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Hey AHA forum folk,

I am super excited to announce now has a section dedicated to making mead at home! It is laid out the same was as our Let's Brew beer sections, with a step-by-step tutorial, list of necessary equipment, a discussion about ingredients, and a selection of recipes. There is also some suggested tips for improving your mead making process, which includes things like staggered nutrient additions.

We launched this to coincide with Mead Day 2014 (August 2), which hopefully some of you plan to celebrate!


General Homebrew Discussion / 2014 BJCP Style Guidelines Discussion
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:32:21 AM »
Hey guys,

During the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference, BJCP President Gordon Strong gave a talk on the changes coming to the BJCP Style Guidlines. Chip Walton and the Chop & Brew team caught the talk on video. Check it out here:

What does everyone think of the changes?


Check out the full results from the 2014 Best Beers in America survey!

Hey all,

The list of the 2014 National Homebrew Competition winners are available online. You can also access 2014 First Round winners and past year's competition results by following the link atop the winner's list.

Thanks to all who entered, organized, volunteered and judged during the competition! This is not possible with you all. And congratulations to those who advanced and placed in the Final Round of the competition!



The Brewers Association and AHA are moving to a new office building! More details about can be found here.

During the move, some web functions will be temporarily unavailable and these are highlighted in the article linked above. We anticipate this period to be a few hours in the afternoon of Friday, May 30th. If you experience unusual quirks on our website, chances are it is related to this move. Please bear with us!

The forum is expected to work as normal, except you will need to login directly to the forum, since login on will be down.

Thank you for your patience during this transition!

Duncan & the AHA

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Follow the AHA on Instagram
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:52:07 AM »
That's right, just when you thought the AHA couldn't be any cooler...we joined Instagram! Follow us at HomebrewAssoc.

We'll be posting pictures about making beer, drinking beer, celebrating beer and everything in between. If you've got some cool pictures to share, tag us in your photos!


Don't miss out on a chance to ask Stan Hieronymus your homebrew questions in the current session of Ask the Experts. The author of Brewing with Wheat, For the Love of Hops, and Brew Like a Monk is ready for ya, so don't miss out! The window to submit questions closes Monday, May 26, 2014.

More information:


Ask the Experts / Ask the Experts: Stan Hieronymus (session 2)
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:12:52 AM »
We are excited to announce the Stan Hieronymus will be hosting his second session of Ask the Experts!

Registered AHA Forum users (register for free!) will be able to submit questions to Stan starting Monday, May 12 through Monday, May 26, 2014. Stan will answer your questions on the forum shortly after!

About Stan Hieronymus:
Stan Hieronymus is a professional journalist and amateur brewer who has made beer his beat since 1993. He has written hundreds of articles for periodicals, co-authored four books with his wife Daria Labinsky, contributed to several publications, including 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, and maintains his blog He has also authored three books for Brewers Publications: Brew Like a Monk (2005), Brewing with Wheat (2010) and For the Love of Hops (2012). His travels have taken him to breweries in every state in the country as well as behind the scenes in internationally famous breweries such as De Sint-Sixtusadij Westvleterten and Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn.

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

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...


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