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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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Homebrew Competitions / ETB2012
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:10:26 AM »
I'd like to announce the 16th 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: Pilsner (2A-C); 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 18 - July 11, 2012

Entry fees: Please include a check or money order for $5.00 in U.S. funds per entry.

Number of Bottles: Please submit three 12-16 oz brown or green crown capped bottles per entry.

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 14th.

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

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

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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The Pub / Re: Need Definition, Please?!
« on: April 04, 2012, 04:13:31 PM »
If I was in Alaska, I'd say I was going to the lower 48.

Actually if you were in Alaska you'd say you were going Outside.

- Scott

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The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 05, 2011, 03:13:31 PM »
Many many years ago (i.e. the early 80's) I was an American piss water pilsner drinker.

Being a Michigander my beer of choice was Stroh's, of course. Stroh's was a fine beer but it was still an American piss water pilsner. What can I say? At the time I did not know better.

Each spring Stroh's released their version of a bock beer. I tried it and was smitten.  It was interesting and flavorful and showed me there was more to beer than just your standard pilsner.

Of course, this beer was nothing like a true bock but it was a good introduction to flavorful beer. This led me to trying genuine bocks and other imports. A whole new world of beer opened up to me.

I was a student so, of course, I continued to drink American pislners but I did know better and when funds permitted I purchased imports from time to time.

Then there was craft beer revolution and I became a homebrewer in 1991. The die was set and I never looked back. I haven't had an American piss water pilsner for about 17 years. Why bother when there are so many more flavorful beers out there?

Stroh's bock changed my life. Kind of scarey, huh?

- Scott Stihler
  Fairbanks, Alaska

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Beer Recipes / Re: Christmas Tree IPA
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:47:38 PM »
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Spruce is supposed to best and your are correct about the new growth aspect.

However, if the tips were exposed to the boil for a short time (last 15 minutes?) maybe the harsher components could be avoided.

A short boil used to be the common belief. However, Pete Devaris who is pretty much the authority on spruce beers recommends boiling for about an hour.

I've judged an American Pale Ale with spruce that he brewed and it was awesome. The surprising thing about it was that although it was highly hopped the spruce still came through.

Pete recommends Sitka Spruce. I've used white spruce and the beers came out pretty good. However, I have yet to try the extended boiling that Pete recommends.

If you are serious about brewing a spruce beer I recommend searching the Forum for Pete Devaris and reading all the posts with respect to his spruce beer suggestions.

Spruce beers are good. Pine beers scare the willies out of me. Yuck!

I hope this helps!

- Scott

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Beer Travel / Re: Alaska Tour in the Planning Stages
« on: October 11, 2011, 06:11:57 PM »
Doh!

I'm afraid I saw the original posting this morning and somehow managed to misread it.

I had thought you were going to Homer, Seward and Anchorage. There was another post that mentioned going there and I guess I got my wires crossed. Sorry about that. What can I say? It was around 5:00 a.m. when I read it.

I wrote my in depth reply without actually rereading the original post. I won't be doing that again.

Oh well....

While in Juneau checking out Alaskan Brewing is worth while.

As somebody has already mentioned it is a bit of a ways out of town but it is worth the trip. The last time I was there, they had collections of four different "vintages" of the smoked porter that one could purchase. That is really cool.

I would not recommend visiting the the Red Dog Saloon. It's kind of a dive or at least it was the least time I was in Juneau.

The trolly tour of Juneau was very nice and gives a good idea of where things are in town.

The Silverbow Bakery has good food.

 I'm afraid I don't recall other places in Juneau worth checking out.

In Sitka there is Baranof Island Brewing. The establishment is new since the last time I've been to Sitka.

The Raptor Center, the Bishops house and St. Michael's  Catherdral are worth checking out in Sitka.

In Skagway there are Skagway Brewing Company and Gold Rush Brewing.

Skagway Brewing is right in town and it very good.

Gold Rush Brewing is more of a pain to get to and I'm afraid I have not heard very many good things about them.

A ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, especially if they are running the steam engine, is a must. But then again my wife and I really like steam engines.

