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Advice for every level homebrewer: Use these homebrewing tips from Bell's employees & General Store Clerks

Homebrew Tips

Homebrew has always been the heart of what we do. It's our roots. Larry Bell began brewing in the early 80’s on a 15-gallon soup pot, and ran a homebrew supply store before opening the brewery. Today this is still an important part of who we are. 

The Bell's General Store, adjacent to the Eccentric Cafe, has become a place not only for beer to-go and merchandise, but a place for local breweries and homebrewers to shop homebrew supplies. Our store offers supplies that appeal to every homebrewer, no matter the level of expertise.

With the help of our knowledgeable General Store clerks, as well as some Bell's employees who are experienced homebrewers, we are excited to share with you some tips that will hopefully help you on your next homebrew adventure.

Check back weekly for a new tip!

1. Are you having trouble getting consistency between batches? Start taking notes to figure out what is changing and say goodbye to surprise hydrometer readings! We even offer a free printable sheet to help get you started. Next time you're in the General Store be sure to ask one of our store clerks for a Brew Day Stats Sheet.

Share your homebrew experience with us on social media using the hashtag #BellsAtHomebrew for a chance to be featured!


Our General Store has everything you need to start homebrewing or develop your next recipe. Check us out in person (355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007) or online.

As always, if you have any questions about homebrewing or a specific brew, give us a call at (269) 382-5712 or drop us a note