This Week's Sales, Winners of our Giveaways

Thanks to all who came out over the weekend. We are pleased to announce the winners of our recent giveaways:

Jon Grossart: 5 Gallon Brew Kit ($80 value)
Peter Shaffer: Mozzarella Kit

This weeks sale, Nov. 29-Dec.4: 10% all Equipment Kits, including our Pico Brewery (1 Gallon) Kit.

We will be having more giveaways during the month of December. To catch the next one, follow us on twitter @HomebrewXchange or stop by the store.

Win in our Black Friday Giveaways

Friday and Saturday come into the store and you could win a 5 gallon brew kit or a Mozzarella Cheesemaking kit. Also you can follow us on twitter @HomebrewXchange to have a chance to win.

The winning name will be picked on Sunday.

Remember the sale we are having, 20% off select items: HBX Ingredient Kits, Hops, Herbs, pH meters, Refractometers, and more.

Black Friday / Small Business Saturday: Huge Sale

This Friday and Saturday (Nov 25-26): 20% off all HBX-branded Kits: This includes our 5 gallon ingredient kits, Pico equipment and ingredient Kits, HBX cheese kits, and our rootbeer making kit

Also 20% off all Herbs and Hops.

Don't forget the gadgets, 20% off pH meters and refractometers. We have a lot of brewers who would love a refractometer for Christmas. These are high-end ATC (automatic temperature calibration) refractometers at the best price you'll find.

Sale is on in stock items only.

Remember to catch our sales and giveaways, follow us on twitter @HomebrewXchange, Like us on Facebook, or just watch this site for announcements.

Serious Sales and Giveaways Coming to HBX

Happy HolidaysHappy HolidaysWe will have a different sale every week, starting with Black Friday next week (November 25) and ending on Christmas Eve (December 24).

We're talking 10% off, 20% off, and free giveaways like a 5 Gallon Brewing Kit and Mozzarella Kits.

Watch Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for extra specials after Thanksgiving. Keep your dollars local this holiday season and get some awesome bargains.

To catch our sales and giveaways, follow us on twitter @HomebrewXchange, Like us on Facebook, or just watch this site for announcements. Keep reading for gift ideas...

Learn to Homebrew Day

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Learn to Homebrew Day was established by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 1999 to encourage people to homebrew. If you homebrew, you have probably shared your love of homebrewing with your friends and family. If you have never homebrewed before, but have thought about how much you’d like to make your own tasty homebrews. Now is the time. Fall and winter are a perfect time to learn to brew. Imagine controlling all the aspect of your homebrews. Like hops? Make an IPA with some Magnum hops. Like dark beers? Make a stout. Personalize your brew just as you like. Get creative with it an make a Chai Brown Ale. The possibilities are endless.Brewing KitBrewing Kit

Homebrew Exchange will be at the Green Dragon from 3-6pm on Saturday, November 5 sharing our love of homebrewing with anyone who wants to share a beer with us.

Best In Show: Winner is Dan Adams

WinningWinningLast month we hosted anther HBX "Exchange" Party. There were some regulars as well as some newcomers to the party scene. The selection of beers ranged from Banana Malted Wine (made by Aaron Fabbri) to many IPAs.
The Best is Show is voted on by the people that come to the party and this time the winner is Dan Adams.

Congrats Dan. Dan was nice enough to answer a few questions for me:

1.How many years have you been brewing?
I've been brewing a little under a year under the name Vanport City Brewing. In that time I've tried to come up with a couple recipes I could have on-tap all the time, experiment with some seasonals, and help teach others the first steps of homebrewing.
Keep reading after the cut...

How to Make Hard Cider

PearsPearsIn this article, we explain how to brew your own hard apple or pear cider (a.k.a. perry).

What to Expect

Naturally-made, or craft cider is quite dry. It is not sweet because the yeast, left to do its job, will consume most of the sugar in the juice. Many commercial ciders are "back sweetened". This consists of killing and stabilizing the yeast (using preservatives, heat, and/or filtering), and then adding sugar.

Choosing your Juice
We will consider using apples (cider) and pears (perry) in this article, but you can use the methods here with other fruit, for example plums.

Cider Press on Kenton Third Thursday

Trick or Treat at Third Thursday in Kenton

Portland, OR - The Kenton neighborhood in North Portland is hosting their monthly Third Thursday, October 20th for the 2nd annual Kenton Halloween Party. Kenton businesses will be open late from 5-8pm for trick or treating. There will be special events throughout many Kenton businesses all night long.

The Homebrew Exchange (HBX), a DIY beer, soda, wine, and cheese making store located on North Kilpatrick will be having a Cider Pressing and Tasting. “We will be pressing 100 lbs of apples into cider,” said owner Jocelyn Fabbri.

Homebrew "Exchange" Party

It's that time again to party at HBX. Our storefront construction is completed and we are glad to see the sun again. Come celebrate with us and bring something to share with your neighbors and friends.Sammy Beer

You can bring beer, wine, soda, cheese, just about anything you want to show off or want the opinion of another homebrewer. We would love to help you sample and answer any questions that you have.

There will be a raffle drawing for great prizes and a "Best in Show". This winner will receive $25 store credit, T-shirt, a chance to hand out there winnings at Kenton Third Thursday and much more.

Hope to see you there.
As always we are family friendly.

Best in Show Winners: Bob and Ian

Bob and IanBob and IanEarlier this year HBX hosted an "Exchange Party". During the party, everyone voted on the best in show beverage. The winner was Bob and Ian. I had the chance to ask them a few questions about their brewing experiences.

How many years have you been brewing?
Bob: I started while I was in college, about five years ago.
Ian: My first solo batch was in Spring '06, but I kind of fell off until joining Bob in Fall '10.

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