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Hi all –

The deadline to submit a seminar proposal for Homebrew Con 2018 is Monday, December 18.

Homebrew Con will take place June 28 – 30 in Portland, Oregon. The educational seminars at the conference are typically 45-50 minutes, with 10-15 minutes for Q+A at the end. We would welcome proposals from homebrewers, professional brewers, allied trade members, and beer educators & bloggers, as well as anyone with a relevant topic.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Events / Call for 2018 Homebrew Con Seminar Proposals
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:29:51 PM »
The 40th annual Homebrew Con will take place in Portland, OR, June 28 - 30, 2018. This year's Homebrew Con (aka National Homebrewers Conference) will feature over 60 educational seminars from homebrewers and craft brewers all over the country.

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) invites you to submit a topic for consideration. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, December 18. Seminar proposals will be reviewed by the AHA Governing Committee and the Homebrew Con Portland local committee. Confirmed speakers will be notified in mid-January.

Homebrew Con 2018 Call for Seminar Proposals

For more information, contact Matt Bolling:, 720-473-7696

Homebrew Clubs / Club Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline is Sept. 1
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:25:39 PM »
Hi everyone - this is a reminder that the deadline to sign your homebrew club up for general & liquor liability insurance is Friday, September 1.

More info:

The AHA-facilitated insurance option provides participating clubs with general liability insurance and liquor liability insurance ($1 million/occurrence; $3 million aggregate) that collectively covers both club meetings and club-sponsored events for up to 1,000 attendees—all at a cost to the club of just $3.50 per club member.

To learn more and/or to enroll as a club, please visit West’s Insurance.

AHA Funded Premium Reimbursement
Clubs that demonstrate an AHA membership rate of 75% or more are eligible to have their insurance premium payments reimbursed by the AHA. If at least 75% of your club’s members are also AHA members, we will issue a check to reimburse your club’s insurance premium after September 1.

Email Jenny Caldwell, a designated representative at West’s Insurance, or  phone (847-623-0456) for insurance inquiries, or contact me for questions regarding AHA membership in your club.

Events / Re: post-NHC/homebrewcon Qs
« on: August 23, 2017, 04:35:34 PM »
Thanks for pointing this out- and thanks for alerting me, free folk of the forum!

There was a problem with the file source. I'm not sure what the issue was, but it's been replaced with the correct file. Sorry about that. Let me know if you run into any more issues like this.

Also - apologies on the delay in posting these. We transitioned to a new format for these seminar recordings, which includes video (we hope you like it!). As you can imagine, the editing process for these was a tiny bit more involved than it was in previous years.


Events / Re: GABF 2017 Presale codes
« on: July 31, 2017, 06:27:41 PM »
This goes for anyone who sees this, and did not receive their GABF ticket AHA member pre-sale code. Shoot me an email with your AHA member number, and I'll get you taken care of:
P 303.447.0816 x 184
Direct: 720.473.7696

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Con Seminar Cheat Sheet
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:46:55 PM »
Howdy all - I've seen someone put a file like this together the last few years, and figured I would save them the time/trouble and just do it myself. If you're going to HBC this week, here's a sort of 'cheat sheet' for all of the educational sessions that are being given in Minneapolis:

Or, you can look at this Google Sheet (it's non-editable):

-This does not show any Homebrew Industry Only seminars
-All seminars given at 2pm on Thursday are repeated. Repeated seminars are highlighted beige (ish?)
-Several meetings and Meet & Greets are listed on here, too
-This doe not have any BJCP events, or anything scheduled in the Homebrew Expo

I encourage everyone to download the app for the full conference overview. I just know that several people have commented that these sheets have made navigating the seminars much more manageable.

Thanks, all! See you later this week!

The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:21:19 PM »
Hi Phil -

This is all great feedback for us, and I appreciate the time you put in to offer it. We're constantly working to develop new ways to bring you homebrewing knowledge, while also working to promote the hobby to new members.

I'd like to point to the new webinar program as an example of one of the ways that the AHA is providing more technical homebrewing information. We had a Dr. Matthew Bochman, a professor from Indiana University present last week on his experiments while mapping the sour beer microbiome in the mash. If you know of a topic that interests you, I'd be happy to line up a presenter who can shed some light on the subject. Send me an email:

I would also be interested in finding out where you live, so that we can work to grow the member deals program in your area. We've added well over 600 new locations in the last 2 years, and have been focusing on getting business participating in areas that don't yet offer the discounts.

I hope that you will reconsider renewing your AHA membership!


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator


I sent a message to the Portland Mashing Maineiacs Facebook page, in case they don't have anyone on this forum.

Excellent! Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Portland Homebrewers: Media Request
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:46:24 PM »
Hello Portland and Bangor, Maine Homebrewers,

A writer with a Maine daily newspaper is interested in doing a piece about homebrewing and the upcoming AHA rally at Shipyard Brewing.

The writer wants to speak with a couple homebrewers with especially interesting gear, brewing methods or novel approaches to homebrewing.

Do any of you have some interesting details you’d be willing to share with this writer? If so, please email Marty Jones at, or Matt Bolling at


Beer Travel / Re: beer travel
« on: April 13, 2017, 05:56:32 PM »
The AHA offered a discount on a trip on the Avalon Luminary as a part of the AHA Member Deals program last year during Oktoberfest:

I'm not sure if we'll be arranging this again in 2017, but either way - the ship still cruises through some pretty incredible beer destinations regularly. I think it's worth considering!

Going Pro / Re: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:01:33 PM »
Tom Hennessey of Colorado Boy Brewing Co. presented a seminar at last year's Homebrew Con in Baltimore on pieced-together brewing systems for homebrewers interested in going pro using equipment like that. I would definitely check it out:

"Frankenbrew: Are Pieced Together Systems Still Viable"

Okay Matt, I've worked in associations and I get your point. I'll email my additional gripes off-line.

My main question still remains. I'm still looking for a non-BJCP score sheet if anybody has anything.

No need to take anything off-line! This is the kind of feebback that we appreciate, and are happy to act on.

Unfortunately we don't have a non-BJCP scoresheet as you described - but this is a great suggestion. Feel free to email the subcommittee suggesting it! I'll keep tabs on this thread for any examples that others on the forum might post, and maybe we can turn that in to a resource in the new web design. Thanks!

One of the AHA's goals this year is to re-design the section of the AHA website pertaining to clubs to offer more resources like these. We began by launching the Club Connection newsletter in November. The next issue will be sent out at the beginning of March to your club's email that is registered with the AHA. You can see the last 2 issues here:

The January issue actually focused on new clubs, which is a topic that you mentioned... so I highly recommend checking it out!

If you have suggestions for what you would like to see in the website re-design, you can email me directly at, you can send your suggestions to the AHA Clubs Subcommittee: We're always looking for suggestions.


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast for the Surly rally wort
« on: February 17, 2017, 10:54:19 PM »
Curious to what everyone did with their wort from the AHA rally at surly this last weekend, what the beer finished at and what yeast you used. I further soured, added Tasmanian honey and am using Omega yeast labs Voss Kveik farmhouse strain. I'm chugging along down to 1.021 right now and I'm going to dry hop with Denali at 3 oz.

I will be looking to try this variation at Homebrew Con in June. It sounds awesome!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Edit Club Info?
« on: February 01, 2017, 08:45:15 PM »
Hi John -

You can email me, or fill out our Club contact update form here:


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

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