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Mead from 70 to 1750 CE: Inspirations and Lessons from 2,000 Recipes on Ingredients, Methods, and Styles

  • Speaker: Laura Angotti
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Using a proprietary catalog of more than 2,000 recipes drawn from primary sources, this presentation gives an overview of ingredients, methods, and styles for historical meads from before 1750. The focus is on overall trends in meads and interesting outliers covering styles, strength, ingredients (from almost 300 identified herbs, spices,…

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Mead Magic: Tips from Master Meadmakers

  • Speakers: Adam CrockettJason PhelpsSteve FlettySteve Piatz & Carvin Wilson
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

So, you want to make great mead, but you’re running into issues or need advice? Look no further! The master meadmakers are here to help. We’ll serve some mead and answer your questions to get your mead to the next level.

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Medieval Gruit Ales Reconstructed: New Theories about Old Beverages

  • Speaker: Susan Verberg
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Gruit as a product changed throughout its history. From a beer additive revered for its fermenting powers, it evolved into a beer with a reputation for powerful headache-causing herbals. The exact nature of gruit was once thought to be lost, but available sources paint an interesting picture of gruit, not…

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More Smoked Beer! Using Oak-Smoked Wheat Malt for More Than Grätzer

  • Speaker: Larry Reuter
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Do you enjoy smoked beer? Have you tried smoked beer? In this session, you’ll try five different beers brewed with oak-smoked wheat malt. Sample a saison, an oaked English pale ale, an American barleywine, a doppelbock, and a peach Berliner weisse, all brewed with oak-smoked wheat malt. This malt is…

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Often Overlooked in New Brewery Ventures: Quality, Safety, and Sustainability beyond the Garage

  • Speaker: Matt Stinchfield
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Things change when you scale up from a homebrew batch to your first commercial brewery, and we aren’t just talking recipe dynamics. Energy supplies and waste production increase substantially. Quality issues can cost real money and break reputations when batches are bigger. And the increased power of commercial brewery chemicals…

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Oxidation Effects in Beer

  • Speaker: Gordon Strong
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

There are hundreds of compounds in beer that change as it oxidizes. Simple sensory descriptions of oxidation often focus on a limited set of effects, particularly those common to pale lagers. However, oxidation effects over time are much wider in the full range of beer styles. Grandmaster beer judge Gordon…

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Physiology of Alternative Yeasts and Bacteria: How to Use Unique Organisms to Emphasize Flavors in Beer

  • Speaker: Matthew Humbard
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces create more than just ethanol and carbon dioxide during fermentation. Metabolic compounds can enhance beer flavor (e.g. fruitiness, spiciness) or detract from it (e.g. vegetal, fusel). Additional organisms can complicate these profiles. Fermenting with Kluyveromyces, Zygosaccharomyces, Torulaspora, Pichia, Metschnikowia, Hanseniaspora, and Zymomonas can create complicated interactions between…

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Put It on Nitro! The Science and Methods of Beer Nitrogenation

  • Speaker: Michael Ferrari
  • Track: Do-It-Yourself
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Cascading bubbles, dense foam, and smooth mouthfeel—join Michael as he teaches you how to achieve the hallmarks of nitro beer in your own homebrew. We’ll go over the history, science, and methods of beer nitrogenation and cover the equipment needed for the perfect nitro pour.

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Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew…then, Start a Revolution

  • Speaker: Janel Jackson-Beckham
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Brewers Association Diversity Ambassador “Dr. J” Jackson-Beckham shares current trends that are changing the craft brewing landscape, highlighting the important role that diversity and inclusion must play in the future growth and sustainability of the industry. In this seminar, she spotlights the unique role of the homebrewing community as the…

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Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus: The Story of a Contaminant Yeast That Shook the Brewing World

  • Speaker: Seth Clearwater & Katelyn Roberts
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Yeast that can referment beer poses a great risk to commercial brewers and homebrewers. Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus is a close relative to brewer’s yeast that can excrete glucoamylase enzymes that metabolize starches. Scientific understanding of this contaminant is lacking, and better identification procedures need to be developed. In light…

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So, You Want to Be a Pro Brewer: Are You Crazy?

  • Speaker: Michael Ferguson
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Come learn all the reasons you shouldn’t, all the reasons you should, and, most of all, what you need to do to be successful with such a crazy idea. With more than 7,000 breweries in the United States and as many as 3,000 in planning, are we reaching a saturation…

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The Deductive Beer Tasting Method: A Method to the Sensory Madness

  • Speaker: Rich Higgins
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Learn more from tasting the beer you brew! Join Rich Higgins, Master Cicerone and former brewmaster, to learn a method that lets you “look under the hood” and understand every beer you taste. Rich’s Deductive Beer Tasting Method builds upon the framework of aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression…

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The Little Things

  • Speaker: Nicholas McCoy & Jeff Poirot
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Ninkasi Award winners Nick McCoy and Jeff Poirot share “The Little Things” you can do to take your homebrewing to the next level. This seminar will cover tips and tricks in all areas of brewing and recipe creation.

