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  1. cclloyd

    Water Filters

    I've been using bottled spring water to brew since I began 6 years ago and have finally decided, after to talking to several brewers in my club who use them with great results, to get a filter. Of course research was undertaken to reach this decision and of all of the conflicting info I found...
  2. cclloyd

    Chucktoberfest!!

    I am holding my 5th annual beer gathering this Saturday. I've done this every year since I started homebrewing (except last year - went to Amsterdam instead :cross:). I have six beers ready for the party and there will be food and beverage galore. Beer roster : Whipping Post IPA - American IPA...
  3. cclloyd

    Bokbier fest in Amsterdam

    Been wanting to do this for a few years and it looks like it's gonna happen this year. Anyone else ever been...
  4. cclloyd

    Has anyone done this...?

    OK. So I have a chest freezer and a Johnson controller that I have been using for about a year and a half without issues other than my beer is better with the temp control. Yesterday I opened it up to check progress on my latest and my blow off tube on a batch of hefe that I pitched and sealed...
  5. cclloyd

    Flaked Rye

    I made an American Pale Ale with rye (2.5 lbs rye in a 12 pound grain bill) that has been in the bottle going on 3 weeks now. It was the second time making this recipe and I tweaked it somewhat, replacing 1 pound of rye malt with flaked rye. The beer came out really good, with a little more...
  6. cclloyd

    Going to Nashville

    Going to Nashville on business tomorrow through Friday and looking for input on where to go for good beer while there. Brewpubs or just good beer bars. I see the following listed on another thread and am wondering which of these are worthwhile and any others that might be worth a visit. Thanks...
  7. cclloyd

    K.i.s.s.

    Something I've noticed is that many first time brewers will start with a very complex style or recipe and then wonder what went wrong when it doesn't turn out right. Making a Belgian Strong or IIPA for your first batch is like driving a Ferarri on a learner's permit. May be a lot of fun but not...
  8. cclloyd

    Tripel Question

    I have a tripel in primary that is at 1.023 after 17 days. It started at 1.077 and a ferm temp of 66F. I stepped it up to 68F after two days and to 70F after 4 days then back to 64F after two weeks because I had a new stout going in to my ferm chamber. The grain bill was very basic - 12 lbs of...
  9. cclloyd

    Going to see Robert Plant tonight!!

    Anybody seen him on the current tour? I've seen him twice - in 1984 and in 1988 - so it's been 20+ years. The set lists from the current tour look like a good mix of solo stuff and Zep tunes spanning his entire career. Really looking forward to it.
  10. cclloyd

    Aeration question

    After three years of extract and partial mash brewing I finally made the jump to all grain last weekend. All went well - hit my numbers , no boil over, new gear worked well - but I got no airlock activity for a couple days. I figured maybe that was part of the process as well. It did start...
  11. cclloyd

    My fermentation chiller

    I built this today - it's a tile crate that I put casters on and lined with two layers of 3/4" R5 polystyrene board. Sealed it all up and I'm gonna test the temps tomorrow. Nothing fancy - I will not be doing the pumped polypropylene glycol etc - way to complicated for me. Just gonna put 6-8 one...
  12. cclloyd

    my first competition results - Best Florida Brewing Championship

    I got my scoresheets back yesterday for the three beers I entered in the BFBC. This was the first competition I have entered and the results are encouraging. None of my beers placed in the top three of their respective categories, however they all had some positive comments - and some room for...
  13. cclloyd

    Buyer beware at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

    SWMBO and I spent Labor Day weekend at Universal Studios in Orlando doing the rollercoaster thing and basically just playing tourist. We didn't drive all weekend because for one we were staying at one of the hotels on the property - and two, I was beer or cocktail in hand most of the weekend...
  14. cclloyd

    have you ever burnt a beer?

    OK - I've been sitting on this one for a while knowing that I screwed up royally and am somewhat embarassed about it - but what the hell..... June 27th was a Friday night and I was brewing a stronger (export?) version of my Gator Snout Stout to be called Bull Gator Stout. I do 2.5 gallon boils...
  15. cclloyd

    Need some yeast advice...

    I just flamed out what was gonna be a hefe and all went well / as expected except..... the starter I made yesterday didn't start. I harvested 1056 from my last hefe using the instructions on the forum thread for this action. I boiled two cups of light dme in a half gallon of water and cooled it...
  16. cclloyd

    Florida Brewers Guild BeerFest 2008 - 2/24

    Saturday February 24th 2-6pm at Centro Ybor in Tampa. $20.00 advance $25.00 door gets you unlimited sampling. :cross: Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Anybody else going?
  17. cclloyd

    Going to Berlin

    SWMBO and I just booked our tix to go to Berlin for two weeks in May. She has relatives there who we stay with (cheap and convenient) ;) and will be our defacto tour guides. We've been twice before but it has been 10 years since our last visit. It was on our first trip there in 1996 that I...
  18. cclloyd

    too much for one day.....

    This past Sunday I bottled 10 gallons and brewed 5. I will not try to cram that much into one day again. Between sanitizing 100 bottles ( I know I know - start kegging!) and all my brew gear and boiling priming sugar and mashing the grains and seeing my Bucs get their a$$es handed to them by the...
  19. cclloyd

    Brew pot deal

    FYI for what it's worth - I've been looking for a while now for a 10 gallon SS brew pot at a decent price and finally found one at www.kitchenfantasy.com that didn't break the bank. Most of them I've seen available range from $125.00 to $200.00 plus shipping. I ordered one today that's 18/10 SS...
  20. cclloyd

    Vanilla Cream Stout recipe

    I'm looking for a critique or input on the following recipe. I'm making this beer to be ready for Nov - Dec holiday time. Suggestions welcome. Vanilla Cream Stout 4 lbs. dark liquid extract 3 lbs. light liquid extract 1 lb. carapils .5 lb. chocolate .5 lb. roasted barley 2 oz. real...
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