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Recreating the Original India Pale Ale

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

The story of the beloved IPA (India pale ale) is clouded with misinformation, poor presumptions, and lack of documentation. This seminar will tell the story of the IPA’s rise to popularity in the 18th century, how it was made, and how it likely tasted. Like its history, the original IPA was…

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Stewarding Quality in the Malt & Hop Supply Chain

  • Speaker: John Mallett
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

The supply chains that successfully deliver malt and hops to brewers are long and complex. Managing great quality in agricultural raw materials involves aspects of breeding, commercialization, growing, processing, packaging, storage, and transportation. Join John Mallett as we journey along those paths with a particular focus on food safety, communication,…

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The Science and Art of Blending Hops

  • Speaker: Stan Hieronymus
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Hop vendors continue to provide brewers with more information about the compounds in a particular lot of hops, while researchers study the aromas and flavors those compounds might provide. But when a brewer is considering blending Saaz with Citra or using Aramis instead of Strisselspalt, it is essential to also…

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The Wonderful World of Kveik

  • Speaker: Chris Saunders
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Recent years have witnessed a huge amount of interest in these Norwegian yeasts. Kveik takes everything we thought we knew about brewing and flips it on its head.


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Using Common Sensory: Organizing Beer Sensory Experiences to Improve Your Palate

  • Speaker: Jen Blair
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Performing sensory analysis can seem intimidating to many people who would like to improve their palates but aren’t sure where or how to start. Learning more about beer ingredients while expanding your beer vocabulary and tasting ability is not only fun but also approachable. It can even be…

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Yeast Blending: Building the Perfect New England IPA

  • Speaker: Sam Wineka
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2020
  • Online

Join Sam Wineka, lab manager of Bootleg Biology, to discuss all the benefits of blending yeasts in brewing. Learn why you might want to consider blending strains in your next brew and how to maintain a practical yeast bank at home. Lastly, explore how you might build a yeast blend…

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7 Hops: Bitter Sisters Who Reveal the Secrets of Humulus lupulus

  • Speaker: Stan Hieronymus
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

How should you use a hop you’ve never heard of? Why are New World hops different? What’s a thiol? How come nobody warned us about hop creep? We’ll consider these questions, talk about the latest scientific research, and vote for the most important hop ever after getting up close and…

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Ask the Experts Panel

  • Speakers: Brad SmithDrew BeechumJohn Palmer
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

No homebrewing topic is off limits in this interactive Q&A panel with homebrewing luminaries Brad Smith, John Palmer, and Drew Beechum. Lamenting on lagers? Interested in isinglass? Curious about carbonation? Puzzled about Pediococcus? Overanalyzing alpha acids? Bring your toughest homebrewing riddles and see what advice these experts can give.

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Automated Brewing and Electrical Safety for Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Peter Bruno & Geoff Parkins
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Many DIY brewers are learning about microcontrollers, advanced temperature control, flow measurement and control, volume sensing, and dissolved oxygen measurement to improve quality and ensure consistency from batch to batch. We will discuss the capabilities and advantages of automation, from simple temperature control to fully automated breweries. The second half…

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Beer School: Homebrew Tips from Brewing College and Pro Brewer Experience

  • Speaker: James Czar
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

In his two-year journey to a brewing science degree, and in his time as a professional brewer, James has had many “Aha!” moments—times when he realized that a specific technique or bit of knowledge could help his homebrew. Join James as he shares (often humorous) stories from school and work,…

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Better Bochet

  • Speakers: Brian WolfJohn Wilson
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

The deep copper color, vanilla aroma, and notes of caramel and burnt marshmallow of bochet have long been of interest to us. But, all too often, a bochet passed to us at a club meeting or sampled at Club Night managed to disappoint. The bochets we tasted lacked body, were…

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Brewing Beer-Style Meads

  • Speaker: Sergio Moutela
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Making beer-style mead involves more than just adding hops. This presentation covers everything that goes into making recipes that truly walk the fine line between these two amazing craft beverages.

