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!

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 …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 …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 …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.

Fermentation Mythbusters

  • Speaker: Neva Parker
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2012
  • Bellvue, WA

Do I need a starter? Am I growing new yeast? Can I freeze yeast? Are vials really pitchable? Isn’t the rule of thumb for pitch rates 1 million cells/ml/P? Is there anything wrong with overpitching? What is the origin of some yeast strains? Want to know the real answers to …More

Brewing with Brett

  • Speaker: Chad Yakobson
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2011
  • San Diego, CA