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!

Inside IPA: Exploring Hop Essential Oils

  • Speaker: Pat Fahey
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Ever wondered what people mean when they say a beer smells “catty?” Or what myrcene actually smells like? In this session, we’ll taste through several of the key essential oils that drive hop flavor and learn a bit about basic hop aroma chemistry along the way!

Common Beer Off Flavors and Fixes

  • Speakers: Amaey MundkurPat Fahey
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

Learning to properly identify common beer off flavors is essential to improving your beer and your ability to judge. Come taste several of these unwelcome flavors—including diacetyl, dimethyl sulfide, acetaldehyde, and isovaleric acid—as we cover information about their formation and teach you ways to make sure that they don’t end …More

Brewing up a Perfect Pairing: Research-Backed Food Pairing Principles

  • Speakers: Pat FaheyRandy Mosher
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

The Beer and Food Pairing Working Group is engaged in standardizing the body of knowledge used to assemble awesome beer and food pairings by creating research-backed pairing principles. Come learn about what information already exists, participate in a pairing exercise, and find out how you can help further the research …More

Sensory and Flavor Training for Brewers

  • Speaker: Pat Fahey
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

A brief introduction to taste physiology and techniques for assessing beer will be followed by a guided tasting through several of the most common brewing-related off flavors found in beer. In addition to tasting these flavors, participants will learn the most common causes of these flavors, along with tips on …More