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(Michigan grown) hop rhizomes are aback at the General Store in downtown Kalamazoo for those looking to grow their own hops at home.
Varieties include: We have Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Nugget, Willamette and Canadian Red Vine (supplies are limited so you may want to call ahead to make sure what you are looking for is still available.)
Call 269-382-5712 for more information.

(Michigan grown) hop rhizomes are aback at the General Store in downtown Kalamazoo for those looking to grow their own hops at home.

Varieties include: We have Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Nugget, Willamette and Canadian Red Vine (supplies are limited so you may want to call ahead to make sure what you are looking for is still available.)

Call 269-382-5712 for more information.

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Father’s Day sale at Bell’s General Store in Kalamazoo through Sunday

From now until Sunday (June 16), get:

  • 10% off all Brewer’s Best Beer Equipment Kits
  • 10% off any Brewer’s Best Ingredient Kit
  • 10% off stainless pots - 20 Qt., 30 Qt. and 42 Qt. (does not include Blichmann pots)

This offer is only available at the General Store in downtown Kalamazoo, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.

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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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We just posted our recipes of the month for August and September over on our Homebrewing page. Download the recipes for The 3rd Rule (a barley wine) and Brunch Milk Stout here.

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Recipe for chocolate chip pretzel cookies will help put spent grains to good use

Have some spent grain on your hands? Make some cookies - here’s how.

Recipe courtesy of Beth Campell-Raich.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spent grain
  • 1 cup roughly crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Optional ingredients: 1 cup of nuts, cranberries, or M&Ms

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat to combine. Add the dry ingredients and mix well until just combined. Stir in the spent grains, pretzels and chocolate chips until just incorporated. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  3. Drop onto cookie sheets with rounded tablespoons. Bake until lightly brown - 14-16 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheets for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool.

TIPS

  • Different types of grains will impose different flavors - have fun and experiment.
  • Try putting your grains through a food processor before adding them to the dough.
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Download our guide to your first brew, bottling day

For those unable to attend last night’s homebrew and bottling demonstration, you can download the 2 handouts below.

More information on future homebrew demos and events can always be found on our Homebrewing page.

Cheers!

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This clever DIY project came to our attention today from the American Homebrewers Association. Cheers!

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COMING SOON: Everything you need to enjoy draft beer at home.

COMING SOON: Everything you need to enjoy draft beer at home.

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Help us choose the Bell’s General Store’s next hop variety (poll)

We have an open spot for a new hop variety at the Bell’s General Store and we want you to help us choose which one to offer.

Below are the descriptions for each, along with a poll to vote for your favorite.

Voting will close on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.

MILLENNIUM: A triploid, high alpha acid variety with Nugget as the mother with a mild herbal aroma. Used for ales, stouts and barley wines.

ZYTHOS™: A proprietary hop blend created to embody the powerful tradition and aroma you expect from your finest ales and IPA brews. With a targeted brewing value of 11.9% alpha and 5.0% beta, ZYTHOS™ is an IPA style blend created to optimize and exceed the aroma characteristics you require.  ZYTHOS™ is not a replacement for proprietary varieties, but rather a premium pellet blend that will compliment your current IPA and Pale Ale brews.

This hop was also used in our Experimental Hop Series at the Eccentric Cafe.

MOTEUKA: An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavor making it suitable for producing bigger, more traditional style Lagers, especially a Bohemian Pilsener. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance specialty malt sweetness. An excellent variety for Belgian Ales and gives a real edge to Cask Bitter.

PACIFIC JADE: Suited for use as a bittering hop with some excellent results also seen in dual purpose applications, with a soft bitterness attributable to the low cohumulone. The citrus aroma and flavor notes work well to temper malt sweetness in “fullish” Ales especially when used moderately as a finishing hop. Pacific Jade is also well suited to balance dryer Lager styles when employed as an “up-front” kettle addition to showcase its bittering qualities.

STYRIAN AURORA: Moderate-alpha with powerful hoppy aroma, very versatile - try in US, Belgian or English ales.

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New homebrewing gear: Stainless steel strainer with fine, coarse filter

This new addition to the Bell’s General Store is a stainless steel 2-stage strainer that offers a course filter and a fine filter.

The course filter basket easily removes for easy cleaning and the entire unit is adjustable to fit over nearly any sized bucket.

Cost is $34.

This item is currently only available at the General Store in downtown Kalamazoo.

Call 269-382-5712 for more information.