Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 Q1 SheppyBrew Stats

So, here at the SheppyBrew home-brewery we are at the end of another quarter. This means that it is time again for me to share some more of my brewing stats (see SheppyBrew 2009 Stats, 1st Quarter Stats, 2nd Quarter Stats, 3rd Quarter Stats, SheppyBrew 2010 Stats, 1st Quarter Brewing Stats, 2nd Quarter Brew Stats, SheppyBrew Stats Q3 2011, 2011 SheppyBrew Stats).

Believe it or not, I have had people say they like to read these brewing stats posts.


This quarter, I brewed 7 batches (Red Failure, Eric's Red, Apricot Lovin', FTG, PITA, Gringo Popcorn Ale, and Gringo JalapeƱo). This puts me on pace to hit 28 batches in 2012 compared to 23 in 2011.

I am considering 6 of the 7 batches "new" recipes. I only gave myself credit for 10 new recipes in 2011.

I brewed a little over 27 gallons of beer this quarter, putting me on pace to go beyond the 100 gallon mark. I got to 98 last year.

I have not done any lagers yet in 2012. I did 3 in 2011.

I have not done any Mr. Beer recipes yet in 2012. I did 2 in 2011. I do have a couple cans that I need to use up, so I will probably match last year eventually.

I've only done 1 extract batch so far this year (Free the Glutens! APA). My total in 2011 was 3.

I've done no partial mashes so far. In 2011 I did 2 in 2011.

If you've been following along, you probably realize that 6 of my 7 batches this quarter were all-grain. I did 18 all-grain batches in 2011.

I kegged 3 batches this quarter. Last year I kegged 8 of my batches.

In 2011 SheppyBrew Stats, I mentioned that I would keg more in 2012 than in 2011. I am certainly on track to do it. This only makes sense since I did not start kegging beers last year until late in April. Even the beers I bottle have mostly gone into a keg and pushed into the bottles with CO2 using my Beer Gun.

Another thing I mentioned in 2011 SheppyBrew Stats, was that I anticipated making more new beers this year. I am on track to do this easily, although I have a feeling that this 2nd quarter will have quite a few of the old favorites.

I gave away quite a bit of beer already this year (to people other than the Beer Model). Most of  Red Failure went to co-workers. Almost all of Free the Glutens went to "Gretchen" (my gluten sensitive friend). I've given away significant amounts of Eric's Red and Apricot Lovin'. I've committed to giving away some of my Pompously Illegitimate and I'm sure I'll share my popcorn beers as well.

I have not brewed my sour beer, yet, but I have started working on a recipe. I got a new 5 gallon fermentor in anticipation of using it as a secondary for the sour beer. As I mentioned before, my first attempt at a sour beer will be with a sour mash rather than using actual bugs in the fermentation. I figure if the sour mash works, I don't have to worry about cross-contamination of my "real" beers. If it doesn't work how I want, I guess I can always go with fermentation bacteria, but I thought I'd at least try the "safe" route first.

I think I'll probably brew the sour beer soon. I guess we will see, though.

This next quarter I would also try to go a different route to produce a gluten-free beer. Stay tuned for that.

So, that is about all I can think to tell you about how the 1st brewing quarter of 2012 went. All my fermentors are currently empty, and I probably won't be able to brew for the next couple of weekends, so the 2nd quarter is starting off slow. After bottling up Gringo, I am pretty much out of bottles, so I probably need a bit of a break to build up my bottle supply anyway.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs start this week, and I have not brewed Tommy Hawk. I need to do that soon if I am going to be able use that beer to help the BlackHawks win the cup this year. That will be my next brew. I'm sure I'll blog about the brew day.

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