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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Strange Pour
« on: November 08, 2010, 05:25:03 PM »
You might try swapping the kegs to see if it has anything to do with the beer or the keg you are using. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Strange Pour
« on: November 08, 2010, 01:11:48 PM »
Check out the Brewers Association Draught Quality Manual to help you balance your system and get the right pour.  You can download the manual for free.  It's pretty comprehensive.

Gary...when I win will you tell my wife she can't come.  She's not a beer drinker and it seems wrong to bring her :)

Thank you AHA!!!

Perhaps a trip to GABF is just what she needs to cure her!

Hi All,

If you're reading this message, but haven't yet registered as a user on the AHA Forum or (both are the same registration), now would be a good time to do so. 

We will be giving away a trip to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, including hotel, airfare and 4-session GABF passes for two to one lucky registrant on  You must be registered as a user on the site by midnight Mountain Time November 30 to be entered in the drawing. 

Those loyal users who have already registered on the AHA Forum or are automatically entered into the drawing.

See for more details.


Homebrew Clubs / 501(c)7 Clubs Must File with IRS - Deadline 10.15.10
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:28:14 AM »
I've recently been contacted by a couple of clubs regarding requirements by the IRS for 501(c)7 Social Clubs to file an annual e-post card.  It seems that back in 2008, the IRS added the requirement for an annual filing, but did not do a very good job of making the applicable clubs aware of the new requirement.  While there is no fee for failure to file, failure to file for three consecutive years will result in a loss of tax exempt status.  So, if your club has is a 501(c)7 and hasn't filed a form 990 for 2007, 2008, or 2009, your club may need to do so ASAP.  The IRS deadline to file is 10/15/2010 for the year 2009 (note this is an extension from the normal filing date, which is the 15th of the 5th month after the year you are filing for).

See,,id=225959,00.html?portlet=7 for more information on the October 15 deadline. 

Most 501(c)7 clubs, will simply need to submit an 8 question e-postcard:,,id=169250,00.html. The questions are:

   1. Employer identification number (EIN), also known as a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)).
   2. Tax year
   3. Legal name and mailing address
   4. Any other names the organization uses
   5. Name and address of a principal officer
   6. Web site address if the organization has one
   7. Confirmation that the organization’s annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less
   8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts
« on: October 12, 2010, 01:53:59 PM »
Stupid question but I am a relatively new card holding AHA member; is there other members only sections of this website?

Yes, the Commercial Calibration section of Zymurgy is Members-Only.  So members can see the judge comments of every beer our Commercial Calibration judge team has reviewed in Zymurgy.  You can find Commercial Calibration at

You need to be registered on the website (which you are if you've posted to the Forum) and have your site registration linked to your AHA membership.  You can find instructions for linking your membership in the site FAQ:


Find the latest Government Affairs news affecting the US beer world at:

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation chamber ideas
« on: September 30, 2010, 03:09:30 PM »
It's been a very long time since I took thermodynamics.  Anyone have a calculation for determining how many BTUs of cooling power would be needed for a fermentation chamber?  I've seen some online for choosing an air conditioner with various parameters for size of room, windows, etc, but I don't think those are really applicable here, since with a fermentation chamber you may wish to cool to 30 deg. F.

Questions about the forum? / Re: renewing online
« on: September 30, 2010, 01:21:38 PM »
Hi Ken,

I checked with our web department on this. The login is a security feature of the online store that cannot be disabled for any particular type of transaction. We are working towards incorporating a single sign on for membership renewal and access to the website, but there are several steps that must take place before that can happen.  The single sign-on won't happen until sometime next year at the earliest.

If you prefer not to create a login for the online store, you can always renew by calling our toll free number 888-822-6273 (888 U CAN BREw) 8AM-5PM Mountain time.

Thanks for your membership!

The Pub / Re: GABF Members-only Entrance
« on: September 21, 2010, 09:11:50 AM »
With the amount of beer around Denver last week, it would have been easy to put out a hair or beard fire! 

The Pub / Re: GABF Members-only Entrance
« on: September 17, 2010, 09:44:23 AM »
Just go to the GABF Will Call booth in the convention center and show your member card to get your tickets stamped.  The members line starts inside the Colorado Convention Center lobby (enter near the big blue bear).

The Pub / Re: Boulder wildfire
« on: September 07, 2010, 12:34:14 PM »
The fires are in the foothills just west of Boulder.  The Brewers Association office is not in any danger.

You likely did see Paul.  He and his family had to evacuate their home in Sunshine Canyon yesterday.  Thankfully he and his family are safe and as far as we know his house is still standing, though others in his neighborhood are not so lucky.

Gary Glass
AHA Director
Boulder, CO

Questions about the forum? / Re: Why sign in twice?
« on: August 27, 2010, 02:33:17 PM »
While they look alike, and the AHA Forum are actually two different sites. 

When you initially register on the AHA Forum, it will send you to to register.  Your user name and password gets pushed to the AHA Forum, but it only works one way. If you change your user name and/or password on the Forum, it will not update your username and/or password on  If you change things on it should carry over to the AHA Forum.

