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Water Made Easy

  • Speaker: Roy Roberts
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Beer consists mostly of water. Most homebrewers understand the vital importance of brewing water but can be intimidated by the wealth of information available. This talk will focus on simple steps that all-grain brewers can take with regard to their water so they can make better beer.

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Becoming a Better Beer Judge

  • Speaker: Amanda Burkemper
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

Becoming a BJCP judge is hard enough, but it’s after you become a judge that the learning really begins. Why is that, and what can we do to become a better beer judge? Entrants pay money to enter competitions, and we owe it to them to offer the best score…

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Ask The Experts

  • Speakers: Brad SmithJohn Palmer & Jamil Zainasheff
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

No homebrewing topic is off limits in this interactive Q&A panel with homebrewing luminaries Brad Smith, Jamil Zainasheff, and John Palmer. Lamenting on lagers? Interested in isinglass? Curious about carbonation? Puzzled about Pediococcus? Overanalyzing alpha acids? Bring your toughest homebrewing or professional brewing riddles and see what advice these experts…

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Brewing up a Non-Alcoholic Beer

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Learn about unusual strains like Saccharomyces ludwigii that can help you brew low-alcohol beer.


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British Fungus: Brettanomyces in British Brewing

  • Speaker: Ron Pattinson
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

This talk examines the use of Brettanomyces in UK brewing, covers the styles in which it occurred historically, and discusses modern uses of this secondary conditioning yeast. Suggested beer pairing to follow along with: Any stock pale ale, Brewery Yard

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Finings and Related Additions in Mead

  • Speaker: Tom Repas
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Fining agents are most often thought of as being used for clarification, but they have many other purposes in mead. This presentation explores the various options available for fining and clarifying mead, including the bentonite, gelatin, casein, PVPP, chitosan, silicasol/kieselsol, Sparkalloid, and enzymes. We’ll also discuss using additions to address…

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Food Fermentation Concepts for Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Sandor Katz
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

In addition to brewing beer, fermentation more broadly is an essential aspect of how people everywhere make effective use of food resources. Fermentation can preserve food and make it more digestible, more nutritious, more delicious, and, in some applications, less toxic. Come learn how easy it is to ferment vegetables,…

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Hop Topic! Making Sense of Terpens, Thiols, and Biotransformation in the Quest for Unique Hop Expression

  • Speaker: Mike Brennan
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2020

Brewing modern, hop-forward beer styles requires us to look beyond alpha acids and focus on hop oils, their constituents, and how addition timing and fermentation processes affect hop aroma. Centered around the latest hops research, we will examine several families of hop compounds and their contributions to bitterness, flavor, and…

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In the Kitchen with Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo and Adam Dulye

  • Speakers: Adam DulyeNatalie CilurzoVinnie Cilurzo
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Join Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Co. and Brewers Association Executive Chef Adam Dulye as they walk you through two homebrew recipes from Russian River and four recipes paired to the beers from Adam. Homebrew, culinary and pairing tips, tricks, and stories about! The homebrew and beer recipes…

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Keynote

  • Speaker: Bailey Spaulding & Gary Glass
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2020

Bailey Spaulding, CEO and Co-Founder of Jackalope Brewing Co. in Nashville, TN presents the Homebrew Con 2020 Keynote Address. In 2006, while attending Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, Bailey Spaulding began homebrewing and writing her own recipes. By 2009, Bailey realized her passion was brewing beer (and less…

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Lager Brewing Techniques: Fermentation, Decoction mashing, and Hopping

  • Speakers: Ashleigh CarterBob HallJesse Brown
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Lager beers require different methods than the more commonly made ales. This talk will discuss the rationale and approaches for these methods and show how they can easily be applied in the homebrewery to make traditional lager beers. We will present three separate, short, linked talks covering fermentation, decoction mashing,…

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Méthode Traditionelle: Brewing in the Champagne Method

  • Speaker: Annie Johnson
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Join Annie Johnson as she explores the magnificent symbiosis between beer brewing and sparkling wine production. Discover how you can use the traditional Champagne method to produce amazing Champagne-inspired beers. Suggested Beer Pairing DeuS Brut de Flandres from Browerij Bosteels…

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Oven Beers: Historical Brewing Techniques

  • Speaker: Lars Marius Garshol
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Eastern Europe is home to a large family of beers where the brewing process makes use of the great Russian oven. These beers are fundamentally different from western European beers. This talk covers a few examples of oven-based beers, including Lithuanian keptinis, Russian farmhouse ale, and a few other examples.

