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Mastering Mead

  • Speaker: Michael Fairbrother
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

An engaging discussion on mastering the mead making process, from the perspective of a homebrewer gone professional. Learn how Michael Fairbrother formulates new recipes and refines the basic elements, and what's involved to make great mead time and time again. This presentation will include a sampling of several of meads… Read More

Mead and Chocolate: Experience Excellence

  • Speaker: Berniece Van Der Berg
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

Join Berniece Van Der Berg of Moonlight Meadery for an overview of mead and chocolate pairings—samples included. Learn about taste perception, flavor hooks, and why mead works so well with a wide range of chocolates. Read More

Methods of Creating and Maintaining a Wild House Culture

  • Speaker: Kyle Kohlmorgen
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

This presentation aims to help homebrewers create unique, complex and enjoyable beers using a house culture—a cocktail of non-traditional yeasts and bacteria from any number of sources. Several methods of creating and maintaining house cultures will be discussed and compared, each of which has been developed to make brewing with… Read More

Practical Malting

  • Speakers: Andrea StanleyChristian Stanley
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

Craft malting is emerging as an industry that directly supports craft brewers and homebrewers. Andrea and Christian Stanley from Valley Malt discuss what motivated them to start a malt house in Massachusetts and share their equipment and process. Many homebrewers possess an inherent DIY attitude toward their craft. Andrea will… Read More

Process Improvement and Beer Enhancement: The Nano Experience

  • Speaker: Andy Tveekrem
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

This seminar will address several topics of interest for advanced homebrewers, nano brewers and those pondering going pro at the nanobrewery level. In August 2012, the partners who own and operate Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland opened a new concept called Nano Brew Cleveland—a 24 tap beer bar and brewpub… Read More

Serving With Style

  • Speaker: Mike Lindel
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

The time has come. You have been honing your brewing craft, reading Palmer, Noonan and Zainasheff. You have tweaked your brews, entered the competitions to get guidance and pored through the forums. After brewing your best stuff, controlling your fermentation, lagering and aging, you are about to serve your pride… Read More

Stand on Your Two Brewing Feet

  • Speaker: George Hummel
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

Join George Hummel, author of The Complete Homebrew Beer Book and Mid-Atlantic Brewing News’ homebrew columnist, as he illustrates taking the next steps from beginner brewing. Drawing on almost 30 years of brewing experience, he’ll show how to extract the most flavors from malt extract-based beers. Leveraging the vast array… Read More

Step Up Your Starters: Insight into Yeast Propagation for Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Kai Troester
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

This presentation, intended for advanced homebrewers, will not be your ordinary talk about making yeast starters and how they can improve your beer. Drawing on research in yeast growth and fermentation performance , this seminar will provide insight into how yeast grows and what affects yeast growth and health in… Read More

Stepping Up Your Sensory Game: How to Be a Better Taster

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

The necessity of being able to accurately describe your beer, whether you’re a judge or simply an aficionado, cannot be overstated. As the community continues to grow exponentially, homebrewing competitions are popping up around the globe, requiring more and more qualified judges. We will discuss topics including the identification of… Read More

The Science of Beer Flavor

  • Speaker: Roger Barth
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

Join West Chester University Chemistry professor Dr. Roger Barth as he discusses the science behind what you taste when having your favorite brew. In this presentation, Roger breaks down what the anatomy of flavor really is, from taste and aroma to the mouthfeel and flavor threshold of your beer. Go… Read More

Waste Not, Want Not: Sustainable and Frugal Homebrewing

  • Speaker: Dan Schreffler
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

The intent of this seminar is to show varying sustainable brewing concepts for water use, chilling, heating and energy recovery, ingredient sourcing and waste disposal. The pros do this to maximize profits; homebrewers can do it to have more money to buy ingredients and beer, and lessen impact on the… Read More

Yeast Culturing 101

  • Speaker: Shawn McBride
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

A brief history of yeast and yeast culturing will be presented, as well as a host of information detailing how the average homebrewer can accomplish this task at home using a few different methods. Topics covered include making slants, starters, washing and growing yeast to pitchable rates. Methods for storage… Read More

2012 Keynote Speaker

  • Speaker: Charles Finkle
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

2012 National Homebrewers Conference Keynote Read More

A Perspective on Brewing Berliner Weisse-style Beer… with Beer!