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Brewing Simple: Great Beer with Less Effort and More Fun

  • Speaker: Drew Beechum & Denny Conn
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Why do homebrewers seem to want to do things in the most difficult way possible? Why measure your beer’s value in terms of sweat instead of savor? Learn how simplifying your brewing process can give you great beer in less time while you have the most fun with your brew.…

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Brewing with Fruit

  • Speaker: Bret Kollman Baker
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Get the most out of your fruit beers. Bret Kollmann Baker, head brewer at Urban Artifact, covers a wide range of techniques and options for maximizing fruit usage in your beers. We’ll discuss fermentation and brewhouse fruit usage rates, the impacts of different fruit types (whole, fresh, frozen, puree, concentrate,…

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Brewing with Oats

  • Speaker: Sachin "Chino" Darji
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

What if there were a secret ingredient that could take your beer from good to remarkable? What if this secret could help you make something beery, delicious, and totally unique? The humble oat has been a traditional brewing grain since before recorded beer history. Let’s unlock the secrets of the…

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Brewing without Hops: Back to the Future of Botanical Brewing

  • Speaker: George "Butch" Heilshorn
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Folks from around the world have brewed beer for thousands of years, and for most of that time, they didn’t use hops! Join brewer, brewpub owner, and author of Against All Hops Butch Heilshorn for a jaunt down the wonderful wormhole of botanical brewing. Learn its rich history, discover what…

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Brut IPA: Birth of a New Style

  • Speaker: Greg Irving
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Brut IPA has emerged from the turbid world of murky IPA haze as a new style that is brilliantly clear, effervescent, full of hop flavor and aroma, low on bitterness, and bone dry. Come learn all about the Champagne-like quality of brut IPA in this session. Topics covered will include…

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Building Your Own Brew Stand from A to Z

  • Speaker: Brian Haslip
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

This seminar will provide homebrewers with many different options for building brew stands. From choosing and planning the system and selecting materials to putting it all together, you’ll learn how to avoid potential pitfalls along the way. Whether you are building a multi-tier gravity system, a brew-in-a-bag system, a single-tier…

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Deep Diving into Yeast Starters

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Debating whether to make a starter can be confusing. Do I really need to make one? How is it different than just adding more yeast? In this talk we’ll explore what making a starter can do and dive into some data behind different types of starters. We’ll look at cell…

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DIY Advanced Technology for Cheapskate and Anarchistic Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Pierre Margraff & Andrew Tipler
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

In this presentation, homebrewers will learn to develop and apply novel technologies to solve common homebrew problems. All these useful projects work well and are inexpensive and practical to build at home. Learn about fun DIY projects like a temperature monitor and controller, pressure monitor, fermentation and keg weight monitor,…

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Draft Beer Dispensing for Homebrewers

  • Speaker: Joe Linquist
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Tired of seeing delicious beer—the product of several weeks and lots of love—mutilated by your draft beer dispensing system? It takes only seconds for a beer traveling from keg to faucet to leave a bad taste in your mouth if your dispensing system isn’t properly designed, assembled, and maintained. In…

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Educational Seminars and Guest Speakers for Your Homebrew Club

  • Speaker: Mike Todd
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Effectively coordinate educational topics and speakers for your homebrew club to promote continued learning, active membership, and club longevity. Homebrew clubs that encourage members to remain up to date and informed are much more successful than so-called “drinking clubs.” This seminar will help you start a regular educational segment at…

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Ferment THAT!

  • Speaker: Lorena Evans & Melinda Spalding
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Fermented foods have a long history and are currently a hot commodity. This seminar will build on some of the basics of fermentation and types of microbes involved in fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha, vinegar, sausage, sauerkraut, hot sauces, cheese, and many more! In this sequel to Ferment THIS from…

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Flavor Impacts of Brett Fermentation under Pressure

  • Speaker: Jonah Greenbaum-Shinder & Chris Saunders
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

It is a popular belief that fermenting with Brettanomyces under pressure yields a funkier outcome. At Escarpment Labs, we decided to put it to the test by fermenting the same co-pitched wort with and without top pressure. The finished product was then evaluated in a sensory panel and tested using…

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Gluten-Free Brewing: Choosing the Best Grains for Taste, Texture, and Color

  • Speaker: Robert Keifer
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2019
  • Providence, RI

Robert Keifer has been gluten-free since 2010 and became tired of never having any beer to drink. After discovering gluten-free beer, he immersed himself in learning everything there is to know about brewing. He aspires to put his beers on the map at the Great American Beer Festival® Pro-Am Competition…

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