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Offline stavesacre

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Okinawa Bound
« on: September 16, 2010, 07:41:00 AM »
Hey guys, I've just recieved orders across the water. I started brewing about a year ago, and I'm looking forward to doing many more.
Anyone here been deployed or worked in Okinawa? Have any good tips on how to get supplies without losing your shirt, or brew clubs that might still be running?

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 07:57:13 AM »
There's a lot of stuff going on in Japan these days with the craft beer scene. Try to contact the guy in this article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/devin-stewart/brewing-in-japan-intervie_b_660810.html
and here's another useful link: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/travel/25iht-trbeer.1.7628424.html

Looks like you might be able to find stuff fairly easily.
Army/Navy/Marines/AF?
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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 08:56:32 AM »
Marines!
I'll check out the article.
I'm excited to hear there is a craft brew scene at all. I was worried.

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 11:22:23 AM »
Marines!
I'll check out the article.
I'm excited to hear there is a craft brew scene at all. I was worried.

Thanks for your service to our country and good luck on getting your supplies.

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2010, 07:22:15 PM »
I was stationed there at Kinser back in '85-87. I wasn't homebrewing at the time. When you're not drinking your own, enjoy the Kirin and Sapporro in vending machines out in town. Yes, you can drink and urinate out in town in public legally, if things haven't changed. It's a male dominated country. Just don't do #2 because it is a desecration and will land you in jail. Oh Yeah, If it's still available, stay away from the bombers of Red Horse Ale imported from the Philippines. I recall blistering hangovers from it. Fusel alcohols out the wazoo. Enjoy the diving, yaki soba etc. Yakatori (chicken dick on a stick) :D

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2010, 01:51:14 AM »
Marines!
I'll check out the article.
I'm excited to hear there is a craft brew scene at all. I was worried.

Oorah, you brewed up a Chesty Puller ale yet?
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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2010, 01:53:50 AM »
I was stationed there at Kinser back in '85-87. I wasn't homebrewing at the time. When you're not drinking your own, enjoy the Kirin and Sapporro in vending machines out in town. Yes, you can drink and urinate out in town in public legally, if things haven't changed. It's a male dominated country. Just don't do #2 because it is a desecration and will land you in jail. Oh Yeah, If it's still available, stay away from the bombers of Red Horse Ale imported from the Philippines. I recall blistering hangovers from it. Fusel alcohols out the wazoo. Enjoy the diving, yaki soba etc. Yakatori (chicken dick on a stick) :D

Semper Fi!

Don't forget to try the "weird" stuff they've got over there too - there's a great after dark food scene, lots of izakaya have interesting things on the menu.
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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2010, 03:56:23 AM »
Marines!
I'll check out the article.
I'm excited to hear there is a craft brew scene at all. I was worried.

Oorah, you brewed up a Chesty Puller ale yet?

Not yet!   ;D

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2010, 08:24:20 PM »
I've been looking over the mail order brew supply places and right now I don't see anyone that ships over seas. Has anyone dealt with this before, and maybe know a good supply company that ships to Japan?

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2010, 02:46:25 AM »
No APO? I know there are some out there that'll ship to an APO.

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2010, 04:43:51 AM »
My dad's not too far from these guys, and he asked them about international, apparently they do it: http://www.highgravitybrew.com/ APO/FPO shipping should be way cheaper than UPS or FedEx, I'd think.
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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2010, 09:01:06 AM »
Marines!
I'll check out the article.
I'm excited to hear there is a craft brew scene at all. I was worried.

Oorah, you brewed up a Chesty Puller ale yet?

Got a recipe for that?  I'd love to brew it for my dad and uncle who are Marines.  Although, they'll snivel about drinking beer brewed by an Army puke, lol.

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2010, 03:37:05 AM »
I live in Seoul, South Korea and work on the Army base at Yongsan.  I get my supplies online from Williams Brewing (williamsbrewing.com), Mountain Homebrew (mountainhomebrew.com), and Hops Direct (hopsdirect.com)... I've also gotten supplies from High Gravity Brewing someone mentioned earlier.  You should have an APO AP address, so as long as your stuff isn't over 70 lbs or over a certain size limit.  I've ordered 55-lb bags of two-row malt from Williams with no problems at all.  You just might want to do something nice for your mail person... give them a few beers maybe!

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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2010, 04:40:59 AM »
Got a recipe for that?  I'd love to brew it for my dad and uncle who are Marines.  Although, they'll snivel about drinking beer brewed by an Army puke, lol.

Sure: the idea is Maroon and Gold, i.e. a red ale brewed with wheat.
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Chesty Puller Maroon and Gold OoorahAle
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OG: 1.054
FG: 1.017
36 IBU
18 deg SRM
4.9% Finished ABV
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Grain bill:
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7 1/2 lbs Wheat Light Malt
3/4 lbs American Caramel Malt (60L)
1/2 lb Victory Malt (~72L)
3/4 lb CaraMunich III
1/2 lb CaraMunich I
2 oz Roasted Barley
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Hops:
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1oz Liberty @ 60mn
1oz Vanguard @ 30mn
1oz Challenger @ 5mn
(See the trend?)
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Yeasties:
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WLP862 Cry Havoc
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Re: Okinawa Bound
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2010, 08:16:08 AM »
I think some Aussie and New Zealand homebrew supply shops ship to Asia.