WayneCon 2016 (Thirsty Stone Brewing)
WayneCon 2016 (Thirsty Stone Brewing)
Two years, two varieties for two times as much and twice as much fun. A Kickstarter for WayneCon 2016 and Craft Brewing enthusiasts.
Two years, two varieties for two times as much and twice as much fun. A Kickstarter for WayneCon 2016 and Craft Brewing enthusiasts. Read more
Craft Brewing Celebrates WayneCon 2016
"What is a WayneCon?" you ask.
Think ComicCon without the comics, lines, fancy hotels, or southern California tourism. WayneCon is about gaming and urban camping rolled up into one May weekend.
You do not have to be a table top gamer to back this effort—or know a d4 from a d6 or d100. You just need to be a fan of craft brewing, because RVA Collaborators get a personal opportunity to learn and participate in small batch craft brewing!
Thirsty Stone Brewery has set a modest goal of $400 to cover the brewing supplies, ancillary expendables, and a small remittance to the label artists. Making this goal alone is exciting, but the stretch goals will help Thirsty Stone Brewing make better craft beer for WayneCon and beyond.
The WayneCon 2016 Tap List
Night Gaunt 2016
The demon stout returns! This time properly carbonated and aged! For the inaugural WayneCon, Thirsty Stone Brewing collaborated with the WayneCon community to produce Night Gaunt, an Imperial Rye Stout, named for the eponymous demon of nightmares by H. P. Lovecraft.
This imperial rye stout weighs in at 10.5%.
Think "Imperial Hefeweizen." As last year, we will solicit names in the community and produce labels (delivered at WayneCon or mailed to you!). WayneCon and I are talking to artists about the label for this beer. Watch for updates!
Stretch Goals for this Kickstarter are first about WayneCon, but at higher levels improve the Thirsty Stone Brewing "Backyard Brewery" and directly improve the WayneCon craft brewed product.
Oak Aged Night Gaunt! Aged in a virgin 20L American Oak Barrel from Oak Barrels Ltd.
Thirsty Stone Brewing will add a Blichmann Beer Gun (Bottle Filler) to the "backyard brewery." At WayneCon or as a Collaborator, this tool is similar to a counter-pressure filler, making beer highly portable.
Fermentation BONUS ROUND. Thirsty Stone Brewing will upgrade the primary and secondary fermentation vessels to a Blichmann 14 gal. Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter.
Alcohol rewards are verboten! 'demz da rulz.
These vinyl, waterproof labels will feature custom art and details about the craft beer for WayneCon. As a backer you get the same labels that will be featured on bombers (22oz) and bottles at WayneCon.
Enjoying craft beer in the proper glass is important. Stouts and Weizenbocks should be enjoyed in tulip glasses.
Two reward levels are offering 16oz tulip glasses. These glasses will feature "WayneCon 2016" and possibly some words about being a backer and supporter of small batch craft brewing.
In 2016, Thirsty Stone Brewing hopes to upgrade pieces of equipment. To that end five (5) "Collaborators" are being invited to participate.
Collaborators get all the rewards of the lesser levels, but also get to directly work with Thirsty Stone Brewing during a brewing session for 2016 (or 2017!). This includes picking the style all the way through kegging or bottling the final product. This level includes the ingredients for the collaboration (not including barrels).
This is a unique opportunity to see small batch craft brewing up close. It is an educational reward that makes your enjoyment of beer richer and gives a firsthand introduction to brewing techniques, science, tools, risks, and enjoyment.
About Thirsty Stone Brewing
Thirsty Stone Brewing started in 2014 as a husband and wife home brewing project. Yet Thirsty Stone Brewing is more than a mere two years old.
I started homebrewing in 1995 with tools and techniques laid down by Charlie Papazian in The Joy of Homebrewing, the home brewer's original textbook. As a film and television professional, I even travelled with my equipment, making beer in apartments and sharing the product of early extract kits with my roommates and crew. Five years later, I was ready to elevate my setup, but I was a graduate student and about to get married. My kit passed into memory.
Almost 13 years later, a neighbor's wife asked me about getting a homebrewing kit for her husband. Yadda yadda, and my wife tells me about the nascent phenomenon of "couple's brewing." Thirsty Stone Brewing was born; named for the fictional location created for Untappd check-ins.
Thirsty Stone Brewing's record since 2013 has produced over 15 beers including a "charity beer" that raised over $300 for Downs Syndrome research.
Our Night Gaunt Imperial Rye Stout was highly regarded at WayneCon 2015 and our most recent Frosty Nips Winter White Ale has earned 3.9 Stars on Untapped.
Risks and challenges
Making malt beverages has a certain amount of risk. The risks cover a broad spectrum including, but not limited too: yeast death (unlikely), poor ingredient judgment (too much nutmeg?), poor sanitation ("I have a cold, but let me start that siphon for you with my mouth."), to the simple: just too much carbonation ("Whoa! not in the eyes!"). I mitigate risk with experience and a very good track record almost 20 years in the hobby of home brewing.
This year I will keg the beer allowing for precise carbonation. The styles are moderately advanced, but "in my wheelhouse"—having made both varieties successfully in the past.
The greatest risk is sanitation of the equipment during brewing and during fermentation. This is a task I take very seriously and have never had a bad batch of beer due to bacterial contamination. No brewery is a sterile environment, but cleanliness is paramount at all stages and taken seriously.
The challenges are limited. Only one (1) really exists: No Lagers. I don't have the chiller to properly lager a beer. However, this is limited only at the collaborator level as neither style for WayneCon 2016 will be lagers.
Experience and record has shown I can do this. The equipment is on premise and ready. The reward levels will allow me to upgrade equipment as well as "run the engine" with replacement of expendables.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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