AHA’s Annual Spring Big Brew! • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am – 6pm

It’s almost time for the AHA’s annual spring Big Brew! This event celebrates National Homebrew Day, the first Saturday of May every year. The BHG will be participating again as we usually do by hosting a Big Brew in Chris Brehm’s yard, 2617 Cedarwood Ave.

For those new to the concept, it’s a fun opportunity to drag your equipment to a foreign location and brew in a social setting. It certainly raises challenges not faced in our normal home environments, but is a great opportunity to share our different equipment/processes/techniques with each other and can be quite educational. It’s open to the public and brewing is not required, so come hang out and see what people are doing and share a homebrew with us if you aren’t able to brew. More participation makes it more interesting though, so I encourage you to make the effort to put it on your calendar and bring some equipment over. If lack of equipment is your hold up please let us know, as we collectively have tons of extra gear between us.

As in years past, we’ve once again tied this with the Guild’s anniversary and have developed a recipe to commemorate our 8th year. This year, we hope you join us in brewing our Belgian Dubbel recipe, but it is by no means a requirement. The recipe this year is courtesy of Doug Burghart! This was a gold-medal winning recipe from the Best of the Bay last year, and his version was phenomenal. The recipe is below

NOTE: If you are going to brew the club recipe, and you’re using Belgian yeast, be sure to let Robert (North Corner) know by April 28 so he can get the order in by brew day.

The club will provide food, but feel free to bring additional snacks to share and most importantly homebrew! Bonus points if you have any bottles of your 5th and 6th Anniversary beers to share up.
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am – 6pm
No real fixed schedule, but most of us doing all-grain batches will probably be trying to get started by 9. Do what works for you!
Doug Burghart’s Belgian Dubbel:
  • 69% Belgian Pils
  • 14% Munich 10L
  • 3.3%. Aromatic malt
  • 3.3%. Special B malt
  • 3.3%. Caramunich malt
  • 3%. Amber Belgian candi syrup
  • 3%. Dark brown sugar
  • 2.8 oz. US Saaz 2.6 AA. 60 mins
  • 1.5 oz Tettananger 4.5% AA 60 mins
    (I used whatever noble hops I had around – you probably could use any noble hop, I prefer Tettnanger, just for bettering only)
  • Wyeast Abbey II yeast
    (I started it at 68, and just let it free rise, I think it got up to 73 at its
    highest). Did a 2L starter.
  • OG: 1.062
  • FG: 1.012
  • IBU: 20
  • SRM: 16

Best of the Bay 2016

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The 2016 Best of the Bay homebrew competition is right around the corner! If you’re interested in entering the competition, registration is now open!

Sign up here: http://bellinghambrewers.com/bestofthebay/ 

This year, the bottle drop-off starts 7/13 and ends 7/27. Each entry is $7 for non-members and $4 for BHG dues-paying members. The competition will be limited to a maximum of 6 entries per person.

We’ve also opened up the competition to cider entries this year, so keep that in mind if you have any 2015 ciders hanging around!

Winners will be announced Sunday, August 7, at our Best of the Bay Homebrew Festival from 11am – 3pm in the Boundary Bay Annex Garden (off Maple St). The festival will be open to family and friends, so bring them out to show off all the great beers we brew! There will be games for kids and a non-alcoholic beverage option. We will have food for purchase on-site.

BHG Commemorative taster glasses will be for sale for $10 ($5 for members). You don’t need to buy a taster glass to come into the festival, but all proceeds go to support the Bellingham Homebrewers Guild. There will also be a raffle to win cool homebrew-related prizes, and other BHG swag for sale.

AHA Big Brew 2016

This Saturday the BHG will be participating in the AHA’s annual Big Brew event by hosting a group brew.  Anyone’s welcome to come, either just to hang out or better yet to bring your equipment and brew with us!  We’ll be providing food, you bring some homebrew to share.  If you’re interested in the BHG 7th anniversary Imperial Porter recipe that some members will be brewing, see here for details.

Learn to Homebrew Day 2015

The 17th annual AHA Learn to Homebrew Day is Saturday, November 7th.  The BHG will again be hosting a big group brew where members will be showing both each other and non-brewing friends how they do their thing.  Anyone’s welcome to bring equipment and come brew with us, or just come hang out and ask questions and watch.  We’ll be going from around 9am to 4pm, and providing donuts for breakfast and brats for lunch!  Feel free to bring some homebrew of course!

Location: 3600 Toad Lake Rd (Doug Burghart’s house)

Best of the Bay Winners Announced

Congratulations to James Martini of Sedro-Wooley for taking best of show this year with his brown porter with toasted coconut and getting to take home the trophy mug to drink from proudly for the next year.  Also, congratulations to our People’s Choice award winner at this year’s award ceremony, Justin Bajema’s Kriek.  All the winners have been posted at http://www.bellinghambrewers.com/competition/.

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We had 185 entries to judge this year from 55 brewers.  8 different stewards assisted 25 judges in evaluating them and providing feedback over the course of 26 flights of judging.  We had 19 categories that we were able to hand out gold, silver, and copper awards out for.  54 entries came from brewers identifying themselves as being with the BHG (almost 30%) which I think is the best local participation we’ve had yet.  BHG members did quite well in taking home some hardware too which I’m quite proud of – 16 medals!

A big thanks again to everyone who donated time to help judge, steward, sort bottles, setup the awards ceremony, donated prizes, etc.  I’d like to specifically call out for their significant contributions to making this event happen – Neal Tognazzini, Andrew Richardson, Michael Gan, Erica & Craig Simons, Jason Mantello, Robert Arzoo, Kulshan Brewing, and Boundary Bay, though many many others pitched in as well.  I thought this year’s event went fantastically thanks to their efforts.

Best of the Bay Award Ceremony and Homebrew Festival

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The Best of the Bay 2015 is happening this weekend and we’re going to find out who’s making the best homebrew in the Northwest!  As we’ve done every year, we’ll be following up the competition with a combination Award Ceremony and Homebrew Festival and all members of the Bellingham homebrewing community are invited.  We’ll be holding it again in Boundary Bay’s Annex Garden on the corner of Railroad Ave and E Maple St and the weather forecast is looking fantastic!  This year’s event will be Sunday, August 2 (day after the judging) from 11am to 3pm.

In addition to announcing winners and handing out coveted bung awards, BHG members will be serving homebrew and you’re welcome to bring a jockey box and keg if you’d like to share as well.  We’ll also be having people vote on their favorite beers and awarding People’s Choice awards towards the end.  There will also be non-alcoholic options and kids’ activities, so bring the whole family.  The event and homebrew are all free, but this does also serve as a fundraiser for the club, so please consider bringing a few bucks to purchase a commemorative taster glass, T-shirt, and/or raffle tickets.  There will also be food available to purchase.  

Whether you entered the competition or not, this is a great opportunity to support the club and congratulate the homebrewers that manage to brew beer good enough to take home the coveted gold, silver, and bronze bungs!  We hope to see you Sunday!