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Zymurgy / Text errors in Nov/Dec 2018 issue
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:42:18 PM »
Some of you may have noticed that the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Zymurgy featured a few text errors, especially in the article on Kräusening. Here are the ones I'm currently aware of.

Page 38, first column, under the "BREW IT AGAIN" heading, second paragraph should read as follows:
At the 5-gallon (19-liter) scale, one way to do this is to brew 4.5 gallons (17 L) of beer. When fermentation starts winding down, brew 5 gallons (18.9 L) of the same beer. When this second beer reaches high kräusen (the peak of fermentation), or slightly before, transfer half a gallon (about 2 liters) of fermenting beer to your initial batch. This will leave you with 4.5 gallons (17 L) of fermenting beer in one vessel and 5 gallons (18.9 L) of kräusened beer in the other. When the fermentation of the second batch is wrapping up, you can brew a third batch, and so on until you want to brew something different.

Page 38, second column, under the "SAVE SOME WORT" heading, second paragraph should read as follows:
For this to work, you need to be very sanitary in your handling of the kräusen wort and keep an aliquot (separate pitch) of your yeast strain healthy while the main batch ferments. If you store the reserved wort in a sanitized glass bottle, you can put the bottle in a plastic bag and pour crushed ice around it. Store the bag in your refrigerator and the wort will remain somewhere between fridge temperature and 32°F (0°C). The ice is not strictly needed, but I think it helps a little.

It's upsetting, particularly since this was the rollout of a new look and feel, and you might wonder if those text errors have anything to do with the refreshed look. The TL;DR version is that no, it's just really unfortunate timing, and a glitch in collaboration software is to blame. I apologize for the fault in the text, and those responsible have been sacked.

For those wanting more info, allow me to illustrate with an analogy. Imagine writing a 30,000-word report in Microsoft Word (a terrible idea, but stay with me). You read through it several times and have a couple of trusted colleagues do the same. Once you're all happy with it, you export the Word doc as a PDF. You thumb through the PDF to make sure all the images look right, check that text is properly aligned, and so forth. And then you hand it over to your boss. Unbeknownst to you, when you saved the PDF, the file converter garbled a few lines that you and your colleagues had worked on at different times. You would never have suspected this because you've saved PDFs countless times before without incident. The first you hear of it is when your boss wants to know why some of the sentences are gibberish.

That's a simplified metaphorical origin story for the text errors in the Nov/Dec issue. Words that looked great on screen got mangled in the process of creating the files we uploaded to the printer. Turns out the new-ish collaboration tool we had been using for nearly a year, which was meant to simplify how multiple editors and designers work on the same document, introduced inexplicable text errors in several places.

Every sentence that goes into an issue of Zymurgy gets read by several people, and I personally read every story at least four times before we go to press. That said, the errors in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue ultimately lie with me, and I apologize for the screwy text. We have ditched the defective collaboration tool, notified the developers thereof that there are bugs, and reverted to our previous process.

Thanks for reading the magazine and for bearing with us during this hiccup.

Zymurgy / Submit your homebrew gadgets!
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:14:20 AM »
It's time again to share your best gadgets and DIY projects with your fellow AHA members!
Just click here to let us know what you've got:

Please include at least one high-resolution image to accompany your submission.

Submissions received by Monday, October 22 will be considered for the Jan/Feb issue of Zymurgy.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:47:11 PM »
Speaking of telepathy, my initial thought was that he won a gold medal in one of the NHC categories to be judged next week.

We haven't yet introduced time travel to the competition, but I have it on good authority that we will in 2073.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:34:56 PM »
I just recieved a package from the Brewers Association with 3 brewing books and some great swag--a couple of hats, two tasting glasses, coozies, and a brewers association hand towel; however, I do not know why. I must have entered a drawing, but I do not remember it nor did I recieve an email that I had won something. There was also no paperwork in the box. Does anyone here remember such a drawing here or somewhere else?

Congratulations, your name was drawn from the list of members who voted in this year's Best Beers in America. That issue drops today,
along with the list:

Sorry about not telling you why we sent you goodies. Every now and then I like to practice my telepathy. Didn't work this time.  ;D

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:01:56 PM »
is "Best Beers IN AMERICA" - 1) beers from American Breweries, 2) Beers that are Distributed in America, 3) Beers that People In America Say are Best? or 4) "We know we said America but anyone who pays AHA dues and lives in other countries can vote for their faves too"

We aim for the second of those options. There's always the imports list, which is ranked separately from the US beers. As long as the beer is sold in the US, it's fair game.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: March 05, 2018, 07:49:34 PM »
3.   The Best Beers survey helps us generate the clone (tribute?) recipes that AHA members want.
Hey Gary---The only question I have is what 2-3 IPAs recipes will they be this year? It seems that since IPAs dominate the list, there is very little style variation as to what recipes are printed. I am sure that something other than an IPA has been done the past few years but it seems that some different style other than IPA could possibly be chosen from the top 10 or 15 beers.

