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Zymurgy / Re: Login Issue On iPad
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:53:16 PM »
Anyone else having an issue logging into the Zymurgy App on the iPad?

I'm a new member, and I just discovered this app via an email I received. I'm thinking how awesome is this. Anyway, I've spent the last 20 minutes trying to login only to get the following message:  Login with brewers web services was unsuccessful: Unable to login as user xxxxx.  The User ID or Password is invalid.

I've tried this on both the iPad and iPhone app. I've reset my password. I have connectivity on my devices. I've verified I can login to the website with the same User ID and Password with no issues. Help!

Hey Craig, sorry you're experiencing trouble logging in to the app. I have forwarded your issue to AHA Member Services who hopefully can get you sorted. I myself have had some trouble logging into one of our other sites today, so it's possible there's something amiss on the interwebs. Feel free to DM me if you don't get it resolved soon.

Zymurgy / Re: Hey Dave, nitogenized whip cream charger for beer
« on: May 06, 2019, 03:50:00 PM »
Details please.

Not a whole lot to reveal, other than that you pour beer into the charger, attach a nitro cartridge, and pull the trigger. Unlike making whipped cream, I would not recommend shaking.

Zymurgy / Re: Hey Dave, nitogenized whip cream charger for beer
« on: May 06, 2019, 03:46:31 PM »
The suspense is killing me!

Just a friendly reminder that voting in the 17th annual Best Beers in America survey closes Monday. Please vote now to make your voice heard and to be entered to win free swag!

Zymurgy's 17th annual Best Beers in America survey is now live. AHA members are invited to log in and vote here:

You can name—in no particular order—as few as 1 or as many as 5 commercially brewed beers that you think deserve recognition. We'll obtain or develop clone recipes for those that readers particularly enjoy. Voting ends March 25, and all who cast votes are entered to win free merch! Thanks for all you do to make Zymurgy a valuable resource for homebrewers!

Zymurgy / Re: ADA Compliance -- Zymurgy has failed
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:55:28 PM »
It seems to me like the simple solution is to use colors that aren’t the same or close to the same.  A person should NOT have to download an app or magnify their screen image to read an article.

This is a fair point and one we are paying close attention to in upcoming issues. Yes, there were a couple of pages in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue that in hindsight ought to have had better contrast between the background and the text. I believe that's a separate issue from that of zoom levels in the digital edition, but both are obviously important for making sure readers can actually read the content.

Zymurgy / Re: ADA Compliance -- Zymurgy has failed
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:32:42 PM »
OK, update to the concern about screen legibility. Our printer changed a setting on the hosting side so that double clicking in Page View increases the zoom more than it did before, and then the +/- buttons that pop up can be used to adjust that as per usual. I hope this helps with screen readability.

Also, at the risk of stating something I suspect is painfully obvious to those more computer-savvy than I, you can change the operating system settings to make everything on the screen bigger. If you google "accessibility options" and the OS you use, there are lots of tips on how to do that for Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux, whatever. So it's possible to take the zoom level even further than the limitations of the browser reader if needed.

The digital version of the magazine can be downloaded for offline reading in the Zymurgy app for iOS and Android, but there is currently no way to do that with the browser-based digital edition.

Zymurgy / Re: ADA Compliance -- Zymurgy has failed
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:25:28 PM »
They recently changed some of their styling, maybe a couple months ago? Not sure if they got a new editor or just wanted a "refresh" but a lot of the logos and fonts changed.  The white text on the yellow page in the most current issue is the first time I've noticed a difficulty. I turned to that page and couldn't read it at all.

Nope, same editor. ;) We did refresh the look and feel of the magazine starting with Nov/Dec 2018 (the previous refresh was in 2005). I have received a number of emails about the white text on yellow background, and yes, contrast is something we are paying close attention to for upcoming issues. The page in question was actually quite readable in pre-production, but that obviously didn't translate well once it was printed on glossy magazine stock and mailed out to tens of thousands of members.

Zymurgy / Re: ADA Compliance -- Zymurgy has failed
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:16:55 PM »
Hey Mr. Beer-

Thanks for the feedback. I can think of a couple of solutions that might help.

For zooming, there are two ways to accomplish this when using the eZymurgy digital edition interface on a desktop or laptop. In the default view (a.k.a Page View), you can do what Bucknut suggested and double click a page. This will bring up a '+' and "-" button in the lower right hand corner. You can click the plus sign 2 more times to further zoom.

The better option for bigger text is to hit the "Menu" option on the top left corner and select "Contents View." This will give you plain text version of the articles. Select the article you want to read by clicking on it and then you can adjust the font size by clicking the "Size" option on the top right corner. It has two levels of zoom.

In Contents View, you can even go bigger than the maximum font size of the viewer by using Safari's or Chrome's native zoom feature. I don't know the shortcut to do this in Safari (maybe a Mac person can chime in), but in Chrome, you can use Ctrl+ ("control plus") to zoom in and Ctrl- ("control minus") to zoom out. Alternatively, hold control and use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.

For mobile access, we recommend downloading the Zymurgy App (in Apple and Google app stores) since eZymurgy (the browser-based digital edition) was not designed specifically for smart phone or tablet.

I will also check with our Creative department to see if any adjustments can be made at the printer, which is who hosts the digital editions.

Thanks again for the feedback and I hope this helps!

