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AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Re: Introducing the Brew Guru mobile app
« on: November 09, 2016, 07:31:25 PM »
Is there any chance the brew guru (and other AHA apps) will be available for Windows phones?

Not in the short term.

We were able to build an app on a platform that will work with both Apple and Android devices, but to get it to work on Windows phones as well would require a completely separate app be built, which is cost prohibitive for us.  To maximize the resources we have, we built an app that will work on the most popular smart phone platforms. 

We will continue to monitor usage of Windows phones, and possibly build a Windows version of Brew Guru in the future.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:42:10 PM »
We've got a post on the Anheuser Busch Inbev acquisition of Northern Brewer/Midwest on, along with a reader poll.  We'd love to get your views on this via the poll.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Re: Introducing the Brew Guru mobile app
« on: September 12, 2016, 04:19:55 PM »
Tried to get the app this morning but all the links to it are broken.

Try this link:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Have you downloaded the new Brew Guru app?
« on: September 09, 2016, 04:03:01 PM »
I like it so far. One issue I have seen is bad or out of date data on the map. One instance is a brewery that no longer exists and another is correct address but bad placement. Adding a workflow to report these issues in app would be helpful

Thanks for the tip! With so many participants in the program - it can be challenging to stay up-to-date on every Member Deal. Which breweries are you referring to? I'll take a look at them and update accordingly. Thanks!

Thanks Matt.

Yes, we are aware of that issue.  The Brewers Association database is immense, so not surprising that there are some incorrect listings.  We're working on a streamlined process for reporting issues with the locations listed on the map.  In the interim, you can PM wmbolling, AKA Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.

General Homebrew Discussion / Have you downloaded the new Brew Guru app?
« on: September 08, 2016, 04:43:09 PM »
Hey All,

A couple of weeks ago, the AHA launched our new Brew Guru app aimed at making it easier for AHA members to access their benefits, particularly AHA Member Deals, as well as to introduce new members to the AHA via 15 day free trials accessible via the app.

We've to more info here:

This first launch is just the beginning as we have plans for adding more content, such as audio for Homebrew Con seminar recordings, Zymurgy Live recordings, and videos.  The initial launch was just within the US, but a new version that will be available worldwide is in the works and should be available within a month or two.

The app does not perform well on some older devices.  Here are the device requirements – Phone: 5/s iOS8, 6/+ iOS9, 6s/s+ iOS9 / iPad: 4 iOS8, Air/2 iOS9, Mini 3/4 iOS9 / Google Nexus 7, Android 4.4+ / Samsung Galaxy S6, Android 5+ / Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Android 5+

We'd love to get your feedback!

Zymurgy / Re: Free trial Zymurgy
« on: September 07, 2016, 07:32:49 PM »
Sounds like your request came in just after the September/October issue mailed, in which case, you will be getting the November/December issue, which will mail around October 20th.

In the meantime, you could download the Brew Guru app (, which will give you a free 15 day trial membership.  With the trial membership, you can use your member login to access eZymurgy and or the Zymurgy app (, so you could check out digital versions of the magazine before deciding if you want to join or now (which you will of course  :)).

When I try to install the app, I get a message that's it's not available for my device, specifically for the country my device is registered in (Canada).

Before I launch into a long screed about too many Americans (I'm also a native US citizen) regarding us Canadians as being behind the Maple Leaf Curtain in Canuckistan, let me ask why the app should care what country I'm in.  I happen to be an AHA member living less than an hour from the US border.  I'd like access to the app to know what benefits I'm entitled to on frequent US trips.

I feel a little like I'm looking at a party across the street which I'm not allowed to attend.

There's no intention to leave out our members from beyond the U.S. border.  There's a technical issue with the country field in the app that is being resolved in a later edition.  Once that's fixed the app will be available every where. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership referral
« on: August 30, 2016, 11:04:04 PM »
Thanks Gary, would be a cool benefit.  Is there a specific date on the release of brew guru?

The Brew Guru app has been released.  Check here for the direct links to the Apple and Google app stores:  I love my new digital member card!

I love the app logo. Any chance there's a t-shirt available with just this logo?

We love the logo, too!  Yes indeed, there is a t-shirt with the logo on it that will be featured in the newly redesigned AHA store which will launch within a few days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership referral
« on: August 10, 2016, 01:35:36 AM »
Thanks Gary, would be a cool benefit.  Is there a specific date on the release of brew guru?
Not a specific date, but it will be released this month.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership referral
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:30:41 PM »
My buddy is interested in joining the AHA.  Is there a referral program for members?

The idea has come up for discussion, but we do not have a referral program in place at this time.  That may be something we integrate into a future version of the soon to be released Brew Guru app.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: June 17, 2016, 05:35:47 PM »
I am looking to purchase an AHA membership on Amazon since I have a gift card. It is not resold so it is sold directly by AHA. Is there a way to still get the promotional hops that are currently being offered? Is there a way to get the eZymurgy only option?

You would not be able to enter the promo code when redeaming a gift card purchased from Amazon, and the Digital-Only membership is not available via Amazon.  Your best option would be to buy a Digital-Only membership from and enter the promo code for the offer with your purchase. 

The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: June 03, 2016, 02:40:19 PM »
Thick Ass Stout by Skankin' Pickle is my official theme song.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Zaith Weizen as first brew
« on: May 11, 2016, 02:24:56 PM »
I think that is a good recipe to start off with.  It limits the variables by not including any specialty grains to steep and has just one hop addition.  I'm a big fan of keeping it as simple as possible for your first batch.  From there you can launch into whatever you feel comfortable with.

Don't worry too much about the hops.  With this recipe, you're just doing a bittering addition, so the exact hops don't matter all that much.  I'd steer away from more pungent hops like Chinook or Columbus, but you don't have to limit yourself to Perle or Liberty either.

Events / Re: PNWHC -- Anyone else going?
« on: March 02, 2016, 12:12:42 AM »
I'll be there.  I'm giving a brief presentation prior to the Friday night dinner.

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