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A Pyrograiniac’s Guide to Smoked Beer

  • Speaker: Jen Blair
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Smoked beer can run the gamut from subtle to shouting, fruity to fiery. It can be a nuanced ingredient complimenting other beer ingredients or it can be the star of the show and everywhere in between. From historically being present in virtually all beers to now being showcased…

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Advanced Automation for the Home Brewer

  • Speakers: Geoff ParkinsPeter Bruno
  • Track: Do-It-Yourself
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Our presentation is an overview of automation across brewery functions including brewing, fermenting, spunding, dispensing, cleaning, and advanced techniques like low oxygen. Includes an advanced technology overview including data logging, reporting, and remote access, and alarms. We will also cover sensors and controls used in automation for temperature control, flow…

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Against the (traditional) grain: Gluten-Free Homebrewing

  • Speakers: Karen HertzTwila Soles
  • Track: Ingredients & Supplies
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

The desire to learn about and try homebrewing gluten-free beer is rapidly growing! This seminar will dive into the world of gluten-free home brewing; including gluten-free homebrew ingredient options, malting techniques on gluten-free grains, GF recipe development, required equipment, mashing techniques, fermentation and the expectations for finished beers. Additional resources,…

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All About Sulfites (and Sorbate too)

  • Speaker: Tom Repas
  • Track: Beyond Beer (Alternative Fermentation)
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

In this presentation I review and discuss the chemistry and the use of sulfites, explain how to determine when and how much sulfites to add, dispel some of the common myths surrounding the use of sulfites, identify best practices for making mead/cider/wine without the use of sulfites, and review the…

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Beyond the Fundamentals of Fermentation

  • Speaker: John Palmer
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

John Palmer, the author of How To Brew, pulls the lid off of the fermenter and digs past the krausen to discuss yeast activity, nutrients, stress, ester formation, and eventual maturation of the beer. He will paint the big picture of how initial conditions affect the final flavor of the…

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Brewing the Silk Road: Experimental Fermentations in Ancient Chinese Koji Beer and Mongolian Fermented Milk

  • Speaker: Lucas Livingston
  • Track: Beyond Beer (Alternative Fermentation)
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

While most histories of fermentation in Asia focus on non-alcoholic food products (tofu, soy sauce, etc), Central and East Asia have a thriving history of alcoholic fermentation and drinking culture. Beer archaeologist Lucas Livingston leads a lively presentation exploring the history of brewing and drinking culture in China and Central…

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Connected Fermentation | Presented by The Grainfather

  • Speakers: Aaron HydeSam Loader
  • Track: Sponsored
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Have you ever wondered why you should control the temperature of your fermenting beer? Any modest brewer will tell you, “I don’t make beer; I make wort. Yeast makes beer.” While that is true, one of the final steps in brewing a batch is also the most vital to control…

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Control the Yeast Beast! How Fermentation Temperature, Pitching Rate, and Wort Gravity Influence Fermentation and Flavor Expression Differently in Each Yeast Strain

  • Speaker: Bryan Kreiter
  • Track: Ingredients & Supplies
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Every yeast strain is unique and will respond to changes in process parameters its own way. Discover how flavor expression and fermentation performance can be influenced by manipulating pitching rate, fermentation temperature, and wort gravity. In this session, we will explore how many different flavor outcomes can be achieved with…

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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.

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Farm to Kettle Lessons from Generations of Malting Quality: How a Malt of Reputation Will Take Your Homebrew From “Good” to Great” | Presented by BSG Handcraft

  • Speaker: Mike Brennan
  • Track: Sponsored
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Every homebrewer who will have their name announced as a medal-winner at this year’s National Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony shares one thing in common – they understand the need to use world-class malt in their homebrew. Excellent homebrew comes from excellent ingredients. The best homebrewers understand that the difference between “good”…

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Göbekli Tepe and the Origins of Beer: An Examination of Anatolia and the Levant

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

How old is beer? When did the brewing process begin? Did beer or bread come first? Was beer safer to drink than water? These questions are regularly posed when examining ancient culinary history. Reaching back 12,000 years, this presentation will examine the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe located in Southeastern…

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Hard Seltzer, Easy Seltzer – Making high-quality hard seltzer at home!

