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How about reviews of homebrew equipment like the new stuff coming out. I don’t have a lot of money to throw around and it would be beneficial to read what others have seen as the pros and cons with things like conical fermenters, pumps, burners, etc.

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Great idea, we will share with the AHA web and magazine staff!

The AHA welcomes input from members on homebrewing topics, blog ideas, article pitches, and anything else you would like to see covered on the AHA website or in Zymurgy for 2020.

Feel free to comment in this thread, or email the AHA Subcommittee directly at

Thank you!

Welcome to the new Content & Resources Subcommittee Section of the AHA Forum!

The mission of our Subcommittee is to guide and support the AHA with their content strategy and channel plan. Furthermore, our subcommittee objectives are to ensure that the AHA:
  • delivers engaging content to an audience of homebrewers having diverse interests and a wide range of skill levels.
  • addresses current states-of-the-art in homebrewing through relevant, timely content.
  • effectively connects its media channels (Zymurgy,, Brew Guru app, Zymurgy Live, and social media platforms) so that they reinforce one another and deliver consistency.
We'd love to hear your thoughts, questions, & comments here.

If you would like to submit questions or feedback directly to our subcommittee, you can email Thank you and we welcome your input! 


Denny Conn and Debbie Cerda, Co-Chairs
Content & Resources Subcommittee
AHA Governing Committee

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Plastic Phenolic Flavor
« on: June 18, 2019, 06:13:42 PM »
I switched to all grain years ago but came upon a recipe that i really wanted to try.  However, it is an extract recipe with steeping grains.  I brewed it twice and got a plastic off flavor both times.  I use un-adjusted R.O. water and nothing but StarSan touches anything once I start brewing so I know it's not chlorine.  I used White Labs WLP001 which I have used several times before with no issues.  The only thing I can think of is my plastic fermentation bucket but, again, I have used it before and since without issue.  Any help out there?

When you say RO water, is it from your own 3 or 4 stage in home filtration system, or a "water mill" at the local grocer? Do you test the water pre-brewing to assure that all/most of the free and/or total chlorine was removed by carbon filtration prior to the RO membrane?

Water from those machines at the local grocer is only as consistent as the technician is in servicing them, especially during high use. I'd tested RO water from a machine and the pH was the exact same as our tap water (9.4) when it should have been much lower if the system was functioning properly.

Searched forums but could not find -- I went to update my avatar, and it won't upload new and deleted my old.

What are the technical specs for avatars? Size and extension?


Welcome to the new Diversity Subcommittee Section of the AHA Forum!

Our Subcommittee mission is to provide the AHA with ideas and advice to create a more diverse membership, inclusive community, and enhance member benefits for everyone. You can learn more about the AHA's American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan at

We'd love to hear your thoughts, questions, & comments. Please adhere to the Rules of the AHA Discussion Forum when posting here. As a courtesy reminder from the Rules:

3. Be respectful of the questions and comments of others. It is OK to disagree with someone, but do so with respect. Keep the AHA forum friendly and encouraging of everyone's participation. We will not tolerate rudeness, insults, personal attacks, inflammatory remarks, threats, racial/ethnic slurs, trolling, flame baiting or similarly disruptive postings.

If you would like to submit questions or feedback directly to our subcommittee, you can email Thank you and we welcome your participation! 

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Ingredients / Re: Aramis Hops
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:47:31 AM »
Aramis is great as a late addition/dry hop, delicate citrus notes, but I'm not sure how well it would come across as a bittering hop. I've only used whole cone to dry hop.
Strikes me as a bit "fragile" despite its AAC content, has a low oil content. Full technical features via the Alsatian source

Love to hear how it works for you!

Ingredients / Re: Eureka - the best new hop since Mosaic
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:33:16 AM »
Great to hear -- I received about 10 1 oz samples this past weekend, and Eureka was one that I was intrigued by, along with a few experimentals from Hopsteiner. Now I know to keep and not give away in our club's "trash or treasure" monthly raffle!


Just a heads up that the AHA Research & Education Fund application form has been temporarily disabled until we've finalized revisions, but will be back up soon.

The AHA Research and Education Fund was launched in spring of 2013, and our members have used this funding opportunity to research some interesting topics that benefit the hobby of home brewing.

The AHA REF subcommittee has vetted 25 proposals since the program's inception. Of the 22 approved for reimbursement over the last two years, only 6 have reached completion as of now.

The impact to our members is that:
  • funds are allocated and tied up that other members could use in their research projects
  • space was added to Zymurgy to include reports on these projects
  • a panel or poster session at the National Homebrewers Conference related to a project can't be scheduled in a timely fashion
Therefore, the program will be undergoing some renovation over the next month so that we can maximize the AHA REF program benefits as many members as possible.

Stay tuned for updates, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Duncan Bryant or either of your AHA REF subcommittee co-chairs.

Debbie Cerda and Crispy Frey, Co-chairs
AHA REF Subcommittee

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:15:18 AM »
i live in round rock, texas and have been uable to find a water report that lists the appropriate info.  what are some keywords i should use when googling.  ive asked a local brewer and some club members and no one knows.  thanks.

Did you post to the Texas Carboys or Austin Zealots? I've posted info out to the Zealots Yahoo group a few times.

You should receive the annual drinking water quality report by July 1, the City hasn't posted online as of yet -- the one available at (search for "City of Round Rock" or TX2460003) does not include the secondaries that you would want for sulfate/hardness/calcium etc. pH usually ranges from 7.3 - 7.6, raw water alkalinity is ~155.

Chloramine levels depend on how far you live from the water treatment/pump stations, but be aware that with historical levels in distribution minimum of 2.15 mg/L (measured as total chlorine) and levels above 3 mg/L out of the treatment plant that you need to dechloraminate. Carbon filtration may not remove all if you don't have sufficient contact time to hit a removal efficiency that you need.

Assuming that Kim Lutz is still handling the water quality data for Round Rock, you can call her at (512) 341-3333 or email for more recent data.

You can also get your water tested by LCRA Environmental Services in southeast Austin, they have a residential water supply testing services

Events / Re: NHC Newbie Guide online
« on: June 19, 2012, 03:44:06 AM »
So what are some of the places around the Hotel people can go for good beer, some food, and more good beer?

I know there's a Rock Bottom and The Tap House Grill nearby, but maybe some locals can give a couple other suggestions.

I arrived early for the Washington Brewers Fest and the Fremont Solstice Parade and Art Fair, and have been exploring Bellevue. As suggested, using Around Me, Yelp, or even Google Places review is a great resource. There's plenty of chain restaurants a skywalk away, but if you walk about 5-10 extra minutes there's some great places along Bellevue Way NE as well as on 2nd or Main. Mod's Speed Pizza, great pho at Pho All Day, Belle Pastry French bakery, and Chace's Pancake Corral are just a few tasty discoveries.

To get into Seattle you can catch the #550 that goes through Pioneer Square, near Pike Place Market and Pike Pub and Brewery.

Not nearby, but 10 miles by car is a great food and beer selection is Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont.

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