It’s 2015, isn’t that crazy? Twenty-Fifteen. It sounds so… futuristic. A friend shared an article with me comparing how close certain dates were to each other, like 1980 being closer to FDR, Churchill, and Hitler fighting each other than it is to today. Cray-zee. Well we’re looking forward to what the future holds for us here at MHB as we look back on the awesomeness of 2014.
2014 Brew Year in Review
- We brewed 12, 5-gallon batches of beer
- We brewed 3, 1-gallon experimental batches of beer
- We brewed 2, 5 gallon batches of mead
- We brewed 2, 5-gallon batches of hard lemonade (Sweet, sweet lemonade)
- All in we brewed 83 gallons of alcoholic beverages in 2014 (Maybe we should shoot for 100 this year)
- We failed miserably at growing Centennial hops, not a single cone
- We completed OU’s 400 level chemistry course, The Chemistry of Beer
- We were invited to brew and serve one of our beers at a local brewery (Burnt Hickory Brewery) for their anniversary party
- We entered 3 of our beers across 4 BJCP sanctioned contests
- We won 2 awards for our beers: A 3rd place finish for Synesthesia Saison and recently a 1st place (we think, it’s a long story) for It’s The Great Pumpkin, Timmy D!
- I almost forgot, our label for Atlantarctica was selected as a finalist for AHA’s Label Contest
A few stats about our website in 2014
- There were 37 new posts in 2014 (3 a month? Not too bad.)
- We had over 27,000 views of the site
- Our most popular post was instructions on building an STC-1000 Keezer Temp Controller, followed by the Stainless Steel Hop Spider, and How to Remove Paint from Beer Bottles (Note to self – DIY posts are where it’s at.)
- Our top referring sites were Reddit, Facebook, HomebrewTalk, Twitter, and Pinterest
Looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us in 2015 if we want to top our 2014 accomplishments. I think we can do it. Our main/only goal in 2015 is to brew better beer. We improved our knowledge and process a lot in 2014 and we’ll continue to do that in 2015. There are a few pieces of equipment we’d like to add our upgrade, since Santa punked me out on the Sabco. I’ll remember that, Santa.
I hope everyone had a great 2014 and that 2015 is even better. We’re definitely looking forward to what the year in beer holds for us.