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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).

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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

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

When you initially register on the AHA Forum, it will send you to HomebrewersAssociation.org 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 HomebrewersAssociation.org.  If you change things on HomebrewersAssociation.org 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!

Cheers!
Gary

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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, www.homebrewersassociation.org, 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 (www.rssreader.com)
•   Browser-based, such as Google Reader (www.google.com/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 http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php 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 http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?type=rss;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 (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?type=rss;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 http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=1.0).
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: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=1.0;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.

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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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You must be a registered user to create/reply to posts on the AHA Forum.  See www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3025.0 for instructions on how to register.

Create A New Topic
1.   Select the Board (Boards are represented by envelopes on the main page of the forum, e.g. “General Homebrew Discussion”, “All Grain Brewing”, “Extract/Partial Mash Brewing”) most relevant to the topic you wish to post about. 
2.   Click “notify” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of topics. 
3.   Enter your subject and the text of your post in the appropriate fields.

Reply To An Existing Topic
1.   Select the Topic (Topics are the threads within each Board) you wish to reply to.
2.   Click “reply” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of topics. 
3.   Enter your subject and the text of your post in the appropriate fields.

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The AHA Forum software allows you to set up email notifications when posts are made to Boards (Boards are represented by envelopes on the main page of the forum, e.g. “General Homebrew Discussion”, “All Grain Brewing”, “Extract/Partial Mash Brewing”) or Topics (Topics are the threads within each Board). 

You must be a registered user to set up notifications.  See www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3025.0 for instructions on how to register.

Board Notifications
To receive a notification every time a new topic is posted to a specific Board, open that Board from the AHA Forum main page, then click “notify” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of topics.  Once you have clicked “notify”, you will receive an email notification to the email address you used for your AHA Forum/HomebrewersAssociation.org registration every time a new Topic is posted to that Board.  NOTE: notifications for Boards only notify you when new Topics are posted to a Board, they do not notify you if a new post is made to an existing Topic within that Board.

Topic Notifications
To receive a notification every time a new post is made within a specific Topic, open that Topic from the Board page that Topic appears in, then click “notify” from the links on the right side of the page just above the list of posts.  Once you have clicked “notify”, you will receive an email notification to the email address you used for your AHA Forum/HomebrewersAssociation.org registration every time a new Topic is posted to that Board. 

Editing Your Notifications Settings
The AHA Forum allows you to customize the notifications you receive.  You can choose from these options:
•   Receive forum announcements and important notifications by email.
•   Receive reply notification only for the first unread reply.
•   Turn notification on when you post or reply to a topic.
•   When sending notification of a reply to a topic, send the post in the email (but please don't reply to these emails.)

You can also see and edit which Boards and Topics you are following.

To edit your notification settings, click on “PROFILE” from the links menu below the header at the top of every page in the AHA Forum.  Then select “Notifications and Email” from the “Modify Profile” menu on the left side of the page.

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1. To register as a new user for the AHA forum (and HomebrewersAssociation.org) click ‘register’ link above. 
2. Select ‘Create a Profile’ to generate a new profile or set user information for an existing account if you have one. 
3. Once done, your username will be set both for HomebrewersAssociation.org and for the AHA Forum.  **However, the AHA forum registration process is not complete until a new password is set.  At the Forum login screen, select ‘Forgot your password?’ to set your AHA Forum password.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: July 07, 2010, 04:33:08 PM »
Louisiana homebrew bill HB1484, to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, was signed by Governor Jindal July 6.  Congrats to all of the Louisiana homebrewers and everyone else who contributed to make that happen this year. 

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dirk_mclargehuge has it pretty much right.  The OLCC does not make alcohol law, they enforce the laws that the legislature passes.  While they may choose to ignore a particular regulation, in this case the homebrew law, they cannot choose to not enforce the law when they are specifically asked if a certain action is legal.

Here's the statute as it stands:
>>
Oregon statute Title 37 Chapter 471 §471.403

471.403 License required to produce alcoholic liquor; exception. (1) No person
shall brew, ferment, distill, blend or rectify any alcoholic liquor unless licensed so to do
by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. However, the Liquor Control Act does not
apply to the making or keeping of naturally fermented wines and fruit juices or beer in
the home, for home consumption and not for sale.
<<

As I understand the situation in Oregon, the issue came up when a brewery contacted the OLCC to determine if there were any legal issues for them to host a homebrew competition.  The OLCC looked into and found that the statute pretty clearly states that homemade beer and wine can only be made for home consumption.  This is what prompted the state fair organizers to question whether or not they could legally hold a homebrew competition.

From what I've been told, the OLCC is supportive of changing the law so that they don't have to deal with homebrewers or homebrew competitions and can get back to their primary job of collecting taxes, license fees, and fines from alcohol beverage manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  Antagonizing the OLCC will not help our cause, we need them to support homebrew legislation in 2011.  If the OLCC chooses to oppose homebrew legislation, it will make legislators much less inclined to vote for homebrew legislation.

Ted Hausotter has posted a website to keep Oregon homebrewers apprised of what's going on: http://oregonhomebrewersalliance.org/.  It just went live so there's not much there yet, but it will be used for posting updates on the legislative process.  To date, several legislators have already indicated they would support legislation to make the homebrew law in Oregon less restrictive.  Initial language for a bill is being drafted.  So progress is being made! 

There's not a whole lot to do in terms of direct action until we get closer to the start of the 2011 legislative session.  It probably wouldn't hurt for homebrewers in Oregon to contact the state representative and senator for their district, politely point to the situation with the State Fair homebrew competition, and ask that they support legislation in the next session to allow homebrew to be served at homebrew competitions, club meetings, and other organized events.

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Events / Re: GABF and AHA Family Membership
« on: June 22, 2010, 03:14:48 PM »
For those with Family Memberships who want to purchase more than two tickets for the GABF members session (you can purchase up to four under a Family Membership), you should call the Brewers Association toll free number: 888-822-6273.  The online registration system only has the member numbers for the primary person listed on an AHA membership and will only allow that person to purchase a maximum of two tickets.

Sorry for the confusion!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: June 18, 2010, 08:25:17 AM »
Louisiana House unanimously passed the Senate-amended version of homebrew bill HB1484 this morning.  It now moves on to the Governor to sign or veto.  If it becomes law, it will allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events to be served at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, passed the Senate yesterday by unanimous vote.

Hope you are reading this from the totally awesome National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis.

Cheers!
Gary Glass
AHA Director

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: June 17, 2010, 07:12:27 AM »
Louisiana homebrew bill HB1484, to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, passed the Senate yesterday by unanimous vote. The bill was slightly amended in Senate committee and so needs to go back to the House for a vote on the amended version.  Once the House re-passes the bill, it will move on to the Governor's office.

Cheers from the National Homebrewers Conference!
Gary Glass
AHA Director

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: June 09, 2010, 04:29:32 PM »
Louisiana homebrew bill HB1484, to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, passed a Senate Judiciary B Committee hearing yesterday. It now moves on to the full Senate for a vote.  We encourage Louisiana residents to contact the state Senator for their district and ask them to support this bill. See the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/b9WTXv for details.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: June 03, 2010, 02:49:11 PM »
The mail house that handles our member cards screwed up and resent member packs to a group that had already received packs.

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