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Howdy!

Just a heads up that the AHA Research & Education Fund application form has been temporarily disabled until we've finalized revisions, but will be back up soon.

The AHA Research and Education Fund was launched in spring of 2013, and our members have used this funding opportunity to research some interesting topics that benefit the hobby of home brewing.

The AHA REF subcommittee has vetted 25 proposals since the program's inception. Of the 22 approved for reimbursement over the last two years, only 6 have reached completion as of now.

The impact to our members is that:
  • funds are allocated and tied up that other members could use in their research projects
  • space was added to Zymurgy to include reports on these projects
  • a panel or poster session at the National Homebrewers Conference related to a project can't be scheduled in a timely fashion
Therefore, the program will be undergoing some renovation over the next month so that we can maximize the AHA REF program benefits as many members as possible.

Stay tuned for updates, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Duncan Bryant or either of your AHA REF subcommittee co-chairs.

Sincerely,
Debbie Cerda and Crispy Frey, Co-chairs
AHA REF Subcommittee

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:15:18 PM »
i live in round rock, texas and have been uable to find a water report that lists the appropriate info.  what are some keywords i should use when googling.  ive asked a local brewer and some club members and no one knows.  thanks.

Did you post to the Texas Carboys or Austin Zealots? I've posted info out to the Zealots Yahoo group a few times.

You should receive the annual drinking water quality report by July 1, the City hasn't posted online as of yet -- the one available at http://dww.tceq.texas.gov/CCR/ (search for "City of Round Rock" or TX2460003) does not include the secondaries that you would want for sulfate/hardness/calcium etc. pH usually ranges from 7.3 - 7.6, raw water alkalinity is ~155.

Chloramine levels depend on how far you live from the water treatment/pump stations, but be aware that with historical levels in distribution minimum of 2.15 mg/L (measured as total chlorine) and levels above 3 mg/L out of the treatment plant that you need to dechloraminate. Carbon filtration may not remove all if you don't have sufficient contact time to hit a removal efficiency that you need.

Assuming that Kim Lutz is still handling the water quality data for Round Rock, you can call her at (512) 341-3333 or email kiml@round-rock.tx.us for more recent data.

You can also get your water tested by LCRA Environmental Services in southeast Austin, they have a residential water supply testing services https://els.lcra.org/RWST.aspx.

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Events / Re: NHC Newbie Guide online
« on: June 18, 2012, 08:44:06 PM »
So what are some of the places around the Hotel people can go for good beer, some food, and more good beer?

I know there's a Rock Bottom and The Tap House Grill nearby, but maybe some locals can give a couple other suggestions.

Thanks.
I arrived early for the Washington Brewers Fest and the Fremont Solstice Parade and Art Fair, and have been exploring Bellevue. As suggested, using Around Me, Yelp, or even Google Places review is a great resource. There's plenty of chain restaurants a skywalk away, but if you walk about 5-10 extra minutes there's some great places along Bellevue Way NE as well as on 2nd or Main. Mod's Speed Pizza, great pho at Pho All Day, Belle Pastry French bakery, and Chace's Pancake Corral are just a few tasty discoveries.

To get into Seattle you can catch the #550 that goes through Pioneer Square, near Pike Place Market and Pike Pub and Brewery.

Not nearby, but 10 miles by car is a great food and beer selection is Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont.

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