You may remember that last year I mentioned that I might hit 100 Gallons. Later, at the end of the year, I reported that I had come short and only reached 98 gallons for 2011.
This year, though, I hit the 100 gallons. I am planning on brewing at least one more batch, so my 2012 total will actually break the 100 gallon mark.
As I mentioned last year (see 100 Gallons of Beer), it is legal in the United States (thank you Jimmy Carter) for an individual to brew 100 gallons of beer per year. A household is allowed to brew 200 gallons. Luckily, I am married to the SheppyBrew Beer Model who is also technically a household brewer. Shrek also sometimes help me brew so the fact that the SheppyBrew Home Brewery is breaking the 100 gallons mark will not get me arrested.
Brewing Boo Berry Wheat, Weekend Sans Kids, Brewing the Laser Salt, Laser Salt and The Beer Model. I am sure there are other blog posts in which I establish a plausible case for it being legal for me to brew more than 100 gallons, so if you are some sort of home-brew cop don't think of coming after me. I'm legal.
100 gallons probably doesn't seem like much to some home-brewers who will come across this blog post. Don't tell the authorities, but I know of some home-brewers who [theoretically] break the 200 gallon mark. However, 100 gallons does seem like a bunch of beer to me. When I started brewing (way back in 2009), I never imagined that I would brew this much.
While looking at my spreadsheet, I realized that BlackHawk Black was my 106th batch of beer ever. This means that I went through batch 100 without noticing. It probably would have made sense to honor that batch with a mention. I guess I'll do that now. My 100th batch of beer was Laser Salt Sandy Blonde Ale and I blogged about that brew day with Brewing Laser Salt Again. Had I thought of it, I probably would have come up with a special 100th Batch recipe. Oh Well, maybe I can do that for some other significant batch of beer.
Here is a list of the batches that I have brewed so far this year:
- Eric's Red Failure 1/15 (new recipe)
- Eric's Irish Red Ale 1/22 (new recipe *)
- Apricot Lovin' American Wheat 2/12 (new recipe)
- Free the Glutens! APA 2/25
- Pompously Illegitimate Red Ale 3/4 (new recipe)
- Gringo Cerveza Popcorn Ale 3/25 (new recipe)
- Gringo Cerveza Popcorn Jalapeño Ale 3/25 (new recipe)
- Tommy Hawk APA 4/22
- Laser Salt Sandy Blonde Ale 5/5 (new recipe)
- Wetta Berry Raspberry Ale 5/25 (new recipe)
- Cheap Bastard American Mild Ale 6/10 (new recipe)
- Summer Lovin' American Wheat 7/24
- Ello Poppet Czech Pilsner 8/4 (new recipe)
- Rocktoberfest Lager 8/19
- Laser Salt Sandy Blonde Ale 8/26
- Rationalité Poison d'Ereeeek 9/9 (new recipe)
- Boo Berry American Wheat 9/23 (new recipe)
- Eric The Awful Red Ale 10/7 (new recipe)
- X-Mas Ale 2012 10/28 (new recipe)
- 42 SMaSH Pale Ale 11/16 (new recipe)
- Blackhawk Black Ale 12/2 (new recipe *)
*NOTE: Eric's Red and Blackhawk Black are only new recipes based on a conversion to all-gain.
As I mentioned above, some of you will look and say to yourselves, "100 gallons in a year is not very much". Is so, here is your chance to brag. I am also curious to hear from those of you who have not reached the 100 gallon mark. Let me know by leaving a comment .... how much beer have you brewed this year?
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