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The Chemistry of Mashing

  • Speaker: Dr. Roger Barth
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Mashing is the process that converts grain and water to sweet wort. We will discuss the structure and functions of the enzymes involved, and how they are influenced by temperature and pH. Factors that affect pH during mashing will be covered. Read More

The Dark Ages: Baltic, Munich or Kulmbach?

  • Speakers: Michael SteinPeter Jones
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Baltic, Munich and Kulmbacher: this presentation travels through European and American lands to get a better understanding of dark lager. Learn how German, Czech and Baltic Porter styles were appropriated by American breweries before, during and after Prohibition. These styles barely resurfaced after "the great experiment" but they are alive… Read More

The Good Life: Successful Strategies for Raising Phenomenal Financial Resources for Your Homebrew Club

  • Speaker: Ron Minkoff
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

What if your homebrew club had the resources to pay for all competition entry fees and shipping, BJCP classes, brew ingredients, BJCP judge/steward participation stipends, food for meetings and a whole lot more? Plus, do all this and still have funds left over to give thousands of dollars to charities… Read More

Trouble-Free Tart Beers: Alternative Souring Methods

  • Speaker: Mary Izett
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Want to make complex, tart beers in a fraction of the time and with minimal risk of cross-contaminating your equipment? Blending, kettle souring and alternative ingredients are three methods that you can use at home to produce a number of sour beers, including Berliner Weisses, Goses, Lichtenhainers, faux Flanders reds… Read More

Troubleshooting Off Flavors in Beer

  • Speaker: Dr. Brad Smith
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

An in-depth look at common off flavors in beer and their causes. This seminar will cover in-depth how to detect off flavors as well as how to fix them. Topics include diaceytl, DMS, esters, phenolics and tannins, as well as sour beer infections. For each off flavor, the top causes… Read More

Unlocking the Genetic Code of Brewing Strains

  • Speaker: Chris White
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Brewing yeast strains have been developed by brewers over centuries and not created in a lab. This seminar will look at how yeast have genetically developed over the years by brewers. Using science to unlock the genetic code of some brewing strains, we can look at how these strains have… Read More

Ur-Buzz: The Advent of Human-Controlled Fermentation

  • Speakers: Dr. Patrick McGovernKen Schramm
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Ken Schramm, Dr. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Uncorking the Past and Ancient Wine) and other panel members discuss the advent of human-controlled fermentation: the ingredients, processes, species domestication, implements and human knowledge that went into the earliest human attempts at and successes in fermentation. Read More

Waste Not, Want Not: Water Conservation for the Homebrewer

  • Speaker: Quentin Hodgson
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Homebrewers spend a lot of time and effort to improve their brewing efficiency, seeking to make best use of quality ingredients and even replicating the water profile for a favorite beer. But one area that is often overlooked is efficiency in using water. A typical homebrewer can use 30 gallons… Read More

Water Made Easy

  • Speaker: Roy Roberts
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Beer consists mostly of water. Most homebrewers understand the vital importance of brewing water but can be intimidated by the wealth of information available. This talk will focus on simple steps that all-grain brewers can take with regard to their water so they can make better beer. Read More

Welcome to the Dark Side! The Evolution of Porter

  • Speaker: Frank Clark
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Journey into the past of porter with beer historian Frank Clark. We will look at the murky origins of porter and how it evolved into one of the most popular beers of the 18th century, as well as its slow decline in the 19th century and eventual rebirth in the… Read More

What is Wild Yeast, Where is It, and How do you Brew With It?

  • Speaker: Jeff Mello
  • Track: Yeast & Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

What makes a yeast truly wild? What is Brettanomyces, and are all beers with Brett actually wild? Where are the best places to find different types of wild yeast? Based on the latest research from Bootleg Biology, we'll discuss how to classify different types of brewing microbes, where they actually… Read More

What’s New In The How To Brew

  • Speaker: John Palmer
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Homebrew Con Baltimore features over 90 speakers, and more than 60 seminars for your brewing enjoyment. When the presenters of “Don’t Fear the Fungus…” had to unfortunately withdraw shortly before the conference – we were thrilled to hear that John was willing to step in and offer his brewing know-how… Read More

Wild Alaska, Wild Ingredients

  • Speaker: Goeff Larson
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

Alaskan Brewing co-founder Geoff Larson shares tips and tales from using local and unique ingredients in the brewing process. The seminar will cover selecting ingredients and the base beer, how flavors can manifest, and methods for adding non-traditional ingredients. Examples include spruce tips in Winter Ale, alder-smoked malt, berries, herbs,… Read More

