- Conference presentations are focused on homebrewing, or topics related to homebrewing.
- Serving beer during a presentation is welcome, but is not necessary, and should only be done as it relates to your topic.
- Presentations are typically about 45 – 50 minutes long and should allow 10 – 15 minutes for questions at the end. The Homebrew Con Seminar Selection Committee welcomes alternate formats for presenting your seminar content, and you will have the opportunity to indicate this on the proposal application.
- Seminar presenters are given one complimentary full conference registration.
- Travel, hotel and other associated expenses are not covered by the American Homebrewers Association.
- Supplier-generated presentations that only explore one specific product or solution will not be considered. Suppliers wishing to present specific information on their products should consider a sponsored demonstration. Proposals from suppliers are welcome when balanced approaches are presented and they do not mention specific products by name.
Proposal Deadline Extended to December 20, 2019
The AHA is accepting seminar proposals for all topics related to homebrewing, craft beer, and beer culture. Seminars will be presented in one of thirteen different tracks. Please choose the track that best fits the content of your seminar when submitting your proposal:
- Alternative Fermentation – seminars focused on any non-beer fermentation including (but not limited to) mead, cider, sake, perry, cheese, bread, kimchi, etc.
- Beer Styles – these seminars focus specifically on one style of beer (i.e. IPA, session beers, lagers, etc.).
- Brewing Process – these seminars focus on the wide variety of ways to craft homebrew, and the process involved (i.e. BIAB, decoction mashing, barrel aging, etc.).
- Clubs & Competitions – this track covers anything focused on operating a homebrew club, or running a homebrew competition.
- Do-It-Yourself – for the DIY homebrewer looking to get into the nitty-gritty of their brewing gear and serving equipment.
- Going Pro – these presentations will focus on the future professional brewers.
- Historical – the rich history of beer and brewing is discussed in these seminars.
- Homebrew Industry – these seminars will focus exclusively on the homebrew retail industry.
- Ingredients – these seminars cover the use of water, malt, hops, spices, etc (yeast is a separate category).
- Other/Misc. – any seminar that does not fit into one of the other categories can be submitted here.
- Recipe Formulation & Improvement – seminars designed to help the audience improve their homebrew or design the best beer possible.
- Sensory Analysis – these seminars will focus on attendees that wish to improve their palate.
- Yeast & Fermentation – subjects pertaining to the fermentation process.
Submissions are evaluated by a panel of American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee members, and local conference committee members. Decisions are based on a combination of the following criteria:
- Interest in the topic
- Relevance to homebrewing
- Presenters’ credentials