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Going Pro / Warlock Brewing Company
« on: July 31, 2014, 04:44:29 PM »
Going Pro is exciting and fun, albeit a ton of work and lots on money.  It's been a long strange trip, but I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. 

I'm the founder and president of a startup brewery, Warlock Brewing Company, in Smyrna, Delaware. Our brewery will have a 1bbl pilot system, and a 15bbl brewhouse where we'll brew/package beer in kegs and bottles.  We'll also provide a tasting room for the purchase of pints, flights, growlers and Warlock merchandise. Many of you probably already know, but for those who don't, please check out a recent article about Warlock Brewing Company.  You can also keep up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter 8)

Wood/Casks / Bourbon Barrel Aging
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:38:52 PM »
I'd like to share ideas, tips, tricks and information on bourbon or whiskey barrel aging.

I currently have a bourbon barrel that I'm getting ready to rack a RIS into for some extended aging. I plan to age the stout for approximately 180 days. Then back blend it with some fresh stout to the desireable flavor level.

Anyone want to share their experiences or start some discussion related to this aging technique?

General Homebrew Discussion / Adding java to a stout
« on: January 10, 2014, 05:44:14 PM »
I just brewed an Oatmeal stout and plan to add some fresh Kona coffee to the beer. This comes up from time to time, but I thought it would fun to discuss specific tips, techniques or secrets for adding coffee to beer.

What's your method of adding coffee to get the best Java stout?

Cold steep
fresh brewed

Beer Recipes / How about an Oatmeal Stout recipe?
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:44:28 PM »
An oldie...but a goodie.

Anyone want to share their tips, tricks, secrets :) or recipes for an Oatmeal Stout.

Don't be shy. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 11, 2013, 04:08:09 AM »
Check this out...Denny's co-written a new book.

Beer Recipes / Munich Dunkel Recipe?
« on: November 21, 2013, 05:41:12 PM »
Anyone have a good recipe, tips, ideas they'd like to share?

Don't be shy. :)

Beer Recipes / Dopplebock secrets
« on: November 05, 2013, 05:43:02 PM »
Perhaps if it's a wouldn't divulge that information here. ;)

However...I'm planning to brew up a Dopplebock this weekend using the yeast slurry from my Schwarty.

Here's my recipe:

Dominator Dopplebock

All Grain Recipe
Brewer: bluesman
Batch Size: 11.00 gal
Style: Doppelbock ( 5C)
Boil Size: 13.23 gal
Style Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 20.1 SRM
Bitterness: 23.2 IBUs
Boil Time: 90 min
Est OG: 1.078 (18.4° P)
Mash Profile: Single Infusion,Fly Sparge
ABV: 7.7%

15 lbs Dark Munich Malt - 10L (9.9 SRM)
15 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
1 lbs Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM)
1 lbs Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Carafa I (319.0 SRM)
6.4 oz Caramunich Malt 2 (60.0 SRM)
6.4 oz Caramunich Malt 3 (150.0 SRM)
1.5 oz Hallertauer [3.9%] - Boil 60 min
0.5 oz Magnum [14.0%] - Boil 60 min
1.0 oz Hallertauer [4.8%] - Boil 20 min
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10 min)
German Lager Yeast (White Labs #WLP830)
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient
This is what I made the last year. I think I want to remove some of the crystal malt and add a touch more Carafa for a darker beer.

What's your trick for this style?

The Pub / Let the Games Begin!
« on: September 05, 2013, 04:43:58 PM »
Perhaps we can talk football now. ;):):))

Football and beer is a match made for homebrewers.

The Pub / To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 01:08:14 AM »
I'm very sad and dismayed to report to everyone that Denny's mother passed away this morning, and he's heading to Phoenix to pay his respects. Denny will be unable to attend the NHC in Philly. He will be sadly missed this week, but he will be in my thoughts. Lets join together here to pay our respects to Denny in his time of sorrow. Please leave a short note to Denny here to show your support and give him your respects.

Sorry to hear about your loss Denny.

Be strong my friend.


The Pub / Homebrewing Snafu in Alabama
« on: March 15, 2013, 11:58:49 AM »
Mobile County prosecutor disciplined for homebrewing.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Allagash FV 13 Oak Aged Ale
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:44:28 PM »
Four years in the making...Allagash released their FV 13 today!

I'll be on the lookout for it in my local market.  :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Post a pic of your Pellicle!
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:00:15 PM »
Say that 10 times real fast.  ;D

Anyway, I thought it would be cool to see some funk!

I collaborated with a good freind of mine, aka "redbeerman", on a Saison experiment. Here is a photo of a pellicle that formed on one of our batches of Saison that was fermented using WLP565 and WLP650. The recipe includes the use of Tupelo honey and Muscat Grape Juice, along with some bitter dried orange peel and coriander. We used a standard saison recipe base malt formulation, Pils malt, 2 row and wheat malt along with just enough Hallertau (bittering) to balance the malt profile and give a hint of flavor.

Post your pellicle pic!

Homebrew Competitions / Delaware Battle of the Brews wants you!
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:22:27 AM »
It's that time of year once again ladies and gentlemen.  Yes, it's time for the second annual Delaware State Fair - Battle of the Brews!  The competition will be held on Saturday, 7/21 at 9am.  I'm still recruiting judges and need your help to round out this fabulous competition.

The competition will be conducted at The Delaware State Fairgrounds under the big tent.

Please reserve your seat to judge this awesome competition by replying to !

Thanks!  :)

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