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I'm not on one of the crews that got laws changed recently, but I have been watching pretty closely. The support the AHA provides is multi-part: helping direct groups to appropriate contacts (say the Small Brewers Guild for that state, others who are running similar groups, etc.), helping advise on what sort of pitfalls are out there (aka try and get the distributors on your side early or they'll torpedo the bill out of concerns of it mucking with their status) and probably the biggest one is Gary's direct involvement in testifying before various state legislatures and being an all around homebrewing spokesman to various media outlets when they pick up the story about the legislative effort.

As for a homebrewer's defense fund, I don't know if it's ever even come up. I think in most places where homebrewing is illegal, it ends up being a ticket-able misdemeanor. The last time I even heard of a homebrewer getting in trouble was Scott Oberman in Alabama when he received a visit from the state ABC after appearing in an LA Times article all about the legalization effort and showed off all of his gear, etc. Apparently, out of concern for his job-related security clearance he stopped brewing at home for at least a while, but nothing legally happened except a stern talking to.

And its really important when thinking about what the AHA does and doesn't do. There are 3 full time staffers for the AHA (Gary, Kate and Janis), a handful of people shared in part with the BA, 15 of us on the Governing Committee and approximately 20,000 of "you's"  out there. I've always run on a platform of this organization needs to be run as a member's driven group. I think just by looking at response levels to this year's GC election and the demographics survery the effects of more open communication are showing results. The reality remains that the AHA needs all of us to get things done and that's only going to be even more important as we find ways to increase member involvement. The 20k of us I fear could quickly swamp our intrepid trio!

I wish that was the reason....I was caring for a dying dog.... :'(

Bummer... I've got 2 13 year cats and an 11 year old dog that I'm starting to worry about and then I've got a 5 year old dog with a propensity to eat everything, so...

All Things Food / Re: AMERICAN cuisine
« on: May 26, 2010, 11:19:24 AM »
Well, here's the question - what about things that are ethnic in inspiration, but very, very much American in actual execution.

To take your example, for instance, spaghetti and meatballs as we know it: meatballs and red sauce tossed together with spaghetti is entirely an American concoction. If you tried to get that in Italy they'd look at you funny for combining two courses. (Same thing with corned beef and cabbage, pretty much everything we think is "Chinese" food and the burrito)

Not to worry, by the time it's fermented, conditioned, aged, and ready to drink, it won't be summer any longer :)

Actually, just because I'm a twisted person, I'm pushing for it to ready to drink by the second week of July. Oh yeah. :)

And Denny, you know I couldn't ever do anything by the "rules"

So what's the story morning glories?

I'm think RIS this weekend to have something big, rich and chewy for the summer! :)


I think that's a great way of getting the idea across.

The Pub / Re: Census 2010
« on: May 22, 2010, 12:22:08 PM »
How odd.. the census forms arrived here.. I don't know 2-3 months ago, filled it out in 5 minutes and haven't heard anything since. I've seen the census workers walking the neighborhood trying to mop up the stragglers (and a friend of mine is actually doing it in another part of town)

Sounds like you just got caught in a paperwork snafu.

Pellet hops store dramatically better than whole cone hops. The tighter packaging actually reduces oxygen exposure to the majority of hop material. So given the age of the hops that most of us will be able to purchase, pellets are fresher. It's also incredibly difficult to efficiently evacuate or displace oxygen from all of those nooks and crannies in a cone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing and children bad??
« on: May 22, 2010, 10:45:11 AM »
Yeah, I wouldn't try to lie and hide the brewing. Social service investigators like any cop learn to sniff out a lie in a hurry and typically that just makes them far less tolerant of anything else you might be doing/saying. BAsically, it makes you look like every other lying s***head they have to deal with.

Definitely make sure to have the relevant laws on hand (

Remember, this is a legal hobby and there's nothing wrong with it in moderation. Doesn't mean it won't raise eyebrows, but really, even if you get an inspector who's strictly anti-alcohol I can't help but think that same person is going to frown more heavily on illegal drug use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recent Headlines
« on: May 20, 2010, 10:54:20 AM »
TechTalk is the current (for now) email digest for AHA members.

Think people emailing questions like what we talk about here and getting responses gathered together by the AHA Staff the next day. At the bottom of the digest is included a collection of Beery Headlines.

Ok, what's up folks?

I'm being forced to take a day off this Friday. (guess I have too many vacation hours stored up. sheesh)

So, if I'm taking a day off, guess I better figure out what's going in the kettles.

Beer Recipes / Re: Black Rye IPA
« on: May 14, 2010, 11:27:44 AM »
I thought I recalled that one being fairly dark.

Yeah it's dark, but really more like dark brick red.

And richard, the reason is to minimize the roast contributions of the grain since part of the fascination with the whole "black IPA" thing is the color of a stout/porter but minimal roast.

Beer Recipes / Re: Black Rye IPA
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:42:29 AM »
Not very black though is it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:29:38 AM »
...or your crotch.  (First runnings...down my leg)

You "win" for that one.

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