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Old 07-18-2011, 07:12 AM   #1
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I've not seen a new post by Kaiser in months. Anyone know if he's alright?

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:43 AM   #2
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He's a moderator over at the AHA forum. I think I remember in his interview on the Brewing Network that he doesn't use HBT anymore.

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Old 07-18-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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Oh cool thanks

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Old 07-18-2011, 03:01 PM   #4
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If that is true, that's a shame. It's surprising that some of the bigger "names" don't post more frequently on this forum considering its size. I guess trying to beef up their forums is more important.

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If that is true, that's a shame. It's surprising that some of the bigger "names" don't post more frequently on this forum considering its size. I guess trying to beef up their forums is more important.
Obviously I like and use HBT, but I support the AHA forum a lot more. HBT is part of Group Builder, which is a media company who own a lot of forums and their goal is to make money.

The AHA does a lot of advocacy and competitions, they have a pub discount program, a magazine, book discounts, scholarships, etc. You get all that stuff for $38 a year.

At HBT a premium membership is $25, and it goes to support what exactly? Group Builder? If Group Builder does any sort of advocacy programs, I am not aware of them, but I'll be the first to admit I'm wrong if someone can point me to them.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:15 PM   #6
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I've met Kai several times, gotten stupid-drunk with he and a bunch of other local folks, been out to brew at his house several times (just a couple months ago, in fact). He'd a really nice guy, and certainly one of the smartest homebrewers you could ever meet.

If he's not spending a lot of time on HBT these days, I certainly wouldn't read any nefarious intent into that. People are busy, he's got a young family, and sometimes you fall out of the habit of posting a lot. If he's busy on another site, he's probably finding a good audience for the more hardcore scientific stuff he's been working on. You can only do so much.

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Old 07-19-2011, 02:36 AM   #7
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Agree, no nefarious intent meant, simply concern for his welfare. Thats all. Thanks everybody.

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Obviously I like and use HBT, but I support the AHA forum a lot more. HBT is part of Group Builder, which is a media company who own a lot of forums and their goal is to make money.

The AHA does a lot of advocacy and competitions, they have a pub discount program, a magazine, book discounts, scholarships, etc. You get all that stuff for $38 a year.

At HBT a premium membership is $25, and it goes to support what exactly? Group Builder? If Group Builder does any sort of advocacy programs, I am not aware of them, but I'll be the first to admit I'm wrong if someone can point me to them.
When you ask exactly what a membership here supports, perhaps you've overlooked the fact that it's the greatest knowledge base of homebrewing information in the world. That must count for something. I would assume that if there were no paying members, this site would go away; so, ostensibly, some of the membership fees keep it alive.

But your point is good: if all the forums and blogs are free (they are), then any money spent is a donation. Why not donate to the AHA, an organization that sows the money back into the homebrewing community? I do admire the noble intent of the AHA, and I'm a former member.

But consider also the contribution this site has made to your brewing.

I think either is worth the donation. I choose both!
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it's the greatest knowledge base of homebrewing information in the world.
This was my point. I doubt Kai has any alterior motives; that wasn't my implication. I just find it a shame that this is the biggest homebrewing forum in the world and none of the big names choose to spend amuch time here. To me, that makes me think that they lean towards the for-profit venues for obvious reasons.
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To me, that makes me think that they lean towards the for-profit venues for obvious reasons.
This is a for-profit venue. FWIW, I visit the AHA forum fairly regularly and I rarely see Kaiser post there either, I didn't even know he was a mod there. Between Braukaiser.com, his blog, his career, his family, and any brewing-related lectures/appearances/etc I can imagine he doesn't have a lot of time to post on forums.
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