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Practicing Precise Packaging Tips & Tricks for Bottling and Kegging

  • Speaker: Kyle Nordquist
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Never fear under- or over-carbonated beer again! Learn how to precisely package your finished beer into all types of bottles or kegs (or from kegs into bottles) and uncover an assortment of additional tips and tricks to minimize headaches between the finished ferment and drinking your brew. Whether submitting for…

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Recreating the Original India Pale Ale

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

The story of the beloved IPA (India pale ale) is clouded with misinformation, poor presumptions, and lack of documentation. This seminar will tell the story of the IPA’s rise to popularity in the 18th century, how it was made, and how it likely tasted. Like its history, the original IPA was…

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Stewarding Quality in the Malt & Hop Supply Chain

  • Speaker: John Mallett
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

The supply chains that successfully deliver malt and hops to brewers are long and complex. Managing great quality in agricultural raw materials involves aspects of breeding, commercialization, growing, processing, packaging, storage, and transportation. Join John Mallett as we journey along those paths with a particular focus on food safety, communication,…

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The Science and Art of Blending Hops

  • Speaker: Stan Hieronymus
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Hop vendors continue to provide brewers with more information about the compounds in a particular lot of hops, while researchers study the aromas and flavors those compounds might provide. But when a brewer is considering blending Saaz with Citra or using Aramis instead of Strisselspalt, it is essential to also…

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The Wonderful World of Kveik

  • Speaker: Chris Saunders
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Recent years have witnessed a huge amount of interest in these Norwegian yeasts. Kveik takes everything we thought we knew about brewing and flips it on its head.


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Using Common Sensory: Organzing Beer Sensory Experiences to Improve Your Palate

  • Speaker: Jen Blair
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Performing sensory analysis can seem intimidating to many people who would like to improve their palates but aren’t sure where or how to start. Learning more about beer ingredients while expanding your beer vocabulary and tasting ability is not only fun but also approachable. It can even be affordable once…

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Yeast Blending: Building the Perfect New England IPA

  • Speaker: Sam Wineka
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Join Sam Wineka, lab manager of Bootleg Biology, to discuss all the benefits of blending yeasts in brewing. Learn why you might want to consider blending strains in your next brew and how to maintain a practical yeast bank at home. Lastly, explore how you might build a yeast blend…

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7 Hops: Bitter Sisters Who Reveal the Secrets of Humulus lupulus

  • Speaker: Stan Hieronymus
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

How should you use a hop you’ve never heard of? Why are New World hops different? What’s a thiol? How come nobody warned us about hop creep? We’ll consider these questions, talk about the latest scientific research, and vote for the most important hop ever after getting up close and…

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Ask the Experts Panel

  • Speakers: Brad SmithDrew BeechumJohn Palmer
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

No homebrewing topic is off limits in this interactive Q&A panel with homebrewing luminaries Brad Smith, John Palmer, and Drew Beechum. Lamenting on lagers? Interested in isinglass? Curious about carbonation? Puzzled about Pediococcus? Overanalyzing alpha acids? Bring your toughest homebrewing riddles and see what advice these experts can give.

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Automated Brewing and Electrical Safety for Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Peter Bruno & Geoff Parkins
  • Track: Do-It-Yourself
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Many DIY brewers are learning about microcontrollers, advanced temperature control, flow measurement and control, volume sensing, and dissolved oxygen measurement to improve quality and ensure consistency from batch to batch. We will discuss the capabilities and advantages of automation, from simple temperature control to fully automated breweries. The second half…

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Beer School: Homebrew Tips from Brewing College and Pro Brewer Experience

  • Speaker: James Czar
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

In his two-year journey to a brewing science degree, and in his time as a professional brewer, James has had many “Aha!” moments—times when he realized that a specific technique or bit of knowledge could help his homebrew. Join James as he shares (often humorous) stories from school and work,…

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Better Bochet

  • Speakers: Brian WolfJohn Wilson
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

The deep copper color, vanilla aroma, and notes of caramel and burnt marshmallow of bochet have long been of interest to us. But, all too often, a bochet passed to us at a club meeting or sampled at Club Night managed to disappoint. The bochets we tasted lacked body, were…

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Brewing Beer-Style Meads

  • Speaker: Sergio Moutela
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Making beer-style mead involves more than just adding hops. This presentation covers everything that goes into making recipes that truly walk the fine line between these two amazing craft beverages.

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Brewing Simple: Great Beer with Less Effort and More Fun

  • Speaker: Drew Beechum & Denny Conn
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Why do homebrewers seem to want to do things in the most difficult way possible? Why measure your beer’s value in terms of sweat instead of savor? Learn how simplifying your brewing process can give you great beer in less time while you have the most fun with your brew.…

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Brewing with Fruit

  • Speaker: Bret Kollman Baker
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Get the most out of your fruit beers. Bret Kollmann Baker, head brewer at Urban Artifact, covers a wide range of techniques and options for maximizing fruit usage in your beers. We’ll discuss fermentation and brewhouse fruit usage rates, the impacts of different fruit types (whole, fresh, frozen, puree, concentrate,…

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