We'll be switching to a new association database in early 2011.  We're looking into adding a single sign-on for all of the AHA web properties including the Homebrewopedia and Club Resources wikis at some point after the new database is in place.  Hopefully sooner than later!


An RSS feed allows you to follow what is being posted on the AHA Forum, without being on the Forum and looking through every Board.  An example of an RSS feed of the AHA Forum can be found on the homepage of the AHA’s website,, under the AHA Forum banner, where you’ll find links to the 10 most recent posts to the Forum. With the AHA Forum, you can set up an RSS feed for the entire forum, or for individual Boards on the forum, so you can follow everything, or just specific Board subject areas you are interested in.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and allows updates from websites, blogs, forums, etc. to be "consumed" using an RSS reader or aggregator. Put simply, a user “subscribes” to a site or source of interest to them using an RSS feed.  The feed provides the subscriber with a short synopsis of recent site updates. The user can then read just the synopsis or click a link to the full article.

There are several benefits that RSS provides:
•   Publishers can “push” content to subscribers at the instant the content is available
•   Subscribers can keep up with content updates from a site without visiting the site directly, and at a frequency that best meets their needs (real-time, every few hours, daily, etc.)
•   An RSS reader can collect and organize as many RSS feeds as desired, allowing the user to “aggregate” feeds from favorite news sites, blogs, and discussion boards in a single place

Most sites provide easy identification of RSS capability using the RSS symbol .  You can see the symbol in your web browser’s address bar (to the right of the URL) in any of the AHA Forum pages, including this one.  NOTE: it is recommended to upgrade to the latest version of your browser, as older versions may not recognize if a site is RSS-capable.

To consume these RSS feeds one must have a reader/aggregator. There are several free choices available to subscribers, including:
•   Standalone software programs, like RSS Reader (
•   Browser-based, such as Google Reader (; also has a mobile version for smartphones)
•   Built-in readers included in new releases of popular browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox
•   Built-in readers in email programs like Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Mac OSX Mail

The instructions below are specific to, Outlook 2007.  Instructions for other readers are available on their sites and within their documentation.

Add the AHA Forum RSS feed to Outlook:
1.   Go to in Firefox or Internet Explorer and look for the RSS feed logo in the browser's address bar or toolbar. Click on that symbol and if given options select RSS 2.0
2.   You are then presented with the RSS feed data and usually a button or link that allows you to subscribe to it. We will ignore that button/link for now.
3.   In the address bar, you will see the link to the RSS feed, which in this case is;action=.xml. Make note of that or copy it into your clipboard for later.
4.   In Outlook, scroll down your list of messages and folders in the main mailbox and find "RSS Feeds"
5.   Right click on "RSS Feeds" and select "Add a New RSS Feed".
6.   A pop-up window appears with a text box. In this text box type or paste the link for the feed (;action=.xml). Select Add.
7.   Another window appears with three options, Advanced, Yes, or No. Select Yes. If you are curious about the other options, feel free to investigate.
8.   Once you select Yes, the feed folder is listed under the RSS Feeds folder and you will see items appear in the new folder.
9.   Now, go to one of those items and you will see a synopsis or preview of the entry. You can select the link and your browser will take you to the full article.
10.   You have now added your first RSS feed!
Couple of interesting items to note in using Outlook as an RSS reader:
•   As well as reading new listings in Outlook, you can select to sort by Subject just as you do with emails. Topics are then grouped together, which is great for monitoring postings in the AHA Forum.
•   Once these feeds are established in Outlook, they will appear in web mail as well. You cannot add them in web mail, though.

Add an RSS feed of a specific AHA Forum Board to Outlook:
1.   Open the Board in the AHA Forum you wish to follow with RSS.
2.   Copy the URL for that Board from the address bar (for example, the URL for the General Homebrew Discussion Board is
3.   In Outlook, scroll down your list of folders in the main mailbox and find "RSS Feeds"
4.   Right click on "RSS Feeds" and select "Add a New RSS Feed".
5.   A pop-up window appears with a text box. In this text box type or paste the URL for the Forum Board you wish to add, then paste the following extension on to the end of the URL: ";type=rss;action=.xml" (For the General Homebrew Discussion Board you would use:;type=rss;action=.xml). Select Add.
6.   Another window appears with three options, Advanced, Yes, or No. Select Yes.
7.   Once you select Yes, the feed folder is listed under the RSS Feeds folder and you will see items appear in the new folder.
8.   To add additional Board feeds to the same folder, follow directions 1-5 above, then choose the Advanced option and change the folder to whichever folder you wish the new feed to appear in.  Click OK, then click Yes.

We looked into making the NHC database into something that could be made available to a broader array of competitions a while back.  The NHC is a rather specialized competition, so while it works well for the NHC, it wouldn't work well for most other competitions.  Beyond that, we realized that we really didn't have the means of offering tech support for a competition database.  It's a lot to ask of a volunteer to create a database that could be widely used in many different competition scenarios and provide tech support into the future.  If someone is interested in doing that, great!

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