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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: February 25, 2011, 06:41:29 PM »
SB 444 has been assigned to the House Business & Labor Committee.  No date for a hearing yet, but that could come at any time, so now is the time for Oregon residents to start contacting the committee members, as well as the Representatives for their districts asking them to support the bill.  See the Action Alert we just sent to Oregon AHA members:

The Pub / Re: does your state have a malt beverage association?
« on: February 23, 2011, 05:39:25 PM »
Most, if not all states (probably all states) have a beer wholesalers association.  They are essentially lobbying organizations aimed at promoting beer wholesaler interests in the state legislature.  These wholesaler associations are among the most influential lobbying organizations in the states, they tend to be well funded and have a lot of clout.

This type of association is not the same thing as a brewers guild.  Guilds like the Oregon Brewers Guild primarily promote breweries within the state and help gain exposure of locally made beer and some are involved in legislative activities related to breweries.  Brewers and wholesalers/distributors do not always have the same interests, and frequently are at odds with one another.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brew schooling
« on: February 07, 2011, 09:07:53 PM »
The Institute for Brewing Studies was the division of the Association of Brewers that represented commercial breweries.  It became the Brewers Association Professional Division when the Association of Brewers and Brewers Association of America merged to become the Brewers Association.  It was not a brewing school.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: February 03, 2011, 03:15:39 PM »
Oregon residents, please contact the members of the Senate Business, Transportation and Economic Development Committee prior to their Thursday, February 10 meeting and urge them to support passage of SB 444.  See the Action Alert the AHA sent to Oregon AHA Members, clubs, homebrew shops and breweries ( for details.

The best way for non-Oregon residents to help this cause would be to forward the alert to anyone they know in Oregon that might be interested in supporting homebrewers.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring home brew at a beer event?
« on: December 15, 2010, 06:53:12 PM »
In most states, a public event that charges a fee to get in to consume alcoholic beverages where there is no additional charge per drink could not legally serve homebrew, because as an untaxed alcoholic beverage, it cannot be sold.  For example, we cannot serve homebrew at the AHA booth during the Great American Beer Festival.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Brewers Association December Legal Brief
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:35:11 PM »
The Brewers Association's monthly update for on government affairs-related issues facing the brewing industry for the month of December can be found at:

Last reminder to register as a user on the AHA Forum or before midnight Mountain Time on Nov. 30 to be included in the drawing for a trip to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, including hotel, airfare and 4-session GABF passes for two to one lucky registrant on

See for more details.

If you are already a registered user, you are automatically registered for the drawing.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beginner's Post, Seeking Vertan's Advice
« on: November 18, 2010, 09:56:51 PM »
Hi Jake,

Check out "Get Started" in the Let's Brew section of the AHA website:  You'll find info on equipment, ingredients, etc. Plus you can download a copy of Zymurgy: An Introduction To Homebrewing.

Welcome to the hobby!  If you are like most of us, it will quickly become an obsession.


Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 18, 2010, 04:54:46 PM »
To address Gordon's comment about oxidation, you could push CO2 into the keg or carboy you are racking into then start your siphon with a pump like this instead of sucking:

That way there's no danger from inhaling CO2.

Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 18, 2010, 03:26:03 PM »
...I put a keg fitting and attach it to the "out" post on my keg. With the lid firmly on, I have a qd gas fitting with a snug hose on it and put it on the gas "in" side of the keg. I suck on the hose on the C02 "in" side creating a vacuum in the keg so the beer starts flowing down the hose, into the keg, down the dip tube and with the C02 side "open" it bleeds the air in the keg to keep the flow going.

This is a great idea!  You could do the same thing when racking from a bucket to a carboy. Use a carboy cap and a second racking cane to fill the carboy, then suck on the other end of the carboy cap (or better yet, attach some hose to that end and suck on the hose) to start the flow.

Now, if I could only remember to put the fruit for my meads into a mesh bag before putting them in the bucket I'd be all set.  I've been putting the mesh bag around the bottom of my racking cane, but often have trouble maintaining the flow as the fruit and bag get sucked around the end of the cane/thimbal.  If anyone has figured out a way to deal with that, I'll be much more enthusiastic about racking that peach mead I've got going now!

Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 16, 2010, 04:52:33 PM »
I've probably gone through four auto siphons, all of which developed cracks after just a few uses.  Eventually they fall apart.  I've tried a variety of different cleaners in hopes of avoiding the cracks, but nothing has worked for me.  I've given up on using them.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Brewers Association November Legal Brief
« on: November 16, 2010, 04:42:50 PM »
The November edition of the Brewers Association's monthly updates on beer industry government affairs issues is posted at

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: USPS shipping- more legal than I thought?
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:49:47 PM »
We tried the "homebrew is not an intoxicating beverage" route with USPS a few years ago.  USPS officials referred us to the Justice Department.  Justice said no go on shipping homebrew through USPS and that the postal code would need to be changed through legislation in order to allow homebrew to be shipped via USPS.  We are pursuing the legislative route now, but it has been a painfully slow process.  For some reason, politicians seem to think the federal government has more pressing issues than shipment of homebrew.

Unfortunately, federal legislation can't fix the whole problem since states regulate the shipment of alcohol within and across their borders.


All Things Food / Re: Chili
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:08:19 PM »
I usually use porter.  I made chili last night with homebrewed American Black Ale that I brewed with home-grown hops and that didn't turn out as hoppy as I had intended.  It makes for a great cooking beer though!

Just a reminder to register as a user on the AHA Forum or before the end of the month to be included in the drawing for 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.

See for more details.

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