Tuesday, April 30, 2024

KFC Thighs Again

I made dinner last Wednesday.

I was planning on cooking chicken thighs, and at some point during the day, I was looking through this blog and came across my KFC posts.

I grill / smoke chicken thighs quite often, but I don't think I'd made KFC in almost two years.

Since it had been awhile, I decided to give it a try again.

I went with a pretty simple KFC coating this time. I oiled the thighs up, put a few tablespoons of Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs into a plastic bag, added some random spices, and shook the thighs in the mixture.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Beef Back Ribs

If you read 2024 Melting Stream Spring Saison (Batch 354), you know that I brewed beer last Sunday.

Interestingly, completely coincidentally, the last three times I brewed Melting Stream Spring Saison, I also made Pork Spare Ribs.

This time, I mixed it up a little, making Beef Back Ribs.

This is actually the first time I've smoked Beef Back Ribs. I never see them at the grocery store or Sam's Club I usually go to.

However, when I drop my kid off at college, we quite often stop at his grocery store, and I see the beef ribs there.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

2024 Melting Stream Spring Saison (Batch 354)

Colorado Spring Time means we get snow, then it gets warm out and melts the snow.

It snows again.

It melts again.

Repeats again and again and again. This cycle is one of the reasons I love living here.

Mountain streams are full and fast rushing this time of year thanks to all the melting snow.

It being Spring also means it is time to brew my Spring time Seasonal Saison.

Sunday, I brewed ...

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

O is for Odyssey Beerwerks

It's been awhile since we posted N is for 4 Noses - Park Hill.

We've just been doing other things, and have not had an opportunity to head out to another brewery.

This past Saturday, though, the SheppyBrew Beer Model (aka my wife) decided it was about time to hit our next A to Z Brewery.

Since we did "N" last time, now it was time to find an "O" brewery.

According to the Colorado Brewery Map & List, we had a few to choose from, and the Beer Model picked out ....

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Roll-a-Style 11 ... 14C. Scottish Export

After brewing McShepardSons Irish Ale (Batch 352), I thought I'd like to do another "Roll-a-Style" beer.

In case you are not familiar with the concept ... I made a list of BJCP Styles that I've never brewed, and assigned them to the numbers 1 - 20. When I want to brew, but am not sure what style to go after, I "roll" an online 20-sided die. Whatever number I roll is the style of beer I brew next.

My most recent list was on Roll-a-Style 1 ... 3A. Czech Pale Lager.

Most recently, I rolled an 11:

11 corresponds with 14C. Scottish Export.
A moderate-strength, malty beer with light caramel, toast, toffee, and fruit flavors. A slight roast dryness offsets the residual sweetness in the finish, with the bitterness perceived only to keep the beer from being cloying.

Monday, April 15, 2024


If you've been follow along on this blog for awhile, you might know that I really like grilling / smoking tri-tips.

A tri-tip is one of my favorite things to make on the grill.

Unfortunately, they are usually more expensive than I like to pay and/or I don't see them at all at my local grocery store a whole lot.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a buy-one-get-one sale on tri-tips, so I picked up a couple.

I grilled one of them the next Sunday.

The other is sitting in my freezer waiting for another opportunity to grill up some beef.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Alex's Golden Paradise Tangerine Wheat

Introducing "Alex's Golden Paradise Tangerine Wheat", a refreshing American Wheat beer that takes your taste buds on a journey to sun-soaked bliss. Crafted with care and precision, this beer is a celebration of golden moments and citrus delights.

Pouring a radiant golden hue, this American Wheat beer captivates with a lively effervescence that dances in the glass. The aroma is an enticing symphony of wheat malt and hints of sweet tangerine zest, promising a harmonious blend of flavors to come.

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

March #7100MilesIn2024 Progress

I'm probably the only one who cares ... but I've been tracking my 2024 Strava goals every month on this blog. This year, I'm targeting 7,100 miles and 319,500 feet climbed (11 Everests).

Knowing that I'll ride more in warmer spring and summer months, I planned for less riding in the snowy winter / early spring months.

I was behind my plan at the end of January. I caught up by the end of February.

I moved ahead of my plan in March. I rode a little over 600 miles and climbed over 29,000 feet.


Thursday, April 04, 2024

2024 Q1 SheppyBrew Stats

 It feels like I say this a lot ...

The year is flying by. Not just this year. Every year flies by. Crazy how fast it all goes.

Anyway ... here we are in April, which means that the first quarter of 2023 is done. It's time to report on the  SheppyBrew Brewing Stats for the quarter.

Remember that last year, I kept saying I would slow down brewing and end up brewing less volume than I had in 2022.

I did end up slightly down by the end of the year, but it certainly never looked like I had slowed down at all.

At the end of the first quarter last year, I had brewed 6 batches of beer and had 31 gallons.

Arctic Vortex Winter Saison

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Easter Ham

I made ham on Easter Sunday this past weekend.

I'm pretty sure this is the best double smoked ham I've ever made.

To be honest, it blows my mind how fast Easter came and went this year. It seems like Lent was hardly anything.

By the way, I gave up coffee for Lent. Not really a religious thing. I'm pretty sure God doesn't care if I drink coffee at all.

I sort of just wanted to prove to myself that I could still do it.

But ... this blog post isn't about my lack of coffee ... It's about my Easter Ham.

Monday, April 01, 2024

SheppyBrew Non-Alcoholic Beers Take Center Stage!

SheppyBrew Home Brewery has an exciting announcement for our fellow hop heads and ale aficionados!

I hope this post finds you in high spirits, or should I say, non-alcoholic high spirits? Brace yourselves because I've got a game-changing announcement that will rock the foundations of SheppyBrew Brewery and BBQ (and maybe the entire brewing world). 

Get ready for the next big thing – exclusively non-alcoholic beers!

I know what you're thinking: "Did I stumble into the Twilight Zone of Brewing?" Wrong! This is as real as a hop cone in your brew kettle.