beer ....