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14?  There are only 13 candidate statements.

Have you been drinking?  I count 14.

Just a few days left to cast your ballot in the AHA Governing Committee election.  Ballots must be submitted by midnight Pacific Time to be counted.  With six seats on the GC in contention, this is a particularly important election.

Candidate statements and ballots can be found here:

Vote NOW!

I'll also weight in on this thread.  I think Denny and Jeff are being modest about the role the Governing Committee members play.  The GC plays a tremendously important role for the AHA.  Every year, I depend on the Governing Committee to set the agenda for the AHA's annual plan.  The GC is the source of new ideas and a conduit for what is happening in local homebrewing communities around the country. 

Much of the Governing Committee input for the AHA staff takes place at the Subcommittee level, where the discussions are much more focused on specific topics.  Those subcommittees are led by members of the GC, but since not every GC member is on every subcommittee, individual GC members may not be as aware of the overall contribution to the organization that those subcommittees are making.  I can tell you that the AHA staff is very much aware of the contributions of the GC and grateful for the input we get from these dedicated volunteers. 

Ingredients / Brew Kits
« on: March 23, 2017, 03:38:19 PM »
I've got an interview with a reporter interested in discussing homebrew ingredient kits.  I must admit that I don't think I've brewed with an ingredient kit since my very first brew back in 1993.  Does anyone have a favorite kit manufacturer (either wholesale or an individual shops own kits)?  What do you like about the kits?

just a brief example, last year at this time we were talking about the name change from NHC to Homebrew Con.
It was stated by a GC member now up for re-election that "we wanted to freshen the convention perception"

I said "I'd love to hear what said perception is, and what "freshen" means, specifically"

since to my knowledge no one has said anything, I'd still like to know the answer to that one, by the way. 
Why are we doing what we are doing, and what do we have in store for the future?  These are things I feel like AHA members care about.

Frankly, we have no idea.  The AHA decided it was time to change the name and image.  Our role is to help them facilitate that.  We had no input on the change other than to express our opinions after the fact.  If you go to HomebrewCon, go to the AHA members meeting.  Things like this get discussed there and members can ask questions.

Sorry to have to correct you Denny, but the name change came about during discussion at the 2015 GC meeting in San Diego--the one you missed due to term limits.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Re: Introducing the Brew Guru mobile app
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:31:25 PM »
Is there any chance the brew guru (and other AHA apps) will be available for Windows phones?

Not in the short term.

We were able to build an app on a platform that will work with both Apple and Android devices, but to get it to work on Windows phones as well would require a completely separate app be built, which is cost prohibitive for us.  To maximize the resources we have, we built an app that will work on the most popular smart phone platforms. 

We will continue to monitor usage of Windows phones, and possibly build a Windows version of Brew Guru in the future.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 19, 2016, 03:42:10 PM »
We've got a post on the Anheuser Busch Inbev acquisition of Northern Brewer/Midwest on, along with a reader poll.  We'd love to get your views on this via the poll.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Re: Introducing the Brew Guru mobile app
« on: September 12, 2016, 09:19:55 AM »
Tried to get the app this morning but all the links to it are broken.

Try this link:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Have you downloaded the new Brew Guru app?
« on: September 09, 2016, 09:03:01 AM »
I like it so far. One issue I have seen is bad or out of date data on the map. One instance is a brewery that no longer exists and another is correct address but bad placement. Adding a workflow to report these issues in app would be helpful

Thanks for the tip! With so many participants in the program - it can be challenging to stay up-to-date on every Member Deal. Which breweries are you referring to? I'll take a look at them and update accordingly. Thanks!

Thanks Matt.

Yes, we are aware of that issue.  The Brewers Association database is immense, so not surprising that there are some incorrect listings.  We're working on a streamlined process for reporting issues with the locations listed on the map.  In the interim, you can PM wmbolling, AKA Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.

General Homebrew Discussion / Have you downloaded the new Brew Guru app?
« on: September 08, 2016, 09:43:09 AM »
Hey All,

A couple of weeks ago, the AHA launched our new Brew Guru app aimed at making it easier for AHA members to access their benefits, particularly AHA Member Deals, as well as to introduce new members to the AHA via 15 day free trials accessible via the app.

We've to more info here:

This first launch is just the beginning as we have plans for adding more content, such as audio for Homebrew Con seminar recordings, Zymurgy Live recordings, and videos.  The initial launch was just within the US, but a new version that will be available worldwide is in the works and should be available within a month or two.

The app does not perform well on some older devices.  Here are the device requirements – Phone: 5/s iOS8, 6/+ iOS9, 6s/s+ iOS9 / iPad: 4 iOS8, Air/2 iOS9, Mini 3/4 iOS9 / Google Nexus 7, Android 4.4+ / Samsung Galaxy S6, Android 5+ / Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Android 5+

We'd love to get your feedback!

Zymurgy / Re: Free trial Zymurgy
« on: September 07, 2016, 12:32:49 PM »
Sounds like your request came in just after the September/October issue mailed, in which case, you will be getting the November/December issue, which will mail around October 20th.

In the meantime, you could download the Brew Guru app (, which will give you a free 15 day trial membership.  With the trial membership, you can use your member login to access eZymurgy and or the Zymurgy app (, so you could check out digital versions of the magazine before deciding if you want to join or now (which you will of course  :)).

When I try to install the app, I get a message that's it's not available for my device, specifically for the country my device is registered in (Canada).

Before I launch into a long screed about too many Americans (I'm also a native US citizen) regarding us Canadians as being behind the Maple Leaf Curtain in Canuckistan, let me ask why the app should care what country I'm in.  I happen to be an AHA member living less than an hour from the US border.  I'd like access to the app to know what benefits I'm entitled to on frequent US trips.

I feel a little like I'm looking at a party across the street which I'm not allowed to attend.

There's no intention to leave out our members from beyond the U.S. border.  There's a technical issue with the country field in the app that is being resolved in a later edition.  Once that's fixed the app will be available every where. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership referral
« on: August 30, 2016, 04:04:04 PM »
Thanks Gary, would be a cool benefit.  Is there a specific date on the release of brew guru?

The Brew Guru app has been released.  Check here for the direct links to the Apple and Google app stores:  I love my new digital member card!

I love the app logo. Any chance there's a t-shirt available with just this logo?

We love the logo, too!  Yes indeed, there is a t-shirt with the logo on it that will be featured in the newly redesigned AHA store which will launch within a few days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership referral
« on: August 09, 2016, 06:35:36 PM »
Thanks Gary, would be a cool benefit.  Is there a specific date on the release of brew guru?
Not a specific date, but it will be released this month.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership referral
« on: August 09, 2016, 03:30:41 PM »
My buddy is interested in joining the AHA.  Is there a referral program for members?

The idea has come up for discussion, but we do not have a referral program in place at this time.  That may be something we integrate into a future version of the soon to be released Brew Guru app.

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