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Another aspect is that if YOU have an idea for a presentation but don't want to present, you can also suggest it to your Governing Committee members and we might be able to find someone else to research and present.

Since this is the first conference in the far northeast, some of you might have some ideas for locally-focused subjects that could be interesting to conference attendees. Don't be afraid of throwing your thoughts into the ring!

This is a great point. Thanks, Martin!

If anyone has an idea for a topic that they definitely want to see - but you don't know of a speaker to present it, I would encourage you to email the AHA Governing Committee with your idea:

They'll be happy to help take your idea, and turn it into a full proposal. Thanks, all!

Hello homebrewers!

Homebrew Con 2019 will take place in Providence, RI, June 27 - 29.

The AHA is now accepting proposals for educational seminars. These seminars are presented throughout the 3 days of the conference, and typically last about 60 minutes. We welcome any topic that is focused on homebrewing, or beer culture. To find out more about presenting at Homebrew Con, please read the submission guidelines, and submit your topic by following the link below:

Anyone with questions about presenting is welcome to contact me. I am happy to help!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Seminars
« on: September 28, 2018, 05:23:33 PM »
Hi all,

I want to chime in with an explanation for the delay in posting these, and the fact that some of them are without an accompanying recording. The Oregon Convention Center's A/V team failed to record several presentations. We were extremely disappointed to hear about this failure shortly after the conference concluded, and it has been an arduous task to get the seminars that they succeeded in recording from them.

Here is a brief re-cap, as summed up by the Oregon Convention Center's A/V director:

It was a combination of things – equipment and human failure. A perfect storm as they say.

We subcontracted the recording piece as we were tapped for people and inventory by that point- 2 weeks out. So, that put our vendor under pressure to find six capable people. They’re a great partner and we’ve never had any issues with them in the past.

One of the techs was obviously out of his depth and messed up all but one of his records out of three days worth of sessions. This despite my checking in everyday, at least twice and having one of our staff on hand if he needed anything.

A hard drive failed on one day losing three sessions.

One of my techs mysteriously missed a session.

I missed that they had two sessions from 2pm - 4pm on the last day when all the rest of the rooms were turning.

I can think of things I would do differently and some of this was just bad luck too. Very frustrating.

I appreciate everyone's patience, and I know that it was difficult to wait this long without an explanation. We hope that you all enjoy the seminars now that they have been posted. If you have any issues with a particular seminar, please email me and I will be happy to help:

Thanks, all! Happy brewing!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Question about starting a Hombrew Club in VA
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:07:04 PM »
This topic came up a few years ago, and there were some great suggestions on this thread:

Some highlighted suggestions were:

Partner with other local community-involved groups (American Legion posts/Elks lodges, etc)
Meet at a club member's (non-brewery/restaurant) private business after hours (car dealerships, etc)
Homebrew club member's residence
Farms (yes - one club meets in a barn, and it looks awesome)

« on: July 09, 2018, 02:27:59 PM »
Hi all - we'll have about 2-3 weeks of post-event processing for those videos. I don't have a status update as of yet, but they will hopefully be up soon! Thanks!

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Poster presentations
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:09:34 PM »
The current poster presentation schedule is as follows:

"Poster Presentation Schedule
All posters will be stationed in the Social Club. Presenters will be available to answer questions from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm on the day(s) indicated below.

Applying Heat Treatment to Honey

Brewing Science and Quality Control Testing
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Finding Time to Brew
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Go Out on a Limb: That's Where the Fruit is
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Hard or Soft? The Craft Revolution Hits the Soda Space
Friday & Saturday

Homebrewing in Palestine/Israel: a ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Debunked

The Impact of Water Disinfection on Homebrewing

Lacto Fermentation, Food and Beer

The Power, Politics and Religion of Beer and Wine

The Umami Factor: Full-Spectrum Fermentation
Friday & Saturday"

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: food optipns
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:08:22 PM »
The convention center has a few in-house places for food (pizza, sandwiches, etc):

The options surrounding the OCC are fairly limited, so I would highly recommend picking up a Trimet pass so that you can easily get to downtown Portland:

Hi all -

The Hilton, Hyatt House, Jupiter, and Hotel Rose have all extended the cut-off day for discounted rates until tomorrow, Friday June 8. If you're traveling to Portland later this month, please be sure to make your lodging reservations soon!

Classifieds / Casting Call: The Great American Baking Show
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:04:05 PM »
Hi all -

I received a call from the casting producer of The Great American Baking Show this afternoon. They're looking for contestants for the show, and given the common crossover of the beer & culinary worlds, they were hoping to get in contact with members of the homebrewing community. If you, or anyone you know is interested, feel free to contact them directly:

Matthew Nakamura
Casting Producer, The Great American Baking Show
Love Productions USA
o: 213-943-3893
c: 619-227-2988

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Insurance Program Questions
« on: May 01, 2018, 03:44:39 PM »
Is this still something that is offered?
Yes, it is! The open enrollment period will be 7/1/2018 - 8/31/2018.

This will cover the club 9/1/2018 - 9/1/2019.

Feel free to email me with any questions:


Homebrew Clubs / Radegast Club of the Year Nomination Deadline is 3/31
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:23:57 PM »
Hi all -

The Radegast Club of the Year is awarded at Homebrew Con every year to the club that makes exceptional impacts in their community, and efforts to further the homebrewing hobby locally. Formerly known as the 'Awesome Club of Awesomeness Award', this club sets themselves apart through brewing & teaching, and philanthropic efforts within the homebrewing world, and beyond.

The winning club is awarded $500 to do use as they see fit, and $500 is awarded to the club's charity-of-choice.

The deadline to nominate your club is March 31, 2018. To find out more info, and to nominate your club, please follow the link below:


Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: App
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:14:42 PM »
The app will be updated about a month before the conference. If you have it downloaded, the new info for 2018 will automatically populate when we publish the update.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Homebrewcon 2018 -Who is Going?
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:20:11 PM »
I'll be there. Didn't see any pre-conference events yet. Thinking I might start my own, drinking with Mike. ;)

There are some pre-conference tours that are being organized by Brewvana. You should have received a link to book one in your confirmation email. They will be listed on that 'week events' page next week. That page fills up with events submitted by any brewery/business around town. I know that there is a lot planned, but getting folks to register their event on that page is surprisingly tricky! Thanks for the heads up.

Here's a link to the pre-conference tours:

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Homebrew Con Registration is Open!
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:02:04 PM »
Registration for the 40th annual Homebrew Con (aka National Homebrewers Conference) is now open!

Homebrew Con website:
Registration portal:

Let's take roll call! Who will we see in Portland, June 28 - 30?

If you've been to Homebrew Con before - tell me here what made it so awesome for you! Sound off, forumites!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Assistance with Club Directory on AHA Website
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:23:18 PM »
Hi Joe - we've updated our club database to include the record you were adding. Sorry about the delay.

Good luck to you and your club members in the NHC this year!

Also - if anyone else needs to update their club's information, or add a club - feel free to fill out the form on the website:

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