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

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

Listen….nononon…shhhhhh. listen!!!

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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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