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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Pamphlet in B/W
« on: January 17, 2019, 06:58:39 PM »
Is there a version of the AHA Pamphlet in black & white that I could print on a laser printer. It would be nice if it fit on standard letter-size 8 1/2 x 11 paper too.
I presume you are talking about the Go Brew Yourself Pamphlet:

We don't have a black and white version of that.  It actually prints legibly in black & white.  You can print it to 8 1/2 X 11 paper, but it would need to be trimmed.

You can also order complimentary printed copies of the color version from us.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Donating for non-profit fundraise
« on: November 05, 2018, 11:41:46 PM »
I don't think it's correct to say that it's "federally illegal." In California (where I live), you can donate homebrew to a 501(c)(3) and they can sell it or auction it off at a fundraising event.

California is one of the few states to have explicitly legalized using homebrew for charity fundraising.  But that does not overrule the federal statute that does not allow for any sale of homebrew.  I don't foresee any crackdown on this from the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in the near future, but it could happen.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Layoffs.
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:17:23 PM »
Lagunitas does qualify as a Brewers Association-defined craft brewery.

Since Lagunitas is 100% owned by Heineken, it doesn't meet the independence requirement:

Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member which is not itself a craft brewer.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: cottage licensed kitchen.
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:21:15 PM »
Did the event happen?

I gather it depends on county health regulators understanding of the homebrew law.  Last year, The Brewing Network was not allowed to serve homebrew at their event, but this year it was allowed, citing the homebrew law.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: cottage licensed kitchen.
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:34:43 PM »
Anyone else run into a problem with being unable to have a homebrew competition at a brew fest because the health department insisted that all brew served had to be prepared in a certified commercial or cottage licensed kitchen. Beer isn't even on the allowed list in the state of California where the brew fest is to take place.

Unless the beer festival is run by a non-profit, I don't think it is legal under California law to serve homebrew at a beer festival.  Only non-profits are allowed to serve (sell) homebrew to the public.

You can find the California homebrew law here:

I seem to recall something coming up in the past with the health department and a Brewing Network event where homebrew was going to be served.  I'll see if we can dig up some more info on that.

I know that homebrewer in Nevada have run into issues with their state health department. 

The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: August 28, 2018, 10:38:29 PM »
Special Brew by Bad Manners

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle not completely filled up
« on: August 28, 2018, 04:22:57 PM »
Hi Carlo,

I'm not exactly sure of the science at work here, but your experience matches what I have observed in many years of judging homebrew competitions.  Low filled bottles tend to overcarbonate, while high filled bottles tend to undercarbonate.  Approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) of head space in the bottle works well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: GABF tickets
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:58:50 PM »
   How many tickets can I buy for the member day? I know it is limited.

From the GABF Ticket FAQ page

What is the ticket limit?
For the General Sessions there is a limit of six tickets per session per ticket buyer. Individuals with greater than six tickets per session per ticket buyer will have their overage canceled and refunded.

For the Members Only Session, the ticket limit 2 tickets per member number. American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members will receive a pass code via email to purchase tickets for this session.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: When should I receive a new AHA Membership card
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:14:29 PM »
BrewGuru has also saved me some $ out here in OR.
We used Brew Guru to get happy hour pricing for lunch at Breakside in Portland for lunch this afternoon.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: When should I receive a new AHA Membership card
« on: June 24, 2018, 05:55:18 PM »
We send out new member cards every week, so you should have definitely received your card by now.

You can reach out to our Member Services department at or 888-822-6273.  The Member Services staff are in the office M-F 8 am - 5 pm MT.

If you haven't done so already, download and login to the Brew Guru app to access your digital member card.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Incubator Brewing idea
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:21:48 PM »
Here's a business that's doing something similar to what you are talking about, but more for breweries that are looking to expand production without having to invest in more brewing equipment:

There are some other examples of breweries that make their own brands, but are primarily contract brewing for other businesses.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help With AHA Account
« on: June 09, 2018, 05:11:09 PM »
Sorry for the trouble with your membership!The office is closed over the weekend, but our member services department will get back to you on Monday and help get your account squared away including the hops.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Insurance Program Questions
« on: May 07, 2018, 05:34:07 PM »
You can find details on the club insurance program here:

The AHA will reimburse clubs for their general liability and liquor liability insurance premium payments if 75% or more of the club's members are also AHA members. 

The Pub / Re: Look who I found at my Brewery!
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:08:16 PM »
So good to finally check out your brewery, Keith.  I was beyond impressed with Yellowhammer--what a great place to drink some amazing beers.  I wish I had more time, but since I was leading the tour group, it would have been inappropriate for me to ditch them. 

My wife Erin and I got to hang out with Tom after the World Beer Cup awards ceremony on Thursday.  Great time.  Tom is one of my favorite humans. 

And just for the record, I'm not really that short. 

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