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Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:00:50 AM »
Just curious what some other people do for spice additions.

Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 21, 2013, 03:39:33 PM »
The saison version is definitely my next brew. I kind of want to try it with baked pie pumpkins, but cans sound a helluvalot easier. Decisions, decisions...

I baked 20 lb last year... I don't think it was worth the hassle. That and it was late September/ early October before I could get a pumpkin around here.

Good call. Canned it is.

Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 21, 2013, 01:08:54 PM »
The saison version is definitely my next brew. I kind of want to try it with baked pie pumpkins, but cans sound a helluvalot easier. Decisions, decisions...

Beer Travel / Re: Colorado Springs
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:16:11 PM »
Never been to the Springs, but I really want to check out Trinity. I tried their Berliner weisse the other night and almost jumped in my car to drive down there. Then I realized it was 10p on Sunday and I live over an hour away... :'(

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:55:55 AM »
Hey all,

The newest issue of Zymurgy was just released on the mobile app!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So I have a bland lager on tap...
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:56:00 PM »
Boil your bratwurst in it

You beat me to it.

Crispy posted information about the Research & Education Fund's first completed research here:

Members can log in and download the "Cider Yeast Comparison" report here:

And don't forget to submit a proposal if you and/or your club has a great idea for homebrew research!


Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:37:46 AM »
UPDATE: 7/29/2013

The Apple app has undergone a round of updates. The changes include:
-Resolved issue with frozen splash screen: Some users experienced a frozen splash screen when running the app for the first time. This issue was being resolved with a hard restart of the app, but now it should not be an issue.
-Download Status Bar: The download status of individual Zymurgy issues will now be displayed
-iOS5: The app should now work for iOS5 users.

Thank you to everyone reporting bugs in this thread. We take into account all feedback and use what we can to further optimize the app. Please continue posting your experiences!

Duncan Bryant
AHA Web Coordinator

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:12:14 AM »
I am not good about rinsing out my bottles, and neither are my friends or roommate, so I always do a long soak in oxyclean and warm water a few days before bottling. Then I "power wash" them with one of those spring-loaded bottle/carboy washers that screws onto the sink. This usually gets all the chunks and stains out, but I always inspect in front of a light before moving to sanitation. If they still look grimy, back into the soak they go and repeat.

Haven't had any infection issues from bottles since I got the power washer.

I think the Wood talk and the Historical Water talk were my favorites.

We should have the Wood talk slides available by the end of the week. Same goes for the Gluten-free brewing talk.

I would also expect that the second presentation would be a little smoother due to practice for some of the speakers.

Good point Drew. If it were me, I'd listen to the second one and then go back and fast forward to the Q&A of the first one.

Most likely the on significant difference would be the questions asked at the end.

For the most part, the Q&A would be the main difference

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!


All Grain Brewing / Re: all grain pumpkin ale recipe
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:04:24 PM »
Check out this one. It's one of Charlie P's recipes and it gives the option for a darker brew. And how can you pass up a recipe where the first direction is to "Chill some homebrew the day before so that it's ready to enjoy on brew day"?

I really like the darker pumpkin beers... A lot of the flavors I think depend on spicing and not the actual pumpkin, but that's all part of the pumpkin beer game. A local brewpub makes a pumpkin stout and it is one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

Let us know what you end up brewing!

Events / Re: Keynote speaker for NHC?
« on: June 20, 2013, 01:25:41 PM »
Hey guys!

Time to spill the beans...

The keynote speaker is...*drum roll*...Tom Peters!

Here is the bio for Tom:

Tom Peters is co-owner of four beer-centric restaurants in Philadelphia: Monk’s Café, Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant, Grace Tavern, and The Belgian Café. Tom is also co-owner of The Anderson hotel/restaurant in Fortrose, Scotland and involved with The BeerBistro in Toronto, Canada. He has been employed as a baker, pastry chef, line cook, sous chef, bartender, waiter and general manager before opening his first solo project. Famed beer writer Michael Jackson called Monk’s Café “Simply the best Belgian Café in the United States” and Monk’s was named as “Top Five Places in the World to Drink a Beer” by All About Beer magazine. Tom was Knighted into the Belgian Brewer’s Guild in 2004 and named an Ambassadeur Orval since 2008. In 2013, he was a James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist and was awarded the 2013 Philly Beer Scene Humanitarian of the Year. He travels the U.S. and Europe sourcing, blending and brewing beers, many of which are only available at Monk’s Café.


edit: Here is a link to the announcement online

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