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Take a look at photos from this year’s Learn to Homebrew Day at the Eccentric Cafe.
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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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Learn to brew and bottle at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Upcoming Bell’s homebrew events for the rest of 2012:

Oct. 17 - Brewing and bottling demonstration

Nov. 3 - Teach a Friend to Brew Day (time TBA)

Nov. 4 – All Stouts Day – we’ll also announce the winner of our 3rd Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition (we open at noon, announcement will be later in the afternoon)

Dec. 12 19 - Brewing and bottling demo

They are all free to attend and generally start at 6 p.m. (except where noted) at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo.

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This past Saturday, we gave away 1,030 gallons of wort to 206 homebrewers for our 3rd annual competition. Deadline for entries is Oct. 26.
The winner will be announced on All Stouts Day - Nov. 4 at the Eccentric Cafe.
Check out photos from the Homebrew Expo as well as the wort giveaway here.
Good luck to all and cheers!

This past Saturday, we gave away 1,030 gallons of wort to 206 homebrewers for our 3rd annual competition. Deadline for entries is Oct. 26.

The winner will be announced on All Stouts Day - Nov. 4 at the Eccentric Cafe.

Check out photos from the Homebrew Expo as well as the wort giveaway here.

Good luck to all and cheers!

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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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Download a copy of the featured recipe from our July homebrew demonstration at the Eccentric Cafe.

Our next demo is scheduled for Aug. 15.

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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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Quick poll: Would you attend an all-grain homebrewing demo on a Saturday?

While our monthly homebrew demonstrations are typically held during the week, we have been mulling over the possibility of offering an all-grain demo on a Saturday at the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo.

Would you attend?