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Beer Recipes / Allagash White clone?
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:37:35 AM »
I really want to brew a recipe similar to Allagash White, since I can't get it where I live. Has anyone given this a shot? Would you want to share your recipe?

Being in Colorado, I don't have the commercial example to taste and try to pick apart. Any tips or recipes are appreciated!


Other Fermentables / Bland/Thin/Lifeless Melomel -- how to improve?
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:01:51 AM »
I bottled my mead yesterday. It was 3 gallons based off of Curt Stock's Super Berry Melomel recipe. The only major difference is I used tart cherry juice instead of black currant juice.

I followed the staggered nutrient schedule. Fermentation temps were at the will of my apartment, so it definitely fluctuated.

It has been bulk aging for almost 7 months, so I decided to go ahead and bottle it to free up some fermenter space.

I tasted a sample that was about 67*F, and it was decent, but it taste sort of bland and thin. I was already in the bottling mind set (which is hard enough to get enthused about) so I just went for it instead of researching any post-fermentation tweaks I could have done. Shame on me.

So I am curious if anyone has input on why my fruit-bomb mead came out so "lifeless" and what I could do (or could have done) to improve it. I am already regretting bottling it before asking this, but, hey, I can just brew it again  8)


Events / National Homebrewers Conference Application to Regiser Is Open!
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:11:35 AM »
Hi AHA forumites,

I just wanted to remind everyone that the application to register for the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids is currently open. The deadline for application is 10:00 p.m. MST, February 26, 2014.

You don't want to miss a chance to go to quite possibly the most fun & educational homebrewing event out there! And 2014 will be better than ever, with more seminars (55 of ‘em, from 78 homebrewing experts), a bigger homebrew expo, and plentiful homebrew—all set against the backdrop of Beer City, USA.

More details and links to register:



Voting is now open for the 2014 Best Beers in America!

American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members can submit votes for up to 20 of their favorite commercially-available beers until March 14, 2014. Only one ballot is accepted per AHA member.

The winners will be announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Zymurgy magazine, along with clone recipes for a selection of the winners.

Vote Now!


Hi forum,

I wanted to let everyone know that the polls for the 2014 Governing Committee Election are now open, so please vote and encourage all of your AHA member friends to do the same! It is very important to us that we get as many members to participate in the election as we can. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. PT on March 31, 2014.

For more details and access to the ballot, please visit this post.


The application to register for the 2014 National Homebrew Competition has begun. AHA members can now register for a chance to enter the competition. This registration window closes on February 2, 2014.

Be sure to check out the updates to the 2014 Rules and Regulations before applying to register.

For more information and the link to the registration application, click here.


Ingredients / Adding Chai Concentrate
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:19:57 PM »
I brewed the Yak & Yeti Chai Milk Stout recipe from the May/June 2013 Zymurgy this past weekend. Brew day went great, but I wanted to try something different then the suggested homemade chai extract, which is made by soaking dry chai mix in vodka.

There is a local chai brewer (Bhakti Chai) that sells there product in concentrate, and I would really like to use their blend. It's got a nice spiciness to it that I think would work really well. Anyways...

How should I go about adding the concentrate? I was thinking of pasteurizing it by bringing it to ~160-170*F and holding for 10ish minutes. Not sure if this is ideal, or if there is something else I should consider...


General Homebrew Discussion / Gordon Strong is doing an Ask the Experts!
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:46:42 AM »
In case you haven't heard, Gordon Strong is doing an Ask the Experts session right here on the AHA Forum!

More information:

The question submission window officially opened TODAY, and closes at the end of week, so don't miss out!

Reminder: *This is not the official thread for posting questions. The link above will take you to the actual post*


Ask the Experts / Ask the Experts: Gordon Strong
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:02:05 AM »

The next guest in the AHA’s Ask the Experts series will be Gordon Strong, author of Brewing Better Beer: Master Lessons for Advanced Homebrewers. For those of you who don’t know Gordon, here’s a peek at his biography:

“Gordon Strong is the only three-time winner of the coveted National Homebrew Competition Ninkasi Award. He is president and highest ranking judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program, and principal author of the BJCP Style Guidelines and the BJCP Mead Exam Study Guide. Gordon is the technical editor and a commercial calibration panelist for Zymurgy magazine and is a frequent contributor to other brewing and beer publications.”

Gordon is ready and eager to answer your homebrewing and BJCP questions, especially ones regarding topics from his book Brewing Better Beer. So start thinking of that one question you always wanted to ask Gordon!

Registered AHA Forum users can submit questions beginning October 21 until October 28. Register for free today. Please do not submit questions prior to this time. After the question submission window closes, Gordon will begin addressing questions and share answers by November 11, 2013.

Please note: We anticipate a lot of participation in this public Ask the Experts, so be aware that Gordon may have to selectively answer questions, based on the volume of queries. 

Hey everyone,

All seminars from the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference are now available exclusively to AHA members for download! Presentations include audio recording of the seminar as well as any visual aids the speakers used. More info here:

If you haven't already, check out the 2012 seminars as well. Between this year and last, there is a lot of great information for brewers of all kinds (cider and mead makers, too!).

Non-members--you can check out a free preview of Mitch Steele's talk from 2012. The link above will point you there!


The 2013 National Homebrew Competition First Round results have been posted!

First round entrants can log in to their regional judging center's competition website to view scores in the "My Info and Entries" page.

Congratulations to those who advanced to the Final Round! Further information regarding Final Round submissions will be provided when available via the National Homebrew Competition page.

Thank you to everyone who entered, organized, judged, stewarded and volunteered during the First Round this year. The world's largest homebrew competition would not be possible without the passion and determination of the homebrew community.


All Grain Brewing / Introduction to All-Grain Brewing video series
« on: April 22, 2013, 08:26:17 AM »
Looking to get into all-grain brewing, but having trouble getting started? Let American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass walk you through the ins and outs of brewing with grains, and you will be a master of the mash in no time!

The series includes five short, easy to follow videos. Topics include:
-An Introduction to All-Grain Brewing
-How Malt Is Used
-Required Equipment
-How to build a mash tun
-How to conduct a Mash and Batch Sparge

All videos can be accessed here.

Make sure to share this resources with your homebrew clubs and friends!


edit: For those who prefer youtube, here is a link to the playlist.

Many American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members and clubs already base activities and brew sessions around learning about various aspects of the brewing process—and the AHA wants to help you continue and improve your projects through the Research & Education Fund (R&EF).

Potential funding is now available for AHA members seeking to do research that can be shared with the AHA membership. This research could involve anything and everything including ingredients, temperature rests, fermentation characteristics or even how to build a better mousetrap.

AHA members should submit a Research & Education Fund Proposal to apply for assistance with their research. Members will be asked to identify their concept and provide a budget request.

Get the full details on the Research & Education Fund, including how to submit your proposal.


Ask the Experts / About Ask the Experts
« on: March 15, 2013, 03:26:44 PM »
Ask the Experts is an opportunity for American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members and registered AHA forum users to pose questions to reputable figures in the homebrewing and craft beer industries. Past sessions of Ask the Experts can be accessed from this forum board. Upcoming Ask the Expert sessions are planned to take place entirely on the forum, like with Mitch Steele. Stay tuned for information on future experts!

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