The Queensland Homebrewing Conference (QHC) is on again this year, on 13, 14 October. The conference will kick off on Friday night, 13 Oct, with a mystery bus tour - 2 bars and three breweries. Tickets sold separately and will include the bus and 2 beers at each brewery. We will be picking up and dropping off at Southbank. Saturday's conference will once again be at the South Bank Institute of Technology. Speakers include 3 commercial brewers, a distiller, three noted home brewers, an equipment supplier, grain and hops supplier and a scientist. Topics to be covered will include: - Kettle souring - Barrel ageing - Double and triple mashing to produce high gravity beers - Beginners guide to yeast - Cleaning and sanitising - what to use, why and when? - Gassing with Nitro - where to get it, how to use it? - Basic artisinal distillation - tricks to first-principles distilling, and barrel aging spirits - Separating Fact from fiction - a review of Brewlosophy experiments and what they mean for home brewers - Trying different hops (they don't have to start with 'C') and new hop technology - Q&A panels Spiegelau will be running another Glass Session. This time, we will be returning to the four-glass Classic set - you must book and pay separately, but the cost is still less than a set of the amazing Spiegelau glasses and there will be a heap of beers to try as you test each glass. There will be plenty of locally brewed beers on hand, thanks to Brisbane's independent breweries, plenty of excellent food and we will be running Club Wars again - 8 clubs, a standard set of ingredients and no rules about what to brew. Sample every beer and cast your vote on the top club for the year. Saturday night will be our Beer and Food matching Dinner. The beers are underway and the range is very wide! it's always a great night and we think this will be be fantastic too. A new Grainfather Conical Fermenter and Controller will be won on the day, thanks to Imake. And there will be plenty more give-aways. To buy tickets or find out more, head to: www.theqhc.com.au Sponsorship for this year's conference comes from Brewers Choice, National Homebrew, Gladfield, BeerCo, Imake, Ecolab and Ballistic Beer Co.