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!

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.

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 …More

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.

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 …More

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 …More

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 profile. Sensory …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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!

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

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 …More

Keynote

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

2015 National Homebrewers Conference Keynote

Panel on Regulatory Climate for Homebrewers

  • Speakers: Craig HendryGary GlassTom McCormick
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

With the rapid growth of homebrewing, the hobby has come under increased scrutiny from regulators in recent years. A panel consisting of AHA director Gary Glass, Raise Your Pints president Craig Hendry, and California Craft Brewers Association executive director Tom McCormick will discuss federal and state homebrew law, the current …More

An Introduction to Brewing Sake

  • Speaker: Edward Hoskin
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Sake is a beverage that unlike beer, wine, cider—and more recently mead—has neither a strong cultural tradition nor a large, knowledgeable hobbyist collective in the U.S. That said, the process of making sake shares many similarities with Western fermentables. This seminar will demystify sake and make it accessible to the …More

Backyard Beekeeping for Homebrewers

  • Speakers: Eric KramerMichael Mullins
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Many homebrewers would make meads and use honey in their homebrew if they could get it more cheaply. Backyard beekeeping is the solution! Learn how to start in the beekeeping hobby and how to use your honey in your own meads, wines, ciders and beers.

Herbs, Spices & Other Botanical Ingredients in Today’s Beer Recipes

  • Speaker: Mitch Steele
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Mitch Steele, brewmaster of Stone Brewing Co., covers a range of traditional and unconventional techniques in this seminar focused on the use of spice and herbs in beer. Starting with a brief review of historical uses, Mitch will then dive into the use of traditional spices in today’s craft beers. …More

Keeping it Safe! The Home Brewery’s Safety Plan

  • Speaker: Sean Wolfe
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

It starts with a recipe and a dream of an award-winning homebrew; it ends with a trip to the emergency room and your spouse selling off all of your brewing equipment. Join Sean Wolfe, homebrewer and senior safety analyst for Lockheed Martin, as we work though some common safety concerns …More

Keynote

  • Speaker: Dave Engbers & Mike Stevens
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

2014 National Homebrewers Conference Keynote

Pair Like A Pro-Palate Trips and Pairing Practices

  • Speaker: Julia Herz
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Homebrewers are not just into beer, you’re also into food! Fellow foodies unite in this seminar breaking down the complex topic of pairing. We’ll talk about beer and food pairing principles, along with palate tricks and tips garnered through years of tasty research.