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Hi AHA Forum members -

This is a recycled post to remind you all that starting Monday, August 1, Household Membership dues to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) will see a modest increase. For more details, please follow the link below:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/aha-household-membership-dues-increase-aug-1/

Be sure to join or renew today to secure current pricing for household members!

Cheers!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator
matt@brewersassociation.org
720-473-7696

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Hi all -

We had to do a re-recording of our first Zymurgy Live webinar from May 24. I apologize for the delayed posting, but our first webinar - Brewing Local With Stan Hieronymus - is now posted to the Zymurgy Live archives:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/archived-zymurgy-live/brewing-local-stan-hieronymus/

You can download just the powerpoint to view at your own pace, or you can follow the audio recording with the slides by following the appropriate links.

If you have not done so already, you will likely need to install a WebEx plug-in to your internet browser. This will be a one-time download and should take less than one minute (if that). You will not have to download it again to access other archived or live webinars.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!

Cheers,

Matt Bolling
Events & Membership Coordinator
American Homebrewers Association
1327 Spruce St | Boulder, CO, 80302
720-473-7696 | matt@brewersassociation.org

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Hi AHA Forum members -

Starting Monday, August 1, Household Membership dues to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) will see a modest increase. For more details, please follow the link below:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/aha-household-membership-dues-increase-aug-1/

Be sure to join or renew today to secure current pricing for household members!

Cheers!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator
matt@brewersassociation.org
720-473-7696

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The AHA is very excited to announce our newest member benefit, Zymurgy Live!

Zymurgy Live is an online, interactive webinar series that will be hosted on a monthly to bi-monthly basis, with varying frequency. AHA members will be able to log on to view live presentations from various presenters on homebrewing topics.

Our first webinar will be with Stan Hieronymus on May 24. To find out more info on Zymurgy Live, follow the link below:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/introducing-zymurgy-live-webinar-series/

See you on the 24th!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator
Matt@BrewersAssociation.org

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AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / 2016 AHA Governing Committee Elections
« on: February 24, 2016, 12:21:34 PM »
The 2016 American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee elections are now open through 11:59 pm PT on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

This year there are two (2) available seats on the AHA Governing Committee, with four (4) candidates running.

Consisting of 15 elected members, and three emeritus members, the Governing Committee is vital to the AHA's operational direction. Each member is elected to serve a three (3) year term.

All AHA members voting in the election are eligible for an additional entry in the Lallemand Scholarship drawing for the Siebel Institute’s two-week Concise Course. Check the appropriate box on the ballot to submit your entry.

CAST YOUR VOTE!

Cheers,

Matt Bolling
Events & Membership Coordinator
American Homebrewers Association
1327 Spruce St | Boulder, CO, 80302
720-473-7696 | matt@brewersassociation.org


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General Homebrew Discussion / Attending your first homebrew club meeting
« on: January 28, 2016, 12:34:21 PM »
Howdy forumites-

I'm looking to source some feedback on the topic of attending club meetings for the first time, and any input you have is appreciated.

Other than the obvious 'bring beer' suggestion, what can wise advice can you guys give me?

Do you have any tips for someone that has never been to a club meeting, but is interested in going?
What was your first meeting experience like?
What advice can you offer someone who is attending a club meeting without knowing anyone there?

You can post here, or send me an email:

matt@brewersassociation.org

Thanks!

Cheers,

Matt Bolling
Events & Membership Coordinator
American Homebrewers Association
1327 Spruce St | Boulder, CO, 80302
720-473-7696 | matt@brewersassociation.org

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General Homebrew Discussion / Last Call for Conference Seminars
« on: November 18, 2015, 08:49:36 AM »
The National Homebrewers Conference, presented by the American Homebrewers Association, is now accepting presentation submissions for educational seminars and poster presentations. The National Homebrewers Conference will take place June 9-11, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.

1. Review presentation guidelines
2. Submit your seminar proposal

Note: Please review the presentation guidelines before submitting your proposal. The submission deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015.

If you would like to find out more information about the conference, or about submitting a proposal, you can contact Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.

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General Homebrew Discussion / 2016 AHA Conference Call for Seminars
« on: October 01, 2015, 09:58:47 AM »
The National Homebrewers Conference, presented by the American Homebrewers Association, is now accepting presentation submissions for educational seminars and poster presentations. The National Homebrewers Conference will take place June 9-11, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.

1. Review presentation guidelines
2. Submit your seminar proposal

Note: Please review the presentation guidelines before submitting your proposal. The submission deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015.

If you would like to find out more information about the conference, or about submitting a proposal, you can contact Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.

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Volunteers Needed at the Craft Brewers Conference

If you have a few hours to spare on Sunday, April 12, we need you! We’ll be bag stuffing in the Oregon Convention Center from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Benefits include breakfast, lunch and one of the goodie bags. To sign up and for more information, please contact Carol Hiller at carol@brewersassociation.org.


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2015 Call for National Homebrewers Conference Presentations

The 2015 AHA National Homebrewers Conference is June 11-13 in San Diego, CA.

The American Homebrewers Association welcomes presentation submissions for educational seminars and poster presentations at the conference.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 10, 2014.


This year’s conference is meant to present ideas to keep the modern brewer at the forefront of homebrewing, mead-making, and cider-making.

