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Creeps McLane

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About Creeps McLane

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    Titletown WI
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    Beer, ummm... ? thats about it...

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  1. Creeps McLane

    Whole Leaf Hops

    Whole leafs will float. Id recommend weighting them down in a hop sack with sanitized marbles or stainless ball bearings. My local hardware store has a drawer of chrome bearings that ive purchased previously. Those work also.
  2. Creeps McLane

    Dry hopping/cold crashing

    Depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Most people dry hop at warmer temps to get fruity aroma. Dry hopping while cold will give a more grassy aroma which most people are not going for. Plus hops have sugars which will cause a mini fermentation. Better to dry hop warm.
  3. Creeps McLane

    1 gallon kit

    I remember when my wife recently asked about the random bottle of cheap vodka in my brewery. I dont drink liquor so i think she thought i had gone off the deep end. Then i told her it was for making tinctures. Which was met with head shakes and rolling eyes
  4. Creeps McLane

    1 gallon kit

    Put some sanitizer in it. Usually theres a line it says to fill to
  5. Creeps McLane

    Grain Mill Problems 😞

    Had some issues at my buddies house yesterday too. He has a three rolled miller and we had to take out the third one just to start brewing
  6. You haven’t posted since Wednesday... I’m thinking about contacting your wife to make sure you’re ok. BTW, I need your wife’s number in case I ever need to check up on you.

    1. Bonsai & Brew

      Bonsai & Brew

      I've been on a pilgrimage seeking Sorachi Ace hops.

  7. Full blown brett infection 


  8. Creeps McLane

    New (essential?) Equipment

    When I went to home brew con in Minneapolis, I spoke a lot with the omega yeast labs people. I told them that they should get more strains out there to the smaller shops. He told me he cant. Apparently to sell their product through northern brewer they also had to sign an agreement that over half of their strains would be at NB exclusively. Thats BS to me. F@$K NB
  9. Creeps McLane

    New (essential?) Equipment

    You know what youre talking about right now? Its my favorite topic... do you know??? SPLIT BATCH BREWING BABY!!!
  10. Creeps McLane

    New (essential?) Equipment

    Your wife and I agree on ABV. Almost every recipe I build, I shoot for 5-5.5% what youre describing is the exact reason beersmith is so great. I have multiple recipes that have multiple versions. The recipe tab has a spot for what version youre building. If i start with one recipe that im trying to tweak then i open that recipe, change whatever im changing and save as a different recipe. Boom, done. The difference here is when I brew I follow my recipe detail for detail. Thats the only way my system works. I have my beersmith folder. If i make a proven recipe I then copy it into my secret recipe book that is stashed away and future civilizations will find it and marvel at its greatness. Now im rambling. The saison I entered into that competition was V3.0. If you asked me if i could brew that recipe again I would say yes. I would just follow the recipe.
  11. Creeps McLane

    New (essential?) Equipment

    If i was brewing with extract i wouldnt worry about gravity readings.
  12. Creeps McLane

    New (essential?) Equipment

    Do i care about consistency and conversion and everything else? Not really. Thats the honest truth. However... i must say that ive already done all the hard work so I feel ok not worrying about things anymore. Best decision ive ever made was downloading beersmith. When i did I took the time to go through step by step and build a personal brewing equipment profile for my gear. Time after time everything i saw in beersmith was exactly what i saw on brewday. I used to check preboil gravity, post boil gravity even occasionally mash gravity. Now im so confident that as long as my volumes on brew day are where they need to be, my gravities should be on as well. One less thing to worry about is what I strive for. i will be dusting off my old hydrometer here soon to see where my brett aged pale ale is at. Its been in secondary for prob around 4 months now. If i bottle it I wanr to make sure its done. Otherwise we all know what happens.
  13. Creeps McLane

    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    On friday im gonna brew a 8 gallon split batch. 5 gallons will be a blackberry lager and the other 3ish gallons will be a wild ale using the yeast I harvested from our cottage up north. The blackberries are also from up there and the hops will be my own home grown variety. Im pretty pumped.
  14. Creeps McLane

    New (essential?) Equipment

    When i first started brewing i was quite anal about gravity readings. Now i never take an OG or an FG. Call me crazy...
  15. Creeps McLane

    Saison de Frais

    Sorachi ace or lemondrop.