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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home beer and wine survey- results?
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:21:21 PM »
No formal results yet.  They are still being compiled and cross referenced.  We'll post highlights from the survey once we have the final results.


Gary are you only presenting for the 2nd session again?  Tomorrow if I can get online I can post a list of who is speaking at the 1st session, though I'm sure a couple of them will be different in the 2nd session.

Yes, I'll be presenting on Thursday morning. There are a few of my colleagues from the Brewers Association, Chris Pryor, Kari Harrington and Marc Preo that will be attending the first session.

AHA Business Coordinator Steve Parr and I will be there for the second session.



I sent Melody an email last week asking who's presenting this year but there was no response.   Do you know who the other speakers are?

I'm really looking forward to seeing you guys there-


I honestly don't know who the other speakers will be.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:18:11 PM »
Thankfully most homebrewers are really great people who are happy to share their love of the hobby with fellow homebrewers.  You happened to run into a couple of the exceptions.  Homebrewer snobs do us all a great disservice by discrediting our hobby.

I started out with extract brewing 20 years ago and didn't get into all grain for many years.  With the quality of extracts available these days, you can make extract beers that taste as good if not better than all grain.  Brewing all grain gives you more control, but doesn't necessarily make you a brewer of better beer.  I still occasionally brew with extracts, and every time I do I find myself smiling at having saved myself several hours in the process.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:20:33 AM »
Next you use females on the kettle and tun and males on the hoses, or vice versa?  Edumacate me!

The female connectors tend to be more expensive, so put those where ever you will need the least of that type of connection.  In my case, I connect my pump to HLT, MT, kettle, immersion chiller whirl pool thingy (thanks Jamil!), so it makes more sense to put two female connectors on my pump hoses and male connectors everywhere else.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump disconnects
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:15:51 PM »
It's about time you spent some money on that cheap 'n' easy brew system of yours!  ;)

I used to use the polysulfone quick disconnects, but I found they got brittle and started to break over time/usage.  Now I just use brass garden hose fittings with rubber gaskets for all of my connections.  Cheaper than brass or SS QDs and nearly as easy to use.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sourdough beer
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:58:59 AM »
I've contemplated something similar.  I had an interesting experience this week with some sourdough pancakes. I swapped the sugar in my pancake recipe with honey (just a couple of tablespoons worth) and then ended up with some left over batter.  After a week, the batter and the resulting pancakes had a distinct aroma of fermenting mead.

Hmmm pancake beer: Wheat with maple syrup and sourdough yeast?

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 26, 2013, 03:48:06 PM »
I use an iPhone 4S and have no problem downloading multiple issues. I'd guess you probably need to free up some memory on your phone.  The issue files are quite large.

Thanks, I checked, but 3gb avaliable, but just to be sure, I freed up another 1/2 gb....redid the original instructions on hard restart just for grins....and, nothing.

Removing and redownloading ap is next step.

Let us know if that works.  I deleted the app, re-installed and still didn't have any problem downloading more than one issue on my 4S.  Do you know what operating system you've got?  The iOS5 fix won't be live until next week.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 26, 2013, 03:07:13 PM »
Got it for my droid phone. Screen a little too small to read with out going blind.

Will not load on iPad running iOS5

You can zoom in with the Android app.

The iOS5 fix will go live next week.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 26, 2013, 02:37:48 PM »
With my iphone 4s I was somehow able to download 1 issue, but not a second.  Upgrade made no difference....this is a bummer.

I use an iPhone 4S and have no problem downloading multiple issues. I'd guess you probably need to free up some memory on your phone.  The issue files are quite large.

I'll be there.  This will be my third year as a presenter for Hops & Brew School.  I sincerely hope that they keep asking me back because it really is a great event.

See you there!

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 03, 2013, 01:31:25 PM »
Where do we go to see the minutes of the Governing Committee meeting?  Is it available to the membership?

That hasn't happened in the past, but I know that GC chair Jake Keeler is interested in putting together a GC report for the membership that we'd probably post to a members-only page on

Events / Re: AHA Conference
« on: June 21, 2013, 10:16:14 AM »

Swing by the AHA booth at Club Night and let me know what you think of my Saison.

See ya in Philly!

I'll be looking to sample your saison and be super critical of that chin hair that you sport.

Where do you think I got the yeast for my Saison?   ;)

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:58:16 AM »
Oh, and I forgot to mention that the AHA GC Competition Subcommittee has put together a survey to gather AHA members' feedback on their priorities for the National Homebrew Competition, which will help in deciding what steps we will take for future competitions.  Look for that to be sent via email shortly after next week's National Homebrewers Conference.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:55:44 AM »
We head in to Philadelphia next week for the National Homebrewers Conference. Before the start of the conference we have the annual AHA Governing Committee meeting--the one in-person meeting for the committee (the GC holds monthly conference calls, plus additional subcommittee conference calls, and daily exchanges via email).  The National Homebrew Competition will be a major topic of discussion for the group.

I'd like to thank the many AHA members who have posted some very thoughtful ideas on how to handle the NHC's growth in this thread.  The AHA GC Competition Subcommittee has contemplated many of the ideas posted here.

I'd also like to take a moment to thank Geoff Humphrey, the developer of the competition registration and database system we used for this year's competition. While I dropped the ball in not insisting upon a more thorough testing regime, Geoff has stuck with the AHA staff throughout and put in many hours on fixes and improvements to the software.  Thank you Geoff!

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