8/6/2012 -- Just received my 3.5 Gal fermenter bucket, Thanks!One question about the lid. I snapped the lid down hard and it is sealed. Do I pull off the plastic strip on the bottom of th lid to remove the lid from the bucket? Is the lid a one time use thing after that or can i use it over and over?Thank you!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, just remove and toss the tear-off strip. The lid can be reused over and over.
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order is (800) 850-2739
11/17/2009 -- I have been looking at a lot of different home brewery kits on the internet. What is the difference in the performance between plastic and glass (carboy) fermenters?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The selection of fermenters is entirely a personal choice. Some like to make larger batches, some smaller. Usually a home brewer or winemaker ends up owning several carboys, fermenters etc in order to properly age his brew. Plastic has the advantage of being rugged and light weight. It CAN become scratched, however, and doesn't seem to . . .
7/17/2009 -- Is a 5 gallon carboy big enough to secondary ferment a 5 gallon batch of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As a secondary fermenter, yes. This assume that the bubbling has slowed down considerably by the time you transfer into the carboy.I would not use it as a PRIMARY fermenter, however if you hope to yield 5 gallons.
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 Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
3/22/2007 -- I'm using a 5 gal plastic bucket as a primary fermentor for cider but I'm having difficulty getting an air-tight seal around the lid. This makes it difficult to judge the fermentation by watching the airlock.What is a good, simple way to get a good lid to bucket seal so that the airlock will do it's job?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Use one that is designed to seal, and re-seal. Many of the 5 gallon buckets out there are not. We don't sell 5 gallon buckets. I'll bet yours doesn't even have a gasket.Our buckets are food-grade, designed to seal and re-seal, and have a gasketed lid. We have 3 1/2 gallon and 6 gallon models.
10/15/2006 -- I was wanting to make some hard cider for myself. I was wondering, since you are sold out of the cider yeast, if it was ok to use beer/wine yeast. I've read that it substitutes well. In addition, I was wondering what type of device you would reccomend for the fermentation (primary fermentor or carboy) and any other additional information you . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is currently shown as Backordered, but we get fresh liquid yeast cultures in every Friday, so it's not really a problem. You can order it now, and we'll ship when it's received.Yes, beer yeasts can also work well, but particularly if you are making a cider with some residual sweetness, I would avoid wine yeasts (generally).Fermentation . . .
3/3/2006 -- Can you please give me the dimensions on the 3.5 gallon primary fermenter (w/lid)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 12" in diameter, and 11.5 in tall, including the lid.
10/25/2005 -- can i get the 3.5 gal primary fermenter w/lid driiled for a siphon or a drain on the bottom side installed buy you thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. Just add a note at checkout (in the customer comment section) and we'll make it happen. There will be a charge for the spigot, but not for installation.
5/16/2005 -- i am new to this, and i have seen and heard of people using plastic buckets for final fermentation, their purpose for doing this is so they can attach a spigot to the bucket for bottling, is this ok to do or is glass the better choice? thanx again and i find that you question and answer part of the site to be very helpful
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that can be done, but we prefer to use the plastic "bucket" type fermenter for the primary fermenter, and using glass for the secondary. We like the bucket for ease of cleaning, and besides, your beer is only in there for a few days to a week or so. We find glass to be better for clarifing your beer, however. This is not to say you CAN'T . . .
3/13/2005 -- I'm just getting started brewing and I had a question. As a primary fermenter which is better, plastic bucket, plastic carboy or glass carboy. Then for secondary fermentation, plastic carboy or glass carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better. If I had a lot of money (not the case), I'd probably get a stainless steel Fermenator. Best of all worlds. . . .
1/26/2005 -- i am looking around my town for some buckets that i can use for my fermenting and was just wondering if 5 gallons is big enough or should i go with 6 or 7? also do i need the lids for them and would i need to order anything extra from you like a hydrometer of fermenting stop?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have them. Here is a link.For beer, we recommend at least a 6 gallon fermenter to make a 5 gallon batch, and bigger is better. There is usually significant foaming in the primary. Yes, I would get lids. I don't consider a hydrometer "extra", I consider it essential. That's why we put it in our kits.
1/10/2005 -- I've made wine 5 gallons at a time. Now I want to make wine at 20 gallons at a time. For a primary fermentor, I've used 6? gallon pail. With a larger batch, if I use a 30 gallon new clean plastic trash can, am I asking for problems (health and taste wise)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In a word, yes. Most trash contianers are not food grade plastic, and will transfer undesirable tastes.
12/19/2003 -- I am having trouble keeping the temp in the room I am making wine between 70 and 75 degrees as specified in the wine kit I have. I live in Colorado and often the temp at night dips way down, and in the day it can get quite warm. I am not around at all times to adjust the thermastat. Could I solve this problem by wrapping the carboy with . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. We have a Brew Heat Pad that works very nicely. It's basically a hard plastic heating pad for carboys. If it's too warm during the day, just get a cheap lamp timer, and have it turn on only at night. See below.
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.See below for the links to take you there
10/23/2003 -- I noticed most of the malt extract brew kits are 5 gallon batches. Will a 5 gallon carboy be sufficient for fermentation, or will I need a 6 gallon carboy to allow for foaming? Thanks, I'm new to this.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We recommend going larger for the primary. That's why we put 6 gallon plastic fermenters in our equipment kits. You can use a larger carboy of course, but the 6.5 gallon "bucket" type fermenter allows for the foaming, doesn't break, cleans up easier, and is less weight for shipping. Hey...we were all new to this at one time. No shame in that! . . .
6/23/2003 -- Is it a good idea to make wine in plastic?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it is FOOD GRADE plastic, there should be no problem. Homebrew Heaven only sells food grade plastic fermenters.You will find, however, that glass causes more sediment to "settle out" than does plastic. This makes for clearer wine, or at least wine that clears more quickly. For this reason, we recommend using plastic for the PRIMARY . . .
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