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Homebrew Competitions / Re: High Fill, is this a thing?
« on: May 31, 2014, 02:19:28 PM »
The first thing a judge does prior to opening the bottle is look at the fill level (low or high) and look for any obvious signs of infection. This section is not scored.

Noting a high or low fill level may point to potential problems which may or may not be realized. If there was a problem then it would be noted in elsewhere on the scoresheet.

A high fill level can result in under carbonated beer. If there was no comment regarding low carbonation or mouthfeel problems then the high fill likely did not affect the beer in question.

My guess is that judge wrote down that comment prior to actually tasting the beer.

Admittedly further explanation should have been given or that comment simply removed.


- Scott


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Events / Re: E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2014
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:43:45 PM »
Is there any chance there will be a drop off location in juneau like they do for the haines competition.

Probably not.

You have to realize the running of this competition is by a committee of two (i.e. my wife and me). Our money and efforts are better spent on catering the judging, purchasing medals, tote bags, hot sauce, glasses etc. and shipping of the prize packages. Plus, of course, making up any short-fall in entry fees to cover the cash prize.

Also it would kind of kind of negate a special offer we have to encourage judges. We allow them to hand deliver their entries and thereby save of shipping costs. Of course, we do require them to pre-register the entries so all the paperwork is ready prior to the event.

This our 18th year of the competition and our focus right now is rebuilding our base of qualified judges after several have moved away.

- Scott

 

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Events / Re: E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2014
« on: May 01, 2014, 11:56:27 AM »
The shipping costs can be fairly expensive.

We try to give entrants a nice prize package just for entering to somewhat help offset the costs.

A lot people enter with friends and split the costs which can make the shipping costs a bit more reasonable.

- Scott

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Events / E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition 2014
« on: May 01, 2014, 10:17:58 AM »
Announcing the 18th Annual E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!

This is a AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

The grand prize for Best of Show is a certified check for $500!!!

Great prizes and custom medals will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each of the seven judged categories.

The seven categories that will be judged are: Bock (5A-D), English Pale Ale (8A-C), American Ale (10A-C), Porter (12A-C), Stout (13A-F), IPA (14A-C) and Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (20 & 21A).

Entries will be accepted: June 23 - July 16, 2014

Entry fees: Submit three 12-16 oz brown or green crown capped bottles and a check or money order for $5.00 in U.S. funds per entry.

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 19th.

Location: Fox, Alaska (a small mining community ~11 miles north of Fairbanks)

More information as well as Entry and Bottle ID forms may be foundi at: http://ow.ly/u5qqC.

Should you have any questions or are interesting in judging contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.

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Beer Travel / Re: Kenai, AK
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:02:38 PM »
It sounds like a great trip.

The Kenai Peninsula is beautiful country.

The last time I was down there, Homer Brewing was the only brewery. Homer is a fun place to visit and Steve and Karen at the brewery are really good folks.

It is kind of surprising how many breweries there are now on the Peninsula. Unfortunately, being off-season the Kenai Peninsula's fifth brewery in Seward is closed now. I suspect you are probably not missing much in that regard but....At any rate, Seward is a nice place to visit in the summer but tends to be pretty much closed down this time of year.

So Steve, are you going to see any more of Alaska after touring around the Kenai Peninusla?

I assume you are leaving via the airport in Anchorage. If have time, Silver Gulch Brewing from Fairbanks (well, actually Fox) has an outlet there in Concourse C. It is kind of across from Chili's.  Not only can you sample their beers but you can even get growlers of their beer to take with you. They also have 22 oz. bottles of beer from various breweries in Alaska for purchase. Since you are already in the airport you can actually take such items with you as carry-ons.

Oh well, I look forward to hearing more about your trip.


- Scott

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Beer Travel / Re: Anchorage , AK?
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:23:36 AM »
As was already mentioned Midnight Sun is definitely worth checking out while in Anchorage. Their beers are excellent.

Anchorage Brewing produces excellent beers though I am not sure if brewery tours are possibly or not. While in Anchorage you should seek out any beers produced by Anchorage Brewing company. Their beers can often be found on tap. At the very least local bottle shops should have some of their products.

Moose's Tooth has very good pizza and is an outlet for Broken Tooth Brewing's excellent beers. Moose's Tooth is always busy regardless of the time. You should expect to wait at least 10-15 minutes but it is definitely worth the wait. My wife and I always go to Moose's Tooth at least once whenever we are in Anchorage.

Glacier Brewhouse is has very good food and beer. They are a bit more expensive but worth checking out at least once. Their oatmeal stout and bread pudding are excellent.

Snow Goose Restaurant/Sleeping Lady Brewing is worth checking out. I've heard very good things about their beers. However, I am afraid I have not actually eaten there or sampled their beers.

King Street Brewing is also in Anchorage. I've heard there beers are quite good but I do not know this first hand since I have not yet sampled any of their products.

There are two other places worth checking out while in Anchorage. Humpy's (http://humpys.com/anc), as was already mentioned, is a good place to sample local beers. Cafe Amsterdam (http://www.cafe-amsterdam.com/am/) is also a great place to sample beers from Alaska and elsewhere and enjoy a nice meal.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,

Scott

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Beer Travel / Re: Alaska Beer App
« on: August 06, 2013, 07:47:05 PM »
So far, Alaskan Brewing and Baranof Island Brewing are the only breweries on your route.

There has been a brewery in planning in Ketchikan for awhile. However, it is unlikely that Baleen Brewing will be up and running by the time you take your trip.

Bummer.

If you have any other questions about Alaska just send me an e-mail.

Have a great trip!

- Scott

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Beer Travel / Alaska Beer App
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:57:26 PM »
The Beer Up Here app was officially released yesterday (August 2).

This app is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-beer-up-here/id677064865?mt=8.

