Monday, December 18, 2023

SheppyBrew's Most Brewed Beers

Last week (from when I am typing this ... not when it was posted), there were technical issues with where the web server could not connect to it's database.

I was a bit annoyed that my hosting company needed me to point out the problem, and that it took them several hours to fix it after I pointed it out.

But, in the grand scheme of things ... it's a first world problem.

For some reason ... once the issue was fixed, and I was looking through the database I decided to figure out what beers I've brewed the most.

I went down a rabbit-hole of sql queries and since I had gone through that effort ... I thought I might as well share what I found.

1st Place ... 14 Batches

Buckwheat's Belgium Pale Ale ...

I first brewed Buckwheat's BPA in early 2010 as one of my first all-grain batches. My wife (aka The Beer Model) picked out the style from Jamil Zainasheff's and John Palmer's book Brewing Classic Styles and loved it. I spent some time "perfecting" the recipe, experimenting with various yeasts, and she still asks for it from time to time. I actually brewed it as recently as 08/26/2023 with Buckwheat's Belgium Pale Ale (Batch 342), and I have it on tap right now.
She still claims that it is one of her favorite beers.

2nd Place ... 11 Batches

Eric's Red Ale ...

I actually started brewing this recipe back when I was still mostly using Mr. Beer ingredients, and I ended up keeping the name when I converted it to all-grain. The flavor profile has changed quite a bit over the years from a fairly malty Irish Red type beer to a more hoppy beer. The last time I brewed it was June of 2021 (Eric's Red Ale (Batch 289) and Brisket). I feel like I need to brew it again soon.

Tied 3rd Place ... 10 Batches

3 out of the 4 Seasonal Saisons ...

I've brewed  Arctic Vortex Winter Saison, Hail Storm Summer Saison, and Falling Leaves Autumn Saison every year since I started doing the Seasonal Saisons. The first one was my Arctic Vortex Black Saison brewed back in early 2014.
All of these beers are pretty basic all-malt beers brewed with (usually) WY3711, French Saison yeast. They are all fairly hoppy using Nobel hops.
My Summer Saison is pretty classic in color, but my Winter Saison is a black color and my Autumn Saison is a dark red / amber / Oktoberfest color.
As I brew these every year, I'm sure these will eventually work their way up the list into being tied for first place.

6th Place ... 9 Batches 

As I mentioned, I started the Seasonal Saisons series with a Black Winter Saison. But ... I didn't really come up with the idea to brew every season until spring was over that year.
So, I didn't brew the Spring Saison until the following year in April with Melting Stream Spring Saison. Therefore, the Spring Saison is behind the rest of them by one batch. I doubt it will ever be able to catch up, but I guess we'll see.

7th Place ... 8 Batches

Laser Salt Sandy Blonde Ale

I first brewed Laser Salt with the Beer Model on AHA's 2012 Big Brew Day. We were planning on bringing it on a group camping trip coming up a little later. One of the women going on the trip was a person with a gluten sensitivity and I had recently come across Clarity Ferm as a way to reduce glutens, and we threw some of that in.
The beer was a big hit, and I brewed it several times after that first time, but I have not brewed it since September of 2016.

Tied 8th Place ... 7 Batches

Honorable Mentions ... 

I might be the only one, but I thought it was interesting to take a look at the beers I've frequently brewed.

Over the years, I've become more interested in creating and brewing more recipes, so other than the Beer Model's favorites and the Seasonal Saisons, I don't anticipate much movement on this list.

It would be interesting, though, to go through some of those older recipes and brew them again.

Anyway ...

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Go Nuggets!

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