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The Most Neutral Lager Strain? Effect of Pitching Rate and Fermentation Temperature on Strain Weihenstephan 34/70

  • Speaker: José Pizaro
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

In this seminar you will virtually enter the R&D department of a yeast manufacturer and learn the steps and methodology of fermentation trials to demonstrate the neutrality in flavors and aromas, under several fermentation conditions, of a lager yeast strain. Attendees will learn what makes this yeast strain so popular…

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Using Raw Ingredients: Cereal Mashing Explained

  • Speaker: Aaron Hyde
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Open a whole new world of brewing opportunity with raw grains! Accessible from your own backyard or the local grocery aisle, unmalted grains have been used in brewing since the beginning of time. From amaranth to wheat, we’ll look at what grains are available to use in the brewing process.

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Using Tannic Acid to Clarify and Stabilize Your Brew

  • Speaker: Joseph Formanek
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Mentioning the word tannin to a brewer usually brings up negative connotations of haze, astringency, and flawed processes. In fact, the world of tannins is a large and complex one, and certain citizens of this world can deliver positive attributes to your brew. We will discuss how to use tannic…

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Why You Do What You Do: Avoiding Common Off Flavors

  • Speaker: Megan Schwarz
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

The basics of brewing are well documented and generally understood by homebrewers: proper cleaning and sanitation, a vigorous boil, fast hot and cold break, healthy yeast, and temperature control, to name a few. However, brewers often don’t realize why each step is so crucial for a desired flavor profile. Sensory…

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Would I Lie to You? Homebrewing Advice Demystified as Legit or Myth!

  • Speakers: Amanda BurkemperDenny ConnJeff Gladish & Ron MinkoffMartin Brungard
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Pro brewers don’t want you to know this. Number 7 will surprise you! You won’t believe what happens next! Forgo the clickbait and join this seminar to get the real story on whether the common (and not-so-common) homebrewing advice you’ve heard is legit or myth. A seasoned panel of experienced…

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Yeast Harvesting, Banking, and Quality Control

  • Speaker: Eric Lowe
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Years ago, I started a thread on HomebrewTalk.com to share my techniques for banking yeast at home easily and inexpensively using slants. Little did I expect that the thread would go on to become one of the longest and most read threads on the world’s largest homebrew forum. It is…

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Aging Beer in a Barrel or Wood Alternatives from Stouts to Sours

  • Speaker: Dr. Douglas Gladue
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

This seminar discusses how to use barrel aging to achieve a barrel flavor and how to use the barrel as a medium for various microorganisms to achieve a sour profile. From oak powder to large oak barrels and everything in between, we’ll dive into the pros and cons of each…

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All About That Base: Learning More About Malt Through Sensory Analysis

  • Speaker: Jen Blair
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Brewers will learn the basics of sensory analysis, including a brief overview of the hot-steep method, and an overview of malt and the malting process. The presentation highlight will be a guided 30-minute malt sensory tasting session incorporating craft malt from around the United States, wherein participants will have the…

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American Hops: From Soil to Serve

  • Speaker: Nick Zeigler
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

In this inside look at how American hops are grown, harvested, processed, and used, Nick Zeigler will share insights on how to use different hop products to deliver the quality you want. You’ll learn to choose the right hop products for different steps in the brewing process and discover varied…

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Beasts and Bugs: Using the Science of Kombucha in Brewing Beer

  • Speaker: James Czar
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

At the center of kombucha brewing is an evolved symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). Learn how the microbiology and chemistry of kombucha connects to beer brewing methods of the past and how understanding it can help you brew better beer. We’ll also cover basic kombucha brewing (so you…

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Beer and Food Pairing Principles

  • Speaker: Jay DeLong
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Join Jay DeLong to examine the versatility of beer as it pairs with food. This talk discusses the primary beer-pairing factors as well as some general pairing guidelines. Primary emphasis will be on finding balance in both the beer and the food and how they can enhance each other. Pairing…

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Better Brewing Through Data Science and Machine Learning

  • Speaker: Justin Revelstoke
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Join Justin Revelstoke as we analyze hundreds of thousands of homebrew recipes and uncover hidden trends. Create, modify, and refine recipes with a live artificial intelligence (AI) brewing assistant and taste the results. Discuss the data science challenges inherent to the brewing industry as we explore the exciting new ways…

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Better Hopping Through Science: Tales from the Master Brewers Association of America

  • Speakers: Chris HotzDoug Brown
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Brewing science is constantly evolving and improving. To bring homebrewers up to date on the latest scientific developments in the world of hopping, this seminar introduces attendees to four recent studies conducted by members of the Master Brewers Association of America. For each study, we explain how to incorporate the…

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Biggest Mistakes in Sour Beer Making

  • Speaker: Jay Goodwin
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Perhaps the most difficult style of beer to execute well, sour beer is becoming increasingly popular for both home- and pro brewers. In this seminar, Jay Goodwin shares a few pitfalls of sour beer making from some of the best brewers in the world. From Cantillon and Rodenbach to Russian…

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