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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question on Brew Guru app
« on: May 24, 2019, 02:05:44 PM »
I should have also pointed out that all of the recipes on Brew Guru can also be found on our website:

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Serving home brew at a festival in Colorado
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:13:58 PM »
Gary, that seems to be at odds with the linked DOR document:

Homebew may be transported and delivered by the producer to any licensed premises where consumption of malt liquors by persons over the age of twenty-one is authorized (including malt liquor sales room, or tap rooms) for use at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions, such as home brew contests, tastings, or judgings. Consumption shall be limited solely to the participants in and judges of such events. Malt liquors used for these purposes shall be served in portions not exceeding six ounces and shall not be sold, offered for sale, or made available for consumption by the general public. (Section 12-47-106, C.R.S.).

Essentially, because tickets are required, beer festivals are private events. Have you heard from someone at the state that this isn't the case?

I have had a conversation about this with the director of the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division.  Beer Festivals are not considered private events since any member of the public who is 21 and older can purchase a ticket.

Competitions are legal if those tasting the homebrew are invited as judges and stewards. 

Homebrew can be served at homebrew club meetings, but only to members of the club (i.e. a patron at a brewery where a club meeting is taking place cannot be served homebrew if they are not already a member of the club).

We could have homebrew served at an event like Homebrew Con, where we charge a registration fee for an event that includes an educational component and then have attendees serve their homebrew to fellow attendees, so long as registration is limited to members of the AHA.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Serving home brew at a festival in Colorado
« on: May 23, 2019, 08:33:42 PM »
We've got the homebrew statute for Colorado, along with a link for a Q&A on homebrew rules from the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division posted here:

In Colorado, it is not legal to serve homebrew to the public, so serving homebrew at a public beer festival would not be allowed.  Sales of homebrew is illegal in Colorado, even for charities.  There are only a couple of states that allow for homebrew to be used for charity fundraising.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question on Brew Guru app
« on: May 23, 2019, 01:44:43 AM »
I just downloaded the Brew Guru app on my iPad. Logged in and can see my card etc.

But I can’t see any recipes. When I click on the recipe icon, the hop, it brings pictures and a paragraph long description but no recipes.

This is an issue that arose with the latest iOS release.  It prevents scrolling within the recipes section of the app. 

The good news is that we were already working on a new release on a completely new platform when this issue came up, which will not only solve the scrolling issue, but will greatly improve the overall performance of Brew Guru. 

The first version of that new release should be available in mid-June.

HomebrewCon 2019 / Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« on: May 17, 2019, 08:04:42 PM »
Okay, so here's a rough list of the things that we consider when choosing locations for future Homebrew Cons.  The top three are must-haves.  The others will vary in importance and aren't in any specific order.  I'm probably leaving some things out that I'm just not thinking about right now, but this is a pretty comprehensive list.

•   Must be in a state where we can clearly, legally have homebrew served to attendees.
•   Need a venue that can hold 3000+ attendees, 6 simultaneous educational sessions, competition judging, an expo hall that can accommodate 80+ exhibitors, event space for Kickoff Party and Club Night (reception for 3000+).
•   Need available dates for Thurs-Sat during the last three weeks of June.
•   Cost of the venue (space rental, catering minimums/pricing, labor costs, A/V costs, decorating costs, etc)
•   Cost of transportation for attendees, particularly hotel room rates
•   Since 2012, we have tried to rotate the conference between, East/Middle/West.  There is no specific territorial borders here, just roughly trying to keep the conference moving across the country.
•   Have members from this area expressed interest in having Homebrew Con in their area?
•   Accessibility of the location (both for attendees who are driving and those who fly to the conference)
•   Desirability of the location – will members want to travel to get to this destination?  (We survey members about potential locations)
•   Governing Committee feedback
•   Has a previous conference been held in this location recently?
•   Is the venue willing to work with our chef?
•   Local population density
•   AHA membership density
•   Active local homebrewing community
•   Local beer scene
•   Local restaurants/food options
•   Other events in the area around the time of the conference dates that might enhance/hinder attendance

Events / Re: AHA Governing Committee Meeting Minutes
« on: May 16, 2019, 08:12:53 PM »
I sent you a PM so I can get you what you are looking for.