Just my opinion.

I'll chime in here. The chosen clone recipes are based on a number of things, including how much info breweries are willing to share. We try to get as many details from the brewers as possible, and for whatever reason (possibly just statistics) that has meant having lots of IPA the last few years. It's just where the survey results have intersected with available info. We'll see where things land this year.

In the meantime, look for clone recipes for a couple of well-known Belgian dark strong ales in the upcoming May/June issue. And don't forget about the online database:

There's a lot of good stuff in there. And last year we had a really cool online article featuring 50 clones from 50 states:

Zymurgy / Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: February 17, 2018, 01:28:48 PM »
Zymurgy's 16th annual Best Beers in America survey is now live. AHA members can log in and vote here:

You can name—in no particular order—as few as 1 or as many as 5 commercially brewed beers that you think deserve recognition. We'll obtain or develop clone recipes for those that readers particularly enjoy. Voting ends March 20, and all who cast votes are entered to win free AHA merch!

Thanks for all you do to make Zymurgy a valuable resource for homebrewers!

Pimp My System / Re: Gadgets - Custom Blowoff and Sparge
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:38:32 AM »
Read with interest the gadgets article in the January /February Zymurgy magazine.
I was wondering if there was a parts list for item 10 in the article - Custom Blowoff and Sparge?

The author of the article is responding to inquiries in a separate thread:

Zymurgy / Re: Gadgets in Zymurgy Jan/Feb 2018
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:25:00 PM »
Read with interest the gadgets article in the January /February Zymurgy magazine.
I was wondering if there was a parts list for item 10 in the article - Custom Blowoff and Sparge?

I don't have a parts list, but I'll alert the submitter to this thread. Hopefully he can chime in with some info!

Zymurgy / Re: Harvesting Hops in Bavaria's Hallertau?
« on: October 13, 2017, 01:22:36 PM »
I'm finally reading my September/October 2017 print issue of Zymurgy and was excited to read the story on the cover called "Harvesting Hops in Bavaria's Hallertau."  I looked all through the issue and couldn't find the article.  So I decided to look at the online version and the cover online has replaced it with "Homebrewing in Hawaii." Just checking to see if or when that article on Hallertau is coming out. I always love to read about German beers and brewing.

Hi Brian, thanks for pointing this out. Zymurgy actually has two covers: one for issues that mail directly to readers and another for newsstands, homebrew shops, etc. There's space on the former for the mailing label, while the latter has a bar code.

I had originally slated the Hallertau piece for Sept/Oct, but I had to push it to Nov/Dec due to space constraints (Sept/Oct is the biggest issue of the year with the NHC recipes and the AHA member shops listing). Unfortunately, it looks like only one of the covers got updated with that change. My apologies for the error.

You will find the Hallertau article in the Nov/Dec issue, which will mail near the end of October.

Thanks for reading Zymurgy and supporting the AHA!

Zymurgy / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:00:05 PM »
Hey, Steve, thanks for the great suggestion! I will keep that in mind. Logistically, it might be challenging to obtain and print all the scoresheets (probably online), and we would probably need to obtain permission from the winners to do so (that's not my area of expertise).

I'll mention it in our next AHA staff meeting and see what those more knowledgeable than I have to say. :)

I've just been looking at the winners' recipes,in the latest edition of Zymurgy.  I found myself wishing I could see a judges scoresheet to get a better idea of what made the beer great, and what specific flavors they found.  I don't know if that is worth the effort it would take, but FWIW I think it would be helpful.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dealing with Protein/Chill Haze
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:24:43 PM »
OP, are you hitting your OG and FG numbers as expected? I had an issue with haze several years ago that turned out to be a thermometer that was out of calibration. Gave me low numbers and a good deal of haze.

¡Estaré allí! El viernes (16 de junio) habrá una reunión para los asistentes internacionales. Espero conocer a muchos cerveceros caseros.

The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 06, 2017, 06:48:24 PM »
Hey Phil, thanks for your comments. Just to add to what has already been said, I'll emphasize that I'm always open to pitches for Zymurgy. If you or someone you know has an idea for an article, send it my way (! All levels of technical detail are welcome.

Zymurgy / Re: 15th annual Zymurgy Best Beers in America survey
« on: March 10, 2017, 05:02:03 PM »
Just a reminder that today is the LAST DAY to vote in the 15th annual Zymurgy's Best Beers in America survey:

Thanks for voting!

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