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I’ve tried a few things and so far, nothing

I’ve been trying to host my wordpress account through my own domain.  This morning it worked with minimal capabilities, the same capabilities if I hosted it off of wordpress.  This morning it worked off of, but did not let me utilize plug-ins, thus, not letting me do the podpress plug-in to host a podcast.

I attempted to cancel the domain mapping from wordpress to godaddy, and download on  But that made everything go to hell in a handbasket, so I enabled that again.  Now I’m in the same boat, but everything is just a little off.

Posted in Uncategorized finally up and running…

About a year ago, I bought the domain for, and for a year all you saw when you visited was the “this site is under construction” page.  I’m please to announce that is now my official blog site, and soon enough (when I figure out how to do it) the home of the alpha5marmoset podcast featuring the talented and funny Thomas Stockman and of course me, along with a slew of anyone of my interesting and funny friends and colleagues.  Stay tuned, I will update this blog daily, if I don’t manage to screw this up with my limited Web site building experience.  

Posted in Beer Snobs, Craft Beer, Home Brewing

New beer coming soon – Dutch Chocolate Espresso – From your friendly neighborhood Swago Brewery

We’ve been making home brew for few years now, I’ve had some wonderful recipes (raspberry a fan favorite and punkin which I submitted to Sam Adams earning me a neeto t-shit), and some busts that I choose not to discuss.  My new recipe is inspired by my soon to be born daughter Faith, who will be part Italian, Dutch and German.  With this theme in mind, the main beer ingredients will be German, with Italian espresso and Dutch cocoa.

This is what I’ve come up with so far, if any one has any ideas to make this better, or have any ideas on what type of Dutch chocolate, or how to add chocolate to beer…I’m all ears.

  • German Splat Hops for aroma
  • German Magnum for bitering
  • 1lb of German chocolate rye malt
  • 1lb of German DeHusked Carafa II malt
  • 1lb of dark malt extract
  • 3lb of dark malt syrup
  • German porter yeast
  • espresso coffee
  • dutch chocolate and cocoa

I have a few fears, do I have too many dark malts?  Will this be too bitter?  And what is the best way to introduce chocolate into the wart?

Ora ho finito

Posted in Craft Beer, Culture, Honey Badger, Marmoset, Writing

Listen….nononon…shhhhhh. listen!!!


Approximately ten years ago, my good friend Thomas Stockman (to the left) and I (to the right with the stupid hat and ugly shirt) wrote a screen play Fathill Drive.  Reflecting back, it was a story about a couple of bored college students, at a commuter college, who observed some strange behavior, added a little imagination and began writing.  The writing wasn’t the best, the story was relativity funny, and we didn’t make a million dollars, but, as Tom stated a couple of days ago, possibly the coolest thing we’ll ever do.

Since then, both Tom and I found jobs in our perspective careers (me a teacher/sociologist, Thomas a chemical engineer), but we always find creative outlets like writing short stories, or making beer.  With all of this being said, I feel that we may start an alpha5marmoset (name of our production company) podcast, because I still think we’re relatively entertaining people with maybe a little too much to say.  To accompany said podcast, I will keep up this random blog, about random things I’m interested in, in the realm of American culture, food and beer.  So, give me feedback, what would you like out of a podcast, blog or anything of the such.

Ora ho finito

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