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Greetings homebrewers,

The 2015 AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego is right around the corner, and we’re looking for clubs to pour at the famous “Club Night” celebration. Club Night is an opportunity for homebrew clubs across the country to put together a booth, dress up in costume (if you want!) and pour some of your club’s finest brews. It is quite the spectacle, and personally is one of the events I most look forward to during the conference.

The preliminary deadline for clubs to sign up is this Sunday, so act fast! For more information on the event, how your club can be involved and to register, visit this link.

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let everyone know that the AHA's Research & Education Fund program is now back open and accepting project proposals!

If you aren't aware of the program, check out this article for more information.

Check out completed REF-funded projects here.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, check out the REF page on


General Homebrew Discussion / Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:16:28 AM »

The AHA has developed a groundbreaking technique that drastically reduces the time it takes to brew beer and get it in your glass! Check out the video above for a tutorial.


What's up Forum-folk?

I think it's pretty cool when commercial breweries post clone recipes of their brews for homebrewers to try making at home. For example Avery Brewing Co posts quite a few of their recipes that can be accessed, no questions asked.

I was wondering if you guys knew of any other breweries that do something similar? Ideally, I want to write a post for that compiles some of these instances so they are all in one convenient place.

I'd appreciate any leads!



Hey AHA Forumites,

We just launched a really cool contest called Battle of the Bottle Labels! All the contest details are highlighted here, but in short we are accepting entries of self-designed homebrew labels. We'll put togethor a selection to display on the web and allow the public to vote for the winning design. The winner and runner-up will get some awesome prizes from GrogTag!

Spread the word and enter your designs!


Zymurgy / Zymurgy Mobile App Issues
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:19:22 AM »
Hi AHA forum users,

I wanted to let everyone know we are aware of and working on fixing the current issues with the Zymurgy mobile iOS app. We are waiting on Apple's approval of the new version which will then allow the app to be available for download.

I'm very sorry for the inconvenience this poses to our members.


edit: Also, if you are experiencing issues and have the time to provide the specs of your mobile device and describe the issues you are experiencing, posting that info here will help us in the future. Thanks so much!

Ingredients / Flavored Candi Sugars
« on: August 07, 2014, 01:12:42 PM »
Hey forum folk,

So someone posted a picture of their mead ingredients on Instagram and alongside the honey was a jug of "blood orange candi sugar." I've heard of natural fruit flavorings and belgian candi sugars, but nothing that combines the two. It piqued my interest and I googled the company that makes it: Cascade Beer Candi Sugar. Apparently they make a bunch of flavored candi sugars. The few reviews I've come across online seem to be positive.

I thought it could taste good adding some of the blood orange candi sugar (or other fruit flavored candi sugar) in place of the turbinado sugars I use in my saison to add a little twist to my usual recipes. The manufacturer's website says to add it just after high krausen to preserve aromatics and flavors. Sure.

Before trying it out, I wanted to see if anyone on the foum has experience with any of these flavored candi sugar products? If so, what'd you think? Would you use them again? My big concern is creating some sort of overly-artificial tasting fruit flavor you find in subpar fruit beers.


Hey AHA forum folk,

I am super excited to announce now has a section dedicated to making mead at home! It is laid out the same was as our Let's Brew beer sections, with a step-by-step tutorial, list of necessary equipment, a discussion about ingredients, and a selection of recipes. There is also some suggested tips for improving your mead making process, which includes things like staggered nutrient additions.

We launched this to coincide with Mead Day 2014 (August 2), which hopefully some of you plan to celebrate!


General Homebrew Discussion / 2014 BJCP Style Guidelines Discussion
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:32:21 AM »
Hey guys,

During the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference, BJCP President Gordon Strong gave a talk on the changes coming to the BJCP Style Guidlines. Chip Walton and the Chop & Brew team caught the talk on video. Check it out here:

What does everyone think of the changes?


Check out the full results from the 2014 Best Beers in America survey!

Hey all,

The list of the 2014 National Homebrew Competition winners are available online. You can also access 2014 First Round winners and past year's competition results by following the link atop the winner's list.

Thanks to all who entered, organized, volunteered and judged during the competition! This is not possible with you all. And congratulations to those who advanced and placed in the Final Round of the competition!



The Brewers Association and AHA are moving to a new office building! More details about can be found here.

During the move, some web functions will be temporarily unavailable and these are highlighted in the article linked above. We anticipate this period to be a few hours in the afternoon of Friday, May 30th. If you experience unusual quirks on our website, chances are it is related to this move. Please bear with us!

The forum is expected to work as normal, except you will need to login directly to the forum, since login on will be down.

Thank you for your patience during this transition!

Duncan & the AHA

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Follow the AHA on Instagram
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:52:07 AM »
That's right, just when you thought the AHA couldn't be any cooler...we joined Instagram! Follow us at HomebrewAssoc.

We'll be posting pictures about making beer, drinking beer, celebrating beer and everything in between. If you've got some cool pictures to share, tag us in your photos!


Don't miss out on a chance to ask Stan Hieronymus your homebrew questions in the current session of Ask the Experts. The author of Brewing with Wheat, For the Love of Hops, and Brew Like a Monk is ready for ya, so don't miss out! The window to submit questions closes Monday, May 26, 2014.

More information:


Ask the Experts / Ask the Experts: Stan Hieronymus (session 2)
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:12:52 AM »
We are excited to announce the Stan Hieronymus will be hosting his second session of Ask the Experts!

Registered AHA Forum users (register for free!) will be able to submit questions to Stan starting Monday, May 12 through Monday, May 26, 2014. Stan will answer your questions on the forum shortly after!

About Stan Hieronymus:
Stan Hieronymus is a professional journalist and amateur brewer who has made beer his beat since 1993. He has written hundreds of articles for periodicals, co-authored four books with his wife Daria Labinsky, contributed to several publications, including 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, and maintains his blog He has also authored three books for Brewers Publications: Brew Like a Monk (2005), Brewing with Wheat (2010) and For the Love of Hops (2012). His travels have taken him to breweries in every state in the country as well as behind the scenes in internationally famous breweries such as De Sint-Sixtusadij Westvleterten and Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn.

Please note: We anticipate a lot of participation in this public Ask the Experts, so be aware that Stan may have to selectively answer questions based on the volume of queries.

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