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Developing Your Palate to Become a Better Brewer

  • Speaker: Lindsay Barr
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Learn useful and accessible palate training techniques you can apply every time you taste a beer. Discover the science behind why these techniques work and how they will help you become a better homebrewer. About the Speaker Lindsay Barr is…

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Healthy Hacks for Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Travis Hammond
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

We don’t often talk about how to achieve a balance between our love of fermented beverages and our health. This presentation presents the knowledge, skills, and practices that helped one homebrewer go from XXL to medium and maintain it for over two years. Presenter Travis Hammond is eager to share…

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Sensory Detectives

  • Speakers: Jess Keller PooleShawna Cormier
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Become a detective of your own senses with Seattle Beer School. As sensory detectives, we follow the clues of memories to get to the bottom of what we’re actually experiencing: aroma as the key clue to recreating the scene. Our investigative techniques will help you unlock & expand…

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Ask The Experts

  • Speakers: Brad SmithJohn Palmer & Jamil Zainasheff
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

No homebrewing topic is off limits in this interactive Q&A panel with homebrewing luminaries Brad Smith, Jamil Zainasheff, and John Palmer. Lamenting on lagers? Interested in isinglass? Curious about carbonation? Puzzled about Pediococcus? Overanalyzing alpha acids? Bring your toughest homebrewing or professional brewing riddles and see what advice these experts…

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In the Kitchen with Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo and Adam Dulye

  • Speakers: Adam DulyeNatalie CilurzoVinnie Cilurzo
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Join Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Co. and Brewers Association Executive Chef Adam Dulye as they walk you through two homebrew recipes from Russian River and four recipes paired to the beers from Adam. Homebrew, culinary and pairing tips, tricks, and stories about! The homebrew and beer recipes…

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Keynote

  • Speaker: Bailey Spaulding & Gary Glass
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2020

Bailey Spaulding, CEO and Co-Founder of Jackalope Brewing Co. in Nashville, TN presents the Homebrew Con 2020 Keynote Address. In 2006, while attending Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, Bailey Spaulding began homebrewing and writing her own recipes. By 2009, Bailey realized her passion was brewing beer (and less…

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Ask the Experts Panel

  • Speakers: Brad SmithDrew BeechumJohn Palmer
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

No homebrewing topic is off limits in this interactive Q&A panel with homebrewing luminaries Brad Smith, John Palmer, and Drew Beechum. Lamenting on lagers? Interested in isinglass? Curious about carbonation? Puzzled about Pediococcus? Overanalyzing alpha acids? Bring your toughest homebrewing riddles and see what advice these experts can give.

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Draft Beer Dispensing for Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Joe Linquist
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Tired of seeing delicious beer—the product of several weeks and lots of love—mutilated by your draft beer dispensing system? It takes only seconds for a beer traveling from keg to faucet to leave a bad taste in your mouth if your dispensing system isn’t properly designed, assembled, and maintained. In…

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International Homebrewer Panel

  • Speakers: Eric CousineauKathy Yan LiMatías CifuentesPeter CartwrightSimon Pipola & Greg Rodwell
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Homebrewing is popular around the world! Join this panel discussion as international homebrewers share their experiences and help Homebrew Con attendees learn more about homebrewing scenes beyond the United States.

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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…

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Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew…then, Start a Revolution

  • Speaker: Janel Jackson-Beckham
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Brewers Association Diversity Ambassador “Dr. J” Jackson-Beckham shares current trends that are changing the craft brewing landscape, highlighting the important role that diversity and inclusion must play in the future growth and sustainability of the industry. In this seminar, she spotlights the unique role of the homebrewing community as the…

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Why You Do What You Do: Avoiding Common Off Flavors

  • Speaker: Megan Schwarz
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

The basics of brewing are well documented and generally understood by homebrewers: proper cleaning and sanitation, a vigorous boil, fast hot and cold break, healthy yeast, and temperature control, to name a few. However, brewers often don’t realize why each step is so crucial for a desired flavor…

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Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in Homebrewing

  • Speakers: Annie JohnsonAnthony SalazarDebbie CerdaDiane GriffinKiley Gwynn
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

This diverse panel of homebrewers will provide a forum in which to discuss the challenges, successes, and opportunities for diversity and inclusion in our homebrew community. We’ll discuss how homebrew clubs and beer appreciation groups and the craft beer industry can foster a greater appreciation and involvement in craft beer…

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Homebrew Cheesemaking for the Beer Lover

  • Speaker: Mark Carlson
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Are you a creative type who likes to brew something different every time? Do you enjoy experimenting with unique aromas and flavors? In this session, you’ll learn to apply what you already know about homebrewing to the world of homebrew cheesemaking. Come discover techniques and microorganisms, find out how to…

