Sunday, January 09, 2011

SheppyBrew 2010 Stats

Well, 2010 is over, so I suppose that it is time to give you an update in the continuing series on SheppyBrew's brewing stats (see SheppyBrew 2009 Stats, 1st Quarter Stats, 2nd Quarter Stats, 3rd Quarter Stats)

In 2010:
  • I made 33 batches of beer (compared to 29 in 2009)
  • I made about 75 gallons of beer (around 65 in 2009)
  • 18 of the batches were new recipes (18 in 2009 as well)
  • 2 of the batches were lagers (0 in 2009)
  • All of the batches were SheppyBrew recipes (26 in 2009)
  • 9 were partial mashes (5 in 2009)
  • 10 were all-grain mashes (0 in 2009)
  • My beers were better in 2010 than in 2009 (and for the most part they were great in 2009)
  • My favorite beer is officially Quarter Life Crisis Hoppy Red Ale (in 2009 I said my favorite beer is Phat & Tyred.... or maybe Blackhawk Black ... or maybe Eric's Red.) 
  • The Beer Model's favorite beer is Buckwheat's BPA ( Girly Berry in 2009)
  • I'm not sure what the favorite of "the public" was this year.  If you make me declare one, it would be Buckwheat's BPA.  It might still be Wetta Blonde.  (it was absolutely Wetta Blonde in 2009)
  • The person who has consumed the most beer of anyone (other than the Brew Master) is the SheppyBrew Beer Model. (same in 2009)

In SheppyBrew 2009 Stats, I said that in 2010, I expect:
  •  SheppyBrew nano-brewery will brew more beer. 
    I did indeed brew more beer.
  •  A higher percentage of SheppyBrew beers will be completely formulated from non-Mr. Beer ingredients.
    A much higher percentage of my beers had no Mr. Beer ingredients.
  •  All the recipes will be SheppyBrew original.
    All my batches were formulated from my own little mind. I did get help from various sources, but all were in the end, my own.
  •  SheppyBrew nano-brewery will brew a couple of lagers.
    I did (Brother Bear Dopplebock and Rocktoberfest Lager)
  •  SheppyBrew nano-brewery will either do start doing 5 gallon batches or some all-grain batches (or maybe both).
    I have done a bunch of All-Grain batches.  The last time I did Buckwheat's BPA, I did a split batch that almost counts as a 5 gallon batch.
  •  I'll do more dark beers.
    I do not really know, and it is not worth it to figure it out.  I'm not even sure what I meant by "dark" beers when I typed that.
  •  More people will drink SheppyBrew beers.
    More people did drink SheppyBrew beers, although probably not by as much as I had planned.  I did give away quite a few 6-packs as gifts this year.

I'm not sure what to say about 2011 expectations.  I think I'll brew about the same amount or maybe even less.  I'm thinking that I'll concentrate more on my favorites and thus have a bit less variety as well.  I may or may not let more people try my beers.  Part depends on who comes and visits the brewery and part of it depends on what my inventory looks like.  I think most of my beers will be all-grain, but I will certainly do some of each of my recipe types.  I probably will do real 5 gallon batches.  Even if I don't get a 5-gallon fermenter, there will probably be more big batches split into two Mr. Beer fermenters.  I may experiment more with different yeasts and/or dry hops in these split batches.  I would love to get into kegging my beers, but I do not know if that will happen.

Ok, I guess I'd better get going.

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