If you make it to Haines you should check out Haines Brewing.

I'm afraid other things to do in Haines don't really come to mind at present.

I'm not sure what else to recommend. Most cruise packages don't go much beyond the Inside Passage but there are, of course, various add ons (for a price).

I am leaving my original posting just in case you or somebody else may end up in Anchorage and perhaps the Kenai Peninsula.

Sorry for being such a space cadet. How embarassing.

I hope this helps with your plans.


Cheers,

Scott

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Beer Travel / Re: Alaska Tour in the Planning Stages
« on: October 11, 2011, 12:31:58 PM »
That sounds like a great trip.

While in Homer you should definitely check out Homer Brewing Company (say hello to Karen and Steve for me) and the Ring of Fire Meadery.

On the way to Homer there is the Kenai River Brewing Company and St. Eilas Brewing Company in Soldonta and Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop in Kenai. All three are well worth stopping at.

I have a Alaska brewery webpage at: http://www.mosquitobytes.com/Den/Beer/Breweries/Breweries.html. This should give you an idea where the various breweries are. I've included some contact information a link to the official brewery webpages where they exist. Keep in mind some of the offical webpages are under construction and do not include a whole lot of information.

While in Seward I would recommend taking one of the Kenai Fijords tours. I've gone six times and it is a great trip. You often seen glacial calfing and quite a bit of wildlife including humpback whales and orca. I've been on that trip six times and will likely go again.

Anchorage is the Mecca of brewing in Alaska.

Midnight Sun Brewing was already mentioned. Their beers are quite nice.

Glacier Brewhouse is a very nice brewpub. It is kind of expensive but has very good beer and very good food. They have as my wife puts it bread pudding "to die for".

Having said that, whenever we are in Anchorage my wife and I always go to Moose's Tooth. They have wonderful pizza and very good beer. Although they made their own beer the brewing equipment is not on premises so techinically they are not a brewpub. At any rate, they are always busy regardless of the time. If you go you will have to wait at least 5-10 minutes. However, it is worth the wait.

Somebody mentioned Humpy's. They have an impressive line up of beers. However, they tend to attract and younger crowd. Being an old fart I prefer the mellower Café Amsterdam http://www.cafe-amsterdam.com/am/.

In terms of things to do in the Anchorage area I highly recommend going to the Alaska Native Heritage Center Museum http://www.alaskanative.net/en/home/.

My wife and I also really like the Alaska Zoo http://www.alaskazoo.org. It is a small zoo but it is a really nice walk and a great place to "decompress". The zoo features Alaskan wildlife (e.g. Polar Bears, Musk Ox, Moose, etc.) and other cold weather animals (e.g. Yaks, Snow Leopards, Amur Tigers etc.).

Beer culture is alive and well in Alaska. In fact, the Arkose Brewery in Palmer is having their grand opening today (October 11).

I hope you have a wonderful time visiting Alaska and drinking your way across our great state!

Have a most excellent trip!!

Cheers,

Scott

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:22:45 PM »
Please join me in congratulating Steve Jayich of Anchorage, Alaska for winning this year's E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition!

He won the competition with a very nice Robust Porter.

As always the competition was fierce! In many case a third of a point or less separated the winners.

We received 49 entries from 8 states. Entries were received from as far away as Alabama and Mississippi.

For complete results please go to: http://www.mosquitobytes.com/Den/Beer/Events/ETB2011/ETB2011.html.

Cheers,

Scott Stihler
Fairbanks, Alaska

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Zymurgy / Re: When's the next edition?
« on: July 15, 2011, 03:24:10 PM »
I just received the July/August issue today (i.e. July 15).

Items sent bulk rate, such as magazines, always take a long time to get to us in Alaska.

I suspect deliveries to Canada may take a little longer.

Hopefully your first issue will arrive soon!

- Scott

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Homebrew Competitions / 2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:56:16 AM »
Announcing the 15th 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: 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 27 - July 20, 2011

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

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 23rd.

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 the following URL: http://www.mosquitobytes.com/Den/Beer/Events/Events.html.

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


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