Zymurgy / Text errors in Nov/Dec 2018 issue
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:42:18 PM »
Some of you may have noticed that the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Zymurgy featured a few text errors, especially in the article on Kräusening. Here are the ones I'm currently aware of.

Page 38, first column, under the "BREW IT AGAIN" heading, second paragraph should read as follows:
At the 5-gallon (19-liter) scale, one way to do this is to brew 4.5 gallons (17 L) of beer. When fermentation starts winding down, brew 5 gallons (18.9 L) of the same beer. When this second beer reaches high kräusen (the peak of fermentation), or slightly before, transfer half a gallon (about 2 liters) of fermenting beer to your initial batch. This will leave you with 4.5 gallons (17 L) of fermenting beer in one vessel and 5 gallons (18.9 L) of kräusened beer in the other. When the fermentation of the second batch is wrapping up, you can brew a third batch, and so on until you want to brew something different.

Page 38, second column, under the "SAVE SOME WORT" heading, second paragraph should read as follows:
For this to work, you need to be very sanitary in your handling of the kräusen wort and keep an aliquot (separate pitch) of your yeast strain healthy while the main batch ferments. If you store the reserved wort in a sanitized glass bottle, you can put the bottle in a plastic bag and pour crushed ice around it. Store the bag in your refrigerator and the wort will remain somewhere between fridge temperature and 32°F (0°C). The ice is not strictly needed, but I think it helps a little.

It's upsetting, particularly since this was the rollout of a new look and feel, and you might wonder if those text errors have anything to do with the refreshed look. The TL;DR version is that no, it's just really unfortunate timing, and a glitch in collaboration software is to blame. I apologize for the fault in the text, and those responsible have been sacked.

For those wanting more info, allow me to illustrate with an analogy. Imagine writing a 30,000-word report in Microsoft Word (a terrible idea, but stay with me). You read through it several times and have a couple of trusted colleagues do the same. Once you're all happy with it, you export the Word doc as a PDF. You thumb through the PDF to make sure all the images look right, check that text is properly aligned, and so forth. And then you hand it over to your boss. Unbeknownst to you, when you saved the PDF, the file converter garbled a few lines that you and your colleagues had worked on at different times. You would never have suspected this because you've saved PDFs countless times before without incident. The first you hear of it is when your boss wants to know why some of the sentences are gibberish.

That's a simplified metaphorical origin story for the text errors in the Nov/Dec issue. Words that looked great on screen got mangled in the process of creating the files we uploaded to the printer. Turns out the new-ish collaboration tool we had been using for nearly a year, which was meant to simplify how multiple editors and designers work on the same document, introduced inexplicable text errors in several places.

Every sentence that goes into an issue of Zymurgy gets read by several people, and I personally read every story at least four times before we go to press. That said, the errors in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue ultimately lie with me, and I apologize for the screwy text. We have ditched the defective collaboration tool, notified the developers thereof that there are bugs, and reverted to our previous process.

Thanks for reading the magazine and for bearing with us during this hiccup.

Zymurgy / Submit your homebrew gadgets!
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:14:20 AM »
It's time again to share your best gadgets and DIY projects with your fellow AHA members!
Just click here to let us know what you've got:

Please include at least one high-resolution image to accompany your submission.

Submissions received by Monday, October 22 will be considered for the Jan/Feb issue of Zymurgy.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:47:11 PM »
Speaking of telepathy, my initial thought was that he won a gold medal in one of the NHC categories to be judged next week.

We haven't yet introduced time travel to the competition, but I have it on good authority that we will in 2073.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:34:56 PM »
I just recieved a package from the Brewers Association with 3 brewing books and some great swag--a couple of hats, two tasting glasses, coozies, and a brewers association hand towel; however, I do not know why. I must have entered a drawing, but I do not remember it nor did I recieve an email that I had won something. There was also no paperwork in the box. Does anyone here remember such a drawing here or somewhere else?

Congratulations, your name was drawn from the list of members who voted in this year's Best Beers in America. That issue drops today,
along with the list:

Sorry about not telling you why we sent you goodies. Every now and then I like to practice my telepathy. Didn't work this time.  ;D

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:01:56 PM »
is "Best Beers IN AMERICA" - 1) beers from American Breweries, 2) Beers that are Distributed in America, 3) Beers that People In America Say are Best? or 4) "We know we said America but anyone who pays AHA dues and lives in other countries can vote for their faves too"

We aim for the second of those options. There's always the imports list, which is ranked separately from the US beers. As long as the beer is sold in the US, it's fair game.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: March 05, 2018, 07:49:34 PM »
3.   The Best Beers survey helps us generate the clone (tribute?) recipes that AHA members want.
Hey Gary---The only question I have is what 2-3 IPAs recipes will they be this year? It seems that since IPAs dominate the list, there is very little style variation as to what recipes are printed. I am sure that something other than an IPA has been done the past few years but it seems that some different style other than IPA could possibly be chosen from the top 10 or 15 beers.

Just my opinion.

I'll chime in here. The chosen clone recipes are based on a number of things, including how much info breweries are willing to share. We try to get as many details from the brewers as possible, and for whatever reason (possibly just statistics) that has meant having lots of IPA the last few years. It's just where the survey results have intersected with available info. We'll see where things land this year.

In the meantime, look for clone recipes for a couple of well-known Belgian dark strong ales in the upcoming May/June issue. And don't forget about the online database:

There's a lot of good stuff in there. And last year we had a really cool online article featuring 50 clones from 50 states:

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