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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:55:16 PM »
Hey Forum Friends,

I wanted to post a thank you to all of you who are AHA members, the AHA Forum couldn't exist without you!

For those of you who have not yet joined up or perhaps have let your membership lapse, we could use your support now to hit our year-end membership goal.  The AHA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting homebrewing.  Membership is by far our largest source of revenue, so joining the AHA is the best way you can show your support for the organization and this Forum.

Plus, now happens to be a great time to join, since we have our annual Give the Gift of membership promotion going on through the end of the year. (Note to current members: you can use this deal to extend your membership.)   

Here’s the deal: when you purchase a 1-year membership gift card, you get to choose a free gift to go with it.

The free gift options are …

•   Stainless steel AHA-branded tumbler/koozie (why have cold hands and warm beer when you can have warm hands and cold beer?!  I actually have one of these and I love it.) 
•   Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer by Stan Hieronymus.  ‘Nuff said.
•   For the Love of Hops by Stan Hieronymus. Essential for any brewer’s library whether you’re a hophead or not.

The member cards are $43. Each free gift is a $20 value. You can order for a friend OR give yourself an early Christmas present. AHA member benefits include:

•   One-year subscription to Zymurgy magazine
•   Discounts at 1,800+ Member Deals locations, including pubs and homebrew shops
•   eZymurgy online magazine and app (and archives going back to the year 2000)
•   Seminar recordings from previous Homebrew Cons
•   Winning recipes from the National Homebrew Competition
•   Exclusive invitation to events such as the National Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Con
•   And much more!



P.S. The promo runs through Dec. 31 -- but you’ll want to order by Dec. 12 for holiday delivery.

P.P.S. Those who activate their gift cards by December 31 will be entered to win a complete Brewers Publications dream library—49 titles valued at over $1000.

The Pub / Re: how long to get renewal bonus
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:35:41 PM »
Thanks for renewing, Steve!  We expect the coupons to mail next week.

Is it next week yet?
Sorry for the delay!  White Labs ran short on certificates and had to print more.  The last of them should be going out this week.

The Pub / Re: how long to get renewal bonus
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:36:49 PM »
Thanks for renewing, Steve!  We expect the coupons to mail next week.
See you at H.U.B. on the 18th?

I wish!  AHA Assistant Director Steve Parr will be there, though.

The Pub / Re: how long to get renewal bonus
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:59:03 PM »
Thanks for renewing, Steve!  We expect the coupons to mail next week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Did you start brewing at 55 or older?
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:32:28 PM »
I had a reporter reach out to me wanting to speak to homebrewers who started brewing at the age of 55 or older. This is for a feature that will appear on

Coverage of homebrewing in the media is a great way to introduce more people to the hobby, so for the greater good, if you fit the bill, please reach out to:

Debbie Swanson:


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Super duper newbie question
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:32:59 PM »
Welcome to homebrewing, Randy!

I'm pretty sure that 14-28 days in the instructions is the time in the bottles for conditioning/carbonating.  So yes, bottle when fermentation is complete.

The Pub / Re: Tapatalk sucks now
« on: June 14, 2017, 07:54:07 PM »
The AHA Forum should now be ad free on TapaTalk.  Please let us know if ads reappear. 

Questions about the forum? / Re: Ads on Tapatalk.
« on: June 07, 2017, 11:40:01 PM »
Thanks Gary. I saw the ad on the app. Just starting showing up in the last day or two, after the Tapatalk App updated.

The AHA Forum isn't the only forms this is occurring on either, so might just be something on the Tapatalk side of things.

Thanks!  We've got a trouble ticket in with TapaTalk.  This is definitely on their end.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Ads on Tapatalk.
« on: June 07, 2017, 07:58:37 PM »
Josh, thanks for posting!

Did you see that ad on the app or via Tapatalk online?  It looks like we may have had a mistake on our settings for the online version, which may have allowed ads to show up there.  There definitely should not have been Tapatalk-placed ads in the mobile version.  It is not our intention for Tapatalk to be placing ads on the AHA Forum.

We should have this corrected, but please follow up if you continue to see these kinds of ads in the future.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Kudos
« on: June 06, 2017, 03:08:25 PM »
Thanks Ralph,

Homebrewing is rapidly growing in popularity throughout Latin America and in Spain, however, there is not much homebrew content available to Spanish speakers.  The new Spanish language boards (one is for homebrewers and one is for professional brewers) are one means of providing resources for Spanish speakers.

The AHA also started translating each issue of Zymurgy into Spanish and making that content available to AHA members in the Magazines section of  So far we've translated the January/February and March/April 2017 issues.  The May/June issue is in the process of being translated.  You can find the translations here:

The Pub / Re: Well, this sucks
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:51:14 PM »
I share that sentiment. 

14?  There are only 13 candidate statements.

Have you been drinking?  I count 14.

Just a few days left to cast your ballot in the AHA Governing Committee election.  Ballots must be submitted by midnight Pacific Time to be counted.  With six seats on the GC in contention, this is a particularly important election.

Candidate statements and ballots can be found here:

Vote NOW!

I'll also weight in on this thread.  I think Denny and Jeff are being modest about the role the Governing Committee members play.  The GC plays a tremendously important role for the AHA.  Every year, I depend on the Governing Committee to set the agenda for the AHA's annual plan.  The GC is the source of new ideas and a conduit for what is happening in local homebrewing communities around the country. 

Much of the Governing Committee input for the AHA staff takes place at the Subcommittee level, where the discussions are much more focused on specific topics.  Those subcommittees are led by members of the GC, but since not every GC member is on every subcommittee, individual GC members may not be as aware of the overall contribution to the organization that those subcommittees are making.  I can tell you that the AHA staff is very much aware of the contributions of the GC and grateful for the input we get from these dedicated volunteers. 

Ingredients / Brew Kits
« on: March 23, 2017, 10:38:19 PM »
I've got an interview with a reporter interested in discussing homebrew ingredient kits.  I must admit that I don't think I've brewed with an ingredient kit since my very first brew back in 1993.  Does anyone have a favorite kit manufacturer (either wholesale or an individual shops own kits)?  What do you like about the kits?

just a brief example, last year at this time we were talking about the name change from NHC to Homebrew Con.
It was stated by a GC member now up for re-election that "we wanted to freshen the convention perception"

I said "I'd love to hear what said perception is, and what "freshen" means, specifically"

since to my knowledge no one has said anything, I'd still like to know the answer to that one, by the way. 
Why are we doing what we are doing, and what do we have in store for the future?  These are things I feel like AHA members care about.

Frankly, we have no idea.  The AHA decided it was time to change the name and image.  Our role is to help them facilitate that.  We had no input on the change other than to express our opinions after the fact.  If you go to HomebrewCon, go to the AHA members meeting.  Things like this get discussed there and members can ask questions.

Sorry to have to correct you Denny, but the name change came about during discussion at the 2015 GC meeting in San Diego--the one you missed due to term limits.

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