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)
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.
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.
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?