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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Insurance Program Questions
« on: May 07, 2018, 05:34:07 PM »
You can find details on the club insurance program here:

The AHA will reimburse clubs for their general liability and liquor liability insurance premium payments if 75% or more of the club's members are also AHA members. 

The Pub / Re: Look who I found at my Brewery!
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:08:16 PM »
So good to finally check out your brewery, Keith.  I was beyond impressed with Yellowhammer--what a great place to drink some amazing beers.  I wish I had more time, but since I was leading the tour group, it would have been inappropriate for me to ditch them. 

My wife Erin and I got to hang out with Tom after the World Beer Cup awards ceremony on Thursday.  Great time.  Tom is one of my favorite humans. 

And just for the record, I'm not really that short. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Louisiana Brewers Need your Help!
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:30:04 PM »
We urgently need everyone’s help.

Jerm, by everyone, I presume you mean everyone who is a Louisiana resident.  State legislators don't care much about what non-constituents think and probably would have a negative reaction if they are getting a bunch of contacts from out of state. 

Sounds like something Louisiana homebrewers should support.  We're checking with the Brewers Association government affairs staff to see if the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild wants us to send an alert to our Louisiana members.

Equipment and Software / Re: Peripheral Kettle Intake
« on: March 26, 2018, 03:02:51 PM »
How's your flow rate with this set up.  I tried doing the braid over slotted copper in my mash tun years ago, but found that my flow rate was severely restricted.  I know this is a different application, but I would have expected similar issues with flow.  Is the slotted copper tube really necessary?  Did you try just hooking up the SS braid without the slotted tubing?

The Pub / Re: NHC question
« on: March 08, 2018, 05:01:13 PM »
I don’t know the capacity limit this year, but registration on Tuesday was 13% ahead of last year.

We're now at 26% ahead of last year's Homebrew Con registration--so pretty fast pace on registration. 

The host hotel sold out pretty quickly, but we have several others with discounted prices available for attendees.  Homebrew Con details are on the conference website:

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: March 02, 2018, 11:24:10 PM »
Hi there AHA members, I wanted to remind you all to vote in our annual Best Beers in America Survey.

It’ll only take a few minutes of your time, and by submitting your votes you not only make your opinion heard, but also will be entered in a drawing to win fabulous AHA swag!

I know there are a lot of beer polls out there, and some question why we continue to do this every year, well here are some reasons:

1.   This poll is limited to the homebrewer members of the American Homebrewers Association—people who know quality beer.  Thus, this survey has more credibility than others, which is why…

2.   Nothing we do generates more mainstream media coverage for homebrewing than the results of this poll, not National Homebrew Competition results, not GABF pro-am, not Big Brew, not Homebrew Con.  Last year, the media outlets that covered the Best Beers survey results had a combined audience of 154 million.  That’s big-time exposure for homebrewing.  That kind of exposure gets more people into the hobby, meaning more customers for the LHBS, more members for the local homebrew club, and hopefully more members for the AHA.

3.   The Best Beers survey helps us generate the clone (tribute?) recipes that AHA members want.

4.   One thing that I find really satisfying about the results of this survey is that it isn’t just a bunch of white whale beers that can only be found on the black market for an exorbitant price or at an in-person event with a line a mile long.  Too many of those beers end up being over-rated precisely because the raters spent too much money/time on a beer. 

5.   Similar to the rant in #4, this survey isn’t just about the hottest trends, either.

It took me way longer to type this post than it will take you to vote.  So do me a favor and vote! 

Thanks for listening.

Your humble servant in homebrewing,
Gary Glass

Make sure the hood is at least 6 inches outside the limits of your kettle(s).

Is that 6 inches on either side of the kettles, or 6 inches total outside the kettles?

Have you thought about something like this?
I just switched to a 240v induction setup and was exploring the vent Hood option as well when I ran across this thread and I think it's the route I'm going to go.
Just a thought, Cheers!

I saw that in another thread.  That's a cool idea, but I think I'd rather stick with a hood.

We're getting our basement finished and I'm looking to install a 240V 10 gallon electric brew system.  Any recommendations on what size hood in terms of cubic feet per minute (CFM) would be required?  I wouldn't anticipate any more than a 1 gallon per hour evaporation rate.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:55:16 PM »
Hey Forum Friends,

I wanted to post a thank you to all of you who are AHA members, the AHA Forum couldn't exist without you!

For those of you who have not yet joined up or perhaps have let your membership lapse, we could use your support now to hit our year-end membership goal.  The AHA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting homebrewing.  Membership is by far our largest source of revenue, so joining the AHA is the best way you can show your support for the organization and this Forum.

Plus, now happens to be a great time to join, since we have our annual Give the Gift of membership promotion going on through the end of the year. (Note to current members: you can use this deal to extend your membership.)   

Here’s the deal: when you purchase a 1-year membership gift card, you get to choose a free gift to go with it.

The free gift options are …

•   Stainless steel AHA-branded tumbler/koozie (why have cold hands and warm beer when you can have warm hands and cold beer?!  I actually have one of these and I love it.) 
•   Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer by Stan Hieronymus.  ‘Nuff said.
•   For the Love of Hops by Stan Hieronymus. Essential for any brewer’s library whether you’re a hophead or not.

The member cards are $43. Each free gift is a $20 value. You can order for a friend OR give yourself an early Christmas present. AHA member benefits include:

•   One-year subscription to Zymurgy magazine
•   Discounts at 1,800+ Member Deals locations, including pubs and homebrew shops
•   eZymurgy online magazine and app (and archives going back to the year 2000)
•   Seminar recordings from previous Homebrew Cons
•   Winning recipes from the National Homebrew Competition
•   Exclusive invitation to events such as the National Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Con
•   And much more!



P.S. The promo runs through Dec. 31 -- but you’ll want to order by Dec. 12 for holiday delivery.

P.P.S. Those who activate their gift cards by December 31 will be entered to win a complete Brewers Publications dream library—49 titles valued at over $1000.

The Pub / Re: how long to get renewal bonus
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:35:41 PM »
Thanks for renewing, Steve!  We expect the coupons to mail next week.

Is it next week yet?
Sorry for the delay!  White Labs ran short on certificates and had to print more.  The last of them should be going out this week.

The Pub / Re: how long to get renewal bonus
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:36:49 PM »
Thanks for renewing, Steve!  We expect the coupons to mail next week.
See you at H.U.B. on the 18th?

I wish!  AHA Assistant Director Steve Parr will be there, though.

The Pub / Re: how long to get renewal bonus
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:59:03 PM »
Thanks for renewing, Steve!  We expect the coupons to mail next week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Did you start brewing at 55 or older?
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:32:28 PM »
I had a reporter reach out to me wanting to speak to homebrewers who started brewing at the age of 55 or older. This is for a feature that will appear on

Coverage of homebrewing in the media is a great way to introduce more people to the hobby, so for the greater good, if you fit the bill, please reach out to:

Debbie Swanson:


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