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!

A Timeline for Sour Beer: How to get the Flavors you Want, When you Want Them

  • Speaker: Brian Hall
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

This seminar’s focus will be on attaining a wanted flavor profile without the all the fuss, specifically in Lambic and Berliner Weisse styles. Does age always matter? How does an imagined profile become reality when brewing wild beers? This presentation will look at traditional versus modern production—how to produce what …More

Beers That Flunked The Reinheitsgebot— Or How to Brew with Ingredients from Your Yard Without Killing Your Neighbors

  • Speaker: Stan Hieronymus
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Brewing with ingredients from the garden, yard, and nearby woods is older than the famous German beer purity law. Learn about using cultivated ingredients or foraged ingredients—even yeast collected in the wild—to make beers that are as pleasant to drink as they are to talk about. You’ll learn tips on …More

Big Party, Big Money

  • Speakers: Scott HackettScott Michaels
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Celebrate your business with a party, invite customers to take part, and have a ginormous sales day. We’ll show store owners how to plan and throw a big shindig for around $200 and collect 30 times as much in sales the same day. It’s fun, it’s profitable, and it’s a …More

Blind Tasting: Sensory Development for the Homebrewer

  • Speaker: Sean Coughlin
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Removing preconceived bias from sensory evaluation will make for a more powerful learning/tasting experience. We will focus on sensory description along with the triangle test and how it can be used by the discriminating homebrewer.

Brew Naked! (One Gallon at a Time)

  • Speakers: Chris HortonJennifer Indicott
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Learn the process and benefits of ultra-small batch brewing. One gallon batches are perfect for those with limited brewing and fermentation space. For those with larger brew systems that want to dial in recipes or experiment with ingredients, this is the perfect way to do so at minimal cost. One …More

Brewing Grisette and Saison: Insight from Historical Records and Modern Producers

  • Speaker: David Janssen
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

This presentation will look at historical information, focusing on the industrial revolution to modern times, to better understand the history of grisettes (a historical beer style which disappeared in the mid-1900s) and saisons. We will discuss historical production methods, characteristics of historical versions, similarities and differences between these two beers, …More

Brewing on Premise: The Evolution of the Revolution

  • Speaker: Robb Larson
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

The brew-on-premises (BOP) concept has been around for many years, but there are relatively few BOP facilities at present. The opportunity to brew beer without the hassle and expense of a complete homebrew setup appeals to many potential customers, and with the current craft beer boom, the idea is making …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

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

Brewing with Honey

  • Speakers: Hugo PatiñoKeith Seiz
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Honey is the perfect ingredient for homebrewers, providing flavor and functional benefits in a unique ingredient that’s accessible to all. This technical presentation will detail how honey’s composition impacts brewing, and the flavor and functional properties the ingredient brings to beer when added during different stages of the brewing process.

Building Your Homebrew Community

  • Speakers: Douglas AmportJohn LaPolla
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Learn how to bridge the gap between home brewers and craft breweries! In this seminar, John LaPolla and Douglas Amport, owners of Bitter & Esters home brew shop in Brooklyn N.Y., will show you how to foster your home brew community with events and demonstrations. A strong craft beer community …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

Contemporary Experiments in Ancient Brewing

  • Speakers: Ben FreundSteve Hulbert
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Contemporary Experiments in Ancient Brewing is a study on ancient brewing techniques in ceramic vessels. Steve Hulbert, Baltibrew member and Baltimore Clayworks trustee, and Ben Freund, resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks, have been brewing beer in handmade ceramic vessels since early 2015. The experiments have spanned many phases of the …More

Craft Lager: What’s Old is New Again

  • Speaker: Joshua Hubner
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Florida has seen a renaissance of brewing and beer styles over the past 10 years, though the surprisingly rich history of Prohibition-era lagers has faded away. This seminar is focused on the tradition of brewing in Miami, from business and advertising to process and ingredients. Craft lagers are making a …More

