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Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-21-2013, 10:57 PM
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Posted By ryanmbeal
Make sure you don't use a store bought juice that...

Make sure you don't use a store bought juice that contains Potassium Sorbate or it will not ferment.

Campden is what I use to kill off anything in my pressed cider, 1 tablet per gallon in the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-31-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By ryanmbeal
I've done 3 brews with this yeast over the last...

I've done 3 brews with this yeast over the last couple of months. I cool to 70-72 then pitch, as fermentation kicks off it naturally rises to 74-76 for the first day or two and from there I make sure...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-21-2013, 04:20 PM
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Posted By ryanmbeal
Dang, and I thought maybe I was special for still...

Dang, and I thought maybe I was special for still having my first hyrdrometer from 2001.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-08-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By ryanmbeal
I've been doing some experimenting with Ringwood...

I've been doing some experimenting with Ringwood over the last year. For the D Rest I have had good success with 2 approaches:


In the Primary raise the temperature 6-8 degrees when...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-11-2012, 10:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By ryanmbeal
Thanks for the replies. Asking is clearly the...

Thanks for the replies. Asking is clearly the best way to know what will be allowed. But I'm bottling stuff in general for competitions in the future, not a specific one. So unfortunately I can't...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-11-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By ryanmbeal
Identifying Marks on Bottles for Competition - Deschutes

I have a lot of empty Deschutes bottles that have some hops imprinted in the glass around the neck. Does anyone know if these would be considered "unidentifiable" marks and OK for submitting into...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-14-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By ryanmbeal
Thanks for the ideas, I'll see what I can find in...

Thanks for the ideas, I'll see what I can find in the stores.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-13-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By ryanmbeal
Suggestions for a 80-90% Granny Smith Blend?

I'll be making a cider from primarily Granny Smith apples as I can get a good deal on a couple of bushels locally. I'm looking for a tart, dry cider and I plan on splitting my batch using WY4736 for...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-29-2012, 01:39 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 20,957
Posted By ryanmbeal
Here's what I did last year, very close but not...

Here's what I did last year, very close but not exactly what you see earlier in this thread. I wanted to use Wyeast 1187 but the smack pack was old and didn't start, went English with WLP013 London...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-15-2012, 01:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,810
Posted By ryanmbeal
I split my last batch of Oatmeal Stout between my...

I split my last batch of Oatmeal Stout between my normal Scottish Ale yeast and the Wyeast French Saison 3711. The saison yeast did some great things with that big stout. I will definitely do it...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-02-2012, 01:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
Posted By ryanmbeal
FWIW I'm over 5000 feet and have never taken any...

FWIW I'm over 5000 feet and have never taken any special considerations.

I force carb at 35 PSI for about 1 minute or naturally carb at 12 PSI for a couple weeks. No problems.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-06-2011, 05:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By ryanmbeal
I'd also suggest using something plastic instead...

I'd also suggest using something plastic instead of metal, I've dinged the rubber on the poppet using metal before and had to replace it.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-06-2011, 05:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,114
Posted By ryanmbeal
Never heard of this "up" issue before, I doubt it...

Never heard of this "up" issue before, I doubt it has anything to do with the balance of your system. I built my keezer after research here and the beer lines just kind of go where they want to, no...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-20-2011, 07:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,593
Posted By ryanmbeal
All I would add would be that if you really want...

All I would add would be that if you really want to be sure to hit a specific OG you should check your hydrometer reading after the mash and adjust the amount of extract you use based on that result....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-13-2011, 02:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 527
Posted By ryanmbeal
Stupid Cat

Not long after building my keezer with 4 perlick taps I came home to find close to 5 gallons of APA on the garage floor and a empty tank of C02.

One of the cats that live in the garage jumped up...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-09-2011, 02:56 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 20,957
Posted By ryanmbeal
Ringwood Ale Yeast?

Has anyone done this with the Ringwood Ale yeast from Wyeast?

I recently had great outcomes with Ringwood for an Oatmeal Stout and have been looking for other places to use it. Thoughts on using...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-18-2011, 09:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By ryanmbeal
I'd been wanting to combine rye and smoke for a...

I'd been wanting to combine rye and smoke for a while and recently had a stash of leftover ingredients to create a Frankenstein smoked rye. It won't get officially tapped for another week but the...
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