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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.

Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 01:33:58 PM »
Is there a way to buy just an extra banquet ticket if I've already purchased the full package (including banquet ticket)?
Space in the banquet is very limited, so for the time being banquet tickets are only available to those registered for a full conference or social package.

Events / National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:12:51 PM »
Brew's up! There's still time to secure your place at the 2015 National Homebrewers Conference, June 11-13 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego.

With 60 seminars, 80 speakers, 17+ hours of Homebrew Expo & Social Club, as well as dozens of San Diego's 90+ breweries pouring their beers at the Welcome Reception, this year's conference promises to be a truly memorable event.

Registration is first-come, first-served, and capacity is limited so register soon! You must be an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member to register.

Details and registration information can be found at

Equipment and Software / Re: sanke keg conversion
« on: March 12, 2015, 02:04:16 PM »
The first task is to ensure you have properly obtained that sanke keg.  Unless you actually purchased it from the brewery (paying a deposit on a keg is not the same as purchasing a keg) or from a keg manufacturer, the keg is probably stolen.  This is a very major issue for the brewing industry.  Actually the lead story on right now is on this very issue:

Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 11, 2015, 09:19:46 PM »
I personally have stayed at the Town and Country at least six times, probably more and always have had a great experience.  While in past stays some of the rooms were a bit dated, I never experienced any issues with dirty rooms or pests.  All of the rooms in the two hotel towers (representing the vast majority of rooms) were renovated two years ago, so should be in good condition.

In addition to holding the AHA Conference at the Town and Country previously, the Brewers Association has hosted the Craft Brewers Conference there three times--I'm sure the CBC would return if it could still fit there.  We've had great service from the staff at the Town and Country for our events, and they love our attendees.

As has been mentioned in this thread, the Town and Country is in San Diego's Hotel Circle.  Once the Town and Country fills up (and it will), we will be releasing overflow hotel info with group rates for the AHA Conference at surrounding hotels.  We'll also have shuttles running from overflow hotels to the Town and Country.

I am quite certain everyone attending this years conference will have a great experience.  I know I can't wait to be back in San Diego.

See you there! 

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / AHA Homebrewer Survey
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:42:56 PM »
The American Homebrewers Association is currently conducting a survey of homebrewers, including many AHA members.  The link for the survey is going out by email. Though the message is not coming from an email address, it is indeed a legit survey and I encourage any members that receive the survey to respond, as the survey is intended to help the AHA better serve your needs.


Questions about the forum? / Re: Question About Household Member
« on: February 24, 2015, 12:17:03 AM »
Yes, Household members are members and are eligible for conference registration.

Zymurgy / Re: ezymurgy on a desk top
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:52:46 PM »
I just open eZymurgy on my laptop using Chrome.  You do need to be logged in to in order to view eZymurgy.  If it's not a log-in issue, try another browser.  I believe there are issues when using older versions of Internet Explorer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: induction cookers?
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:38:32 PM »
We have a presentation from the 2013 AHA National Homebrewers Conference on brewing with induction available for AHA members to download.

Go to

Click the 2013 tab and look for "Brewing with Induction Josh Weikert."

Zymurgy / Re: How long till I get my first issue
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:21:21 PM »
Welcome to the AHA! 

The March/April issue mails February 20.

You can find the magazine mail dates posted on at


General Homebrew Discussion / USDA Cites AHA & Homebrewing In Report
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:33:07 PM »
Check out this report from USDA on usage of malting barley:

Here's a quote:

In November 2013, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) released the results of its nationwide survey of homebrewers. The AHA survey found that there are an estimated 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States who collectively produced more than 2 million barrels of beer (Brewers Association, 2013). This is a small, though nontrivial, proportion of all beer brewed in the United States (approximately 1 percent). Notably, estimates of homebrewer production and ingredient use are not captured by the TTB monthly brewing statistics. Furthermore, the typical homebrewer is thought to be less efficient and more likely to use malt extract and a greater proportion of imported ingredients than the typical craft brewer. Estimates of homebrewer domestic malt use range from 1 to 3 percent of total commercial brewer use (as reported by TTB), depending on assumptions of relative efficiency and use of malt to malt extracts. The more conservative 1 percent augmentation to total ingredients use is applied here and serves to increase total malt and malt products use by 40.5 million pounds or the equivalent of 1.13 million bushels of malt barely in 2014.

Previously, USDA did not give much if any consideration to commercial craft brewers, let alone homebrewers, since the large brewers have traditionally used such a large percentage of the domestic malt production.  It's good to see homebrewers are getting some recognition and that the research the AHA does on homebrewing is getting this kind of use. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: what are cold crash and whirlpool?
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:00:21 PM »
The AHA does have a dictionary of brewing terms in the Homebrewopedia wiki:

I just checked and neither of those two terms are posted there as of yet.  It's a wiki so anyone can add terms to the list if you see something that is missing.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: rehydrated dry yeast temperature shock
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:22:36 PM »
I've heard a wine kit rep argue that the loss of yeast to temperature sheer is so great that they recommend not rehydrating dried yeast at all.  I think that's a bit extreme and really assuming that most homebrewers/winemakers can't follow good yeast handling practices.  I'd think your best results would be from rehydrating with a rehydration nutrient like Go-Ferm and letting it cool to your wort temp before pitching.  With such a small volume, it shouldn't take that long to cool.

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