Crafting Quality: Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing

  • Speaker: Brian Trout
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Want to eliminate the dreaded “homebrewed” taste from your brews? Learn from a multi-award winning homebrewer how to fine tune and creatively modify your beers, meads and ciders. This seminar will focus on transforming your brewday by giving you the tools you need in the form of easy and often …More

DIY Kegerator / Keezer Design Using Off the Shelf Components

  • Speaker: Matthew Joyce
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

There are some very interesting benefits to rolling your own temperature control board/logic for your kegerator. Matthew will discuss some of the benefits and pitfalls, and demonstrate a modular design he created using off the shelf parts/boards. This talk touches on sensors, microcontrollers and relays, with some discussion of the …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

Farmhouse Sabbatical: What I’ve Learned from Brewing Saison (And Only Saison)

  • Speaker: Kyle Kohlmorgen
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

In September 2014, Kyle decided to start repeatedly brewing saison in an attempt to dial in a recipe and refine his fermentation process. The seemingly harmless exercise quickly turned into a year-long (and ongoing) exploration of these wonderful beers. This presentation will demonstrate how repeatedly brewing one recipe or style …More

Fast Lager Yeast Fermentations

  • Speaker: Mike "Tasty" McDole
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Mike “Tasty” McDole describes shortening the fermentation and maturation time for cold fermented beers. By increasing the fermentation temperature during primary fermentation, “lager” beers can be produced in times more commonly associated with ales.

Food & Beer Pairing

  • Speakers: Adam DulyeGreg BrownSean Clark
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Take pairing your home-brew to the next level. This seminar will cover the how and the why food interacts with beer and what ingredients can best do both in the beer and the food to the pairing. From pairing your own homebrew for a dinner at home to dining out …More

Frankenbrew: Are Pieced-Together Systems Still Viable

  • Speaker: Tom Hennessy
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

It has been 20 years since Tom first made the video Frankenbrew: How to Build A Brewery For Under $20,000. Is it still possible in 2016 to put together a commercial brewing system for less than $20,000? Tom took the challenge; come learn what he found out.

Frontiers in Mead

  • Speaker: Eric Lowe
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Mead isn’t just for renaissance festivals anymore! From low alcohol “session” meads to barrel-aged meads, sour meads and beyond, the diversity of mead styles has as many possibilities to explore as beer. Join Eric as he explores some recent trends in commercial mead styles, shares intelligence on current mead-making techniques …More

Gas Stripping Hot Wort

  • Speakers: Andy WeigelJohn Rozborski
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Hot gas stripping is an experiment to determine if hot air or gas stripping can remove volatile esters and sulfuric compounds in hot wort and increase hop utilization, with the goal of improving final quality and the economic scale of the finished beer through enhanced processing techniques. Our aim is …More

Going Pro a Pint at a Time

  • Speaker: Mike Pensinger
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Tips and lessons learned from the homebrewer-to-professional transition. In short: what to do and what to watch out for.

Great North Aleworks – The Journey to Pro

  • Speakers: Lisa NorthRob North
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Rob and Lisa’s presentation will cover the journey the couple took to opening their own brewery, from making the decision to become entrepreneurs back in 2011 to finally seeing their brewery become a reality four years later. Rob and Lisa hope to inspire and instill confidence to homebrewers looking to …More

Growing Up: Building a Lasting Homebrew Club

  • Speaker: Josh Weikert
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Most homebrew clubs experience growing pains: there comes a time when meeting in your own kitchens to share homebrew and chat goes by the wayside. Those pains and pitfalls can be avoided or eased, though. This seminar will provide information about finding meeting locations, growing your membership without overwhelming your …More

High Gravity Brewing: Hitting A Target Gravity With Precision and Quality

  • Speaker: Chris Leonard
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Have you ever wanted to brew that 24 Plato Imperial Stout? Have you thought of making a 1.120 O.G. Quad but didn’t know where to start? We’ll talk about ingredients, process, and fermentation to help you make high gravity beers with precision, repeatability, and, most importantly, quality.

History of Baltimore Brewing

  • Speaker: Rob Kasper
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

A history of Baltimore breweries from 1748 to the present day, given by Rob Kasper, author of Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing.

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