Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Colorado Strong IPA (Batch 305)

So far this year, I'm brewing less than last year.

It is early, so it doesn't really mean anything yet, but I expect I'll be back to closer to pre-covid levels of brewing this year.

We'll see.

This past weekend, I did brew my 2nd batch of the year. It was my 305th batch in my brewing "career". If I'm counting correctly, it is the 31st time I've brewed on the Anvil Foundry all-in-one system.

The recipe I brewed was my take on the "Colorado Strong IPA".

In 2020, I was able to give a donation to the Colorado Strong Fund.to get the official recipe for the Colorado Strong Pale Ale

The 2021 Version of Colorado Strong doesn't appear to be hyped as much, and as far as I can tell, there isn't really an official recipe.

That's fine. I just created my own ...

Monday, January 10, 2022

Arctic Vortex and Pork Butt

Here at the SheppyBrew Home Brewery, we love the Three B's.

Beer. Barbeque. Bicycling.

Like many Sundays, I did all three yesterday.

I actually started my brew day on Saturday. First, I made a yeast starter from the Wyeast 3711 French Saison yeast that I harvested last time I made a Seasonal Saison

I also mashed in before I went to bed to do an overnight mash.

This is one of the reasons I love my Anvil Foundry. It allows me to maintain some heat on the mash overnight. This is great to save time ... especially for styles of beer that should end up dry.

Like ...

Friday, January 07, 2022

New Year's Ribeye Roast

Where I live, Ribeye Roasts go on sale around various holidays.

I assume this is true other places too, but I don't know for sure.

Easter. Christmas. 

And ... New Year. (well, usually they are still on sale from Christmas).

I think they make for my favorite holiday main dish.

I always try to pick one up. And, I did so this year as well.

As I mentioned on this blog, on Christmas Eve, I made Sopa & Mole. On Christmas Day, I made a ham that was gifted to us.  

So, I had to wait until New Year's Day for my favorite holiday dish...

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

SheppyBrew 2021 Year-End Brewing Stats

As I type this, 2021 is almost over. I'm not brewing again before 2022, so I can report on my brewing stats for the 4th quarter and for year end.

I brewed quite a bit of beer in 2021. Not nearly as much as 2020, but significantly more than any other year in my brewing "career".

In the 4th quarter this year, I only brewed 5 batches of beer.

Mr. Awesome Merican Lager

Saturday, January 01, 2022

#Strava #YearInSport

Well, 2021 is over. 

If you followed this blog over the year, you know I accomplished my #10EverestsIn2021 goal. As of mid-November, I passed 300,000 feet in 2021.

And ... since that time, I've ridden more, and passed my 11th Everest of 2021. 11 x 29,032 = 319,352.

According to Strava, I climbed over 324,000 feet on my bicycles over the year.