6/11/2012 -- I just purchased your deluxe brewing kit and 3 ingredient kits. I live in Maine and it looks like shipping bottles will be cost prohibitive. Can I use 16oz plastic beer bottles and do you sell them? Respectfully, Mark Haskell
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, plastic bottles can be used, they just don't look "traditional". As long as your beer is stored out of bright light, I see no probelm.We do sell them, see link below.It is often easy to find re-cappable bottles locally, from bars, taverns and recycling places. Respectfully? Wow. We don't get THAT much!Enjoy
5/7/2012 -- I am thinking about buying: 1/2 Liter Plastic Bottles with Caps (16 Oz.). It would be nice to know how many bottles I get for $16.95Thank youMike
Response From Homebrew Heaven: One case = 24 bottles
9/30/2010 -- I plan on mixing rootbeer and force carbonating it. Do I still add the sugar, or do I just use the extract and water?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You'll need to add sugar to the extract in order to sweeten it, but no additional sugar to carbonate it.In other words, just sweeten to taste, force carbonate, and enjoy!
6/10/2009 -- Im trying to find some heavy, unthreaded glass 12 oz. bottles for my root beer brewing...Do you have any idea where I can find them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure, from us!Here is a link to that product:http://store.homebrewheaven.com/Product57
1/26/2008 -- I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9109 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Here is a video of our shop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1a5fKvv8XIHeck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will . . .
1/4/2007 -- if i order a soda extract what else do i need ie:yeast? etc
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just use the concentrate, some champagne yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
1/21/2006 -- 2 questions.1. If you use glass how much space do you leave before capping so does not explode?2. Which is better, corn sugar or table sugar? Is there a difference in flavor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. About 1.5". If you are using our bottle filler, this is set for you when you remove the filler from the bottle.2. Corn sugar will give you finer bubbles. No real difference in flavor.
9/10/2005 -- Can you also put the root beer in a 5 gallon keg?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. That is what they were originally designed for.
8/17/2005 -- How many times can you reuse the plastic bottles and screw caps and still be safe?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not sure, really, I've never seen any "wear out" from normal use. Probably many times if you sanitize using iodophor.
5/20/2005 -- Hi - Love your store and am now just about a regular - I hope. Can you give me a Cliff Notes version of soda making - what I need, supplies, how to, etc. I think it would be fun for my kids. They would love to make rootbeer, I think.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank YOU, Kim. Making soda pop is easy, real easy. To give it a try, order a few flavors, and start saving your plastic soda bottles...the kind you buy soda in now. They will wash out nicely, just save the caps.The soda flavors come with complete instructions, but here is the "Cliff Notes" version:To make 4 gallons:Stir together . . .
4/9/2005 -- This isn’t really a question but a tip for the soda pop makers out there: After you bottle your soda place bottles in a plastic storage bin (with cover) and place bin in an out of the way spot for fermentation to take place. Should you have a bottle burst it will greatly minimize the cleanup!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good advice, if using glass bottles. Plastic is much safer.
10/25/2004 -- is it possible to make soda into beer minus the hops or is there somthing in the extract that prevents over fermantation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No; there are preservatives in the soda extracts to prevent too much fermentation.
7/19/2004 -- My favorite soda is Vanilla Coke. I'd like to make it and put on tap in a 5 gallon keg. Should I mix cola extract with cream soda extract, or cola with a vanilla flavoring? I'd hate to ruin 5 gallons of soda to figure this out.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I haven't tried this modification. My guess, however, is to use the cola extract with vanilla flavoring. You would probably have to use a lot of cream soda flavoring to get the flavor you are after. Just a guess!Another twist is to add a whole vanilla bean, and let it sit for a week or two before drinking. We do this . . .
6/23/2004 -- If I order a soda extract, what else do I need to make a batch of soda?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For ingredients, you'll need water, sugar and yeast. We recommend champagne yeast.For equipment, you'll need a bucket, a long spoon, some bottles, caps and capper. Oh yes, some sanitizer is good too.
