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Taking Funky Beers from Homebrew to Pro

  • Speaker: Peter Perrecone
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Peter will talk about where to find funky and wild strains and how to grow them up and use them. He’ll also discuss the different and important ways in which malt and hops affect the beer. Read More

Tasting Beyond the Scoresheet

  • Speaker: Rich Higgins
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Beyond drinking beer and beyond judging beer lies tasting beer. Truly tasting and evaluating beer is an exploration into the soul of a beer and the mind of the brewer. The best beers take you to a time and place and let you get to know the brewer and culture… Read More

The Beginnings of Beer in the Ancient World

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

This presentation will examine the beginnings of beer production in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean. Specifically, it will survey the domestication of barley and wheat in ancient Sumeria and Egypt, which was conceived for early beer production. It will then examine the impact on later Greek and Roman beer… Read More

The Nuts and Bolts of Store Design for Homebrew Retailers

  • Speaker: Jeff Grant
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

A lesson on driving sales through storefront seduction, in-store lighting and display techniques, and web store traffic management. Presented by Jeff Grant, author and expert in retail design for large and small independent retailers Read More

Thinking of Going Pro? You Must Understand How to Make Money Making Beer

  • Speaker: Sam Holloway
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Your business model determines how much money you keep with each pint sold. If you are a homebrewer thinking of going pro, you owe it to yourself and to your family to have a basic understanding of how your business model affects your margins, which dictate how much money you… Read More

Tips on How to Homebrew Lagers

  • Speaker: Jason Pratt
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Jason Pratt of MillerCoors will share tips and tricks to help perfect making an exceptional lager at home. Learn how to apply some large scale quality processes to your small batch setup. Read More

What a Proper Pairing Can Do for Your Beer

  • Speakers: Adam DulyeGreg BrownSean Clark
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Tasting a beer when pairing to food is different than tasting to evaluate beer style. This seminar will cover how food interacts with beer and how to approach tasting beer when pairing to food. From pairing your own homebrew for a dinner at home to dining out on the town… Read More

Why Good Tasting Water Can’t Guarantee You Great Beer

  • Speaker: Martin Brungard
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

How water tastes is no indicator of its suitability for brewing. A water used to produce great beer in one range of styles may make poor examples of other styles. There is no water source that can create great examples of all beer styles without treatment. A variety of simple… Read More

Wild and Spontaneous Fermentation at Home

  • Speaker: James Howat
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Learn various techniques for using environmental wild yeast and bacteria in brewing. Topics will include how to isolate yeast and bacteria from the wild and using a home coolship to make 100 percent spontaneous ales. Read More

2014 BJCP Style Guidelines

  • Speaker: Gordon Strong
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Gordon Strong, Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) president and author of Brewing Better Beer, will explain the updated 2014 BJCP style guidelines. Read More

2014 Keynote

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

2014 National Homebrewers Conference Keynote Read More

40 Things in 40 Minutes: 40 Tips, Tricks, Techniques & Tweaks to Improve your Brewing, Meadmaking & Cidermaking

  • Speakers: Barry MulsoMichael Spears
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

We will show you 40 tips, tricks, techniques and tweaks in 40 rapid-fire, interactive minutes. Don't blink as Barry and Mike tackle rescuing failed fermentations, brewing resources, ingredients, beer styles, DIY, networking, competitions, hopping techniques, gadgets and technology, software, blending, off-flavors, clarifying, carbonating, homebrewing laws, clubs, brewing techniques, fun adjuncts,… Read More

A Guide to Blending Yeast Strains

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Have you ever been curious about blending two yeasts together during fermentation? What would happen if you mixed your favorite Saison and British strains? We’ll look at ways you can blend yeast strains to obtain your optimal fermentation and flavor profiles. We'll consider the pros and cons of different methods… Read More

A Homebrewer’s Musings on Barrel Aging

  • Speaker: Chris P. Frey
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

While barrel aging is popular at the pro level, it can be intimidating for homebrewers. Not understanding nuances specific to barrel aging can create uncertainty for homebrewers and potentially leads to avoidance of these traditional flavor- and aroma- enhancing vessels. This seminar is practically focused, with a minimum of science.… Read 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… Read 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. Read More

Beer Recipes from the Inside Out

  • Speaker: Randy Mosher
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Randy Mosher offers insights and practical tools for recipe formulation based on his long experience in homebrewing and more recently as a team member at two award-winning breweries. Each category of ingredient, especially malt and hops, has its own unique chemistry and vocabulary, and it is essential for brewers to… Read More

Bootleg Brew Science

  • Speaker: Jeff Mello
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

What's more local than making homebrew with yeast isolated from your own backyard? Come learn how anyone can be a "bootleg" yeast wrangler, using proven homebrew methods, basic-level lab techniques and a paper clip. Jeff Mello from Bootleg Biology will show you easy methods to capture wild yeast, how to… Read More

Brew In A Bag: It Really Works!