  • Speakers: Jason KahlerJess Caudil
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Berliner Weisse can be a tough beer to produce. This presentation will cover the process the speakers have examined over the years and also provide a practical description of how they brewed and fermented this beer at a 7 bbl brewery. Read More

Beer in the USSR

  • Speaker: Alistair Kocho-Williams
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Ali will take you on a journey from a small number of early, surprising and distinct styles in the 1920s and 1930s to a Cold War Era replete with beer (some of which survives today) with influences from across Europe but adapted to the Soviet Union, complete with well-defined style… Read More

Beer Tasting

  • Speaker: Ted Hausotter
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

In this seminar, Ted will explore the nuances of tasting beer, the wide range of perceivable flavors, how to taste and ways to improve your tasting ability. Read More

Brew in a Bag

  • Speaker: Brad Smith
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

A discussion of the brew in a bag brewing method, its advantages and how to use it to brew all-grain beer. Read More

Brewgyvering Your Brew Day

  • Speaker: Kent Fletcher
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Kent discusses how to build gadgets to make your brew day easier and serving your brew more fun! This talk covers automatic HLT temp control, the easy way to mash in big batches without help, brew rig frame construction, continuous hop feeding, making a Randall, and more! Read More

Brewing Beer with Fresh Hops

  • Speaker: Jamie Floyd
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

What are fresh hop beers and how can they be brewed? Jamie will discuss the many aspects of this under-researched topic, how to use fresh hops, what to look for, preparing for the brew day and many other topics related to this wonderful annual tradition. Read More

Brewing Better Beer: Practical Applications

  • Speaker: Gordon Strong
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Join author Gordon Strong as he discusses how to apply favorite reader tips from Brewing Better Beer. Understand the decisions and reasoning used to create two new all-grain recipes. Learn the approach, not just the recipes, as you see how your target beer preferences affect the decisions you make throughout… Read More

Brewing on the Ones

  • Speaker: Drew Beechum
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Homebrewers today are lucky! We're awash in a sea of ingredients, making recipe design a tough battle between ingredients we know and trust and new shiny toys. Sometimes we even give in to our neophilic lust and throw it all in the mix. But it doesn't have to be that… Read More

Brewing Techniques for Historical IPA

  • Speaker: Mitch Steele
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

India Pale Ale has gone through several stylistic revisions in its 250 years of existence. In this presentation, a brief summary of the history of IPA will be reviewed, along with two complete recipes taken from brewlogs from the 1800s and one more recent recipe. The recipes will be compared… Read More

Cider Loves Beer

  • Speakers: Drew ZimmermanRon Irvine
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

The cider renaissance is directly related to the beer industry's phenomenal growth. Beer drinkers and brewers that are discovering cider. Ron Irvine, lecturer and cidermaker, teams up with cider maker and consultant Drew Zimmerman to explain the role of cider apples in producing traditional cider. Read More

Club Panel

  • Speakers: Chris P. FreyDrew BeechumNate MullerWill Fredin
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Homebrewing's growth is affecting every aspect of the hobby, including your local homebrew club. This forum is less about talking to experts and more about helping everyone get a handle on how to make your club run and have a ton of fun. Come with your questions and ideas, and… Read More

Colored Malt Products – Specialty Malts

  • Speaker: Robert Seggewiss
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Robert will discuss the many types of specialty malts currently available while focusing on how homebrewerers can use them to enhance their beer. Read More

Crafting Award Winning Extract and Partial Grain Beer

  • Speaker: Mark Tanner
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Many people assume extract brewing is just a step on the path to all-grain brewing. Mark will convince you that it’s not. He will share simple techniques to brew world-class beer styles which are comparable to their all-grain counterparts. Mark uses simple, partial-mash recipes that anyone can brew in 2-½… Read More

Drink What You Think

  • Speaker: Ray Daniels
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Recipe formulation creates many opportunities for creativity-and many distractions from your goals. This seminar will discuss ways to pursue recipe formulation so that you both learn and create beers that are satisfying and enjoyable to drink. Along the way, we'll talk about the basic tasks of recipe formulation in a… Read More

Exploring Fermentation Attenuation

  • Speaker: Greg Doss
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Presently, there is incomplete information regarding fermentation attenuation. This talk will identify and discuss the factors involved in how well a beer will attenuate as well as explore the development of a predictive model for calculating terminal density. Read More

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