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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:03:32 AM »
Homebrew will be plentiful at the National Homebrewers Conference! 

We do have to deal with an unfortunate law that was passed after we booked the conference, but it's not a huge issue, and I still think that San Diego is a great place to host the National Homebrewers Conference.

The legal issue is that homebrew and commercially produced beer cannot be served in the same place. Either can be consumed anywhere within the conference.  For the Homebrew Expo, half the hall will be dedicated to vendors serving professionally brewed craft beer, the other half will house the Social Club and vendors serving homebrew.  You can walk between them with beer in your glass no problem, it's just a matter of what gets serve where. 

Likewise with seminars, we will have seminar rooms where homebrew will be served and other rooms where commercially-made craft beer will be served.  What is in your glass when you walk into those rooms is your business.

We are looking into the situation for the banquet.  As Denny mentioned, there's no way we can manage a multi-course beer paired meal for 1600+ people solely with homebrew.  With Lagunitas sponsoring this year's conference I'm confident there will be great tasting beer served during the banquet.  While I am doubtful that California ABC will be amenable, we are looking into whether attendees bringing their own beers to share with their friends (i.e. not serving to random attendees as with Club Night) during the banquet is okay. 

Every state has laws that create challenges for hosting a conference that is all about beer and where both commercially made beer and homebrew are served.  No state will allow us to do everything we'd like to do if we could.  We can deal with that. 

Seriously, San Diego is going to be awesome.  The logistical issues we have to deal with due to California law will be minor and I really don't expect it to have much if any impact on the great time attendees are going to have at the conference. 


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Homebrew + sanke + EV
« on: May 01, 2015, 08:24:19 AM »
I think it has to be said that this arrangement could result in a lot of problems for you and the pub, including the pub potentially losing its license to sell.

Indeed, a retailer cannot legally serve unlicensed, untaxed beer and homebrewers cannot legally receive any compensation (not just monetary) for their beer.

There have been several recent incidents where retailers have been caught serving unlicensed beer from local homebrewers.  The result has been much greater scrutiny of the homebrewing community by state alcohol control regulators.

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Equipment and Software / Re: cooler adaption
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:22:52 PM »
We've got a video on how to make Denny Conn's "Cheap 'n' Easy" cooler mashtun set up on the AHA website: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/advanced/videos/. Click on How To Build A Mashtun.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership tax deductible?
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:28:03 PM »
The AHA is a division of the Brewers Association, which is a 501(C)6 Not-For-Profit organization.  We are not a 501(C)3 charity, so your membership dues are not tax deductible.

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Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 20, 2015, 03:06:13 PM »
Any idea when the other contract hotels with shuttles will be announced. May want to opt for one of those if the price is the same.
Overflow hotel information will be posted once the conference block at the Town & Country is filled.  It is definitely filling up though.

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Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 04:37:31 PM »
The AHA mailing software has a fatal bug in that unsubscribing from receiving AHA spam also unsubscribes one from receiving notification about NHC hotels after remitting payment.  All of the good rooms in the Town and Country are booked.  I remitted payment on the 5th.  Someone should have noticed this impedance mismatch.

If you unsubscribe from AHA/Brewers Association emails, our email service will prevent you from receiving any emails sent via the service--that's exactly how it is supposed to work.  Rather than unsubscribing you can "manage your subscription preferences" (at the bottom of all emails there are links to unsubscribe and manage your preferences) to limit the emails you receive.  To resubscribe, fill in your email address in the "Sign Up For Our Newsletter" field at the bottom right of any page on www.homebrewersassociation.org and hit submit.  You'll get an auto generated email response with a link that allows you to opt-out of specific emails.

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Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 06:33:58 AM »
Is there a way to buy just an extra banquet ticket if I've already purchased the full package (including banquet ticket)?
Space in the banquet is very limited, so for the time being banquet tickets are only available to those registered for a full conference or social package.

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Events / National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:12:51 PM »
Brew's up! There's still time to secure your place at the 2015 National Homebrewers Conference, June 11-13 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego.

With 60 seminars, 80 speakers, 17+ hours of Homebrew Expo & Social Club, as well as dozens of San Diego's 90+ breweries pouring their beers at the Welcome Reception, this year's conference promises to be a truly memorable event.

Registration is first-come, first-served, and capacity is limited so register soon! You must be an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member to register.

Details and registration information can be found at www.AHAConference.org.

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Equipment and Software / Re: sanke keg conversion
« on: March 12, 2015, 07:04:16 AM »
The first task is to ensure you have properly obtained that sanke keg.  Unless you actually purchased it from the brewery (paying a deposit on a keg is not the same as purchasing a keg) or from a keg manufacturer, the keg is probably stolen.  This is a very major issue for the brewing industry.  Actually the lead story on HomebrewersAssociation.org right now is on this very issue: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/kegreturn-com-the-importance-of-keg-repatriation/


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Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 11, 2015, 02:19:46 PM »
I personally have stayed at the Town and Country at least six times, probably more and always have had a great experience.  While in past stays some of the rooms were a bit dated, I never experienced any issues with dirty rooms or pests.  All of the rooms in the two hotel towers (representing the vast majority of rooms) were renovated two years ago, so should be in good condition.

In addition to holding the AHA Conference at the Town and Country previously, the Brewers Association has hosted the Craft Brewers Conference there three times--I'm sure the CBC would return if it could still fit there.  We've had great service from the staff at the Town and Country for our events, and they love our attendees.

As has been mentioned in this thread, the Town and Country is in San Diego's Hotel Circle.  Once the Town and Country fills up (and it will), we will be releasing overflow hotel info with group rates for the AHA Conference at surrounding hotels.  We'll also have shuttles running from overflow hotels to the Town and Country.

I am quite certain everyone attending this years conference will have a great experience.  I know I can't wait to be back in San Diego.

See you there! 


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AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / AHA Homebrewer Survey
« on: March 05, 2015, 11:42:56 AM »
The American Homebrewers Association is currently conducting a survey of homebrewers, including many AHA members.  The link for the survey is going out by email. Though the message is not coming from an @brewersassociation.org email address, it is indeed a legit survey and I encourage any members that receive the survey to respond, as the survey is intended to help the AHA better serve your needs.

Thanks!
 

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Question About Household Member
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:17:03 PM »
Yes, Household members are members and are eligible for conference registration.

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Zymurgy / Re: ezymurgy on a desk top
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:52:46 PM »
I just open eZymurgy on my laptop using Chrome.  You do need to be logged in to HomebrewersAssociation.org in order to view eZymurgy.  If it's not a log-in issue, try another browser.  I believe there are issues when using older versions of Internet Explorer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: induction cookers?
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:38:32 AM »
We have a presentation from the 2013 AHA National Homebrewers Conference on brewing with induction available for AHA members to download.

Go to http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/resources/conference-seminars/

Click the 2013 tab and look for "Brewing with Induction Josh Weikert."

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Zymurgy / Re: How long till I get my first issue
« on: February 02, 2015, 09:21:21 AM »
Welcome to the AHA! 

The March/April issue mails February 20.

You can find the magazine mail dates posted on HomebrewersAssociation.org at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/magazine/about-zymurgy/.

Cheers!

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