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Zymurgy / Re: Free trial Zymurgy
« on: September 07, 2016, 12:32:49 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, 04:04:04 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 09, 2016, 06:35:36 PM »
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, 03:30:41 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, 10:35:47 AM »
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, 07:40:19 AM »
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, 07:24:56 AM »
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 01, 2016, 05:12:42 PM »
I'll be there.  I'm giving a brief presentation prior to the Friday night dinner.

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA App Survey
« on: January 27, 2016, 04:58:55 PM »
The American Homebrewers Association is working on a new app for homebrewers and we want your help in figuring out exactly what direction we want to take with it.  Make your voice heard, take this quick survey:


Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging for twerps
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:45:05 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Gordon Strong Presentation on Dubbels
« on: July 16, 2015, 10:24:57 AM »
I'm getting an error message on the link: "The page you were looking for was not found. It may have been moved, or the filename may have changed."

There was an extra period in the URL, try this:

Beer Recipes / Re: Gordon Strong Presentation on Dubbels
« on: July 16, 2015, 07:11:06 AM »
I got this response from Gordon:


It's old, and one of (if not the) first public presentations I gave on beer.  Comments refer to 1999 guidelines, and it's before the modern candi syrups were available so more flavors came from malt than sugar.  Interesting to see that I was doing my RO water thing back in 2002.  In my new book, I have two dubbel recipes comparing the kind of recipe shown in the presentation (specialty malt driven) with modern (authentic?) versions (dark syrup driven).  More of what I have to say on the differences in recipes is there.  pp. 227-231.

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:03:32 AM »
Homebrew will be plentiful at the National Homebrewers Conference! 

We do have to deal with an unfortunate law that was passed after we booked the conference, but it's not a huge issue, and I still think that San Diego is a great place to host the National Homebrewers Conference.

The legal issue is that homebrew and commercially produced beer cannot be served in the same place. Either can be consumed anywhere within the conference.  For the Homebrew Expo, half the hall will be dedicated to vendors serving professionally brewed craft beer, the other half will house the Social Club and vendors serving homebrew.  You can walk between them with beer in your glass no problem, it's just a matter of what gets serve where. 

Likewise with seminars, we will have seminar rooms where homebrew will be served and other rooms where commercially-made craft beer will be served.  What is in your glass when you walk into those rooms is your business.

We are looking into the situation for the banquet.  As Denny mentioned, there's no way we can manage a multi-course beer paired meal for 1600+ people solely with homebrew.  With Lagunitas sponsoring this year's conference I'm confident there will be great tasting beer served during the banquet.  While I am doubtful that California ABC will be amenable, we are looking into whether attendees bringing their own beers to share with their friends (i.e. not serving to random attendees as with Club Night) during the banquet is okay. 

Every state has laws that create challenges for hosting a conference that is all about beer and where both commercially made beer and homebrew are served.  No state will allow us to do everything we'd like to do if we could.  We can deal with that. 

Seriously, San Diego is going to be awesome.  The logistical issues we have to deal with due to California law will be minor and I really don't expect it to have much if any impact on the great time attendees are going to have at the conference. 

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