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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:
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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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2014 National Homebrewers Conference Call for Seminar Proposals

The 2014 AHA National Homebrewers Conference will take place June 12-14 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Proposals for seminars are now being accepted and will be reviewed by the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee Conference Subcommittee, Local Conference Committee, and AHA staff.

This year’s conference theme, Mashing in Michigan, will cover a broad range of educational seminars focused on a variety of topics. Suggested topics of interest include, but are not 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
•    Tasting and judging beer
•    Forming and maintaining a club
 
Interested parties are asked to review the Presentation Guidelines & Requirements and Submit a Proposal for a Seminar or Poster. Please have a head shot (photo) and brief bio ready for each presenter when submitting the proposal form. Proposals will be collected until December 13, 2013.
 
For more information, contact AHA Events & Membership Coordinator, Matt Bolling; matt@brewersassociation.org.

2014 Industry Workshop Call for Proposals

Presented by the AHA Industry Subcommittee of the AHA Governing Committee, the 2014 Industry Workshop will take place June 11 & 12 in Grand Rapids, MI during the National Homebrewers Conference. This event is limited to industry affiliates including retailers, suppliers, wholesalers and staff.

Types of Proposals We’re Seeking

Industry Workshop sessions are focused on creating a stronger homebrew retail industry through discussion of best practices and issues that the industry may face. In past years this event has included presentations of the annual Homebrew Supply Shop survey, common retailing practices, and panel discussions with representatives from different areas of the homebrewing community.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact AHA Business Coordinator, Steve Parr; steve@brewersassociation.org

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Yeast and Fermentation / Sour Brown not sour enough
« on: November 07, 2013, 01:22:24 PM »
So I brewed my first sour, a recipe for a "Sour Brown Ale" in January, and curiosity got the better of me last night- it has now been 10 months and it was time to see what this sucker tasted like. I pulled a small amount off and to my surprise it was nowhere near as sour as I was expecting.

It was fermented with a Belgian strain for primary, and then after about 6-8 weeks I racked it onto 3 lbs of raspberry puree, some medium toast french oak spirals that were soaked in Johnnie Walker Red, and I added Brett, Pedio & Lacto. It's been sitting there ever since- taunting me from the corner of my bedroom to prematurely drink it.

It is much more malty than I wanted. But I think this could be a good thing if I can get more tart character to it- but how? You can definitely tell that there is a slightly acidic after taste, but I want to be puckering up like I just had a Thanksgiving dinner composed entirely of Warheads. How can I sour this thing up? Here are the options I am considering:

-Do nothing- leave it to grow old and sour peacefully. It is sitting at room temp (~68).
-Add heat: Could those bugs speed up the process if I wrapped my carboy with a low intensity heating blanket or something?
-Rack it onto some strawberries to add some more sugar for the bugs to work on- I am afraid they are out of food.
-Chalk this up as a learning experience

Another factor is that this thing has turned out with a WAY higher ABV than I anticipated. I was shooting for ~8%, but with the raspberry puree, it is currently sitting at like 14%. Could the high ABV cause the Lacto & Pedio to be inactive?

Anyone with experience who would like to lend some advice from a similar situation would be appreciated!

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[Excerpt taken from November/December 2014 Zymurgy magazine article "From the Glass" by AHA Director Gary Glass]

Starting January 1, 2014, membership dues for the American Homebrewers Association will be going up by $5 for a single-year U.S. membership, an increase of 13 percent over the current membership price of $38. It's been 12 years since the last price increase, and a lot has changed since 2002. This $5 increase in membership is less than half the 30-percent inflation seen since 2002, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and much less than the 46-percent increase in our costs for printing and mailing each copy of Zymurgy magazine over that timeframe.

