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!

Liquid Time Capsules

  • Speakers: Dr. Patrick McGovernKen Schramm
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

In this two-part seminar, Patrick McGovern and Ken Schramm take us on a fascinating, fermented journey through time. Dr. McGovern brings the past alive with spicy, fruity, and malty aromas and flavors unearthed in his new book, Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created. Then Ken explains why we are living in …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

Ur-Buzz: The Advent of Human-Controlled Fermentation

  • Speakers: Dr. Patrick McGovernKen Schramm
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Ken Schramm, Dr. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Uncorking the Past and Ancient Wine) and other panel members discuss the advent of human-controlled fermentation: the ingredients, processes, species domestication, implements and human knowledge that went into the earliest human attempts at and successes in fermentation.

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.

Really Understanding Honey

  • Speaker: Ken Schramm
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Honey is a remarkable substance: it’s hygroscopic, has intense osmotic pressure, weighs in at a specific gravity of 1.425, and can remain edible for centuries without preservative measures. This seminar explores honey’s composition, varieties, key flavor and aroma elements, handling, acquisition, and the metabolic details of honey fermentation. It addresses …More