Presentations are expected to be 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for Q & A. Topics of interest include, but aren’t limited to:
•   Homebrewing, cidermaking or meadmaking processes
•   Homebrewing equipment
•   Ingredients (such as: malted barley, hops, water, yeast, honey, apples, alternative ingredients, spices, etc.)
•   Going-Pro (professional brewers, brewery owners, homebrew shop owners, etc.)
•   Beer styles
•   Homebrew retail
•   Homebrewing industry (such as: owning and running a homebrew supply shop, retail and marketing practices for running a business)
•   Tasting and judging beer
•   Forming and maintaining a club

Guidelines and Requirements

Please review the presentation guidelines, submission requirements and the evaluation and selection process before submitting your proposal.

Submit Your National Homebrewers Conference Seminar Proposal

Any inquires can be directed to Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.

Cheers,

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator
matt@brewersassociation.org

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Deadline for Conference Seminar Proposals is November 10

The 2015 AHA National Homebrewers Conference is June 11-13 in San Diego, CA.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 10, 2014.


The American Homebrewers Association welcomes presentation submissions for educational seminars and poster presentations at the conference.

This year’s conference is meant to present ideas to keep the modern brewer at the forefront of homebrewing, mead-making, and cider-making.

Presentations are expected to be 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for Q & A. Topics of interest include, but aren’t limited to:
•   Homebrewing, cidermaking or meadmaking processes
•   Homebrewing equipment
•   Ingredients (such as: malted barley, hops, water, yeast, honey, apples, alternative ingredients, spices, etc.)
•   Going-Pro (professional brewers, brewery owners, homebrew shop owners, etc.)
•   Beer styles
•   Homebrew retail
•   Homebrewing industry (such as: owning and running a homebrew supply shop, retail and marketing practices for running a business)
•   Tasting and judging beer
•   Forming and maintaining a club

Guidelines and Requirements

Please review the presentation guidelines, submission requirements and the evaluation and selection process before submitting your proposal.

Submit Your National Homebrewers Conference Seminar Proposal

Any inquiries can be directed to Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.

Cheers,

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator
matt@brewersassociation.org

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Yeast and Fermentation / Starter for Sours
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:30:50 AM »
I am not sure where I heard it, or read it - but I am under the impression that making a starter for a sour beer is not beneficial. I plan to pitch Roselare blend in primary for a Flanders Red. My understanding is that Wyeast has created the Roselare blend with specific ratios of Sach:Lacto:Pedio:Brett for the perfect flavor profile. If you make a starter, then the Sach yeast will reproduce much more quickly than the bugs, and knock off that ratio, therefore messing up the flavor profile that Wyeast created.

Is this correct? Or have I been under the wrong impression about creating a starter with the Roselare blend?

Gracias!
-Matt Bolling

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Are you insanely passionate about making beer?  Are you an amateur brewer who competes? Are you part of a group of friends, social club, or family who brew together? Do you devote every waking second (or all of your free time) to making beer?

A major cable network and Part2 Pictures, an award-winning documentary film and television company based in New York City have teamed up to develop a quality TV show about the fun, competitive world of amateur beer brewing. 

We are currently casting people who represent the wide-range of folks making beer – especially those of you who are very active members of a brew club or beer brewing group.  We’d love to speak with you to learn more about the where’s, how’s and why’s of brewing beer.
WE ARE SEEKING:
•   Amateur brewers who participate in competitions (or will be entering their first competition)
•   Members of a social brewers club who brew together
•   Colleagues or friends who are part of a brew team
•   Siblings or a whole family of brewers
•   We will also consider individual brewers not part of a cohesive group
•   Brewers with a “friendly rivalry” – or who have someone they’ve been dying to outbrew
•   We are open to people who have been doing this for many years or just starting out, or amateurs who have the dream of going pro
•   We are interested in people who just LOVE beer
•   Big personalities and huge passion for making beer a must!
If you fit the description or know someone who does, please email: casting@part2pictures.com with the following info:
•   name, email and phone number
•   a recent photo of yourself and your “brewmates”
•   where you live
•   why you love making beer
•   how long you’ve been brewing beer
•   describe your group (or indicate if you brew and compete on your own)
•   your local brew club (if applicable)
•   details of the competition circuit (how many competitions you participate in, when you will be next competing, etc.)
•   describe the type of beer(s) you make and why you think it’s the best!
•   why you’d love to participate in a show about beer brewers

About Us:
Part2 Pictures is a reputable television company that has produced a variety of high-quality documentary programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, PBS, The History Channel and other major broadcasters. We are committed to telling great stories about people, their take on a world and how they operate within it.

Thank you!
casting@part2pictures.com

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Rallies / Mission Brewery AHA Rally
« on: January 23, 2014, 01:53:56 PM »


Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Address: 1441 L St. San Diego, CA 82101
Rally Page: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/events/mission-brewery/

    -Participate in the brewing of a continuously-hopped IPA!
    -Meet brewery staff.
    -Take a VIP Brewery Tour.
    -Enjoy delicious food from It’s A Dog’s World.
    -Toast your Mission beer with The Homebrewer and Craft Beerd
    -Participate in a special Q&A session.
    -Mingle with local homebrewers.
    -Win great prizes from the AHA and Mission Brewery!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Opening waxed bottles
« on: January 09, 2014, 02:34:04 PM »
Does anyone have a better technique for opening bottles that are heavily sealed in wax? I like to wax some of my brews that I plan on sticking in the cellar for a while, but I also find that more and more commercial breweries are waxing some of their more tasty creations.

My current method is taking a knife and cutting around the bottlecap, praying that I don't stab myself in the chest. Does anyone have a technique that is safer than narrowly escaping death every time that I want to enjoy a 50/50 Eclipse or a Dark Lord, etc?

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