Here are just a few of the things the AHA has done since 2002:

-    Grew the AHA Member Deals program by 420 percent to more than 900 participating locations
-    Launched HomebrewersAssociation.org website. A complete redesign of HomebrewersAssociation.org with even more great homebrew content will be hitting the interwebs later this year.
-    Introduced eZymurgy, giving members instant access to volumes of Zymurgy magazine from 2000 to present
-    Introduced Zymurgy apps for Android and iPhone/iPad, with free access for AHA members
-    Introduced Research & Education Fund
-    Introduced Radegast Club of the Year Award
-    Assisted with the legalization of homebrewing in Utah, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama
-    Worked with homebrewers on homebrew-related legislative issues in nine other states

In addition, we will be adding another eight pages to your favorite homebrewing magazine, Zymurgy, to accommodate additional content coming from members via the Research & Education Fund. Of course, the AHA will continue to support homebrewing rights legislation where ever necessary and will continue to build upon all of the great programs and events the AHA offers.

Join the American Homebrewers Association or renew your current membership before January 1, 2014 to pay current membership dues.

Digital AHA Membership


With onset of the new year, the AHA will be offering a new membership option that includes all of the great benefits of a regular membership, minus the mailed copy of the magazine. With the launch in 2012 of eZymurgy and Zymurgy apps in 2013, many members have inquired about a digital-only option out of environmental concerns. The new digital AHA membership means fewer trees needed to print the magazine and less energy consumed and pollution produced in the delivery of the magazine.

Rest assured, all members, regardless of the membership option you choose, will continue to have access to all of the great digital content on eZymurgy and the Zymurgy apps at no additional charge!

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Events / 2014 National Homebrewers Conference Call for Seminar Proposals
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:08:05 AM »



The 2014 AHA National Homebrewers Conference will take place June 12-14 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Proposals for seminars are now being accepted and will be reviewed by the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee Conference Subcommittee, Local Conference Committee, and AHA staff. This year’s conference theme, Mashing in Michigan, will cover a broad range of educational seminars focused on a variety of topics. Suggested topics of interest include, but are not 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
•    Tasting and judging beer
•    Forming and maintaining a club
 
Interested parties are asked to review the Presentation Guidelines & Requirements and Submit a Proposal for a Seminar or Poster. Please have a head shot (photo) and brief bio ready for each presenter when submitting the proposal form. Proposals will be collected until December 13, 2013.
 
For more information, contact matt@brewersassociation.org

Cheers,

Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator
American Homebrewers Association
www.homebrewersassociation.org
www.ahaconference.org

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2014 National Homebrewers Conference Call for Seminar Proposals

The 2014 AHA National Homebrewers Conference will take place June 12-14 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Proposals for seminars are now being accepted and will be reviewed by the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee Conference Subcommittee, Local Conference Committee, and AHA staff.

This year’s conference theme, Mashing in Michigan, will cover a broad range of educational seminars focused on a variety of topics. Suggested topics of interest include, but are not 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
•    Tasting and judging beer
•    Forming and maintaining a club
 
Interested parties are asked to review the Presentation Guidelines & Requirements and Submit a Proposal for a Seminar or Poster. Please have a head shot (photo) and brief bio ready for each presenter when submitting the proposal form. Proposals will be collected until December 13, 2013.
 
For more information, contact AHA Events & Membership Coordinator, Matt Bolling; matt@brewersassociation.org.

2014 Industry Workshop Call for Proposals

Presented by the AHA Industry Subcommittee of the AHA Governing Committee, the 2014 Industry Workshop will take place June 11 & 12 in Grand Rapids, MI during the National Homebrewers Conference. This event is limited to industry affiliates including retailers, suppliers, wholesalers and staff.

Types of Proposals We’re Seeking

Industry Workshop sessions are focused on creating a stronger homebrew retail industry through discussion of best practices and issues that the industry may face. In past years this event has included presentations of the annual Homebrew Supply Shop survey, common retailing practices, and panel discussions with representatives from different areas of the homebrewing community.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact AHA Business Coordinator, Steve Parr; steve@brewersassociation.org


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Rallies / AHA Rally at Great Lakes Brewing Company
« on: October 04, 2013, 10:15:49 AM »


Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 6-9pm
Rally Host: Great Lakes Brewing Company
Address: 2701 Carroll Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Web: www.greatlakesbrewing.com

    -The rally will be held in the Great Lakes Tasting Room
    -Meet brewery staff!
    -Take a VIP Brewery Tour!
    -An opportunity to mingle with local  homebrewers.
    -Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and Great Lakes Brewing Co!
    -Parking: There is ample street parking, as well as a free lot behind the West Side Market and a $5.00 city-owned lot on W. 26th St. Do NOT park at Dave's Supermarket, you will likely be towed.