The Pub / Re: Discounts ...
« on: May 01, 2019, 05:53:13 PM »
The promo code is being sent via email to AHA members today.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Recipe Search
« on: April 24, 2019, 07:02:38 PM »
Jeff, we don't currently have a means of sorting recipes by all-grain vs extract, but many, if not most, of the recipes have extract versions that are printed at the bottom of the recipe.  Many of the recipes on were originally publish in Zymurgy , where we typically offer both all grain and extract versions of each recipe.

If you do find a recipe that does not include an extract version, we have a tutorial on how to convert an all-grain recipe to extract here:

I have a 2-vessel 10 gallon electric system from High Gravity in my basement.  I have a hood with a similar CFM (700 or 750, I can't remember).  It vents outside, but I never have it running at anything higher than the lowest fan setting.  I live in Colorado where we have very dry air, so you may need more exhaust power than I do. 

I don't know if it would be to code, but venting to the garage with the door open would probable be okay for the amount of vapor you are generating with your 5 gallon system.

Anyway, is that part of the home brew competition that's was written about a year or two ago? Or is that a separate thing?

It's separate, but a good opportunity for us to promote the Hill Staff Homebrew Competition that we organize later in the year.

Is the AHA in need of people to write articles?

Yes!  We're always looking for new contributors. 

For Zymurgy, contact dave at
For, contact duncan at

We have a ton of content on our website, much of it originally posted many years ago, so I don't doubt there is information there that may be outdated.  We welcome any suggestions for updates or offers to re-write content.  Email AHA Assistant Director (and web editor) Duncan Bryant at the email address above.

Edit: I think the bought breweries are no longer on the list although that wasn't always the case in the past depending on the definition of craft.  While the Best Beer in America issue could be considered to be an ad for the Brewers Ass'n and its members particularly when other publications reprint the list, it is also an ad for the AHA.

Actually, we don't limit the options for members to choose from.  We do indicate which breweries meet the BA's definition for a craft brewery, but in last year's results there were a number of beers from breweries that didn't fall within the craft brewery definition that made the top 50.

How cool is that! What’s the recipe? 

It's my saison recipe, which I've adapted from recipes I got from Zymurgy.  Muchas gracias to Drew Beechum and Dave Levonian!  It's on my laptop at home, so I'll posted it here later.

10.5 gallons

14 lbs Pilsner (2 Row)
5 lbs Vienna Malt
1 lbs Oats, Flaked
1 lbs Wheat, Flaked
8.0 oz Cane (Beet) Sugar
8.0 oz Corn Sugar (Dextrose)
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 65.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] - Boil 65.0 min
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  15.0 min
1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  15.0 min
1.00 oz Coriander Seed (Boil 0.0 mins)
0.35 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 0.0 mins)
0.32 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 0.0 mins)
0.25 oz Peppercorn (Boil 0.0 mins)
Yeast: Lallemand Belle Saison

How cool is that! What’s the recipe? 

It's my saison recipe, which I've adapted from recipes I got from Zymurgy.  Muchas gracias to Drew Beechum and Dave Levonian!  It's on my laptop at home, so I'll posted it here later.

On that California legislation.  If it weren't for the help of the California Craft Brewers Association, we probably wouldn't have gotten the bill we had to rush through in 2014 passed, and would have had to cancel the 2015 Homebrew Con in San Diego.  The CCBA also encouraged it's members to participate in Homebrew Con that year. 

The AHA has promoted homebrew bills that weren't specifically supported by state brewers guilds, but that's pretty rare, and I can't recall a brewers guild ever outright opposing a homebrew bill.  It's definitely more often the case that we rely on the support of state brewers guilds to help pass homebrew legislation.  They can help us navigate the political waters and definitely have a better understanding of their state's alcohol codes than we do. 

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