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!

Would I Lie to You? Homebrewing Advice Demystified as Legit or Myth!

  • Speakers: Amanda BurkemperDenny ConnJeff Gladish & Ron MinkoffMartin Brungard
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Pro brewers don’t want you to know this. Number 7 will surprise you! You won’t believe what happens next! Forgo the clickbait and join this seminar to get the real story on whether the common (and not-so-common) homebrewing advice you’ve heard is legit or myth. A seasoned panel of experienced …More

Boil Pro: What Homebrewers Can Learn from Pros on Wort Boiling

  • Speaker: Martin Brungard
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Boiling sterilizes wort, drives off unpleasant compounds, coagulates proteins, and isomerizes hop acids, all of which are critical for producing great beer. While homebrewers have been told for years that a vigorous boil is desirable, long and vigorous boils are neither necessary nor desirable for producing high-quality beer. This presentation …More

Building Great Homebrew Clubs

  • Speakers: Drew BeechumJason RandallMartin BrungardRon Minkoff
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

Join representatives from three former Radegast Award–winning homebrew clubs—the Carolina Brewmasters, Maltose Falcons, and the Hogtown Brewers—for a spirited discussion on what makes great homebrew clubs. Attendees can expect to learn new, exciting ways to engage their memberships and take club events to the next level.

Why Good Tasting Water Can’t Guarantee You Great Beer

  • Speaker: Martin Brungard
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

How water tastes is no indicator of its suitability for brewing. A water used to produce great beer in one range of styles may make poor examples of other styles. There is no water source that can create great examples of all beer styles without treatment. A variety of simple …More

Historic Water

  • Speaker: Martin Brungard
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

The range and variety of beer styles from around the world were in large part the products of the local water they were brewed with. The local water chemistry made some styles more suitable for brewing or the water enhanced beer flavor. Unfortunately, some brewers make the mistake of trying …More

Water Panel

  • Speakers: A.J. DeLangeColin KaminskiJohn PalmerMartin Brungard
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Water: the final frontier. These are the questions of brewers everywhere. Our continuing mission: to explain this strange new world, to define best practices and new considerations, to boldly brew better than you have ever brewed before. John Palmer, co-author of the soon to be released Water – A Comprehensive …More