Monday, December 22, 2014

One Hundred

If you ever go to the SheppyBrew website to look at my beer recipes, you may have noticed that most of the urls to the recipe pages have a numerical id associated with each of them.

For example, recipe.aspx?id=1 is Eric's Red Ale. Similarly, recipe.aspx?id=2 is Buckwheat's Belgium Pale Ale. So it goes. My 50th recipe page is Pompously Illegitimate Red Ale. My 75th is Helles in a Hand Bock-sket. This is because the website is mostly filled with a simplistic content management system that stores most of its recipe pages in a SQL Server Database table. The primary key on that table is an identity field which increments itself by 1 every time a new page is added.

Not all those records in the "recipe" table are actually recipes, but most of them are. Some of them are "archive" pages that list old versions of recipes I've brewed more than once.

Recently, I entered recipe.aspx?id=100. Even though this does not represent, my 100th unique SheppyBrew recipe, I think that is quite a milestone. I decided that I would make special recognition for the 100th recipe page with a special beer I decided to name simply "One Hundred".

I put some thought into what "One Hundred" should be. The only thing I knew for sure was it should have significant Centennial hops in it. Therefore it should be a pretty hoppy style. I didn't want to go with an everyday boring IPA, though. I've been-there-done-that with Black IPAs and West-Coast Reds. Eventually, I decided that it would be a hoppy American Brown Ale ala Tasty McDole's Janet's Brown. I even used the recipe in Brewing Classic Styles as a starting point for my recipe, but ended up modifying it quite a bit.

The recipe does use lots of Centennial hops. It also is sort of special in that it uses some Rye malt in it.

I'm not sure when I'll brew this. I expect to have one more brew day in 2014, but I think that will be for my Arctic Vortex Winter Saison. I think maybe "One Hundred" will be my first brew of 2015.

We'll see. I'll let you know for sure when I actually brew it.

Go Blackhawks!

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