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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Election results?
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:50:38 AM »
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, 02:46:27 PM »
Information Technology Director
Boulder based not-for-profit brewing association seeks Information Technology Director.
Details about the position can be found in the job description and job requirements documents on this page:

Position oversees all technology functions for the association including application development and internal IT operations for this two person department.
5+ years in Information Technology required. Proficiency in database administration specifically MSSQL and MySQL required and knowledge of VB.Net and PHP programming languages a plus.

Email resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:

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, 08:21:37 AM »
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.   


We just sent out an Action Alert to our Mississippi members. Homebrew legalization bills have been filed in both the House and Senate.  Mississippi residents, contact your state representative & senator to help get these bills passed.  See the Action Alert:

My life would be a lot easier if we could all live under the federal statute on homebrewing! 

Is there any real reason, beyond rumor, that would lead anyone to think the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is going to go after homebrew competitions?  To keep things in perspective, homebrew competitions are private events where homebrew is served to beer judges.  That's a lot different than serving unlicensed, untaxed alcohol to the public at an event, like a beer festival, where the attendees pay to get in (to drink beer).

Honestly, I think there are very few states where serving homebrew to the public at a beer festival would be within the letter of the law.  In most cases, there would have to be a provision in the homebrew statute to specifically allow for serving to the public at a festival where people pay to get in.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:07:22 PM »
Yeah, you should get a card.  They only manufacture them at intervals (quarterly?) so it may take a while.

The cards actually mail every 2-3 weeks.  If you've been waiting much more than that, I'd suggest contacting our Member Services staff to make sure we have your correct contact information:; 888-822-6273.

I was abotu a week late renewing so will that count as a new membership or is there continuity? will I get a new card or does the one I have now just keep going?

We'll send you a new card with your new expiration date.  The member number will stay the same, though.

We sent out another Action Alert today to our Wisconsin members about the homebrew right bill.  SB 395 has been referred to the Assembly Rules Committee to assign a date for an Assembly vote, which could happen any day now.  We are asking Wisconsin residents to contact their Representative and ask him/her to support SB 395 or AB 521 (they are identical bills, but SB 395 is the most likely version to be voted on).  We are also asking residents to contact the Assembly Speaker and the Assembly Majority Leader to get the bill scheduled for a vote as soon as possible.  You can see the alert at

I've been extremely impressed with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance's ability to mobilize club members throughout the state to make phone calls and send email to legislators.  The level of media coverage has been impressive as well. 

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate unanimously passed AB 290, a bill to allow homebrew supply shops to make beer and wine on their premises and offer samples of beer and wine to their customers for educational purposes.  The bill has already passed the Assembly, so it's off to the Governor's desk to sign.

Congrats to Wisconsin's homebrew shops on the passage of this bill!

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