  • Speaker: Aaron Hyde
  • Track: Beyond Beer (Alternative Fermentation)
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

High-quality hard seltzer is an easy and refreshing beverage to make at home. With a few tips and tricks, you can craft the hard seltzer of your dreams! Whether naturally flavored, fun flavored, high or low ABV, kegged or bottled, we'll get you through the process…

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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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It’s a Small World Afterall: The Global Opportunities and Challenges of the Homebrew Market

  • Speaker: Joanne Carilli-Stevenson
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

While the US homebrewing market continues to struggle, internationally this hobby continues to grow and is developing new craft brewery markets across the world. Join JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson from White Labs and a panel of international homebrew retailers as they discuss the opportunities and challenges being faced throughout the world.

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Italian pilsners: Salute birra!

  • Speaker: Annie Johnson
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Brewing Italian pilsners, the hoppier cousin to German and Czech pilsners. Learn of the types of hops used, dry hopping techniques and Adriadic coaastal barley to produce these floral and herbaceous lagers.

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Logistics of Homebrewing with Cannabis

  • Speaker: Keith Villa
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Many homebrewers have either talked about or actually brewed with cannabis. Before you start, or before your next cannabis brew, there are many things to keep in mind to ensure your experience aligns with Charlie’s famous motto: “Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew.” In…

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Oxidation: There’s More Than Meets the Eye

  • Speaker: Francesco Antonelli
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Oxidation has been a concern for brewers for a long time. Preserving beer freshness while bottles and kegs travel around the world is mission critical on a commercial scale. With the diffusion of NEIPAs, oxidation has become apparent even to the most skeptical homebrewer. But oxidation is not just about…

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Planning For Profit in the Brewing Industry

  • Speaker: Justin Sisley
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

You’ve got the craft down and now it’s time to start thinking about a business. But when you graduate from homebrewing, making good beer is only half the equation for a successful brewery; the other half is running a competent business. This presentation will get you acquainted with what that…

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Raw Ale: Spicing Up Your Beer By Not Boiling

  • Speaker: Lars Garshol
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Originally, brewers did not boil their wort, and about half of all real farmhouse brewers still don't. Brewing textbooks say your beer will be sour, your hops won't be bitter, and your beer will be full of protein if you don't boil, but only the last of these is actually…

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Running a Club in the New World: Ideas to Keep Your Members Engaged

  • Speaker: Matt Bolling
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

The homebrewing spirit cannot be kept down, even by a global pandemic! This presentation will lay out ideas for keeping your homebrew club thriving in 2021 and beyond. Hear about ways that your club can focus on not only engaging your current members but also on recruiting new faces to…

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Saison – the Myth, the Legend and What to Do About It.

  • Speaker: Drew Beechum
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

We need to talk about stories and beers and there's no better beer story than Saison. Romantic visions abound with tales of farms with thirsty workers and the imagined rustic nature of any ale produced in such a venue. Let's look beyond the fairytales and break down the different threads…

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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 your mind…

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Soluble Hop Compounds Tech Talk | Presented by Yakima Chief Hops & Brewers Best

  • Speakers: Evan LuxenburgMaggie SessionsSteve ThompsonTessa Schilaty
  • Track: Sponsored
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

How can I have more control over the aroma characteristics in my finished beer? Join the Yakima Chief Hops Central Region manager Steve Thompson and Tessa Schilaty, Sensory Research Coordinator, as they discusses recent research in beer soluble hop compounds, specifically flavors and aromas that survive into finished beer. In…

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The Fermentation Kitchen

  • Speaker: Gabe Toth
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2021
  • Online

Beer is just one example in a variety of zymurgy. In this seminar, Gabe Thoth, author of The Fermentation Kitchen, explores different types of fermentation and homemade fermented foods.


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