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Equipment and Software / Re: Auto siphon cracking
« on: November 16, 2010, 09:52:33 AM »
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, 09:42:50 AM »
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, 08:49:47 AM »
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, 08:08:19 AM »
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.

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! 

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