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Title: Ask the Experts
Post by: denny on October 02, 2010, 04:36:07 PM
In the next week or so, we'll be launching "Ask the Experts" as a special AHA members only feature on the main website.  We'll have various brewing experts available to answer questions you submit.  There will be an email address for people to submit questions on a topic the expert has decided on, and a couple weeks later the questions and answers will be posted on the main AHA website.  You'll have to be an AHA member to access them.  John Palmer will be the first expert, and we've got a couple more lined up after that.  We'll have one per month.  But I'd like to hear from all of you with suggestions about who you'd like to have and what topics you'd like them to cover.  Please post your suggestions here and I'll do my best to  contact the people you mention and ask them to participate.  Keep in mind that the experts will be volunteers who aren't reimbursed for their time. 
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: beveragebob on October 02, 2010, 06:54:51 PM
OK, I guess it's time to join again.....It's been a crazy ride the past few years but, I'm getting back on track with the hobby. If you want, you can use me as a reference to starting a brew biz. You know my background. I think it would be a good fit.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: capozzoli on October 02, 2010, 07:35:23 PM
Sounds like fun.

Stupid question but I am a relatively new card holding AHA member; is there other members only sections of this website?
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: euge on October 02, 2010, 08:12:22 PM
I think it's great idea! Now I just have to join. :-\ The fee's aren't too bad tho!
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: roguejim on October 02, 2010, 11:58:02 PM
I'd like to see that expert dude "Conn" discuss the technical side of converting a VW bus into a fermentation/lagering room!
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: bluesman on October 03, 2010, 12:50:09 AM
Great effort Denny!

I'd like to see Jamil Z...can we talk about recipe development?

He's a popular guy in our wide world of brewing and I think he will generate alot of interest.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: gmwren on October 03, 2010, 12:34:26 PM
So, kinda almost like the Evil and Now Banned Tech Talk, except we get answers to our questions from a single expert rather than the group. Huh, might just work.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: redbeerman on October 03, 2010, 01:25:25 PM
I think this is a great idea!
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: hopshead on October 04, 2010, 01:10:02 PM
Denny, great idea for exclusive AHA member content.

I am personally very interested and want to learn more about Top Cropping Yeast.  The knowledge in publications (mags, books, etc.) is usually just very general and not the main topic.  I love to hear an expert that top crops regularly on techniques, when and how, what the yeast looks like, viability, and effects or drift of yeast from batch to batch.  Either homebrewers or pro brewers that top crop would be great.  I think the D.L. Geary Brewing Co. in Maine top crops, but I don't know of many other pro brewers that do.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: denny on October 04, 2010, 03:35:31 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions and keep 'em coming!  This whole thing will be driven by who the members want to hear!
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: troy@uk on October 04, 2010, 06:33:49 PM
  I think Denny should save a slot for himself.
  I know it helped me to learn about batch sparging from Denny when I was moving from extract/specialty grains to partial mash. Things like making the mash tun, working the water volumes and recipe conversion are all things I learned from Denny and his resources.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: 1vertical on October 05, 2010, 12:45:26 PM
I think it's great idea! Now I just have to join. :-\ The fee's aren't too bad tho!
+1 Been coat tailing long enuff. What a nice perk Denny...
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: EHall on October 05, 2010, 04:24:44 PM
Ray Daniels and any/all brewers who currently own their own brewery/brewpub. Would love to gather more info/experience from those who have been through it to help more folks get there.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: Steve on October 05, 2010, 09:57:21 PM
Excellent idea.  I'll be thinking of ideas to discuss.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: jaybeerman on October 06, 2010, 03:38:35 AM
Possible Topics

1. Bugs and critters (serious brett, batch blending and long term aging discussion)
2. Open Fermentation for homebrewers
3. High End Techniques for improvement (everyone can learn)
4. Wood (how, when, why, what)
5. Braggot (more misinformation can be found on this topic than any other)
6. Non standard mash techniques (for example "Brewing a Wheat Beer with Intensive Banana Aroma")

Possible People

1.  Get one of the Italian Pro Brewers on here; there are brewers over there brewing heavily spiced beers on wine yeast and having good results. (I could possibly help on this one if no one else had better contacts)
2. Brewer or non-brewer scientific types
3. Hop groups who will take suggestions from homebrewers
4. People like Michael Eder
 
Cheers, j
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: denny on October 06, 2010, 03:59:09 PM
Thanks for the ideas...a couple questions....

