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We sent an action alert to members in Kansas today regarding a homebrew bill "Substitute for HB 2223", which will likely be going to a vote before the state House tomorrow (Tuesday, February 4).  This bill would allow for homebrew to be transported outside of the home where made for homebrew club meetings and competitions.  Kansas residents should contact their state House representatives now to request they vote in favor of this bill.

See the alert at: http://www.craftbeer.com/action-alerts/attention-kansas-homebrewers-2.

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Indeed, it seems the bill is going to move fast.  It must be passed by the House, which sounds like it will vote on it tomorrow, in order to move on to the Senate.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:15:59 PM »
Can anyone else access the Jul/Aug 2005 issue on the iPad/iPhone Zymergy app?  I get a document error message.

Additionally, when I touch the "X" to close the document error, the app downloads the issue behind the message, May/Jun 2003.  This may actually happen because the document error window goes away on its own.

Otherwise I think the app is great.  This version is much better than the previous one.

Thanks for pointing this out Scott.  I get the same error you are seeing.  Our Web Architect is looking into what might be causing the problem.

Glad you like the new version, it is indeed much improved!

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Who are the current members who have to cycle off?  If any.

Members whose terms have expired, not necessarily term limited...some may choose to run again.

Drew Beechum
Chris Graham
Harold Gulbransen
Bob Kauffman
Susan Ruud
Tom Schmidlin
Roxanne Westendorf
Jamil Zainasheff

Of those, Jamil is the only one that is term limited.

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I hadn't heard anything about this bill until it was signed by Governor Brown.  Apparently it was pushed primarily by home winemakers rather than homebrewers.  Allowing contributions to nonprifits is great, however, I do have some concerns that the bill also changed language regarding removal of homemade beer and wine from the home that could be interpreted more narrowly than the existing law. Most likely it will not be an issue, at least for the short term.

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Zymurgy / Re: zymurgy search
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:59:20 AM »
I must be stupid, but have never managed to find a way to search the archives. I think the presentation of the magazine by issue is a waste. If I wanted to read the magazine I would take my copy off the shelf and read it. I would like to search across all the archives available and go directly to the article. How do I get there?

Are you using the online eZymurgy or the Zymurgy app?  Either way, you can search the content of all of the available issues.  With eZymurgy there's a check box when doing a search that allows you to select whether you wish to search the specific issue you are looking at, or the entire archive.  With the apps, if you search from the main page, where you are looking at the icon covers of multiple issues, you will be searching across all issues.  If you are already in a specific issue in the app, a search will only cover that issue you are in.

If you are using the Apple app, I would highly recommend updating to the latest version if you haven't already done so.  The latest version addresses several issues with the originally released app.  A similar update for the Android version will be out shortly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:14:50 AM »
Congrats Jeff!

I was really psyched to announce your name as the Gold Medal winner during the GABF awards ceremony!

Cheers!

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:28:24 AM »
Any update on the app and the proposed improvements? I have another long trip coming up and I would love to have offline access.

App update for iPhone/iPad is in testing now and should be released shortly. Android update will follow shortly there after. The new release will fix problems with deleting issues and accessing downloaded issues while offline.

Many of the problems with the apps stem from the fact that we want to offer the apps and associated content for free to AHA members. Membership is different than purchasing an individual magazine or a subscription. That model didn't play well with the Apple Newsstand (Google Play is a similar, but different story). In any case, the new releases should make the Zymurgy apps a really great resource for members.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home beer and wine survey- results?
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:21:21 PM »
No formal results yet.  They are still being compiled and cross referenced.  We'll post highlights from the survey once we have the final results.

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Gary are you only presenting for the 2nd session again?  Tomorrow if I can get online I can post a list of who is speaking at the 1st session, though I'm sure a couple of them will be different in the 2nd session.
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Yes, I'll be presenting on Thursday morning. There are a few of my colleagues from the Brewers Association, Chris Pryor, Kari Harrington and Marc Preo that will be attending the first session.

AHA Business Coordinator Steve Parr and I will be there for the second session.

Cheers!

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Gary-

I sent Melody an email last week asking who's presenting this year but there was no response.   Do you know who the other speakers are?

I'm really looking forward to seeing you guys there-

Steve

I honestly don't know who the other speakers will be.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:18:11 PM »
Thankfully most homebrewers are really great people who are happy to share their love of the hobby with fellow homebrewers.  You happened to run into a couple of the exceptions.  Homebrewer snobs do us all a great disservice by discrediting our hobby.

I started out with extract brewing 20 years ago and didn't get into all grain for many years.  With the quality of extracts available these days, you can make extract beers that taste as good if not better than all grain.  Brewing all grain gives you more control, but doesn't necessarily make you a brewer of better beer.  I still occasionally brew with extracts, and every time I do I find myself smiling at having saved myself several hours in the process.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:20:33 AM »
Next question...do you use females on the kettle and tun and males on the hoses, or vice versa?  Edumacate me!

The female connectors tend to be more expensive, so put those where ever you will need the least of that type of connection.  In my case, I connect my pump to HLT, MT, kettle, immersion chiller whirl pool thingy (thanks Jamil!), so it makes more sense to put two female connectors on my pump hoses and male connectors everywhere else.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:15:51 PM »
It's about time you spent some money on that cheap 'n' easy brew system of yours!  ;)

I used to use the polysulfone quick disconnects, but I found they got brittle and started to break over time/usage.  Now I just use brass garden hose fittings with rubber gaskets for all of my connections.  Cheaper than brass or SS QDs and nearly as easy to use.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sourdough beer
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:58:59 AM »
I've contemplated something similar.  I had an interesting experience this week with some sourdough pancakes. I swapped the sugar in my pancake recipe with honey (just a couple of tablespoons worth) and then ended up with some left over batter.  After a week, the batter and the resulting pancakes had a distinct aroma of fermenting mead.

Hmmm pancake beer: Wheat with maple syrup and sourdough yeast?

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