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Rallies / AHA Rally at Jester King Brewery
« on: October 04, 2013, 10:13:22 AM »


Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Rally Host: Jester King Brewery
Address: 13005 Fitzhugh Road, Bldg B. Austin, TX 78736
Web: http://jesterkingbrewery.com//

    -Meet brewery staff on site!
    -Bring your homebrew to share with other local enthusiasts!
    -Participating Homebrew Shops: Black Hawk Brewing, Keg Connection, Dallas Homebrew
    -Meet AHA Director, Gary Glass!
    -Take a VIP Brewery Tour!
    -Participating Homebrew Clubs: Austin Zealots, Texas Carboys, Definitive Ales
    -Enjoy delicious food from Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza!
    -Check out a broadcast of The Beerists podcast at the rally!
    -Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and Jester King!

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Rallies / AHA Rally at RAM Restaurant & Brewery- Wheeling, IL
« on: October 04, 2013, 10:03:21 AM »


Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 1-4 pm
Rally Host: Ram Restaurant & Brewery- Wheeling, IL
Address: 700 N Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090
Web: http://www.theram.com/illinois/wheeling.html

-Free RAM Brewery souvenier pint glass!
-Siebel Institute of Technology Sensory Evaluation tasting: limited space, must pre-register with Lanny Fetzer (lfetzer@theram.com)
-RAM beer sampling
-An opportunity to mingle with local  homebrewers, including Scott Pointon, 2012 GABF Po-Am Silver Medal -Winner and 2012 Mid-West Homebrewer of the Year!
-Participating Homebrew Shop: Growmasters Homebrewing- Gurnee, IL
-Tours of the brewery with RAM brewers!
-Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and Ram Restaurant & Brewery!

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Rallies / AHA Rally at Rochester Mills
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:57:01 AM »


Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Time: 1-4pm
Rally Host: Rochester Mills
Address: 3275 Lapeer West Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Web: http://www.beercos.com/

    -The Rally is being held at the Rochester Mills Production Brewery, NOT the Brewpub!
    -Bring your homebrew to share with other local enthusiasts!
    -Meet brewery staff, AHA staff & AHA Governing Committee members on site!
    -Participating Homebrew Shops: BrewGadgets
    -Take a VIP Brewery Tour!
    -Special Release: Bourbon Barrel Aged Michigan Maple Brown Ale
    -An opportunity to mingle with local  homebrewers!
    -Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and Rochester Mills!

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Rallies / AHA Rally at 3 Stars Brewing Company
« on: August 26, 2013, 09:15:00 AM »
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 5pm-8pm
Rally Host: 3 Stars Brewing Company
Address: 6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington DC, 20012
Web: http://www.threestarsbrewing.com/

RSVP NOW! Space is Limited!

-Meet brewery staff!
-Take a VIP Brewery Tour!
-Learn how to make a wooden barrel from a demonstration by local barrel cooper, George Riesling!
-Participating Homebrew Clubs:
-An opportunity to mingle with local homebrewers at the first AHA Rally ever held in Washington D.C.!
-Check out a live broadcast of The No Call, No Show Podcast!
-Representatives on site from Bootleg Biology to talk about their new Local Yeast Project and collect a 'rally yeast strain'!
-Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and 3 Stars Brewing Co!


Attending a Rally

American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Rallies are free to current AHA members. Non-members can Join Now, or sign up at a discounted member rate at the Rally. Please RSVP to help us properly prepare for the event.

