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Events / Re: AHA Conference Registration Opens Feb 1
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:20:02 AM »
The $1000 price means you are not logged in as an AHA member.  If you do have a valid membership and are having trouble logging in, contact our members services department, as they can walk you through the login process: 888-822-6273.

The Hyatt is now sold out of rooms on Tuesday and Wednesday, due to another group that's in the hotel before the AHA Conference.  We're working on getting rooms for earlier in the week at the group rate at the Westin.  Right now you can book at the Westin for Wednesday the 19th through Sunday the 24th.

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Events / Re: AHA Conference Registration Opens Feb 1
« on: February 02, 2012, 08:17:19 AM »
The Hyatt is showing it still has rooms available in our block (though we are down to 11% of the blocked rooms now).  If the issue is with specific dates, we can probably get more rooms added for dates before or after the conference, but we've maxed out all the rooms the Hyatt will give us during the conference with the existing block.  If you have issues booking with the online reservation system, I recommend calling the Hyatt: 425-462-1234.

We've got an overflow block at the Westin Bellevue, which is attached to the Hyatt via sky bridge, and so is very convenient.  When we got the reservation code up last night, it wasn't allowing rooms booked before Wednesday June 20 and presumably after Saturday the 24th.  We've asked them to add "shoulder dates" at the group rate so those coming in early or leaving later can get rooms at the group rate.

We'll be adding additional overflow rooms at nearby hotels as needed.

The hotel and registration is filling up a bit faster than we anticipated.

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The Wisconsin homebrew bill that the AHA has been working on with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made has been assigned to the Senate Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection Committee and will likely get a hearing soon.

Senate Bill 395 is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection Committee Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 330 Southwest in the Capitol.

We're asking Wisconsin residents to contact the senators on the committee and politely urge them to pass SB 395. A large audience of homebrewers at the meeting will send a strong message that this is important legislation, so please consider attending the hearing if possible.

See the Action Alert we sent today at http://bit.ly/zAF06H for more details.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Donating homebrew to a church festival?
« on: January 13, 2012, 08:38:42 AM »
The AHA has the statute and analysis for Florida homebrew law on our website: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/statutes/florida.

In this case, I don't think the donation would be a problem so long as the homebrew isn't served to minor and there is no exchange made for the homebrew (i.e. it's not sold, raffled, put up for auction, etc).  If the donated beer is simply being served as samples to adults, it should be fine.

Cheers!
Gary

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The American Homebrewers Association is supporting an effort by the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to rectify the current Wisconsin homebrew law which does not allow for homebrew to be serve outside the home where it was brewed--a law that was uncovered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue just last year.  That means no homebrew at homebrew club meetings, no homebrew competitions, no homebrew at the neighbor's house.

LRB 3101 sponsored by State Senator Michael Ellis and Representative Dean Kaufert would, if passed, lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made.

What needs to happen to get this bill passed is for Wisconsin residents to contact their legislators and urge them to come on as sponsors of the bill and support the bill when it comes up for a vote.  Time is of the essence to get this bill through the legislature.

See the action alert we just sent to Wisconsin AHA members: http://bit.ly/wDEySm 

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy online?!?!
« on: January 04, 2012, 01:11:19 PM »
My one nit pick is the little reminder at the bottom right of each page that continually moves.

Thanks for pointing that out.  It should only have the animation on the cover page.  We'll get that fixed.

As for comments on downloadable versions and flash, please keep in mind that the online eZymurgy is just the first step.  We'll be adding iPod/iPhone, iPad and Android apps that will offer much better functionality for use with mobile devices.  We'll also be adding additional back issues this year, giving members access to a large archive of Zymurgy content.

Cheers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday AHA!
« on: December 07, 2011, 03:13:23 PM »
Wonder why they chose Pearl Harbor Day?

From what Charlie Papazian has told me, that was the day that they got the first issue of Zymurgy, which was essentially a newsletter back then, from the printer. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask The Experts: Denny Conn
« on: December 06, 2011, 09:46:56 AM »
Denny's Ask The Experts Q & A is now posted: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/ask-the-experts.

Thanks Denny!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wisconsin Bill 290
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:02:21 AM »
That's great news Jake!  The amendment clarifying that no Class A or B license is required to get the operators license for a homebrew shop is a major improvement to this legislation.

I also think that the bi-partisan support for AB 290 really bodes well for the bill that the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance has been working on.  This may be a model to use in other states: start with a small business bill, that will be hard for legislators to oppose out of hand in the current political climate, use that to educate legislators about the homebrewing, then follow with a homebrewers rights bill.

Hopefully AB 290 will receive similar support in the Senate.

Cheers!
Gary

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy online?!?!
« on: October 27, 2011, 07:24:03 AM »
How will errors in printing be rectified?  In particular, I'm thinking of recipe errors where the wrong units or amounts are specified.

Will the eZymurgy version leave the errors in place "warts and all" and the reader be responsible for finding corrections by reading subsequent "letters to the editor" or "corrections and omissions page" in subsequent issues?  Or will there be an edit  modification made to the original document?

Corrections from the 2011 editions were incorporated into the e-editions before they were posted. We'll keep that up as we add more back issues.

I am not a fan of eZymurgy.

The sounds are annoying and completely unnecessary. 

You can turn off the sounds if you go to settings.

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Events / Re: NHC 2012 Hotel
« on: October 25, 2011, 10:02:20 AM »
Hotel booking information will be available along with the launch of conference registration on February 1.  The group rate will be $139/night.

Cheers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: eZymurgy
« on: October 24, 2011, 03:09:13 PM »
I am using Firefox 7.0.1 and it looks fine.

The issues are not currently downloadable, but we will be releasing apps for iPhone/iPod, iPad, and Android in 2012 that will allow for downloading to mobile devices.

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Well, the new law does allow for tax write-offs for homemade beer or wine donated to charity, but that is different than what you are asking about.  Unless the company you work for is a non-profit charity, you could not donate beer to your company for an auction to raise money for charity.  If your company is simply donating items to a charity that is running the auction themselves, that would probably be allowable under the new law.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy online?!?!
« on: October 24, 2011, 01:04:32 PM »
We'll be adding iPod, iPhone, iPad and Android apps for Zymurgy in 2012.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wisconsin Bill 290
« on: October 21, 2011, 01:13:58 PM »
Jake Keeler:  "It was decided in the offices of NB that we would take up our business concerns separately from the homebrewer’s concerns to make sure one didn’t muddy the other’s chance of getting things changed."

So you don't think you muddied the waters for the homebrewers?  Will the homebrewers bill now have to include an exemption for the servers license at homebrew meetings/contests?  Or does it even apply?

I don't think 290 is applicable since it applies to businesses (as I read it).

I do not think the license has anything to do with homebrewers, but does have to do with a business serving alcohol on premises to its customers. The operators (i.e "bartenders") license requirement seems to be consistent with requirements for restaurants and bars that serve alcohol to their customers.  I could see restaurant and bar owners objecting to a bill that lacked such a requirement for homebrew shops that are serving beer and wine to their customers.

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