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Events / National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:12:51 PM »
Brew's up! There's still time to secure your place at the 2015 National Homebrewers Conference, June 11-13 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego.

With 60 seminars, 80 speakers, 17+ hours of Homebrew Expo & Social Club, as well as dozens of San Diego's 90+ breweries pouring their beers at the Welcome Reception, this year's conference promises to be a truly memorable event.

Registration is first-come, first-served, and capacity is limited so register soon! You must be an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member to register.

Details and registration information can be found at

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / AHA Homebrewer Survey
« on: March 05, 2015, 11:42:56 AM »
The American Homebrewers Association is currently conducting a survey of homebrewers, including many AHA members.  The link for the survey is going out by email. Though the message is not coming from an email address, it is indeed a legit survey and I encourage any members that receive the survey to respond, as the survey is intended to help the AHA better serve your needs.


General Homebrew Discussion / USDA Cites AHA & Homebrewing In Report
« on: January 23, 2015, 04:33:07 PM »
Check out this report from USDA on usage of malting barley:

Here's a quote:

In November 2013, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) released the results of its nationwide survey of homebrewers. The AHA survey found that there are an estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States who collectively produced more than 2 million barrels of beer (Brewers Association, 2013). This is a small, though nontrivial, proportion of all beer brewed in the United States (approximately 1 percent). Notably, estimates of homebrewer production and ingredient use are not captured by the TTB monthly brewing statistics. Furthermore, the typical homebrewer is thought to be less efficient and more likely to use malt extract and a greater proportion of imported ingredients than the typical craft brewer. Estimates of homebrewer domestic malt use range from 1 to 3 percent of total commercial brewer use (as reported by TTB), depending on assumptions of relative efficiency and use of malt to malt extracts. The more conservative 1 percent augmentation to total ingredients use is applied here and serves to increase total malt and malt products use by 40.5 million pounds or the equivalent of 1.13 million bushels of malt barely in 2014.

Previously, USDA did not give much if any consideration to commercial craft brewers, let alone homebrewers, since the large brewers have traditionally used such a large percentage of the domestic malt production.  It's good to see homebrewers are getting some recognition and that the research the AHA does on homebrewing is getting this kind of use. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Baltimore Homebrew Shop Flooded
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:18:24 PM »
I heard from an AHA member who indicated that the Nepenthe Homebrew store in Baltimore, Maryland was flooded and causing devastating damage to the store. Local homebrew club Baltibrew, which had been planning to participate in a Big Brew event at the shop this Saturday, has been rallying its members to get together on Saturday to help clean up the shop.

If you live in the area, I'm sure Nepenthe and the Baltibrew club would appreciate all the help they can get with the clean-up effort.

The address of Nepenthe is: 3600 Clipper Mill Rd #130a Baltimore, MD 21211.

Events / AHA Conference
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:01:01 AM »
Just a few days away from the start of the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference in Philly!  We are all super psyched for this year's conference.  I hope all of you that are going are as excited as we are for what is almost assuredly going to be the largest single gathering of homebrewers ever.

We have heard some confusion from some of those registered for the "Full Conference Almost" package. This package does allow access to everything included with the Full Conference registration, with the exception of the Thursday seminars (all of which are repeated later in the week).  So it includes access to the HomebrewExpo, which opens at noon on Thursday, Pro-Brewers Night and the late-night Liberty Well Social Club. We have limited seminar space on Thursday (I wasn't anticipating 3400 attendees back when we were looking at this property in 2009/2010), so simply couldn't accommodate as many people as we are able to get in on Friday and Saturday.

Swing by the AHA booth at Club Night and let me know what you think of my Saison.

See ya in Philly!

General Homebrew Discussion / Cowboy Brewers
« on: May 13, 2013, 10:01:00 AM »
I just got a call from American Cowboy Magazine. They are looking for a homebrewer that fits the American cowboy mold to interview for a story they are doing on homebrewing. PM me if you are interested.

The deadline to submit your votes in the 2012 AHA Governing Committee election is Sunday, April 1 at Midnight Pacific Time.

Your AHA Governing Committee representatives play a critical role for your Association. The AHA Governing Committee helps develop the benefits and programs of the AHA and provides direction for the AHA Staff.

Go to to view the candidate statements and to submit your ballot. Voting is limited to current AHA members only.

In addition, all AHA members voting in the election are eligible for an additional entry in the Lallemand Scholarship drawing for the Siebel Institute's two-week Concise Course. Check the appropriate box on the ballot to submit your entry. The drawing will take place June 23, 2012 at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego, CA. See Lallemand Scholarship ( for details and scholarship entry form.

