Here's a fast way to use the forums:
1. When you login, have it remember you so you don't have to do it next time
2. Click the "Unread" button to view the list of new topics
3. If you see a topic you want to read, click the "New" button on that topic; it will jump to the first unread post
4. When you're done reading everything interesting to you, click the "Mark all messages as read" link so that the next time you do this, you'll only see things you haven't seen before
Or you could just bookmark the Unread page http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?action=unread
and jump straight to step #3. Just hit that once a day, and you have a near TechTalk experience.