(Almost) Everything You Know About Brewing History Is Wrong

  • Speaker: Randy Mosher
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Modern brewers are inspired by the past to create their own interpretations of the classics. But what if it turns out a lot of our ideas about past beers are just not right? This is the case with far too many classic styles. Often, the truth is even more interesting… Read More

2015 Keynote

  • Speaker: Tomme Arthur
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

2015 National Homebrewers Conference Keynote Read More

A Contrast and Comparison of the Many Variations of India Pale Ale

  • Speaker: Mitch Steele
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

A review of brewing techniques, ingredients and traditions related to the many styles of IPA, including historical IPA, English IPA, East Coast and West Coast American IPA, double/imperial IPA, black IPA, session IPA and more. Read More

Beer Clarity, In Depth

  • Speaker: Brad Smith
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

This seminar will provide an in-depth look at beer clarity, including measuring clarity, potential causes of clarity issues and ingredients and processes to minimize haze in your beer. It also will address the most common causes of haze including tannins and polyphenols, ingredient selection, chill haze and more. Brad will… Read More

Berliner and Beyond: Sour Mashing and Its Applications

  • Speaker: Derek Springer
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Interest in sour beers has never been higher, but to many the idea of making their own sour beer seems like an impossible dream. But what if there were a fast, easy method to get active making sours? Sour mashing is an intermediate-level technique for any beer that would benefit… Read More

Best Practices in Homebrew Retail

  • Speakers: Chris Opela David StuartJuno ChoiLarry Clouser
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Our speakers—representatives from major homebrew wholesale companies—will highlight what it takes to make a great shop. Read More

Blurring the Style Guidelines: Brewing Great, Mixed-Style Beers

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

Style guidelines provide excellent definitions of world-aclaimed beer types. However, they are only guidelines and the creative brewer can break free to create unique beers that don’t necessarily fall into a single style category. Read More

Brewing Session Beer

  • Speaker: Andrew Mitchell
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Session beers have been gaining popularity over the last several years, especially now that many breweries are making session IPAs. Andrew will discuss traditional session ale styles, newer and less common styles, and recipe and process considerations to take into account when writing recipes and brewing beers with lower alcohol… Read More

Brewing with Coffee: Approaches & Techniques from Dry-Beaning to Home Roasting

  • Speakers: Amy KroneJacob McKeanMichael Tonsmeire
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Do you dream of making a coffee beer that really stands out from the pack? Jacob McKean, Amy Krone and Michael Tonsmeire will provide an overview of their years of experiments with coffee beers at both the homebrewing and professional levels. They’ll delve into how coffee origins and roast profiles… Read More

Brewing With Experimental Hops: A New Hop Variety Just For Homebrewers

  • Speakers: Jason PerraultKarl VanevenhovenVinnie Cilurzo
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Until now, all experimental hop varieties have been tested and run through the craft beer industry first. For the first time a new hop has been bred and developed for homebrewers. Jason Perrault of the Hop Breeding Company and Perrault Farms, Karl Vanevenhoven of Yakima Chief-Hopunion, and Vinnie Cilurzo of… Read More

Bridging the Gender Gap: Women

  • Speakers: Debbie CerdaFlorencia "Popy" FouchKim Wood
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Women may be the minority in homebrewing, but the number of females enjoying craft beer is growing. Find out what efforts are being made by homebrew clubs to increase their female membership. Learn how the AHA diversity subcommittee is working to bridge the gender gap and encourage more women to… Read More

Bringing the Brewery Home

  • Speaker: Warren Haskell
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

Scaling and cloning recipes is challenging, whether trying to clone your favorite craft brew or taking your favorite homebrew from five gallons to 50 barrels. Warren and Jason will discuss recipe scaling and method and equipment use in the process. Raw ingredients, brewing method, fermentation control and packaging will be… Read More

Confessions of a Celebrity Hop Variety: How Did I End Up Beer?

  • Speaker: Pat Purcell
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

The odds of creating a wildly successful new hop variety are one in several million (so we’re saying there’s a chance…), but every once in a while, we hit a home run. This is the story of a hop variety that was developed over a 10-year period to capture a… Read More

Crafting Cellarworthy Beers

  • Speaker: Patrick Dawson
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

An in-depth look at how to design and brew beers that have the makeup to improve and mature over years in the cellar. Optimal beer styles for cellaring will be reviewed, along with expectations and recommended time frames. Read More

Czech Lagers: History, Brewing, Judging

  • Speakers: Bob HallRandy Scorby
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2015
  • San Diego, CA

In this seminar, Bob Hall and Randy Scorby will describe the four “new” Czech styles in the BJCP style guidelines. Czech lagers are more diverse than simply pilsners and range from delicate light lagers to malty and intense dark lagers. Bob and Randy will describe the history of these beers,… Read More

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