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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy online?!?!
« on: October 21, 2011, 11:23:03 AM »
Wow, you found the eZymurgy page within minutes, maybe even seconds, of it going live.  So much for the soft launch!   ;)

We are very excited about the launch of eZymurgy.  As Denny said, it's been a long process to get here.  Initially, eZymurgy includes not just the November/December issue, but if you search or look in the archive, you will find all of the 2011 issues available.  We will be adding more back issues in 2012, plus of course all new issues will be added as they are published.  Apps for iPhone/iPad/Android will also be coming next year.

You do have to be logged in as an AHA member on to access eZymurgy.

We'll be sending out messages to all AHA members announcing eZymurgy early next week.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wisconsin Bill 290
« on: October 21, 2011, 08:11:14 AM »
>The long story short Northern Brewer has pursued their agenda to serve beer at their store in Milwaukee. Great! but this bill will torpedo home brewers.

I cannot see any way in which AB 290 torpedoes homebrewers.  The bill language simply allows homebrew shops to make beer and wine on their premises for educational purposes, and to serve free samples of such beer and wine to their customers.  You can see the bill for yourself here:

After a committee hearing, the bill was amended to require an "Operators License", which as I understand it is simply a municipally issued bartenders license.  The example I've seen for this license runs around $100 for a two year license.  Of course, in my opinion, no license is better, but the license requirement seems consistent with other areas of the code addressing the serving of alcohol in businesses.  Including the amendment likely avoids opposition from other small business groups that have to comply with license requirements.

The bill language that we've been working with on the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance is all about homebrewers rights, but it does not address serving homebrew at homebrew supply shops, so I think AB 290 fulfills a separate need.  If AB 290 passes, I think that probably bodes well for passage of the homebrewer bill.  AB 290 is a pro-business bill with bypartisan support that has now brought the issue of homebrewing before the Wisconsin legislature.  In my mind that dramatically improves the chances for success of a grassroots homebrewers' rights bill, since educating legislators and getting them to care about a hobbyist bill is often the biggest challenge in getting homebrewer bills going.

Right now, I am optimistic for the chances of passage of the bill the WIHA has been working on.  Hopefully the bill will be filed soon so we can move on to pushing it through the legislative process.


General Homebrew Discussion / Ask The Experts: Denny Conn
« on: October 18, 2011, 02:06:46 PM »
AHA Governing Committee member and AHA Forum & BrewTechTalk Moderator is now taking questions on batch sparging equipment and techniques through October 24 for the AHA's Ask The Experts.

Questions need to be submitted to:

Answers will be posted within a couple of weeks after the completion of the submission period. You will need to be registered as an AHA member on to access the posted questions and answers.

You can see the Q & A from our past guest experts at

Denny's Bio
Denny Conn has been homebrewing for more than 14 years in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains in Oregon. He is an audio engineer by trade, but that’s just to finance the brewing. Denny did about six extract batches before switching to all-grain and discovering the “Cheap’n’Easy” batch sparge brewing technique. He’s a BJCP National Judge and his Rye IPA recipe has been brewed both by Rogue Ales in the U.S. and Olfabrikken in Denmark. He also has written articles for brewing magazines, is a frequent contributor to many internet beer discussion forums and was a speaker at the 2008 and 2010 AHA conferences. He’s the Tech Tsar of the Cascade Brewers Society, based in Eugene, Ore.

Thanks for taking this on Denny!


Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:23:31 AM »
I've used a pinch of cinnamon in my mash on many occasions.  Reminds me I need to replenish my supply of cheap cinnamon for brewing (for cooking Saigon Cinnamon is the way to go!).  The flavor/aroma has never carried over into the finished product.  Not sure how much affect it actually has on reducing oxidation.  My recollection is that Charlie picked up this trick when he observed a Belgian brewer using cinnamon in the mash.  FWIW, I don't usually have issues with oxidation in my beers.  I don't worry too much about HSA when I'm brewing, either. 

As a judge, I find that oxidation is the single most common problem in beers entered in competition. Who knows, perhaps a pinch of cinnamon in the mash could give your beer an edge.

Ingredients / Re: freezing crabapples.
« on: September 19, 2011, 07:38:49 AM »
Crab apples go great in mead.  My wife made a stout with our crab apples a couple of years ago that came out nice.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: C02 transfer from bucket?
« on: September 02, 2011, 02:33:37 PM »
I use CO2 to transfer from my conical to kegs, though my fermenter is not designed to hold pressure.  I've got a hose barb that fits into the stopper on my fermenter.  I just turn the pressure down to 2 psi or so and occasionally give it a shot of CO2 while I'm transferring.  With a bucket, I'd be a bit more concerned about over pressurizing, as you could crack the bucket or lid (probably more likely to pop off the lid, but worth being cautious).

Michigan Homebrewers: HB 4061 to allow homebrew to be served in breweries, restaurants and bars for club meetings, competitions, etc will go to a vote in the Senate soon. Contact your Senator's office and ask them to support the bill! If the bill passes the Senate, it then goes to the Governor to sign into law (or veto). See the action alert at

General Homebrew Discussion / New AHA Logo
« on: August 15, 2011, 08:58:08 AM »
I'm pleased announce that the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) now has a new logo. The AHA's most recent logo was more than a decade old, and the time was right to freshen up the look and feel to reflect the fun and passion for homebrewing found in the AHA membership and the hobby as a whole.

The new logo incorporates several graphic elements that represent the hobby, including a hop cone, a barley stalk and a tall glass of beer, on a circular background that evokes the shape of a bottle cap. The AHA staff and our graphic design team worked hard on this redesign, and we're thrilled with this new visual representation of the AHA, our members and the broader homebrewing community.



The Brewers Association's August legal brief has been posted at

Going Pro / Going Pro Board Rules
« on: August 08, 2011, 11:48:04 AM »
1.   The “Going Pro” Board is dedicated to discussion related to starting a new commercial brewery and/or becoming a professional brewer.
2.   The “Going Pro”  Board is not intended for discussion of existing brewery operations, such topics are more appropriate for the Brewers Association Forum
3.   Any discussion of pricing of supplies, product, etc. on the “Going Pro” Board are strictly banned to avoid infraction of anti-competitive laws. Posts violating this ban will be removed immediately.
4.   Solicitation of funds is NOT allowed.  Asking how to get funds is acceptable.
5.   All rules applying to the general AHA Forum also apply to the "Going Pro" Board.

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