  • Speakers: Brian PhadRex Slagel
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Brew In A Bag explained! We'll cover every aspect of this method, including a few tips that will unravel the mystery of water volume and gravity. You will learn about equipment, insulation methods, bag material and uses, lifting techniques, and cooling. To spark ideas, we'll show photos of rig set… Read More

Brewing Consistency: Identifying and Controlling the Variables

  • Speaker: Mike "Tasty" McDole
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Do you feel like you’re getting inconsistent results from brew to brew? Mike “Tasty” McDole is well known for expounding the benefits of brewing consistency and how consistency matters in making quality, recipe-driven homebrew. This seminar will identify variables that affect consistency and ways to remove or control them. Read More

Brewing with New Hop Varieties

  • Speaker: Nathan Smith
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Homebrewers are gaining access to more and more new hop varieties such as Mosaic, El Dorado, Belma, Azacca, Saphir, Apollo and Galaxy. Many of these have an interesting signature hop potential that differs from what Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra have to offer. This seminar will discuss how to get more… Read More

Can You Make a Living in Beer?

  • Speaker: Ray Daniels
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Join Ray Daniels for a discussion of possible job and business opportunities in the beer sector and his take on their prospects for their success. Tapping his knowledge and lessons learned as director of the Cicerone Certification Program, a co-owner of Revolution Brewing, and instructor of the Siebel Institute course… Read More

Cider Panel

  • Speakers: Gary AwdeyJeff CarlsonJoel BrowerPaul Van Der Heide
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Bring your questions! This panel discussion will cover all things cider making. Panelists will include Gary Awdey, president of the Great Lakes Cider and Perry Association, Jeff Carlson, four-time AHA Cidermaker of the Year and Paul Vander Heide and Joel Brower of Vandermill Ciders. Read More

Cider Post-Fermentation Adjustments

  • Speaker: Gary Awdey
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Learn more about cider made from dessert apples and cider apples as well as some of the standard techniques used after fermentation to adjust cider to meet consumer expectations. This hands-on session will emphasize basic bench trial techniques along with a conceptual exploration of what it means to make craft… Read More

Cohumulone: Friend or Foe?

  • Speaker: Mike Karnowski
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

The word on the street is that Cohumulone is bad, but what if it is just misunderstood? Mike Karnowski has a controversial theory that might change the way we think about the bad boy of alpha acids. Multiple beers brewed with various levels of cohumulone are analyzed to determine if… Read More

Conditioning and Aging Beer

  • Speaker: Colin Kaminski
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Join Water co-author Colin Kaminski for a discussion of conditioning and aging beer, including when and how to rack, when and how to use finings, how to carbonate and measure, and steps to improve flavors and minimize problems from the brewhouse. Read More

Debunking the Detested Decoction

  • Speaker: John Van Itallie
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Ever heard someone say, “You never need to do a decoction?” Today we might say, “You may never absolutely need to do a decoction, but you should embrace it as another available technique.” Join us as we take a fresh look at the decoction process, including tips for making this… Read More

Draft System Design and Maintenance

  • Speaker: Tom Schmidlin
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

You’ve got your beer in a keg, but how do you get it out? Learn how to design and balance your draft system for the perfect pour of your beer, cider and mead. We’ll also talk about how and why to clean the lines, finding CO2 leaks (and avoiding them… Read More

Effects of Hot Side Aeration of Wort, Mash & Sparge Water

  • Speaker: John Rozborski
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Ever wonder if you’re ruining your beer because of splashing your wort, over mixing your mash or aggressively sparging? This presentation is the results of an AHA Research & Education Fund project. It will share the results of an experiment designed to test these concepts and may give you guidance… Read More

Evaluating and Judging Beer

  • Speaker: Jamie Floyd
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Jamie will begin this seminar by teaching the sensory technique for evaluation that is used in sensory labs as well as for judging. He will then discuss sensory evaluation in the commercial brewery and at home, and finish with a discussion of judging homebrew competitions. If you have ever wanted… Read More

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