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!

Deep Diving into Yeast Starters

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Debating whether to make a starter can be confusing. Do I really need to make one? How is it different than just adding more yeast? In this talk we’ll explore what making a starter can do and dive into some data behind different types of starters. We’ll look at cell …More

Coffee Beer: How Much Buzz Is in Your Brew?

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Have you ever brewed with coffee and wondered how much caffeine was in your beer? In this presentation, we’ll discuss caffeine levels of different commercial beers and how different extraction techniques can affect the caffeine in your beer. The presentation will show how caffeine is extracted from beans and explain …More

Cider: It’s All About the Yeast

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

The cider revolution is coming and we’re bringing yeast to the forefront. For years, yeast has been ignored in home cider making. Find out about old and new strains, including some wild strains like Candida sp., used in cider making and fermentation techniques to take your ciders to the next …More

Avoiding a D-bomb: A Key to Understanding Diacetyl

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Diacetyl is one of the more common off flavors seen in beer. Learn what causes diacetyl, how to avoid it and what it actually tastes like.

A Guide to Blending Yeast Strains

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Have you ever been curious about blending two yeasts together during fermentation? What would happen if you mixed your favorite Saison and British strains? We’ll look at ways you can blend yeast strains to obtain your optimal fermentation and flavor profiles. We’ll consider the pros and cons of different methods …More

Stepping Up Your Sensory Game: How to Be a Better Taster

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

The necessity of being able to accurately describe your beer, whether you’re a judge or simply an aficionado, cannot be overstated. As the community continues to grow exponentially, homebrewing competitions are popping up around the globe, requiring more and more qualified judges. We will discuss topics including the identification of …More