Wednesday, January 02, 2013

2012 SheppyBrew Stats

Yes, 2012 is over. SheppyBrew Brewery was busy this year.

As you may know, the Brewery likes to post quarterly updates on how much we have brewed. You can see all these updates (including the one you are reading right now) by following this link: .

For quite awhile I was thinking my 4th quarter was just crazy, but as I told you in Correction: 2012 Q3 SheppyBrew Stats, I accidentally ended the 3rd quarter early on my brew stats spreadsheet. So, I was thinking that Q3 was low and Q4 was high. Since then, I have fixed my spreadsheet.

And so ....
  • Starting in October, I brewed 5 batches of beer bringing my 2012 total to 22 batches. Last year, I did 23 batches.
  • Of that 22 batches in 2012, 16 of them were brand new recipes (including all 5 in the 4th quarter). In 2011, I only brewed 10 new recipes.
  • I brewed almost 25 gallons in the 4th quarter, bringing my 2012 total to 105. Yes, I broke through that 100 gallon mark. You probably remember that in 2011, I got close at 98 gallons.
  • I didn't brew any lagers in Q4, leaving my 2012 total at 2. Last year I brewed 3. This year, I think I will probably brew more lagers.
  • 20 of the 22 batches in 2012 were all-grain. In 2011, I did 18 all-grain batches.
  • Obviously, my extract total for the year is still 2 and my partial mash total is still 0. I did no extracts and 2 partial mashes last year.
  • I kegged 4 out of the 5 4th quarter batches, bring my 2012 total to 15. I kegged 8 batches last year.

As I mentioned in my Q3 Correction, I did my Rationalité Poison d'Ereeeek in September, making it a 3rd quarter beer. So, SheppyBrew has now done a sour beer. At some point I think I want to try the same recipe using acidulated malt instead of the sour mash technique I used for Rationalité Poison d'Ereeeek.

I told you in SheppyBrew Styles that so far, I have brewed all-grain batches in 12 of the 22 BJCP categories. My 2013 goal is to brew recipes in the remaining 11 categories (Light Lager, Dark Lager , Bock, Amber Hybrid Beer, English Pale Ale, English Brown Ale, Porter , German Wheat and Rye Beer, Belgian Strong Ale, Strong Ale, Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer  ). As I mentioned in the comments, I expect to take care of some of the first 3 above with back-to-back-to-back batches of Munich Helles, Schwarzbier, and Maibock. I'll use WY2124 Bohemian Lager™ for all three, harvesting each going from smaller to bigger beers. I would like to have the Maibock in May, which means I better get going on those.

The very first batch of these styles is 7C Düsseldorf Altbier, which I actually brewed yesterday (stay tuned for the brew-day blog post on this).

I am not sure what else to tell you, so I am going to end this edition of the SheppyBrew Stats report.

Let me know in the comments below what you've been up to in 2012 or what brewing you have planned for 2013.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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