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Lambics and Flanders for Dummies: An Average Homebrewer’s Sour Beer Journey

  • Speaker: Dr. Chris Meta
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Learn why brewing good sour beer at home doesn't have to be difficult, but it does take patience and forethought; Understand the benefits of funk regeneration; Think through the things to consider when running a sour Solera; Gain techniques for adding fruit to sours


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Next Level Koji: Non-Traditional Koji Fermentation for Brewers

  • Speaker: Matt Firetto
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Get to know the basic science behind koji, including how it works and why it's used in traditional fermented products; Learn how to make koji at home and how to use it to make your own custom ferments.


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High Gravity: Pro Techniques for Homebrewers

  • Speakers: Brittany FreyJames Czar
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Understand high gravity and its impact on the brewing process and recipe design; Understand yeast stress, nutrients, ethanol tolerance, and the need for sufficient oxygen; Learn how to adjust the mash and/or sparge for higher gravity results; Learn how to manipulate the gravity by oversizing the lauter tun, decreasing the batch size.


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Brewing up a Non-Alcohol 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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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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Bear No Fruit: Making Novel Meads with Store-Bought Juice

  • Speaker: Dr. Arthur Franke
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Learn how to build a melomel recipe around a specific juice; Discuss how to source and choose juices; Step through a case study illustrating how juice can be used and adapted to a recipe.


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Beer Soluble Hop Compounds: Translating Raw Hop Aroma to Finished Beer Aroma

  • Speakers: Ashleigh HaydenJosh WurzbacherSteve Thompson
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Methods for using beer soluble hop compound research to design efficient recipes; Targeted expression blends and how they manifest in beers; A description of the research conducted and its culmination into a graph of survivable (beer soluble) compounds by variety.


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Beer Styles: Past, Present, and Future

  • Speakers: Gordon StrongJulia Herz
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Become familiar with the BJCP beer style guidelines as a resource; Get perspective on style guidelines approach applications, lexicon, and update process; Gain insight into innovation in beer styles, trends, and brewing techniques


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Blending Sour Beer for the Homebrewer

  • Speakers: Aaron DeBoerMatt Johnson
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Learn how to evaluate and select sour beer for blending; Explore processes and procedures for blending sour beers to meet your goals; Understand acidity, funk, and complexity.


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Brewery Law for Beginners

  • Speaker: Aaron Weiss
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Education about the key areas of law that affect breweries; How to best prevent legal issues, or handle them if they arise; Putting concerns at ease so a brewery can be prepared to handle any issues without frustration or stress


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Brewing Water Adjustment

  • Speaker: John Palmer
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Online Extra

John Palmer explains the Water chapters of How To Brew, outlining how he reviews his own tap water profile and uses the guidelines and software to adjust that water to best fit the recipe that he is brewing.


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Brewing with Ancient Grains

  • Speaker: Aaron Hyde
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Take a closer look at ancient grains, especially those that are not being commonly used in commercial beer right now; Learn techniques for cereal mashing and toasting ancient grains for use in beer; Walk away with recipes, both ancient and modern, that could make use of ancient grains.


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Brewing with Cannabis: Using THC and CBD in Beer

  • Speaker: Dr. Keith Villa
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Understand some major legal and health issues to be aware of prior to starting; Learn the general methods of growing and preparing cannabis in regards to homebrewing; Review how to remove alcohol from homebrews for those not wanting to combine alcohol and THC.


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Brewing with Hemp: The Essential Guide

  • Speaker: Ross Koenigs
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Understand the many uses of cannabis that are relevant to homebrewers; Debunk some of the rampant myths and pseudo-science about cannabis; Explore the future opportunities in the cannabis beverage space


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English Ales: From Classics to Class

  • Speaker: Jason Chalifour
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Hear an overview of English malts and varieties of English base malts; Learn to create recipes where the flavor is driven by the base malt; Review different types of specialty malts and how to use them deftly in English styles


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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Zinc

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Learn what zinc contributes to fermentation; Understand how zinc changes in the hot side versus cold side; Hear best practices for adding zinc to fermentations.


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Hey! Where’d Everybody Go? Member Retention Dos and Don’ts

  • Speaker: Mike Todd
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Understand common reasons why people leave member groups, specifically homebrew clubs; Identify areas in need of improvement within your own club; Walk away with actionable best practices for retaining members you can implement immediately.


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High Gravity: Pro Techniques for Homebrewers

  • Speakers: Brittany FreyJames Czar
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Understand high gravity and its impact on the brewing process and recipe design; Understand yeast stress, nutrients, ethanol tolerance, and the need for sufficient oxygen; Learn how to adjust the mash and/or sparge for higher gravity results; Learn how to manipulate the gravity by oversizing the lauter tun, decreasing the batch size.


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Home Smoking Malt for Rauchbier

  • Speakers: John HollJohn PutnamMichael Bury
  • Track: Ingredient
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Learn about the history and importance of rauchbier; Gain the knowledge for how to build a small såinn house for smoking malt; Walk away with recipe suggestions beyond just porter and helles


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Homebrewing Economics

  • Speaker: William Bickerton
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Gain the confidence to start brewing with a limited budget; Understand what distinguishes a premium homebrewing set-up from a budget set-up; Get money-saving tips and homebrewing hacks for beginners.


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Homebrewing for the Beginner

  • Speakers: Amy MartinJill Marilley
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Develop an understanding of the brewing process from start to finish; Become familiar with ingredients and equipment; Learn how to navigate different recipes; Understand how to implement homebrewing best practices.


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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love to Homebrew

  • Speaker: Megan Parisi
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Learn how to relax, not worry, and embrace the joy of brewing up your own creations; Develop strategies for a brewing setup that work with the realistic circumstances in your life; Address considerations if you DO decide that you want to move forward into a more advanced or professional realm;


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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Biotransformation!

  • Speakers: Leandro MeinersMatias Cavanna
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Understand that biotransformation is not a one-stop shop for explaining all the unknown changes of beer flavor and aroma when dry hopping during active fermentation; Learn the different types of biotransformation and their potential impact in beer flavor; Explain how to use exogenous brewing enzymes (or specific yeasts) that foster some of these types of biotransformation.


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Know Grain, No Pain: Understanding Milling and Mashing

  • Speakers: Jen BlairRachael Hudson
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Understand why milling is a critical step in the brewing process and how it impacts the finished beer; Explore how to adjust mash parameters depending on grains used and desired final flavor profile, such as altering mash temperature, adding rice hulls, different mash regimens, such as step mashing and infusion mashing.


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Make Your Best: Essentials of Recipe Design and Revision

  • Speaker: Dr. Josh Weikert
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Establish basic guidelines for recipe design that considers both ingredients and process; Develop recipe formulation skills that incorporate new and atypical ingredients; Incorporate tasting feedback into a recursive process that keeps recipes fresh and improving


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Members Only: Organizing Club Homebrew Contests

  • Speaker: Aaron Pigors
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

What it takes to make a winning beer in a club competition; Discuss how to organize a club event and beer contest; Share examples of several successful homebrew club contests and event ideas;


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Parti-gyle Brewing: Party Like It’s 1.099—AND 1.045!

  • Speakers: Andrew MelchersMark BrzezinskiRoxanne Westendorf
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2022
  • Pittsburgh

Discuss parti-gyle options, including base case and variants on base case, capping mash, and blending options; Hear tips and tricks along the way (including fun club competitions with parti-gyle)


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