The AHA forum will never be restricted to AHA members only if I have anything to say about it. There are plans to open "value added" sections of the main website to members only, but the purpose of the forum is to freely exchange information for the benefit of all homebrewers. I really can't understand a lot of the gripes about using the forum. There's at least as much good info posted here everyday as there is in TechTalk. I hope the people who are complaining actually try the forum so they can see for themselves.