The Pub / Brewers Association IT Director Position Available
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:46:27 PM »
Information Technology Director
Boulder based not-for-profit brewing association seeks Information Technology Director.
Details about the position can be found in the job description and job requirements documents on this page:

Position oversees all technology functions for the association including application development and internal IT operations for this two person department.
5+ years in Information Technology required. Proficiency in database administration specifically MSSQL and MySQL required and knowledge of VB.Net and PHP programming languages a plus.

Email resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:

General Homebrew Discussion / Ask The Experts: Denny Conn
« on: October 18, 2011, 02:06:46 PM »
AHA Governing Committee member and AHA Forum & BrewTechTalk Moderator is now taking questions on batch sparging equipment and techniques through October 24 for the AHA's Ask The Experts.

Questions need to be submitted to:

Answers will be posted within a couple of weeks after the completion of the submission period. You will need to be registered as an AHA member on to access the posted questions and answers.

You can see the Q & A from our past guest experts at

Denny's Bio
Denny Conn has been homebrewing for more than 14 years in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains in Oregon. He is an audio engineer by trade, but that’s just to finance the brewing. Denny did about six extract batches before switching to all-grain and discovering the “Cheap’n’Easy” batch sparge brewing technique. He’s a BJCP National Judge and his Rye IPA recipe has been brewed both by Rogue Ales in the U.S. and Olfabrikken in Denmark. He also has written articles for brewing magazines, is a frequent contributor to many internet beer discussion forums and was a speaker at the 2008 and 2010 AHA conferences. He’s the Tech Tsar of the Cascade Brewers Society, based in Eugene, Ore.

Thanks for taking this on Denny!


General Homebrew Discussion / New AHA Logo
« on: August 15, 2011, 08:58:08 AM »
I'm pleased announce that the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) now has a new logo. The AHA's most recent logo was more than a decade old, and the time was right to freshen up the look and feel to reflect the fun and passion for homebrewing found in the AHA membership and the hobby as a whole.

The new logo incorporates several graphic elements that represent the hobby, including a hop cone, a barley stalk and a tall glass of beer, on a circular background that evokes the shape of a bottle cap. The AHA staff and our graphic design team worked hard on this redesign, and we're thrilled with this new visual representation of the AHA, our members and the broader homebrewing community.



Going Pro / Going Pro Board Rules
« on: August 08, 2011, 11:48:04 AM »
1.   The “Going Pro” Board is dedicated to discussion related to starting a new commercial brewery and/or becoming a professional brewer.
2.   The “Going Pro”  Board is not intended for discussion of existing brewery operations, such topics are more appropriate for the Brewers Association Forum
3.   Any discussion of pricing of supplies, product, etc. on the “Going Pro” Board are strictly banned to avoid infraction of anti-competitive laws. Posts violating this ban will be removed immediately.
4.   Solicitation of funds is NOT allowed.  Asking how to get funds is acceptable.
5.   All rules applying to the general AHA Forum also apply to the "Going Pro" Board.

The AHA sent out two Action Alerts today.

In Michigan, HB 4061, a bill to allow homebrew to be served at breweries pubs and bars for club meetings & competitions, passed the House June 23. Next it goes to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee for a hearing. Michigan residents, please contact the committee members and urge them to pass the bill.

See the alert at:

In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild is asking residents for immediate help in sending a message to Governor Walker asking him to veto budget language related to microbreweries.

The language in question, known as Motion 414, would take away small brewers' abilities to distribute each other's beers and own and operate their own taverns. Such drastic alterations to a proven, successful business model will stifle growth and result in job losses.

See the alert at:

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Governing Committee Election
« on: April 06, 2011, 04:39:08 PM »
Congratulations to Harold Gulbransen, Bob Kauffman, Susan Ruud, Tom Schmidlin, Roxanne Westendorf, and Jamil Zainasheff, your newly elected members of the AHA Governing Committee!  Thanks to all of the AHA members who voted in this year's election. 

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Brewers Association December Legal Brief
« on: December 13, 2010, 04:35:11 PM »
The Brewers Association's monthly update for on government affairs-related issues facing the brewing industry for the month of December can be found at:

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Brewers Association November Legal Brief
« on: November 16, 2010, 09:42:50 AM »
The November edition of the Brewers Association's monthly updates on beer industry government affairs issues is posted at

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