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Creeps McLane

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  1. This is the first time I’ve heard of any brewery giving away wort. I’ve heard of places just doing a wort giveaway but this place is letting 20 of us bring the wort home, boil it and ferment it and the best beer gets put on tap in the brewery. In exactly 4 weeks we meet back up and have a social drinking event and judges will be walking around sampling beers. Kinda cool eh?
  2. So Rob texted me this morning and said there was a big accident at work and he wasn’t able to pick up his wort this morning with me. So naturally I called my dad and he helped me out. So dad was Rob earlier today. Got both our wort picked up and I threw mine in the snow bank (kegged) and went and took a 4 hour nap. Woke up feeling like a brand new man but still obviously not 100%. So tomorrow brew day starts. BeerSmith recipe is completely done, I was told the mash temp, the post mash gravity and a bunch of water stuff that I’m not going to worry about cuz I don’t know what size their system is. Kinda weird thing is I’m gonna water down my 5 gallons 1.046 wort, boil for an hour and add some candi syrup just to end up with 5 gallons of 1.056 wort. Kinda messes with my head
  3. In 10 hours ill be holding my corny keg under some kind of tubing to get 5 gallons of wort from a local brewery! Brewing a saison... are you surprised?
  4. Couple brews coming up!


  5. Allegedly toasted coconut will remove some of the oils from the chips. So you may very well have a nice head.
  6. @kedogn makes a coconut porter right? the last session podcast had maui brewing company on it. He talked alot about using coconut in his brewery. No extracts, no short cuts, the real thing will always taste the best. For his porter he uses a hop back full of coconut chips after fermentation. But for an LBK, id toast them in the over to kill any bugs, then DH with it. You need to toast every side of the coconut. Thats where the real flavor comes from. You can get them at Trader Joes
  7. https://spikebrewing.com/collections/spike-system-npt/products/spike-system-15-gallon
  8. Just an FYI, my big trip this year is to SD so i will not be doing this or NHC this year. 😔
  9. If youre kettle can be used with induction then that’s a nice way to go. No new kettle needed. i really like my electric element and controller set up. Sure beats brewing out in the garage in the winter. I use a plate chiller for chilling. A source of water is a must. Thats why im right next to the laundry. I just teed the lines and installed a sink i found on Craigslist
  10. To figure out what you want to use for power, id look at your kettle. Is it induction capable? Are you willing to install an element? What kind if power do you have nearby? 120 or 220? These are the things that should decide what you use
  11. Was it two different beers or were both brews the same recipe?
  12. Sure, thats the process. Thats why you measure how much sugar you put in. So hopefully you end up with “x” volumes of CO2. No big deal for most yeasts. The only time id worry about it is with brett or something that takes a long time to chew on those sugars and will eat them down 110%. Same with saison yeast. I wont bottle condition with saison yeast, i dont trust any calculations
  13. Temp, uv rays and oxygen are all things that will harm your hops. A vacuum sealed bag in a chest or stand up freezer are the best for long term storage. Your freezer attached to your fridge is not the best option because it goes through a defrost cycle when it has to. When hops get old, they dont have to be thrown away. Lots of breweries age their hops for lambics and other sour beers.
  14. Well this is certainly a lot like the process of brewing. Lots of opinions, none are probably wrong but everyone sure thinks they’re right.
  15. So you must have “shaker pint” glasses. They are the worst of the worst for any serious beer nerd. You want some kind of contour to hold in more of the aromas. My personal favorite is the English pub glass. Preferably one with laser etching in the bottom which create nucleation points and makes your mugs retain a nice firm head where wonderful aromas are trapped thus making your beer taste better. Unless you have skunky beer that is. FYI Every style of beer has its preferred glassware.
  16. Thats what i do. Clean the conical and then give it a quick spray before I throw the wort in there. Its also excellent for kegging. The posts get a little gunky and then they wont accept the couplings. One spray of star san and its ready to go instantly. Not to mention great for checking for leaks in kegs and distributors.
  17. https://spikebrewing.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/35000032379-do-i-need-to-passivate-my-equipment-before-use-
  18. I dont get how a bigger fermenter will help you with your kettle issue. I take it you really want to go all grain? This fermenter is cheaper http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/841242.htm
  19. Fill LBK with 4 qts cold water, add your HME / water mixture, top up to 8.5 qts heres the video I watched when I started. Around 6 minutes they get to filling the LBK https://youtu.be/QDdzMphvyvg
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