I heard folks were working on this project but I was not really sure what to expect.

I must say I am very impressed! This app far exceeds my expectation.

All 22 of the breweries currently up and running in Alaska are listed and they give fairly detailed information regarding their beers.

In addition to this, they also list several ale houses and growler bars. A neat feature of this is that the listings of what these establishments have on tap are supposedly updated in real-time.

I have no idea how this is done but....

Unfortunately, the majority of the ale houses and growler bars are from the Anchorage area. I've been told that they intent to eventually list such establishments throughout the state.

I suspect that there was a bad rush to release this app while still have summer here. The geese and cranes are starting to congregate so as much as we'd like to ignore the signs winter is just around the corner.

The point is that this app is likely to keep improving as more and more establishments and features are added.

Note that I am not affiliated with the people who have produced this app.

I am just very impressed by it and would like to get the word out.

If you are planning a trip up to Alaska, I strongly urge you to purchase this app!

I don't believe you will be sorry.

It is a little more expensive ( i.e. $4.99) than most apps I have but it is not as expensive as some.

- Scott 

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:22:10 AM »
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Perhaps tonight I will start the download up before going to bed and let things run hopefully to completion.  I hope this will resolve the issue but....

Did not fix it.

I turned the sleep time to "never" and tried again. Eventually the spinning download gears when away and still nothing.

I guess I will wait for a new updated version of the app to come out and then give another go later.

Bummer...I was looking forward to reading Zymurgy from my iPad. Oh well...fortunately, I have DRAFT magazine, Beer Connoisseur read on my iPad in the meantime.

- Scott

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: ETB2013
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:10:47 AM »
Please join me in congratulating Aaron Christ of Anchorage for winning Best of Show (and the $500 cash prize that goes with it) in this year's E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition. The winning beer was a wonderful chocolate Doppelbock.

Complete results and pictures of the judging etc. may be found at: http://ow.ly/nb6jx.
 
Thinking ahead to next year the styles of the 2014 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition will be:
Bock (5A-C), English Pale Ale (8A-C), American Ale (10A-C), Porter (12A-C), Stout (13A-F),
IPA (14A-C), Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (20 and 21A).


Cheers,

Scott Stihler
Fairbanks, Alaska

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 20, 2013, 10:09:17 AM »
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The issue you just downloaded is right where it was before you downloaded it, in the display of available issues.  The "Download" banner that was across the front of it is gone and the issue is available for reading.

I thought that might be the case but it does not seem to be happening. After the downloading stops the download banner is still there and all of the issue icons are locked up (i.e. don't respond in any way when tapped) until I turn the iPad off and on.

The downloading takes awhile so the iPad goes to sleep. I noticed that it seems that whenever the iPad is "awakened" while downloading Zymurgy the download stops shortly thereafter. I wonder if perhaps the issues are simply not finished downloading when I check on the progress. About how big are these files we're downloading anyways?

Perhaps tonight I will start the download up before going to bed and let things run hopefully to completion.  I hope this will resolve the issue but....

Thanks for the help.

- Scott

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 20, 2013, 12:28:28 AM »
So what exactly is supposed to happen?

The Zymurgy app showed up at the App Store yesterday? so I downloaded it.

I was able to download it to my iPad 2 with OS 6.1.3 and my iPhone 4S which has the a OS version.

I can login fine and the nice icons of past issues of Zymurgy show up.

I select one of those issues, usually the most recent one, and the download spinning gear pops up and spins and spins and...spins. Eventually it stops. The issue of Zymurgy is nowhere to be found. Is it supposed to show up in one of the ebook readers? I looked in iBooks but it was not there.

I've tried this with both the iPad and the iPhone with the same results.

Am I doing something wrong? I don't really see how I could be but...

At this point I am seriously underwhelmed by the new app.

Am I alone in this?

Oh well....

- Scott

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Homebrew Competitions / ETB2013
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:44:45 AM »
Announcing the 17th Annual E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!

This is a AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

The grand prize for Best of Show is $500!!!

Great prizes and custom medals will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each of the seven judged categories.

The seven categories that will be judged are: European Amber Lager (3A-B), English Pale Ale (8A-C), American Ale (10A-C), Porter (12A-C), Stout (13A-F), IPA (14A-C) and Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (20 & 21A).

Entries will be accepted: June 24 - July 17, 2013

Entry fees: Submit three 12-16 oz brown or green crown capped bottles and a check or money order for $5.00 in U.S. funds per entry.

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 20th.

Location: Fox, Alaska (a small mining community ~10 miles north of Fairbanks)

More information as well as Entry and Bottle ID forms may be found at: http://www.mosquitobytes.com/Den/Beer/Events/Events.html#ETB.

This year we have added a "Follow of Twitter" button just above the where the Entry and Bottle ID forms are. It is out intention to send out one or two competition reminders and to send out quick and dirty updates prior to composing and sending out our standard e-mails. Also after the BOS winner has been notified by phone, something will be posted on Twitter in that regard. The rest of the world will need to wait until the results webpage is uploaded late the next day to find out who the winner is.

At any rate, should you have any questions or are interesting in judging contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: ETB2012
« on: July 16, 2012, 12:09:01 AM »
Please join me in congratulating Steven Jayich of Anchorage, Alaska for winning Best of Show in this year's E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!

Results and pictures of the judging may be found at: http://www.mosquitobytes.com/Den/Beer/Events/ETB2012/ETB2012.html.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: melanoidin in an amber?
« on: July 03, 2012, 10:46:52 AM »
Alaskan Brewing may have changed their tune with respect to their Amber.

They just recently took a Silver medal in the World Beer Cup with it entered as an Irish Red (http://bit.ly/KfjY2x).

Nice beer regardless of the style though.

- Scott

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