Details for our fifth annual competition and Expo are now available. New this year: The winner will also head to the Great American Beer Festival and compete!
We don’t offer our house yeast for sale. But since we don’t filter any of our ales either, you can harvest it directly from the bottle.
Any of our non-Belgian ales are good candidates for this. If you can get your hands on them, Oberon, Midwestern Pale Ale and Amber Ale are all good choices.
What you will need: 1-3 bottles of beer, a vessel, a flame source and the same ingredients required to build a yeast starter.
1. Refrigerate your bottle of beer for one week. Make sure you have a nice slurry on the bottom. Two to three bottles will yield better results.
2. Open bottle and sanitize the lip with a flame.
NOTE: You may also want to spray sanitizer on and around the cap before opening.
3. Gently pour the beer into a glass, leaving the sediment (yeast) in the bottle.
4. Swirl the sediment/yeast in the bottle and re-flame the lip.
5. Pour sediment into a sanitized container.
6. Grow your yeast using a stepped starter – start with 75ML (about 1/3 of a cup) of wort, then let ferment for two to three days. Then add an additional 750ML of wort and let ferment an additional two to three days.
Entering this year’s Michigan Beer Cup?
Drop off your entries to the Bell’s General Store by Monday, July 15 and we will take care of getting it delivered.
Entries must be registered via michiganbeercup.com first though to be eligible. Questions? Give the store a call at 269-382-5712.