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Hi All,

If you're reading this message, but haven't yet registered as a user on the AHA Forum or HomebrewersAssociation.org (both are the same registration), now would be a good time to do so. 

We will be giving away a trip to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, including hotel, airfare and 4-session GABF passes for two to one lucky registrant on HomebrewersAssociation.org.  You must be registered as a user on the site by midnight Mountain Time November 30 to be entered in the drawing. 

Those loyal users who have already registered on the AHA Forum or HomebrewersAssociation.org are automatically entered into the drawing.

See http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/news/show?title=win-a-trip-for-two-to-gabf for more details.

Cheers!
Gary

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Homebrew Clubs / 501(c)7 Clubs Must File with IRS - Deadline 10.15.10
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:28:14 AM »
I've recently been contacted by a couple of clubs regarding requirements by the IRS for 501(c)7 Social Clubs to file an annual e-post card.  It seems that back in 2008, the IRS added the requirement for an annual filing, but did not do a very good job of making the applicable clubs aware of the new requirement.  While there is no fee for failure to file, failure to file for three consecutive years will result in a loss of tax exempt status.  So, if your club has is a 501(c)7 and hasn't filed a form 990 for 2007, 2008, or 2009, your club may need to do so ASAP.  The IRS deadline to file is 10/15/2010 for the year 2009 (note this is an extension from the normal filing date, which is the 15th of the 5th month after the year you are filing for).

See http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=225959,00.html?portlet=7 for more information on the October 15 deadline. 

Most 501(c)7 clubs, will simply need to submit an 8 question e-postcard:http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=169250,00.html. The questions are:

   1. Employer identification number (EIN), also known as a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)).
   2. Tax year
   3. Legal name and mailing address
   4. Any other names the organization uses
   5. Name and address of a principal officer
   6. Web site address if the organization has one
   7. Confirmation that the organization’s annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less
   8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)

Gary

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Find the latest Government Affairs news affecting the US beer world at: www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.

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An RSS feed allows you to follow what is being posted on the AHA Forum, without being on the Forum and looking through every Board.  An example of an RSS feed of the AHA Forum can be found on the homepage of the AHA’s website, www.homebrewersassociation.org, under the AHA Forum banner, where you’ll find links to the 10 most recent posts to the Forum. With the AHA Forum, you can set up an RSS feed for the entire forum, or for individual Boards on the forum, so you can follow everything, or just specific Board subject areas you are interested in.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and allows updates from websites, blogs, forums, etc. to be "consumed" using an RSS reader or aggregator. Put simply, a user “subscribes” to a site or source of interest to them using an RSS feed.  The feed provides the subscriber with a short synopsis of recent site updates. The user can then read just the synopsis or click a link to the full article.

There are several benefits that RSS provides:
•   Publishers can “push” content to subscribers at the instant the content is available
•   Subscribers can keep up with content updates from a site without visiting the site directly, and at a frequency that best meets their needs (real-time, every few hours, daily, etc.)
•   An RSS reader can collect and organize as many RSS feeds as desired, allowing the user to “aggregate” feeds from favorite news sites, blogs, and discussion boards in a single place

Most sites provide easy identification of RSS capability using the RSS symbol .  You can see the symbol in your web browser’s address bar (to the right of the URL) in any of the AHA Forum pages, including this one.  NOTE: it is recommended to upgrade to the latest version of your browser, as older versions may not recognize if a site is RSS-capable.

To consume these RSS feeds one must have a reader/aggregator. There are several free choices available to subscribers, including:
•   Standalone software programs, like RSS Reader (www.rssreader.com)
•   Browser-based, such as Google Reader (www.google.com/reader; also has a mobile version for smartphones)
•   Built-in readers included in new releases of popular browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox
•   Built-in readers in email programs like Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Mac OSX Mail

The instructions below are specific to, Outlook 2007.  Instructions for other readers are available on their sites and within their documentation.

Add the AHA Forum RSS feed to Outlook:
1.   Go to http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php in Firefox or Internet Explorer and look for the RSS feed logo in the browser's address bar or toolbar. Click on that symbol and if given options select RSS 2.0
2.   You are then presented with the RSS feed data and usually a button or link that allows you to subscribe to it. We will ignore that button/link for now.
3.   In the address bar, you will see the link to the RSS feed, which in this case is http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml. Make note of that or copy it into your clipboard for later.
4.   In Outlook, scroll down your list of messages and folders in the main mailbox and find "RSS Feeds"
5.   Right click on "RSS Feeds" and select "Add a New RSS Feed".
6.   A pop-up window appears with a text box. In this text box type or paste the link for the feed (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml). Select Add.
7.   Another window appears with three options, Advanced, Yes, or No. Select Yes. If you are curious about the other options, feel free to investigate.
8.   Once you select Yes, the feed folder is listed under the RSS Feeds folder and you will see items appear in the new folder.
9.   Now, go to one of those items and you will see a synopsis or preview of the entry. You can select the link and your browser will take you to the full article.
10.   You have now added your first RSS feed!
Couple of interesting items to note in using Outlook as an RSS reader:
•   As well as reading new listings in Outlook, you can select to sort by Subject just as you do with emails. Topics are then grouped together, which is great for monitoring postings in the AHA Forum.
•   Once these feeds are established in Outlook, they will appear in web mail as well. You cannot add them in web mail, though.