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Lessons I’ve Learned in 50 Years of Brewing

  • Speaker: Ken Grossman
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is a steadfastly family-owned, family-run business, and founder Ken Grossman plays a large role in the brewery’s day-to-day operations. Under his direction, the brewery has evolved from one built with used dairy vessels to one of the most state-of-the-art brewing facilities in the world. The continued…

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Stump the Experts Panel

  • Speakers: Jamil ZainasheffJohn PalmerMike "Tasty" McDole
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Bring your toughest questions to this panel discussion with renowned homebrewers Jamil Zainasheff, John Palmer, and Tasty McDole. Want to know about high gravity brewing, or carbonation techniques, or maybe even… dare we say… New England IPA? This expert panel is ready for your questions. No homebrewing topic is off…

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Beer Oxidation: Chemistry, Sensory Evaluation, and Prevention

  • Speakers: Andy MitchellRobert Hall
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

Beer oxidation is one of the most common flaws for homebrews and commercial beers alike, yet the processes are not well understood. Evaluation of oxidation is often difficult because it manifests itself in a variety of ways in the flavor beyond the well-known paper notes. In this seminar, we will…

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Hold My Beer and Watch Me Science!

  • Speakers: Denny ConnDrew BeechumMalcolm FrazerMarshall Schott
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

Join Denny Conn and Drew Beechum from Experimental Brewing, along with Marshall Schott and Malcolm Frazer from Brülosophy, for this panel discussion. Learn how citizen science can improve your brewing and help you discover what works and what doesn’t. Questions will be taken and are encouraged!

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Homebrew Worldwide: An International Panel

  • Speakers: Brian CondronChip WaltonGaston RiveraLai I Jie & Miguel LozaPeter Symons
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2017
  • Minneapolis, MN

Join moderator Chip Walton of Chop & Brew and a panel of international homebrewers to discuss our hobby and the global homebrewing culture from many different perspectives. Learn how homebrewers from other countries overcome challenges related to supplies and equipment, work with indigenous and popular styles, and brew beer on…

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Brewing Wild

  • Speakers: Brian WolfeJohn Wilson
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

John Wilson spent a year making only spontaneously fermented beer. This seminar explores the history of open fermenting, the science behind the practice, its current uses in traditional fermentation practices, as welll as a walk-through of fermenting a wild beer and a wild mead. Share in the lessons learned from…

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Experimenting with Alternative Woods: Techniques and Live Demonstration

  • Speaker: John Gasparine
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Experimenting with alternative (non-oak) wood species is easier than you might think. Exotic lumber retailers are prevalent throughout the United States, and with a few tools and techniques, you can safely pioneer the use of a new wood species in beer. This seminar explores these techniques and includes a live…

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Homebrew Bloggers Roundtable

  • Speakers: Derek SpringerEd CoffeyMarshall SchottMatt Humbard
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Homebrewers are a naturally curious and industrious lot: we love to experiment and expand horizons in pursuit of the perfect pint. Leading the charge on the homebrew frontier are bloggers, folks who document their adventures so that everyone can learn from their efforts. Derek Springer, Marshall Schott, Ed Coffey and…

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How to Successfully Fund a REF Report: The Effects of Sound Waves on Fermentation

  • Speaker: Matthew Farber
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

The Research and Education Fund (REF) is a great resource for the experimenting homebrewer. Learn how to best design, propose and execute an experiment in order to successfully fund and publish your work. We will discuss the REF process by walking through all steps of an unpublished experiment that examines…

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2015 Keynote

  • Speaker: Tomme Arthur
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

2015 National Homebrewers Conference Keynote

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Bridging the Gender Gap: Women

  • Speakers: Debbie CerdaFlorencia "Popy" FouchKim Wood
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Women may be the minority in homebrewing, but the number of females enjoying craft beer is growing. Find out what efforts are being made by homebrew clubs to increase their female membership. Learn how the AHA diversity subcommittee is working to bridge the gender gap and encourage more women to…

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Homebrew Toxicology: Debunking the Hidden Dangers of Chemicals in Your Brew System

  • Speaker: Paul Hanlon
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Discussion boards have many active threads warning homebrewers of the hidden dangers of chemicals introduced into their homebrew through plastics, metals and other means. Unfortunately, much of this information is based more on Internet lore more than scientific evidence, and in many cases leads well-meaning homebrewers to invest in costly…

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Introduction to Experimentation

  • Speakers: Denny ConnDrew Beechum
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Drew Beechum and Denny Conn will discuss how experimentation leads the way to better beer. They’ll cover topics and techniques from recipe design to packaging that will make brew day more rewarding and fun. Objective evaluation of experimental results will be discussed and demonstrated. Samples of beers brewed from the…

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