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Creeps McLane

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  1. Creeps McLane

    MUG Nationals

    I have changed my entry styles. Maybe the beers will turn around but as of right now I didn’t feel my pale ale was good enough for competition. Good thing I have so much beer on hand. #beersquirell @AnthonyC
  2. Creeps McLane

    MUG Nationals

    I’m either bottling my beer this weekend or next. I hate bottling. Please let me know if I can save the effort.
  3. Creeps McLane

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

  4. Creeps McLane

    MUG MidWest meeting

    Just found my party favors for this meet up that i forgot at home. What should I do with them now???
  5. Creeps McLane

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    You could be on to something. HME comes in a can, LME in a plastic jar, dme in a bag. I have never had a twang with LME. Ive never really done a straight up DME batch so i cant speak on that. It definitely is more present in higher fermentation temps in my opinion. But its not so much the fermentation temp as it is in the mash temp in which the HME is made. Extracts are usually made to cover many different styles of beer so they shoot for a mash temp somewhere in the middle of the spectrum so brewers can use them in a wider range of beers. I think coopers mashes at a higher temp than say for example briess. Possibly the hopping of the wort also contributes to this taste. Im going to nerd out for a second here. when you mash between 130-150 you break down the beta amalyse enzymes (more coxplex) which get you a higher ABV and a drier beer but it takes longer. When you mash 154-167 you break down alpha amalyse enzymes. You get lower abv which means a sweeter taste and more body. This is why i usually mash at 152 to hope to get the best of both worlds depending on the style. Im guessing coopers is above 154, im guessing 157-160 for a quicker conversion of the starches into fermentable sugars. Then they boil under vacuum pressure to concentrate the wort for us. That then denatures the enzymes and locks in that wort profile. If you were running a business wouldn’t you do the less costly and time productive way? coopers is a giant in the beer game. They know what they’re doing. I dont doubt the same HME we use is the same wort recipe they use for their beers. I do think the hops play a part in some way. Hops have sugars too. If you dry hop a beer youll get another Little fermentation after and everything that goes along with it. Thats why breweries dry hop and let it sit for awhile cuz youll get things like DMS if you’re not patient.
  6. Creeps McLane

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    For real though!!! @MrWhy had just done his first BIAB and he was messaging me about shipping some of it to me. I think i sent him something right? That double IPA he made the recipe for. And i never heard from him again. No beer made it to me, he never confirmed he received my package. Just disappeared. Strange
  7. Creeps McLane

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    Then let me add one last thing. You may be the best brewer in the world. You just don’t know it yet. Like @Gutterbunnie said (that should win the day everyday) is you just have to find what works for you. People talk about the high drop out rate on here all the time. For a Brewer who is doing everything right but your beer doesn’t taste like how you want it, that can be frustrating. Very frustrating. But you can’t give up. Ive made enough HME batches to learn I don’t prefer HME. I’ve brewed with enough LME to find that it wasn’t for me. I’m a freak for control and this isn’t a hobby that I’m ok with not putting the time into what I enjoy sitting down and enjoying on a daily basis. That’s me. I’ve had plenty of HME beers that @Bonsai & Brew sent me that blew me away. He’s f***ing good at working with what he has. I don’t have that. So I moved on. All I really wanted to say was this; don’t sell yourself short. Keep pushing. If something isn’t working, try something else. Look at @Nickfixit. He’s constantly tweaking and striving for the perfect balance in his beers. Don’t let one ingredient stop you from perfecting your beers. If you want to take the next step, ask questions. Be open to new ideas. This forum is filled with intelligent people who have been a newbie before. Partial mashes, hoppy beers, drying out your HMEs are a great start. But for me, the best thing I can say is to look at where you want to be in a year or five and start reaching for that level. Don’t sell yourself short! DONT SELL YOURSELF SHORT! Lastly, for years I’ve tried to stay relevant on this forum. I don’t really use HME anymore but I stay here to try to help others with my opinions though they very well may be wrong. Ask me anything and I’ll try to help. Freaking @kedogn is a professional Brewer, ask him. Sometimes a vet like @Screwy Brewer and @bpgreen will be on here. Listen to what they say. They’re amazing. This is what a forum is all about. this was supposed to be a quick post, I’m sorry. I was raised in a house full of women so I get emotional quickly, but God damn it I’m here for you.
  8. Creeps McLane

    Force carbonation

    When I was setting up my keezer, I looked everywhere for info and I remember one guy saying that setting up tap lines is the closest thing to rocket science he’s ever done. It’s true, so many variables. That’s why on my last tap I put a flow control faucet on. Takes the guess work out.
  9. Creeps McLane

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    To quote my brew buddy “the worst beer ive ever brewed still got me drunk”. He told me that the other day and i couldnt have agreed more
  10. Creeps McLane

    MUG Nationals

    Yes, indeed. Im scratching my head over here.
  11. Creeps McLane

    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    Its very hard for me to sit here and be quiet. Its an HME thing. Honestly, since ive gone all grain i had to relearn what i knew. I can go 5 degrees higher with your same yeasts with no notice of off flavors. Thats the difference of needing a fermentation chamber or not for me. Thats huge. Im not saying you cant hide that flavor youre getting. It just takes more effort. I may expess this too much on an HME forum, and i hope i dont sound like im bragging cuz i can do AG but to me the beers ive brewed have been more than enough of proof.
  12. Creeps McLane

    Force carbonation

    This chart shows after 24 hours (i think). So maybe next time do 16ish? If you must.
  13. Creeps McLane

    Force carbonation

    Oh, and unhook the CO2 line during this process
  14. Creeps McLane

    Force carbonation

    Sounds like its over carbed. What temp was it carbing at and what temp is it now? Likely you just have to purge a little CO2 every time you walk by it for a bit. I dont ever quick carb. But i also have quite a bit of beers to choose from. Can a keg be quick carbed? Absolutely. Is waiting a week better? Absolutely. Especially if its a fresh beer that needs a bit of conditioning.
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