Add an RSS feed of a specific AHA Forum Board to Outlook:
1.   Open the Board in the AHA Forum you wish to follow with RSS.
2.   Copy the URL for that Board from the address bar (for example, the URL for the General Homebrew Discussion Board is http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=1.0).
3.   In Outlook, scroll down your list of folders in the main mailbox and find "RSS Feeds"
4.   Right click on "RSS Feeds" and select "Add a New RSS Feed".
5.   A pop-up window appears with a text box. In this text box type or paste the URL for the Forum Board you wish to add, then paste the following extension on to the end of the URL: ";type=rss;action=.xml" (For the General Homebrew Discussion Board you would use: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=1.0;type=rss;action=.xml). Select Add.
6.   Another window appears with three options, Advanced, Yes, or No. Select Yes.
7.   Once you select Yes, the feed folder is listed under the RSS Feeds folder and you will see items appear in the new folder.
8.   To add additional Board feeds to the same folder, follow directions 1-5 above, then choose the Advanced option and change the folder to whichever folder you wish the new feed to appear in.  Click OK, then click Yes.

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You must be a registered user to create/reply to posts on the AHA Forum.  See www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3025.0 for instructions on how to register.

Create A New Topic
1.   Select the Board (Boards are represented by envelopes on the main page of the forum, e.g. “General Homebrew Discussion”, “All Grain Brewing”, “Extract/Partial Mash Brewing”) most relevant to the topic you wish to post about. 
2.   Click “notify” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of topics. 
3.   Enter your subject and the text of your post in the appropriate fields.

Reply To An Existing Topic
1.   Select the Topic (Topics are the threads within each Board) you wish to reply to.
2.   Click “reply” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of topics. 
3.   Enter your subject and the text of your post in the appropriate fields.

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The AHA Forum software allows you to set up email notifications when posts are made to Boards (Boards are represented by envelopes on the main page of the forum, e.g. “General Homebrew Discussion”, “All Grain Brewing”, “Extract/Partial Mash Brewing”) or Topics (Topics are the threads within each Board). 

You must be a registered user to set up notifications.  See www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3025.0 for instructions on how to register.

Board Notifications
To receive a notification every time a new topic is posted to a specific Board, open that Board from the AHA Forum main page, then click “notify” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of topics.  Once you have clicked “notify”, you will receive an email notification to the email address you used for your AHA Forum/HomebrewersAssociation.org registration every time a new Topic is posted to that Board.  NOTE: notifications for Boards only notify you when new Topics are posted to a Board, they do not notify you if a new post is made to an existing Topic within that Board.

Topic Notifications
To receive a notification every time a new post is made within a specific Topic, open that Topic from the Board page that Topic appears in, then click “notify” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of posts.  Once you have clicked “notify”, you will receive an email notification to the email address you used for your AHA Forum/HomebrewersAssociation.org registration every time a new Topic is posted to that Board. 

Editing Your Notifications Settings
The AHA Forum allows you to customize the notifications you receive.  You can choose from these options:
•   Receive forum announcements and important notifications by email.
•   Receive reply notification only for the first unread reply.
•   Turn notification on when you post or reply to a topic.
•   When sending notification of a reply to a topic, send the post in the email (but please don't reply to these emails.)

You can also see and edit which Boards and Topics you are following.

To edit your notification settings, click on “PROFILE” from the links menu below the header at the top of every page in the AHA Forum.  Then select “Notifications and Email” from the “Modify Profile” menu on the left side of the page.

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1. To register as a new user for the AHA forum (and HomebrewersAssociation.org) click ‘register’ link above. 
2. Select ‘Create a Profile’ to generate a new profile or set user information for an existing account if you have one. 
3. Once done, your username will be set both for HomebrewersAssociation.org and for the AHA Forum.  **However, the AHA forum registration process is not complete until a new password is set.  At the Forum login screen, select ‘Forgot your password?’ to set your AHA Forum password.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Oklahoma Legalizes Homebrewing
« on: May 11, 2010, 12:19:36 PM »
Yesterday, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed HB 2348, legalizing homebrewing in the state.  The new law goes into effect November 1, 2010. 

Thanks to all of the Oklahoma homebrewers and their supporters who made phone calls and sent emails to the Oklahoma legislature and the Governor's office.  Those contacts make a huge difference.  Thanks also to Rep. Colby Schwartz and Sen. Mike Schulz. 

