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This past Saturday, the entries (126) for this year’s homebrew competition were judged.
Everyone was impressed with the caliber of this year’s entries, noting lots of hops and experimentation, not to mention quite a few beers made with wild yeast and bacteria.
The winner will be announced this Sunday at 3 p.m. during All Stouts Day at the Eccentric Cafe.

This past Saturday, the entries (126) for this year’s homebrew competition were judged.

Everyone was impressed with the caliber of this year’s entries, noting lots of hops and experimentation, not to mention quite a few beers made with wild yeast and bacteria.

The winner will be announced this Sunday at 3 p.m. during All Stouts Day at the Eccentric Cafe.

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Q&A: Bell’s 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition

Here are some commonly asked questions (and answers) about this year’s Homebrew Competition. For more on the competition itself, go here.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: There is no charge. The 5 gallons of wort are free.

Q: How much wort will be available?

We won’t know exactly how much we will end up with until the wort is made, but last year we were able to give 5 gallons of wort to 205 homebrewers. We hope to be in that ballpark again this year, but things happen during wort transfers that can affect that number. We recommend arriving early to sign up and make sure you get your wort.

Q: I can’t be there until later in the day. Is there any way I can bring my vessel to you early and pick up the wort when I’m able?

Sorry, but we only have so much wort to give away so we are forced to give it to those in attendance on Sept. 8 (sign-up begins at 11 a.m.).

Q: Can I add extract/sugars/steeping grains/water/etc. to the wort?

You can add whatever you like. However, if your homebrew is chosen as the winner, we will have to be able to figure out a way to make your beer on a much larger scale. So please, take good, detailed notes of everything you do to the wort.

Q: I can’t make it to the Expo. Can I send my friend/wife/whoever to pick the wort up for me?

Yes. We aren’t concerned with who takes the wort, so much as we are with who turns bottles in to be judged in October. We do ask that you don’t bring friends or relatives who don’t brew, just so you can have an extra 5+ gallons of wort. We are relying on the goodwill of homebrewers to help each other out and share the wealth. Please help us make sure all who want to compete are able.

Q: What do I need to bring in order to get the wort?

A: Please bring a sanitized vessel capable of holding 5 gallons. A bucket, a carboy (please be extra careful handling glass carboys) or a cornelius keg are the most common. You can leave your vessel in your vehicle until it’s time to pick up your wort (we will start distributing the wort around 1 p.m.). Please sanitize your vessel prior to your pick-up time to help us make sure everyone gets their wort.

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Wort can be picked up on Sept. 8 at the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo.

This will be the same day as Bell’s 27th Anniversary Celebration, our annual Homebrew Expo and 6th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest.

For more details, visit the Bell’s blog.

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Drop off your entries for the Michigan Renaissance Festival Homebrew Competition at the Bell’s General Store

Save time and shipping costs by dropping off your entries for the Michigan Renaissance Festival Homebrew Competition at the Bell’s General Store.

Registration info and rules can be found at: www.snobsbrewclub.com/renfest/

Deadline to drop off entries at the store is August 25.

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A Bit of Heat, the homebrew from Geoff Groff that won our second annual homebrew competition back in September will be tapped at 3 p.m. July 21 at the Eccentric Café.

Brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros at our original brewery, this dry habanero-ed IPA or Strong Pale Ale comes in at 6.4% ABV.

Read more about it on the Bell’s Blog and be sure to mark Sept. 8 on your calendars for the 3rd Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition Expo and Kick-off.

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Compete in the 3rd Annual Michigan Beer Cup; drop off entries at the Bell’s General Store

Start brewing now to enter the 3rd Annual Michigan Beer Cup.

To save you time and money, the Bell’s General Store will again serve as a drop-off point for this year’s competition.

Exact details for the drop-off are still being finalized, but registration for the competition will be available online starting in June. For more on the competition itself, visit their website.

Check back for more details as we get closer to the drop-off deadline (mid-July).

Until then - get brewing!

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Deadline to submit homebrew entries for ABC Brews Crews competition to Bell’s General Store is May 15

Any-one interested in saving on shipping for entries in the ABC Brews Crews Homebrew Competition needs to get their entries to the Bell’s General Store by Wednesday, May 15.

Entries should be registered online at brewscrews.aabg.org and dropped off at the store with all the appropriate paperwork and payment.

The entries will be stored in our cooler and hand delivered to the judging site in Ypsilanti.

Call 269-382-5712 for more information.