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WA / Learn to Homebrew Day with Ice Harbor Brewing Co. and the MCZA
« on: October 15, 2010, 07:42:19 PM »
Join us at Ice Harbor Brewing Co. starting at 1pm.  We'll be doing an extract batch for those who've never brewed before, and an all grain batch  for those that want to learn how to step up their brewing.  Everyone's invited to come down.  We'll have representatives from the Mid Columbia Zymurgy Association on hand to answer any questions about membership and to take applications. 


Ryan Gribble
Ice Harbor Brewing Co
206 N. Benton St
Kennewick, WA 99336

(509) 582-5340
homebrew@iceharbor.com

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Kegging and Bottling / Ball Lock or Pin Lock
« on: May 24, 2010, 04:19:51 PM »
Due to the increasing scarcity of Used Ball Lock Cornies, I have been thinking about which way to go with the Ice Harbor Homebrew Shop.  Please give your input as to whether or not you would prefer to pay more (is $35 will be going up to $40) or converting to Pin Lock ($30 + the cost of switching all your fittings)

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Good Morning.  Here it is.  The AHA Big Brew, and may I be the first to say Happy National Homebrew Day from everyone at Ice Harbor Brewing Company.  Let's all get together and have a great day of brewing, whether it be one of the sanctioned recipes, or you own, at your LHBS or at home, let's brew some beer.  Cheers Guys.

Ryan
Ice Harbor Brewing Co.

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Homebrewer Bios / Ryan Gribble
« on: April 21, 2010, 08:03:16 PM »
Alright, I figure that since I'm gonna be doing a lot of posting here, I might as well write a bio as well.

My name is Ryan Gribble, and I work for Ice Harbor Brewing Co. as an assistant brewer/homebrew shop man.  I was born an raised in Anchorage, AK til I was 15 when my folks moved to Eastern WA.  After graduating high school, I attended Wyo Tech Diesel in Laramie, WY where I graduated with an AA in Advanced Diesel Science.  Following that I attended Athens Technical College in Athens, GA for Carrier Transicold Refrigeration Training where I also learned to fabricate in the engineering lab.  

When I was 22 (I'm 27 now) I tried my first true homebrew, brewed by my dad's best friend, and after asking him some questions decided that I could do it as well.  I read a lot on the internet and finally decided to get some supplies and to jump right in and go all grain right from the get go.  I purchased a turkey fryer setup from ACE Hardware and ordered all my supplies, not knowing there was a homebrew shop right across town.  My first batch was a honey hefe, which was horrible, because my sanitation wasn't at all close to what it should have been.  After finding my local homebrew shop (Ice Harbor Brewing Co.) and talking to a one of the brewers, I did a second batch which actually turned out pretty good.  The bottle conditioning went a little off because I didn't dissolve the priming sugar before I pitched it to the beer, so the carbonation was a bit off and there were some chunks in there as well, but it was drinkable.  

Over time I realized that 5 gallons were'nt going to cut it anymore and started looking for an alternative when one hit me like a brick.  That was when I converted two half barrels into my mash tun and brew kettle.  With false bottoms in both, my setup had reached an acceptable level.  I have brewed with this system for 3 years now and I have no problems turning out a batch a week.  The event that really accelerated my level of homebrewing was actually getting to work for the company that helped me start advancing my craft.  Working for Ice Harbor Brewing Co. isn't a job to me.  It is what I love to do.  I get up every day looking forward to going to work.  I get to do what I love to do every single day.  I still homebrew on a weekly basis.  I have my kettles at work and on Sunday I bring all the equipment up to the loading dock just out front of the building and brew ten gallons of beer.  I get a lot of questions and hopefully I am inspiring more people to look into homebrewing.

To date I have brewed more than 100 batches and have 8 recipes that are my signature recipes, all of them named after friends or events that happened while making the brew.  Craig's Saggy Ass (Old English Ale), Dave's Taint (Dry Irish Stout), Dead Hamster IPA (Hamster died while making the brew), "The Left" Nut Brown Ale (buddy got hit in the balls (the left one) while making it), Loud Mouth Stout (for our buddy who never shuts up),  Craig's Full Moon (Amber), The Sodomizing Sasquatch of Scotland Ale (Strong Scotch Ale named because we were trying to come up with a name that sounds really messed up when ordering drunk), and Tucker's Drop Dead 150 Schilling (named after my son and brewed two days before he was born.

Well thats all there is about me, well all I want to divulge on here anyway.  

Ryan
Ice Harbor Brewing Co.

Keep on Brewin'

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Yeast and Fermentation / White Labs Clarity-Ferm
« on: April 16, 2010, 02:11:56 PM »
Today, we got our FAP shipment in from White Labs and in it was a sample pack of Clarity-Ferm.  It comes in 5mL vials and one vial is good for 5 gallons.  Applied to the cooled wort during pitching, it is supposed to get rid of chill haze.  I am planning on using it for my IPA this weekend, but I was wondering if anyone has heard of or used it yet.  Any feed back would be awesome, and I will post my results when I know anything.

Ryan
Ice Harbor Brewing Homebrew Shop

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