Creeps McLane

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  1. Cammanron liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Before I Dump   
    Well I guess it did ferment just not as far as you’re expecting. Do you have an extra LBK? Maybe you should transfer it to get it off all that dead yeast. Then re pitch.
  2. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in how to handle a true lager?   
    I forgot about carbing. Its been a long time since ive bottled
  3. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in So how many of you also do 5 gal batches?   
     
    An elegant and brilliant solution!👍  Chill haze does bug me.  Like, a lot.  I'll let you know if this works the next time I have one of my Munich Helles'.  The fact is, I worked dang hard brewing that lager to showcase SRM @ 2, but I can't think of a more appropriate style to enjoy in a German stoneware stein.  Pictures @ 10. 
  4. kedogn liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Kegging   
    You throw it in the keg, put in some CO2  then pull the pressure relief a few times to get any oxygen out of there,Then i usually have my regulator set to 8-10 and i let it charge up, then i take it off the gas and let it sit until I’m ready for it. 
  5. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by RexB(eer) in New Brewer and Member Here   
    Hi guys,
     
    I’m a brand new home brewer and forum member. My girlfriend knew I’ve been thinking about getting into home brewing as a fun hobby, so she got me a Mr Beer kit for Christmas. I never looked into it that much really, but had thought the idea of it was fun. I opened her up on Christmas Eve and was so excited (especially at how easy the directions made it seem) that I started that night.  I love drinking IPAs so she got me the Long Play IPA kit. I read the directions twice and got everything ready, then went through and got the fermentation up and going. I placed the LBK in the hall closet. The home thermostat is in the hallway, and was set at 67 degrees. Ever since I got it set up on Christmas Eve, I’ve been reading on this forum (mainly RickBeers posts). I wish I had found this before I started my first batch, but oh well, I will chalk it up to a learning experience.  I ended up getting an ink bird temp controller a few days ago, and plan on getting the mini fridge from Lowe’s that holds 2LBKs this weekend (obviously for my next batch). High krausen was over when I got the ink bird, but I figured I’d try it out before the next batch. After taping the ink bird to the outside of the LBK (below the wort line, and with a folded paper towel on top) I found that my LBK has been fermenting in a steady 70 degrees (I know now that during high krausen it was higher). Kinda disappointing, but glad I’m learning and preparing for my next batch. 
     
    Today was 18 days of fermenting (which is, I believe, when rick beer usually starts his cold crashing), so I tasted a small amount and it tasted like flat beer, so I took the LBK to my garage fridge and am starting 3 days of cold crashing at 38 degrees. I am tipping the LBK to keep the trub away from the spigot (I also tipped it ever since I read about it, during fermentation a few days after I started).  After 3 days cold crashing, I plan on bottling and putting bottles in the closet for 4 weeks (although I am going to take one out at 3 weeks and refrigerate for 3 days just so I can compare the taste).
     
    I plan on getting the mini fridge from Lowe’s in two days, so my next batch can be temp controlled during fermentation. I have another Long Play Kit that I am going to do so I can see the difference between temp controlled and my first batch. I plan on setting the inkbird at 65 with a 1 degree differential, and 5 minute compressor delay. I also got an Aztec Mexican Cerveza refill, and will brew that at the same time since the fridge will fit two LBKs. 
     
    I just want want to say thanks to everyone on the forum. I’ve learned a lot over the last 18 days, and am looking forward to learning more. I want to thank RickBeer specifically. I’ve read a lot of his posts among others for about the first 10 days, but a few days ago, I decided I would religiously go back through ALL of his previous posts, and am currently on page 26 out of 352. 
     
    I couldn’t thank my girlfriend enough, because I am enjoying this new hobby a lot. She picked out a great kit to get my toes wet in the hobby. I plan on just sticking with Mr Beer as well as to the simple recipes and instructions for the foreseeable future, and won’t get all mad scientist. I’m excited to show my friends this new hobby of mine and sharing my home brew with them, and hopefully teach them what I am learning if they’re so interested.
     
    If anyone has any tips or anything else after what I have wrote, feel free to comment. I mainly just wanted to introduce myself since I have been lurking for a few weeks. I’ll be sure to let you guys know how my first batch turns out.
     
  6. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
    BTW, this is not restricted to those who live in the "mid west".  All are welcome.  Munster IN is close to a big city that has big airports.  Can't remember the name of where the Cubs/White Sox/Bears/Black Hawks/Bulls play, but it'll come to me.
     
    and if SWMBO is skeptical, tell her "fly with me", "road trip up north", and give her a credit card. She'll figure out where Michigan Avenue is.
     
       
     
    EDIT. fixed spelling.  Not Howks.  HAWKS.
     
    and.....Go Fire!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
    Tossing around the idea of a meeting of Mr.Beer User Group meeting in Munster, Indiana.
     
