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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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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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