Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Last week, we went to Sly Fox for Yani's birthday.  Along with the really big chocolate brownie cake, there was a large selection of beer to try.  Top on the list: Dunkel Weisse.  It's  a dark wheat just like another favorite from this fall:  Victory Moonglow.

Working on the recipe... this may be the next buried castle offering...
50% wheat malt, a lot of munich, plus some caramunich, maybe a touch of vienna, and some chocolate to make it nice and dark... plus wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan  to get that clove and banana flavor sly fox says is in it.

OG: 1.047-1.055
IBU: 10-16
BU:GU .21-.32
Color 10-23
ABV 3.8-4.47

Reading more about the wheats, we should have tried a  wheat sooner.  Weihenstephan would have enjoyed the warm basement this summer more than the Irish yeast.

Too much inventory right now, so there's some time to flush out the recipe... perhaps we'll start 2012 with this one?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Belsnickel and Karma 2

Belsnickel and Karma2 are bottled... should be ready for Christmas. Total yield approx 100.  Thanks Will... 2 batches and less mess than normal for just 1.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


first. crack of wmga3 tonight..... disappointing.
poorly carbonated and a harsh bite. back int e closet for a. few more weeks f conditioning. hope t doesn't join lignite in next year's dump

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Belsnickel page created.  Label art coming soon


After a trip to pick up stuff in Levittown, we visited the restaurant store and got that new brew pot.  As a consequence we had no choice but to head to Keystone Homebrew, grab some grains, hops, and yeast and test the new pot.

Up first for the new 10gallon brewpot: an all-grain version of Karma Prez (brew #2 in Buried Castle History).

The new pot has been initiated, the wort is in the fermenter and the flyers are destroying the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It's been a long time since 3 fermenters were in use at the same time:  #1 = Kīpuka, #2 =Belsnickel, #3 = Karma2.  that means a lot of bottling coming up soon.  Thanks to everyone for the bottle donations.  Expect variety packs available by Chrstimas Break,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gourdie Ale

Chunkin is getting a makeover.  The pumpkin ale has been renamed Gourdie Ale.  Label art coming soon


Bad Santa has a name... Thanks to Bill, Bad Santa shall be officially known as Belsnickel.  What's a Belsnickel, you ask?

By PA Dutch folklore, Belsnickel is a mythical companion to Santa.  If you've been bad, Santa's not bringing you anything.  Instead expect a delivery of coal or switch from this fur wearing masked man.

Belsnickel is fermenting away.  It was a little over zealous the first day, clogging the airlock but is now continuing at a nice pace.  Expect bottling by Thanksgiving.  Label art coming soon.