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The Pub / Re: Byron Burch
« on: August 31, 2015, 02:49:48 PM »
Very sad, indeed, Jim.

Gary Glass also had a few words to share about Byron and his influence on the beer and brewing communities:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: A Beginner's Guide to Kegging
« on: August 27, 2015, 01:42:40 PM »
Great find! We also have an "intro to kegging" guide on with some handy diagrams, tips on setup, cleaning, carbing and all that good stuff.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: August 17, 2015, 03:37:12 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Derek!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm doing a reddit AMA today!
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:03:02 AM »
A) Congrats!

B) I am not a redditor, but AMA - means ask me anything. While I doubt that the homebrewer crowd will try to rake you over the coals, it can't hurt to be prepared for off-topic questions.

thanks for the heads up!

This is awesome! Also, you can call it an "AMAA" (ask me ALMOST anything) if you want to play it on the safe side and reserve the right to not answer things.

I look forward to checking it out!

The old Commercial Calibration webpages were taken down because they took quite a long time to put together and would only get a dozen or so visits a month, and that was when it was doing well. It could go weeks without anyone going there at all. We opted to just keep a list and point people the issues via the electronic magazine.

I will absolutely bring this idea up with the Web and Zymurgy teams and see if it's something we'll bring back.


Hey all,

We've got a bulk of the 2015 National Homebrewers Conference seminars (audio and visual) online for AHA members to access. There is TONS of great material on all things beer, mead and cider. Be sure to snoop through past years, too.

You will notice a few seminars that currently don't have the slides available. We are working on tracking those down, and will get them available as soon as we possibly can. So hang tight!

Find the seminars here:


Beer Recipes / Re: AHA 2015, Ron Mexico Session IPA recipe
« on: June 23, 2015, 12:42:56 PM »
Just a heads up...

Audio and Visual presentations from the 2015 National Homebrewers Conference should be up by the end of the week.


We just wrapped up the 2015 National Homebrew Competition awards ceremony here in San Diego at the National Homebrewers Conference. You can find the results of the Final Round (and all the First Round results) here.

Congratulations to all the winners, and big thanks to all who entered and/or volunteered!


Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: May 26, 2015, 02:03:25 PM »
Thank you everyone for taking the time to list the bugs they are experiencing with the apps. I've passed these along to the app team and they are going to work with the app developers to get these issues hammered out.


Greetings homebrewers,

The 2015 AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego is right around the corner, and we’re looking for clubs to pour at the famous “Club Night” celebration. Club Night is an opportunity for homebrew clubs across the country to put together a booth, dress up in costume (if you want!) and pour some of your club’s finest brews. It is quite the spectacle, and personally is one of the events I most look forward to during the conference.

The preliminary deadline for clubs to sign up is this Sunday, so act fast! For more information on the event, how your club can be involved and to register, visit this link.

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to let everyone know that the AHA's Research & Education Fund program is now back open and accepting project proposals!

If you aren't aware of the program, check out this article for more information.

Check out completed REF-funded projects here.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, check out the REF page on


Visit the Brewers Association current issues page for an update on legal and legislative matters that occured in April 2015!


Zymurgy / Re: Sept/Oct 2007 Zymurgy won't open in mobile app
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:45:55 AM »
Thanks for letting us know. I'll pass this along to the app folk and have them check it out.


Zymurgy / Re: Zymergy, March/April, Malt: the Soul of Beer
« on: April 06, 2015, 07:59:46 AM »
Just above the movie in bold it says "Download Introduction to Home Malting by George de Piro," which is an excerpt on home malting featuerd in the Malt book!

Here's a direct link to the download:

Ingredients / Re: Using coffee in stouts - what works best?
« on: April 03, 2015, 01:17:41 PM »
So I've tried using about 30oz of cold brewed medium roast Ethiopian into the bottling bucket of a 5 gallon batch, and the flavor was minimal, and I'm wondering if it's what killed the head retention. So I'm debating on using a dark roast espresso to being out the flavor more, but would this be ok? Do the oils kill head retention? What do you guys use?

When cold steeping, the type of coffee you use is really important. I've made two coffee stouts to date by adding cold steeped coffee. One came out pretty great and the other was bland and underwhelming.

The great one had a really dark, robust coffee (I think it was a Mexican roast) with lots of roasty flavors. The bland one used beans (Sumatran, I think) that had less roasty characters and more acidity and fruity qualities. You could definitely taste the acidity, but it wasn't really the roasty-ness I was hoping for that compliments a oatmeal stout (though I could see it potentially being interesting in a Foreign stout). I spoke with some local baristas about making cold brewed coffee just for drinking in the morning, and most said you should definitely opt for the darker, more robust roasts when cold steeping since less flavor is extracted than a hot brew. I made cold steep coffee out of the rest of the acidic beans mentioned above, and I didn't even really enjoy that on it's own, never mind in a beer, though it's my go-to hot coffee.

Oh...and espresso sounds like it would be delicious, too!!

I'm not sure what you mean by the other one used beans. Did you just use the beans in the boil, or did you make cold brewed coffee with the beans? Sorry, just a little confused by the phrasing.

Sorry for being confusing. In both instances I am referring to cold steeped coffee that I made at home. I buy the coffee as whole beans from local coffee places, grind em up, and make cold steeped coffee, which is why I'm throwing around the word "beans". I add the cold steeped coffee to the keg, to taste.

Here's a post on cold steeping coffee:

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