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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.

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Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Stan Hieronymus (session 2)
« on: May 12, 2014, 09:21:12 AM »
Alright everyone...start submitting your questions! You have until Monday, May 26th!


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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Baltimore Homebrew Shop Flooded
« on: May 02, 2014, 07:35:24 AM »
They also have some more information on there website:

You might find the temp will raise by itself. If not, the fermwrap with a temp controller has worked really well for 5 gal batches (linked above, it looks like), and I use small aquarium heaters with built in temp control for my 1 gallon batches. Both work great!

Equipment and Software / Re: Torn between purchases
« on: April 17, 2014, 02:06:31 PM »
I built a Son of a Fermentation Chamber. It is great and I definitely noticed differences in my final product, but it is still a lot more upkeep then simply having a fridge/freezer. Owning a mill is super convenient and is another step in controlling your variables, but my vote is for a refrigerated, temp-controlled fermentation chamber. Now I want one... ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild yeast harvesting
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:48:22 AM »
Hey FL,

If you are an AHA member you should check out this Research & Education Fund report we just recently posted on wild yeast harvesting.

Here's a link:

I'm sure other forumites will have some great ideas, but this is a good place to start!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Elections
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:10:55 AM »
Just a reminder - today is the last day to vote in the 2014 elections!


Just a reminder - today is the last day to vote in the 2014 elections!

Don't forget, and get your friends to vote!


Homebrew Clubs / Re: Any clubs in Northeast, NJ
« on: March 28, 2014, 10:29:12 AM »
Check out the Club Directory to see if you can find one in your area!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Elections
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:40:52 AM »
And to make it as easy as possible, here is the link to the election information:

Also be sure to let your other AHA member-friends know the deadline for voting is fast approaching!


Beer Recipes / Re: Allagash White clone?
« on: March 17, 2014, 07:34:51 AM »
Awesome, thanks guys! I hadn't thought of looking in the Wheat book...

I think I am going to try your recipe, Duboman, next weekend. Once it's ready to taste, I'll let you know how it comes out! Hopefully I can scrounge up a bottle of Allagash White to do a side by side.


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!


I always limber up before a self-served ass kicking. 8)

Assuming I find adding TA helps improve the mead, what is the feasibility of popping the tops and adding it to each individual bottle. I've never worked with the stuff, so not sure how much you generally add to a 3 gal batch (if it's only a few drops then I'm guessing it can't be easily done on a 12/oz scale).

remember that your berry melomel is equivalent to a fruity red wine. your TA makes a big difference in the final taste of your melomel.  It is just as important as your pH was before you pitch the yeast.  when these levels aren't correct your wine can be completely lifeless. Making wine is a completely different animal then making beer

That seems to be the answer a lot when I search for answers online. I have started the process of kicking myself in the ass for not waiting to bottle :'(. I'll chalk it up to a learning experience and try to make the best of it.

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