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Rallies / SweetWater Rally Pictures!
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:16:38 AM »
A huge thanks to the folks at SweetWater for putting on a great event! AHA members in Atlanta were able to enjoy delicious samples of 420 Extra Pale Ale, Georgia Brown, and many other great beers from SweetWater! Attendees experienced the first rally ever held in the state of Georgia, took VIP tours of the brewery, won prizes from the AHA, and were able to meet brewers from SweetWater!

Relax, Don't Float the Mainstream, Have a Homebrew!


Collaboration at it's finest- the AHA and SweetWater teamed up to provide an excellent event for Atlanta homebrewers on July 28th, 2013!


Homebrewers were able to enjoy great food from Sweet Auburn Barbeque!


The AHA banner looks pretty good next to the SweetWater logo- can you find it?


SweetWater employees were out early to direct the AHA members up to the Reel Room!


AHA members had the opportunity to win an entry to SweetWater's Brew Your Cask Off event on November 9th!


SweetWater's outstanding IPA was on tap all afternoon!


Another great photo showcasing the AHA and SweetWater's collaborative effort to bring Georgia homebrewers an excellent rally!


We can't thank SweetWater enough!


A group of attendees right before taking a VIP tour of the brewery!


Those look like some pretty excited homebrewers!


Georgia House of Representatives Members Brett Harrell (left) and Jason Spencer (right) were on hand to celebrate the recent passage of HB 99, which allows Georgia homebrewers the right to transport their beer outside of their residence!


A delicious line up of SweetWater brews- I think I see a blue ale on tap at the end of the line there!


Attendees also enjoyed cask ales on tap at the rally!


It seemed like SweetWater employees enjoyed pouring their beers almost as much as the homebrewers did drinking them!


Another shot of the SweetWater taproom rocking on Saturday, July 28th, 2013!


Two AHA members enjoy the rally on Sunday. Cheers!


The AHA logo and SweetWater logo really look great with a cask in the background!


Just another shot portraying the effort put in by both the AHA and SweetWater to celebrate homebrewing in Georgia!


A risky shot- but with great risk comes great reward!


The SweetWater logo really sums it all up- great beer, great people... and a great rally!


The homebrewers were out in full force, ready to enjoy their Sunday afternoon several minutes before the doors to the rally opened!


Shortly after the rally ended, the SweetWater staff allowed AHA members to hang out and continue enjoying complimentary 5oz samples of their wonderful craft beers!


I think all the attendees from Sunday can attest that these medals are well deserved!


AHA members were treated to the best seat in the house! Overlooking the taproom and the band playing!


Don't Float the Mainstream- drink SweetWater beer!


A view of the main SweetWater taproom. A great Sunday Funday!


SweetWater's logo welcomes thirsty homebrewers to the taproom!


Many AHA members decided to join the band and other area craft brew enthusiasts at the main taproom once that the rally concluded at 4pm!


Looking to clone a SweetWater beer? Check out the 'brews' section of their website! Here is a link to the IPA recipe: http://sweetwaterbrew.com/brews/ipa/.


Thank you again, SweetWater!


Not a bad view!


The taproom staff was hard at work to make sure that nobody went thirsty!


Beer and live music- does anything pair better?

One big 'cheers' from attendees shortly before one of the tours!

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Rallies / AHA Rally at Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
« on: July 11, 2013, 03:07:36 PM »
It is a little late announcing the date of the Sam Adams rally this year, but better late than never!

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 5-8 pm
Rally Host: Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
Address: 30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130
Web: www.samadams.com
  •     Take a VIP Brewery Tour
  •     Light Fair will be Provided
  •     Four Complimentary Samples
  •     Each Attendee Receives a Boston Lager Pint Glass
  •     An opportunity to mingle with local  homebrewers
  •     Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and Samuel Adams Boston Brewery!
RSVP NOW: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/events/rallies/rally-rsvp

Please post any pictures and/or videos to this thread from Left Hand! Or feel free to provide feedback after the rally!

Cheers,

Matt Bolling
Events & Membership Coordinator
American Homebrewers Association
matt@brewersassociation.org

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