Homebrew Con Seminars

Homebrew Con is an annual event hosted by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). The conference includes dozens of seminars on beer, mead, and cider. Join the AHA to gain access to Homebrew Con seminars dating back to 2012. You won’t find a resource like this anywhere else!

Mastering Mead Making

  • Speaker: Michael Fairbrother
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Mead—made from as little as honey, water, and yeast—is so simple that it’s been around for thousands of years, but it can be mastered! Learn from Moonlight Meadery’s founder and master meadmaker Michael Fairbrother. Turning honey into mead involves so much more than just the base ingredients. Learn how factors …More

Return of the Mead Panel

  • Speakers: Curt StockKen SchrammMichael FairbrotherSteve Piatz
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Mead making is growing at an astounding rate and there a few great icons who have shaped the movement. From traditional mead makers to the ones who push the limits, come and learn their secrets. Topics will include equipment, ingredients, recipes and techniques for beginner to advanced mead makers. Curt …More

Mead Panel

  • Speakers: Curt StockKen SchrammMichael FairbrotherRyan ChaytorSteve Piatz
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Mead making is growing at an astounding rate and there a few great icons who have shaped the movement. From traditional mead makers to the ones who push the limits, come and learn their secrets. Topics will include equipment, ingredients, recipes and techniques for beginner to advanced mead makers.

Yes, Funky Sour Meads

  • Speaker: Michael Fairbrother
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

The sour beer world has exploded, but what about sour meads? In this seminar you will learn about using Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces and other funky tricks to make specialty meads that are tart and dank. Michael will share what he has learned about what works, what doesn’t, how much time is …More

Mastering Mead

  • Speaker: Michael Fairbrother
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

An engaging discussion on mastering the mead making process, from the perspective of a homebrewer gone professional. Learn how Michael Fairbrother formulates new recipes and refines the basic elements, and what’s involved to make great mead time and time again. This presentation will include a sampling of several of meads …More

Mead Excellence

  • Speaker: Michael Fairbrother
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Discover home mead-making tips for excellence, how to choose and use ingredients, yeast varieties and their impact, fermentation techniques and the basics from a professional’s point of view.