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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!

Events / AHA Conference
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:01:01 AM »
Just a few days away from the start of the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference in Philly!  We are all super psyched for this year's conference.  I hope all of you that are going are as excited as we are for what is almost assuredly going to be the largest single gathering of homebrewers ever.

We have heard some confusion from some of those registered for the "Full Conference Almost" package. This package does allow access to everything included with the Full Conference registration, with the exception of the Thursday seminars (all of which are repeated later in the week).  So it includes access to the HomebrewExpo, which opens at noon on Thursday, Pro-Brewers Night and the late-night Liberty Well Social Club. We have limited seminar space on Thursday (I wasn't anticipating 3400 attendees back when we were looking at this property in 2009/2010), so simply couldn't accommodate as many people as we are able to get in on Friday and Saturday.

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

See ya in Philly!

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:21:33 PM »
The Android app's release is imminent, but unfortunately a technical issue with the Apple version has delayed its release until sometime next week.

Zymurgy / Re: Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:18:31 PM »
2 - Will it be available in the Amazon store for Kindle Fire?

We're looking into whether or not we can get the Android version in the Amazon store.  Amazon does not make it easy to add new apps to their store.

I gather that the browser that comes with Kindles does not play well with eZymurgy, either. 

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:13:05 AM »
That's what I meant by Apple store, it should work with iWhateverAppleDeviceYouUse.  :)

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: June 18, 2013, 07:04:20 AM »
It should be hitting the Apple store within the next few days. The Android version will be available shortly there after.

Equipment and Software / Re: Buidling a Cooler Mash Tun...PLEASE HELP
« on: June 07, 2013, 01:29:27 PM »
It sounds like the hole for the drain spout in your cooler is larger than the one used in the video.  The mini keg bung should fit pretty snugly on its own without the sealant. 

If it is indeed too big for the mini keg bung, you could use a cooler bulkhead fitting that you could attach a ball valve to. Something like this:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 5 gallon plastic kegs
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:42:44 AM »
I'd be wary of plastic kegs.  There have been multiple incidents of plastic kegs exploding at breweries in the last couple of years, including one incident resulting in a fatality.  Many of the plastic kegs in the commercial market are intended for one use, to be recycled after that use.  These kegs are not designed to go through multiple cleaning/filling/pressurizing steps.

From what I have heard, plastic kegs have a much lower max pressure than SS sankey or corny kegs, so extra precaution should be taken to ensure CO2 equipment is set up and working properly when using plastic kegs.

Zymurgy / Re: May/June viewing issue
« on: May 21, 2013, 07:41:36 AM »
Has there been any update on an Android app for eZymurgy?

We should be beta testing it this week, with anticipated launch in mid-June along with an Apple version.

Zymurgy / Re: May/June viewing issue
« on: May 21, 2013, 07:19:52 AM »
Yes, there is an issue with viewing eZymurgy on iPad and iPhone mobile devices. The service provider made some upgrades that are now causing issues with iPad and iPhone devices, but is working to fix those issues.  They expect to have the issue resolved soon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cowboy Brewers
« on: May 17, 2013, 08:47:39 AM »
I wonder if Gary knew there would be a low signal to noise ratio on this thread?

It has been funny.

Damn you all! I've had Steve Miller Band stuck in my head all week!  ;D

The Illinois Senate passed homebrewing rights bill HB630 today, sending it on to the Governor. The bill formally legalizes transport of homebrew for club meetings and competitions and allows homebrew shops to hold brewing demonstrations and offer samples to customers.

The Missouri Senate rejected an amendment added by the House to a similar homebrew bill that would grant sweeping powers to the state's alcohol beverage distributors. The homebrew bill could still survive if the House votes in favor of Senate version of the bill before the 2013 session ends Friday, May 17.

General Homebrew Discussion / Cowboy Brewers
« on: May 13, 2013, 10:01:00 AM »
I just got a call from American Cowboy Magazine. They are looking for a homebrewer that fits the American cowboy mold to interview for a story they are doing on homebrewing. PM me if you are interested.

Does anybody know what is going on with the Kansas home brew bill?

As of July 1, will there be any other states where competitions are illegal?  Hmm.

The Kansas bill is indeed dead. It got off to a bit of a late start. There was an attempt to get it added on to another bill, but that procedure was determined to be in violation of legislature rules.

There is currently legislation pending in Illinois and Missouri that would legalize transport of homebrew for competitions, club meetings, etc. The Missouri House may have doomed the MO legislation by tacking on an amendment dealing with beer wholesalers. I have not yet seen the text of that amendment.

Georgia and Iowa both passed homebrew transportation bills earlier this year.  I know there is a bill drafted in Ohio, but I haven't heard the status on that in a while.  There likely are other states with transport issues, but we've come a long way in the last few years.

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