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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership referral
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:30:41 PM »
My buddy is interested in joining the AHA.  Is there a referral program for members?

The idea has come up for discussion, but we do not have a referral program in place at this time.  That may be something we integrate into a future version of the soon to be released Brew Guru app.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: June 17, 2016, 05:35:47 PM »
I am looking to purchase an AHA membership on Amazon since I have a gift card. It is not resold so it is sold directly by AHA. Is there a way to still get the promotional hops that are currently being offered? Is there a way to get the eZymurgy only option?

You would not be able to enter the promo code when redeaming a gift card purchased from Amazon, and the Digital-Only membership is not available via Amazon.  Your best option would be to buy a Digital-Only membership from and enter the promo code for the offer with your purchase. 

The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: June 03, 2016, 02:40:19 PM »
Thick Ass Stout by Skankin' Pickle is my official theme song.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Zaith Weizen as first brew
« on: May 11, 2016, 02:24:56 PM »
I think that is a good recipe to start off with.  It limits the variables by not including any specialty grains to steep and has just one hop addition.  I'm a big fan of keeping it as simple as possible for your first batch.  From there you can launch into whatever you feel comfortable with.

Don't worry too much about the hops.  With this recipe, you're just doing a bittering addition, so the exact hops don't matter all that much.  I'd steer away from more pungent hops like Chinook or Columbus, but you don't have to limit yourself to Perle or Liberty either.

Events / Re: PNWHC -- Anyone else going?
« on: March 02, 2016, 12:12:42 AM »
I'll be there.  I'm giving a brief presentation prior to the Friday night dinner.

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA App Survey
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:58:55 PM »
The American Homebrewers Association is working on a new app for homebrewers and we want your help in figuring out exactly what direction we want to take with it.  Make your voice heard, take this quick survey:


Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegging for twerps
« on: September 29, 2015, 08:45:05 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Gordon Strong Presentation on Dubbels
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:24:57 PM »
I'm getting an error message on the link: "The page you were looking for was not found. It may have been moved, or the filename may have changed."

There was an extra period in the URL, try this:

Beer Recipes / Re: Gordon Strong Presentation on Dubbels
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:11:06 PM »
I got this response from Gordon:


It's old, and one of (if not the) first public presentations I gave on beer.  Comments refer to 1999 guidelines, and it's before the modern candi syrups were available so more flavors came from malt than sugar.  Interesting to see that I was doing my RO water thing back in 2002.  In my new book, I have two dubbel recipes comparing the kind of recipe shown in the presentation (specialty malt driven) with modern (authentic?) versions (dark syrup driven).  More of what I have to say on the differences in recipes is there.  pp. 227-231.

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 06:03:32 PM »
Homebrew will be plentiful at the National Homebrewers Conference! 

We do have to deal with an unfortunate law that was passed after we booked the conference, but it's not a huge issue, and I still think that San Diego is a great place to host the National Homebrewers Conference.

The legal issue is that homebrew and commercially produced beer cannot be served in the same place. Either can be consumed anywhere within the conference.  For the Homebrew Expo, half the hall will be dedicated to vendors serving professionally brewed craft beer, the other half will house the Social Club and vendors serving homebrew.  You can walk between them with beer in your glass no problem, it's just a matter of what gets serve where. 

Likewise with seminars, we will have seminar rooms where homebrew will be served and other rooms where commercially-made craft beer will be served.  What is in your glass when you walk into those rooms is your business.

We are looking into the situation for the banquet.  As Denny mentioned, there's no way we can manage a multi-course beer paired meal for 1600+ people solely with homebrew.  With Lagunitas sponsoring this year's conference I'm confident there will be great tasting beer served during the banquet.  While I am doubtful that California ABC will be amenable, we are looking into whether attendees bringing their own beers to share with their friends (i.e. not serving to random attendees as with Club Night) during the banquet is okay. 

Every state has laws that create challenges for hosting a conference that is all about beer and where both commercially made beer and homebrew are served.  No state will allow us to do everything we'd like to do if we could.  We can deal with that. 

Seriously, San Diego is going to be awesome.  The logistical issues we have to deal with due to California law will be minor and I really don't expect it to have much if any impact on the great time attendees are going to have at the conference. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Homebrew + sanke + EV
« on: May 01, 2015, 03:24:19 PM »
I think it has to be said that this arrangement could result in a lot of problems for you and the pub, including the pub potentially losing its license to sell.

Indeed, a retailer cannot legally serve unlicensed, untaxed beer and homebrewers cannot legally receive any compensation (not just monetary) for their beer.

There have been several recent incidents where retailers have been caught serving unlicensed beer from local homebrewers.  The result has been much greater scrutiny of the homebrewing community by state alcohol control regulators.

Equipment and Software / Re: cooler adaption
« on: March 25, 2015, 09:22:52 PM »
We've got a video on how to make Denny Conn's "Cheap 'n' Easy" cooler mashtun set up on the AHA website: Click on How To Build A Mashtun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership tax deductible?
« on: March 23, 2015, 11:28:03 PM »
The AHA is a division of the Brewers Association, which is a 501(C)6 Not-For-Profit organization.  We are not a 501(C)3 charity, so your membership dues are not tax deductible.

Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 20, 2015, 10:06:13 PM »
Any idea when the other contract hotels with shuttles will be announced. May want to opt for one of those if the price is the same.
Overflow hotel information will be posted once the conference block at the Town & Country is filled.  It is definitely filling up though.

Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 11:37:31 PM »
The AHA mailing software has a fatal bug in that unsubscribing from receiving AHA spam also unsubscribes one from receiving notification about NHC hotels after remitting payment.  All of the good rooms in the Town and Country are booked.  I remitted payment on the 5th.  Someone should have noticed this impedance mismatch.

If you unsubscribe from AHA/Brewers Association emails, our email service will prevent you from receiving any emails sent via the service--that's exactly how it is supposed to work.  Rather than unsubscribing you can "manage your subscription preferences" (at the bottom of all emails there are links to unsubscribe and manage your preferences) to limit the emails you receive.  To resubscribe, fill in your email address in the "Sign Up For Our Newsletter" field at the bottom right of any page on and hit submit.  You'll get an auto generated email response with a link that allows you to opt-out of specific emails.

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