5/26/2004 -- DO you have any two liter bottles in stock? If you do that would be great.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we do have them, they just weren't on the website. We added them for you...here is a link to them:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&ProductID=1292
5/3/2004 -- I have 2 questions. First are these bottles clear? Second, would a standard plastic liquor pourer fit this bottle. I believe I need a 28 cap size. Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, they are green in color.No, the opening is too big for the liquor pour spout.
3/19/2004 -- I would like to know how you would rate you soda extract kits if I followed the direction's that they come with. Would you rate the end product as like a name brand soda or an off brand or possibly somewhere in between? I usally only drink pepsi and good root beer and cream soda. Do you think that it is possible to add a little carmel to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I'm no soda pop connoisseur, but I would rate them as very good. I've made root beer, ginger beer (my favorite) and cream soda. With any of the extracts, it's easy to "alter" them to your tastes by using more (or less) extract to obtain a "premium" soda flavor. Many people also use honey in their root beer for added flavor . . .
1/24/2004 -- How come the yeast does not create alcohol? And what is the yeast for?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine yeast DOES create alcohol. The function of yeast in making wine is to convert sugars into alcohol and CO2. When making soda pops, there is a preservative that prevents the yeast from converting too much of the sugars into alcohol, however. Normally you end up with less than 1/2 of 1 percent alcohol. The yeast in this case is used . . .
1/16/2004 -- For the 1/2 liter plastic bottles, how many are there to a case? Also, can they be reused and do they come with caps?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are 12 bottles to a case and they come with plastic caps. Yes, they can be reused.
11/21/2003 -- Can you make any of the soda pop sugar free?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To make it completely sugar free, you must use a keg to force carbonate it. There is a LOW calorie version recipe in the box, however, using artificial sweetener and just a very small amount of real sugar (for the bottle carbonation).
11/2/2003 -- My father wants to make root beer. I understand that you have ingredients for the root beer but where can i get the equipment to bottle and make the root beer in?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here at Homebrew Heaven! We have bottling equipment in the Beer Brewing section, and food grade buckets etc in the Carboys/Fermenters section.Here are links to take you there:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=10 http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=26
10/25/2003 -- With the Soda kits, is it as simple as mixing it together and then bottle it? Is there heating, cooling, etc? I assume I can use glass bottles and my bench capper. How much does the kit yield?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's that simple. Mix it together, add yeast, and bottle. No heating, cooling etc., just wait for it to carbonate. Yes, standard bottles and a capper work just fine. Each bottle of extract makes about 4 U.S. gallons (about 42 standard size, 12 oz bottles).
10/14/2003 -- Can you mix the soda extract with water in a 5 gal. cornelius keg and then force carbonate it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! That's the best way possible, in my ( not so) humble opinion.
10/3/2003 -- If you make rootbeer and let it sit long enough, does the yeast fermentation create any significant amount of alcohol?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really. It produces less than 1/2 of 1% alcohol. It would take a heckofalota soda pop to give a buzz.
9/24/2003 -- My husband wants to make homemade root beer and bottle it for future use, what kind of supplies do we need to start?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The easy way is to use the concentrate that we sell, some wine yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
9/6/2003 -- As with your beer brewing kits, are the soda making kits complete? Nothing like brewing with the family, but the kids aren't going to be allowed to test the beer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The soda extracts are the flavorings necessary to make soda pop, and have instructions on how to use them. We sell the yeast separately. You can use plain, household sugar, or corn sugar (we sell that separately also). Oh yes..you'll need water!It will also be necessary to provide bottles, caps etc. and something to stir it all together . . .
8/17/2003 -- Is this the proper champagne wine yeast to use in making home rootbeer? If not what is? I was told to use dry ice or champagne yeast. If this is right , how do I use it and how much?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this yeast will work well. For our soda flavors, use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 4 gallons. One 5 gram package is more than enough for this much. For "other" recipes, flavors etc...frankly, I don't know.
7/28/2003 -- I have never made soda. How long does it take, and what is the shelf life? I was thinking about making some for my children at Christmas.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good idea! Kids love seeing (and helping) with the process, as well as drinking the product. It takes about a half-hour to stir it together, and about 2-3 weeks for the soda to fully carbonate. If you bottle into plastic (soda) bottles, you can tell it's ready when the bottles are hard.
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