     
    Proposed Date:  Friday, April 13 through Sunday April 15

    Location:  Munster IN
     
    Possible attendees:  @Creeps McLane, @MiniYoda, @hotrod3539, @C-ya. @scouterbill
     
    Discussion is now open
  8. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
     
    Who could forget @Rotbag?
  9. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by Shrike in What to do with a half open packet of grain   
    I vacuum seal them and keep them in the fridge.  The longest I've kept some has been about five months.  They seemed just fine when used.
  10. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by Nickfixit in So how many of you also do 5 gal batches?   
    That is why I am happy with the LBKs I can move them around. And while I have never done a 5 gal between 2, I have made several Cooper's 6 gal recipes between 3 LBKs and tweaked each differently.
  11. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I have a clean kettle.  I have 8 lbs of crushed grain ready.  We recently went down to 9 hours days at work so I don’t have to be into work until 7 now.  I’m gonna do my first ever weekday brew tomorrow. I’ll mash while I put the kids to bed, Boil after they fall asleep. Should be in bed by 11? I was up til midnight last night, it’s 10:14 right now.  I’m ok with this plan.  
  12. kedogn liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in So how many of you also do 5 gal batches?   
    If you’re sticking with extract, then nothing more than a larger fermenter.  Or two LBKs. I’m not sure what size your kettle is but I bet you can do 5 gallon extract batches in it. Possibly. I started with a 3 gallon kettle which was more than enough for 5 gallon extract. No need for a Chiller yet.  Maybe a strainer? I’m really stretching now.  
  13. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I have a clean kettle.  I have 8 lbs of crushed grain ready.  We recently went down to 9 hours days at work so I don’t have to be into work until 7 now.  I’m gonna do my first ever weekday brew tomorrow. I’ll mash while I put the kids to bed, Boil after they fall asleep. Should be in bed by 11? I was up til midnight last night, it’s 10:14 right now.  I’m ok with this plan.  
  14. kedogn liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in So how many of you also do 5 gal batches?   
    If you’re sticking with extract, then nothing more than a larger fermenter.  Or two LBKs. I’m not sure what size your kettle is but I bet you can do 5 gallon extract batches in it. Possibly. I started with a 3 gallon kettle which was more than enough for 5 gallon extract. No need for a Chiller yet.  Maybe a strainer? I’m really stretching now.  
  15. kedogn liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in So how many of you also do 5 gal batches?   
    If you’re sticking with extract, then nothing more than a larger fermenter.  Or two LBKs. I’m not sure what size your kettle is but I bet you can do 5 gallon extract batches in it. Possibly. I started with a 3 gallon kettle which was more than enough for 5 gallon extract. No need for a Chiller yet.  Maybe a strainer? I’m really stretching now.  
  16. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Tell me about Wheats   
    And Sarge takes a commanding lead with one point!
  17. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by Big Sarge in Tell me about Wheats   
    #3: Bronson Pinchot (sic?)
     
    you're showing your age and naïveté,
    Creeps 😂
  18. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Tell me about Wheats   
    HOEGAARDEN!!! It just came to me. Only took a month. Sorry guys 😆 
  19. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Tell me about Wheats   
    HOEGAARDEN!!! It just came to me. Only took a month. Sorry guys 😆 
  20. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Tell me about Wheats   
    HOEGAARDEN!!! It just came to me. Only took a month. Sorry guys 😆 
  21. 76shovel liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Fisher King's Best IPA   
    Well, youre missing a bitting hop addition. Is this a partail mash HME recipe? Then that would make sense. Just add an IPA or Pale Ale HME and you should be good. Id go with an IPA base. Id say that is a “recipe” for 4-5 gallons since youd be adding 4 oz of hops your self and the liquid yeast. But i dont really brew IPAs. Those are great hops. Cant go wrong with those three. 
  22. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by BDawg62 in Fisher King's Best IPA   
    I would try this for 5 gallons:
     
    3 Northwest Pale Ale HME
    1# Marris Otter Malt
    1# 2 Row Pale Malt
    10 minute 1 oz Mosaic
    2 minute 1 oz Mosaic
    Dry hop 6 days into active fermentation 1 oz Citra Amarillo
    Yeast WLP 090 @ 64 degrees
     
    Steep the 2# of grain in 3qts of 150 degree water for 45 minutes.  Then bring to a boil and do your 10 minute and 2 minute hop additions.
     
    Boil 3 qts of water remove from the heat and add the 3 HMEs
     
    Put 2 gallons of chilled water in your 6 gallon fermenter and add both worts to it
     
    Top off fermenter to 5 gallons with cold water.
     
    Ferment and dry hop as indicated.
     
    Don't know exactly how this will turn out but worth a try.
  23. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Brewing this on Friday. One my dad can drink when hes over. I have so many ingredients... so many possibilities!

  24. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Brewing this on Friday. One my dad can drink when hes over. I have so many ingredients... so many possibilities!

  25. Creeps McLane liked a post in a topic by Bad Andy in Zombie Fest   
    I was going to brew this one back in early September, but things just happened, and brewing took a back seat. 
     
    I was was happy to get back at it tonight. My first partial grain mash, and I liked it. Not much harder than the regular recipes. 
     
    I changed the yeast to White Labs WLP820. I liter of starter (drained off most of the liquid) and one “pitch pack”.   I know lagers are slow, to ferment, and the reviews of this yeast are that it is very slow, hence the starter. 
     
    Cooled it it down to 62 degrees before pitching. I would have preferred a little colder, but was out of ice
     
    OG was 1.049
     
    Now in the fermentation chamber at 55 degrees.   Going to keep it there for about three weeks. Then raise it slowly to 65 for a di-acetal rest for a few days. I will then rack to a secondary vessel, and cold lager for 4 weeks at 34 degrees. Then bottle and go from there. 
     
    Should be be ready ato drink around the middle of March.