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After a very lengthy debate and attempts to filibuster the bill, HB 354, a bill to legalize homebrewing in Alabama, was passed by the House.  It now moves on to the Senate.

Congratulations to all the Alabama homebrewers!  Good luck in the Senate.

Beer Recipes / Re: Is it CDA or BIPA?
« on: April 18, 2012, 10:10:48 PM »
The Brewers Association style guide used for Great American Beer Festival uses the term American Black Ale.

I too don't like Black IPA, because 1) Black is not Pale and 2) the style has absolutely nothing to do with India.

I don't care for the Cascadian Dark Ale moniker, since there are many of these beers made all over the country, including the beer from the Vermont Pub and Brewery that pre-dates those made popular in the Pacific Northwest. 

Congratulations to all of the Wisconsin homebrewers. Yesterday Governor Scott Walker signed SB 395 into law. The law will take effect three months after the Wisconsin Secretary of State publishes it, which should happen within the next 10 days.

Here's a link to the announcement we sent to the Wisconsin AHA members:

This was an awesome achievement and one that was by no means certain.  The bill would not have passed if it weren't for all of the contacts Wisconsin homebrewers had with state legislators.

Questions about the forum? / Re: How do I show my new pimped system
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:06:45 PM »
You can find the description for posting images in the FAQ board at

Alabama homebrew legalization Bill HB 354 is set to be voted on by the Alabama House on Tuesday, April 3. Alabama residents are encouraged to email the House representatives prior to the vote and if possible, attend the session. We need to make sure the Representatives know how much this bill means to the state's homebrewers and that legalizing homebrewing does not pose a threat to the state.

See the AHA Action Alert at

Let's hope this year's vote goes better than last year!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Election results?
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:50:38 PM »
We are in the process of verifying member status of the voters and ensuring there are no duplicate votes.  Once the results are verified, we will be contacting the candidates to let them know the results before publishing the results.  The process will likely take a few days.


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 Wisconsin homebrew bill was amended and passed by the Assembly this afternoon and was sent to the Senate, which was in session at the time and the amended version was passed by the Senate.  I've never seen anything like it.  The bill literally was passed within hours of the end of the session and for it to have gotten a vote by both chambers on the same day is truly astounding. 

No way that could have happened without all of the calls and emails to legislators from Wisconsin homebrewers. 

The only remaining step is for the Governor to sign the bill.

Congratulations to Wisconsin's homebrewers and particularly the members of the Wisconsin Home Brewers Alliance that led the effort to get the Wisconsin law changed!

The Pub / Brewers Association IT Director Position Available
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:46:27 PM »
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We just sent another Action Alert to the Alabama AHA members. With the homebrew bill HB 354 passing the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, it is time to focus on the rest of the House Representatives. Given that last year's homebrew bill failed before the full House, it is imperative to educate the House Representatives and encourage their support of HB 354, so we are asking homebrewers to contact all of the Representatives. The group has put together an email list for the House, making it easy to send an email to all of the Representatives.

You can see the action alert at

Voting on the Wisconsin homebrew transportation bill has been postponed again until tomorrow, Thursday Mar. 15.

Vote on the homebrew bill before the full Assembly that was supposed to take place on Tuesday March 6, was postponed a week.  There is a chance the bill will be amended before the Assembly vote.  If it is amended, it will have to go back to the Senate for a vote on the amended version.  With the very limited time left in this session, it's possible that time will run out before the Senate has a chance to vote on an amended bill.

The homebrew legalization bill cleared the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, so it now needs to be schedule for a vote before the full House.

All three homebrew legalization bills that were filed this year (two in the House, one in the Senate) died in committee this past Tuesday, along with something like 69% of all bills filed in Mississippi this year.

All hope is not yet lost.  According to Butch Bailey of Raise Your Pints (RYP), dead is not dead-dead.  There is a remote chance that RYP will be able to get homebrew legalization added as a rider on a separate bill.

The AHA sent an Action Alert to Alabama members this morning.  House Bill 354 sponsored by Rep. Mac McCutcheon, to legalize homebrewing in the state has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7.  We are asking Alabama residents to contact the members of the committee and politely urge them to vote in favor of the bill.  If it passes through the committee, it will be sent to the full House for a vote.

You can see the action alert at

The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote on the homebrew bill SB 395 tomorrow, March 6.  Last chance to contact Reps before the vote.  See the Action Alert at

Also, a homebrew legalization bill is scheduled for a committee hearing in the Alabama House on Wednesday, March 7.  We'll have an action alert going out tomorrow. 

The Mississippi House has passed a bill to increase the allowable alcohol in beer from 5% to 8% and a similar bill has passed through two Senate committee hearings.  Hopefully that bodes well for the homebrew bills in Mississippi.

Zymurgy / Re: ezymurgy not working
« on: March 05, 2012, 03:21:37 PM »
When I try to log in to see ezymurgy the page blows up - gives me a bunch of lines of code. I verified that my login info is correct.

Strange, I just got on no problem using both Firefox and Explorer.

Success in the legislature is far from guaranteed.  I would want to be sure there was a consensus across the Illinois homebrewing community that pursuing a change in the law is way to go before jumping into the legislative fray.  Attempting to introduce a bill will certainly generate greater scrutiny of the activities of homebrewers and could have negative short (or possibly long) term consequences, depending on how long it takes to get a bill passed, which could be years.  It really depends on the level of sympathy for the homebrewing community there is in the legislature, if the bill is seen as bipartisan, whether or not there is any opposition from lobbyists, and the willingness of the local homebrew community to get involved.   


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