3. Hop groups who will take suggestions from homebrewers

I'm not sure what you mean by this.

4. People like Michael Eder

Who?
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: jaybeerman on October 06, 2010, 08:06:05 PM
Thanks for the ideas...a couple questions....

3. Hop groups who will take suggestions from homebrewers

I'm not sure what you mean by this.

4. People like Michael Eder

Who?

3. See if someone from Indie Hops, OSU or maybe even Hop Breeding Company will answer questions (or take idea suggestions) from homebrewers.  For example, I'd love to see a clean, low cohumulone, high alpha, version of bullion that stores well.

4. Remember that article that you didn't read in the May/June issue of zymurgy, that guy.

Cheers, j
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: denny on October 06, 2010, 09:33:14 PM
3. See if someone from Indie Hops, OSU or maybe even Hop Breeding Company will answer questions (or take idea suggestions) from homebrewers.  For example, I'd love to see a clean, low cohumulone, high alpha, version of bullion that stores well.

Got it...I've already got somebody in mind.  

4. Remember that article that you didn't read in the May/June issue of zymurgy, that guy.

Cheers, j

 :-[  Guess I'd better do some reading!
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: garyg on October 12, 2010, 08:53:59 PM
Stupid question but I am a relatively new card holding AHA member; is there other members only sections of this website?

Yes, the Commercial Calibration section of Zymurgy is Members-Only.  So members can see the judge comments of every beer our Commercial Calibration judge team has reviewed in Zymurgy.  You can find Commercial Calibration at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/zymurgy/commercial-calibration. 

You need to be registered on the HomebrewersAssociation.org website (which you are if you've posted to the Forum) and have your site registration linked to your AHA membership.  You can find instructions for linking your membership in the site FAQ: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/my-account/site-registration-faq.

Cheers!
Gary
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: capozzoli on October 15, 2010, 02:07:17 AM
Thanks Gary. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: denny on October 15, 2010, 03:46:37 PM
Please keep those ideas coming!  We're kicking off with John Palmer..

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=4139.0
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: alemental on October 16, 2010, 12:10:30 AM

Great effort Denny!

I'd like to see Jamil Z...can we talk about recipe development?

He's a popular guy in our wide world of brewing and I think he will generate alot of interest.

I'll 2nd this...recipe formulation & development is a big, big topic, difficult to explain. And who would be better than Mr.Beer Style himself?
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: Hokerer on October 16, 2010, 01:04:33 AM
How 'bout David Houseman?

Should be amusing cuz wasn't he one of the biggest complainers about the demise of TechTalk?
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: alemental on October 18, 2010, 04:34:55 PM
I think a really good choice would be Kristin England to discuss brewing Berliner Weisse. Not much info is out there on this style, let alone techniques like culturing lactobacillus for it.
In fact, he could discuss all the nearly forgotten styles he touches on in Stan Hieronymous' recent wheat book. The Berliner Weisse is probably the one that will raise the most interest though.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: chezteth on October 18, 2010, 04:44:47 PM
I think a really good choice would be Kristin England to discuss brewing Berliner Weisse. Not much info is out there on this style, let alone techniques like culturing lactobacillus for it.
In fact, he could discuss all the nearly forgotten styles he touches on in Stan Hieronymous' recent wheat book. The Berliner Weisse is probably the one that will raise the most interest though.

+1   This would be terrific!  I have not brewed a Berliner Weisse yet but have not found much information either.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: kgs on October 21, 2010, 02:57:12 AM
Easing (and/or automating) the physical process is a topic I'd like to hear addressed.

Moving into kegging would be another good topic.

The whole idea of getting ready to compete is another.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: weazletoe on October 25, 2010, 10:04:45 PM
 Great Idea ya got here Denny! I really am hopong to join the AHA soon as I get some extra coin. BTW, if you need an expert in asshattery, feel free to PM me. I'll be glad to join in the community.  ;D
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: chumley on November 09, 2010, 09:25:51 PM
Denny, just let me know which month you want me to answer questions.
Title: Re: Ask the Experts
Post by: denny on November 09, 2010, 09:56:45 PM
Chumley, if people were interested in knowing about PBR, you'd be the first person I'd contact!