The AHA Research & Education Fund (R&EF) was launched earlier this year, and we now have the results of the first proposal to have gone through the process.
Several members of the QUAFF homebrewers club, led by Stan Sission, did a focused, side-by side comparison of the same cider fermented with different yeast strains. Members can see the results of this study at http://bit.ly/REF1Cid
. Or listen to the presentation that was given at this year’s National Homebrewers Conference.
The R&EF subcommittee liked this request from the start because the controls were clear, the objective straight forward and the lessons were going to be easy to understand and impart to the members.
When a member submits a proposal, the sub-committee reviews it as a team and then an individual coach is identified. He or she will take the member and their proposal from start to finish – right up to helping them obtain reimbursement for eligible expenses! Typical feedback provided by the coaches have included requests to tighten up the scope of a research proposal or reduce the variables. Feedback is meant to enhance the end results or to help ensure that the research proposal uses solid research principles. Coaches are there to help a member get their concept approved.
Requests are starting to come in, and we want to encourage AHA members to review the program details at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/scholarships-grants/research-and-education-fund
. This program is a great member benefit that creates opportunities for members to share learning's while covering significant costs.