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Homebrew Clubs / Aggregate Club Competition Results
« on: April 10, 2015, 06:53:07 AM »
I don't see a way on the AHA website to search for aggregate competition winners by club (i.e., all medals won by members of a given club based on the club listed upon entry registration).  Am I missing it?  If this does not exits, it would be a great new feature. 

I'd prefer to avoid manually tracking competition winners for our club, when this is already available in a database.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Membership Cards
« on: January 06, 2015, 07:05:48 PM »
Thanks Bruce

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Membership Cards
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:51:37 AM »
This is how we do it. Just business cards through a Office Depot card laminator.
Thanks.  I see you have a printed name and "member since" statement on the card.  How do you guys do that?  Does someone print them at home?

Homebrew Clubs / Club Membership Cards
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:10:30 PM »
What do other clubs do in terms of issuing membership cards or providing some other means for members to prove membership for things like homebrew shop discounts.

As a new, small club (attendance averaging in the mid 20's), I'm not sure cards are really a feasible option.  Are there any digital solutions that can be used in conjunction with smartphones?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: AIPA yeast: Fruity Esters or Clean & Crisp?
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:15:03 PM »
I prefer clean for APA/AIPA. 

If you want fruity and crisp (as opposed to clean and crisp), there is the option to pair a modest amount of simple sugar with an English yeast.  I actually do this for some English styles, so they end a bit drier.  I usually aim for 10-15% simple sugar.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:15:48 PM »
Thanks Denny!  E-mail sent. 

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Meeting Location
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:22:09 AM »
Have you been successful in establishing something?  I am new to the area and am interested in continuing in the hobby.
You can find info about our club at  We have had 3 meetings and are continuing to evolve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: August 05, 2014, 05:07:01 PM »
This is more of a question for Luke, the West Insurance agent.
Is there a way to contact Luke?  We need to know how a "member" is defined within the policy before we could even fill out the application.  We are a new club that does not have bylaws, a board of directors or a formal membership program.  We only have three meetings under our belt with 11 attendees at the first and 33 at the third.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Meeting Location
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:17:53 AM »
Thanks guys.

My club is about 130 paid memberships with many of those memberships including a significant other.  We still sometimes meet at people's houses during the summer months (when we can use a backyard in MI).  Turn out to our meetings is usually 50-60 people.  Most of the time we meet up at various breweries and craft beer bars around town.  We pretty much never meet up at the same place twice in a row.  We move around a lot.  We work it out with the owners to come in usually on their slowest night of the week.  We encourage our membership to purchase food and drinks prior to the meeting.

Changing up the location appeals to me, but I imagine you would have to coordinate communications very well so people don't show up at the wrong place.  If I were hosting at my house, I wouldn't want my address on a public website or social media site.  How do you handle these things?

Homebrew Clubs / Homebrew Club Meeting Location
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:01:47 AM »
Now that homebrew rights have expanded in KS to allow normal club activities, I've been talking to some guys about starting a club in our area.  Meeting at member homes may be fine for a while, but I imagine we will need a larger space and a static location fairly fast...ideally free.  Any tips for us?

A LHBS has offered to let us use their space, but it's very small and we will easily outgrow it. 

I don't think our local community centers allow alcohol.  There are no breweries in the general area where we would like to establish the club. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Kansas Homebrewers - Proposed Law Change
« on: February 05, 2013, 10:52:29 PM »
Just this week in KS, new legislation is being proposed to amend the law to allow consumption by non-family members and at other locations besides the maker's home--including in competitions.  I urge KS residents to contact their legislative representatives to encourage them to support the measure.

House bill:

Senate bill:

IMO, here's the best part:

Homemade fermented beverages" means beer or wine produced by a person who is 21 years of age or older, through such person's own efforts and in accordance with K.S.A. 41-104, and amendments thereto, at a place of residence or at another location with permission from the property owner, and not for a commercial purpose, but for consumption by that person or such person's family or guests, or for use at an exhibition, demonstration, judging, tasting, class or sampling, or as part of a contest or competition.

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