Special thanks go to AHA member and now head brewer at the Mustang Brewery Gary Shellman for initiating the legalization process and working tirelessly to see the bill through.

Cheers to Oklahoma's Homebrewers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 05, 2010, 02:43:11 PM »
AHA Members,
 
We’d like get to know you a little better. The AHA Governing Committee Survey subcommittee and the AHA staff have compiled two surveys to help us better understand who AHA members are and to help us better serve you.

The first is a basic demographics survey:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010AHADemographicsSurvey

The second survey covers specific brewing practices:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010HomebrewingPractices

We will pick three lucky members at random from among those who filled out both surveys and send them some fun AHA prizes as a way of saying "thank you". Only one survey submission per respondent per survey please!

Responses must be submitted by 8 a.m. MDT, Monday, May 17 to be counted.  You will need your AHA member number, to verify your membership to complete the survey.

Thank you!
Gary Glass
American Homebrewers Association Director

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Governing Committee Results
« on: April 05, 2010, 08:20:08 AM »
American Homebrewers Association 2010 Governing Committee Election

Congratulations to you new AHA Governing Committee representatives:

Drew Beechum
Pasadena, CA

Fred Bonjour
Troy, MI

Justin Crossley
Pacheco, CA

Jake Keeler
St. Paul, MN

Thank you to all of the members who voted in this year's election!  There were a record number of ballots cast, with 899 members voting.

Thanks also to all of the candidates who participated in this year's election.  The AHA depends on dedicated members to run for and serve on the AHA Governing Committee.

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Conference Seminars Sold Out
« on: March 31, 2010, 02:46:25 PM »
The seminars for the AHA National Homebrewers Conference are now sold out.  As of March 31, 3:30 Mountain Time, there are about 50 registrations left for the Grand Banquet.  Registration for the conference social packages is still available.  We will also be opening a la carte registrations for Club Night and Pro-Brewers Night, and the Banquet if there is any space left for the banquet, shortly.

Don't forget to vote in the Governing Committee Election, today is the last day to get your votes in!

Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Legalization
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:41:30 AM »
The AHA is currently working with homebrewers in AL, MS, and OK on homebrew legalization in 2010, check out my blog post on www.HomebrewersAssociation.org for more information.

For the latest update on Government Affairs issues in the beer world, see the Brewers Association’s January Government Affairs update at www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

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Kegging and Bottling / Draught Beer Quality Manual
« on: November 03, 2009, 04:54:43 PM »
For anyone who has set up or is considering setting up a home (or commercial) draught beer system, you should check out the Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Manual.  It is very comprehensive, easy to read, and loaded with photos and charts.

Chapters:
1. Essential Draught System Components
2. Temporary Draught Disspense (e.g. jockey boxes)
3. Equipment and Configurations for Direct Draw Draught Systems
4. Equipment and Configurations for Long-Draw Draught Systems
5. A Matter of Balance
6. Preparation to Pour
7. Serving Draught Beer
8. System Maintenance and Cleaning

You can download the manual in its entirety, or by chapter, for free at www.draughtquality.org.

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Pimp My System / Post a System
« on: November 02, 2009, 11:07:37 AM »
This board is for posting descriptions and images of homebrew systems and home-built gadgets. The AHA will select a new System each week to feature on the www.homebrewersassociation.org home page in the Pimp My System section.

Please include a photos of the system/gadget you are writing about.  Note, you cannot directly upload or attach images to a forum post, but you can insert an image that is linked from a website.

To include an image in a post:
1. Image must be linked from a website (such as flickr or photobucket or a private website), you cannot directly upload images to the AHA Forum.
2. Put the cursor where ever you want to insert your image.
3. Select the "insert image" icon from the editor tool bar, which will insert "[ img][ /img]" into your post.
4. Insert the URL for the photo you want to include in your post between "[ img]" and "[ /img]"

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Homebrewer Bios / Posting a Bio
« on: November 02, 2009, 10:57:55 AM »
This board is for posting short biographies of homebrewers.  You may post a bio of yourself, or of a homebrewer you know that you'd like to share with the community. The AHA will select a new bio each week to feature on the www.homebrewersassociation.org home page as a Brewer of the Week.

Please include a photo of the homebrewer you are writing about.  Note, you cannot directly upload or attach images to a forum post, but you can insert an image that is linked from an website.

To include an image in a post:
1. Image must be linked from a website (such as flickr or photobucket or a private website), you cannot directly upload images to the AHA Forum.
2. Put the cursor where ever you want to insert your image.
3. Select the "insert image" icon from the editor tool bar, which will insert "[ img][ /img]" into your post.
4. Insert the URL for the photo you want to include in your post between "[ img]" and "[ /img]"

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