12/31/2012 -- This is the first time I've seen a demijohn. Which is better, glass carboy or the demijohn? What are the differences? I do like the sizes they come in. Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Demijohns are made of glass, with a protective plastic carrying basket. They do come in large sizes, up to 54 liter (about 14 gallons). They also have a different shape (larger at the bottom).Both carboys and demijohns perfom the same function (as a fermenter) so I can't see where one is better than the other. I will say, however, that . . .
10/10/2012 -- Can you give me the dimensions on the 54 L demijohn, height and width? Thank you!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It measures 26" high, and 20" in diameter while sitting in the basket.
4/7/2011 -- would I be able to purchase the plastic housing for the 52-54L. like the one on your websight,if so how much would it cost?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Occasionally we have one on hand from a broken demijohn. Not sure if that is the case right now. It would be best to call us on 425-355-8865 for availability/price.
3/7/2011 -- Could you tell me how much it would cost for shipping to Miles City, MT? For the 54L glass demi-john (carboy)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Because of the extra care and materials in packing this fragile item, the shipping charge to Zip code 59301 is $39.44
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!
9/10/2007 -- Hi. I have a really strange question for you. We used to have what I think (after doing some research) was a large glass carboy. It was given to my husband years ago and he was told that chlorine came in it. Anyways, we used it to save change in. That is until my newphew dropped some things into it and I tipped it to try to get them out. There . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is a glass demijohn, which is very much like a carboy. It holds approximately 14 gallons total. We have them in our Fermenter category.Here is a link to that product:http://store.homebrewheaven.com/Product90
6/14/2007 -- I have a demijon 14 gals glass, what size stopper do I need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They use a #11 stopper.
4/16/2007 -- First off, thanks for your great service:) I have had a demijohn for years and love it, and would like to have one more for more evenracking.I was wondering if the shiping stated is right "$66.84" and it sez 70#s to boot!.Is there a cheaper way to get that baby here?Thanks:)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'm afraid that is correct. Due to the volume of the box, along with the required packing, all the major couriers (Fedex, UPS etc) charge us for 70 lbs. Wish it was less, but we can't get it there any other way.
3/11/2007 -- am looking for carboy who has a neck 1 3/4"wide (able to get a golf ball in!)Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The only one I know if is called a demijohn. It is about 14 gallons, however, and expensive to ship as well. Here is a link to that product:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/Product90
11/2/2006 -- does anyone make glass carboys in 20 gallon sizes or more?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not that we know of. Our demijohns are about 14 gallons, however.
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. . . .
3/4/2005 -- THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU My 14 gal demi john arrived today safe and sound and exactly what I was looking for!! Now I can tell you, I'm not a brewer, I just wanted to make a very large 'bottle garden' and didn't know exactly where to look for a bottle large enough!! I am impressed with the speed and safety of delivery, the bottle was . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank you for the kind words, Mary. They are fragile, so it is necessary to pack well. Occasionally the shipping company breaks one, but we do our best to prevent it.
2/25/2005 -- Re: the 54L Demi John, could you please tell me how wide the top opening is?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The opening is 1 7/8". It accepts a #11 stopper.
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.
11/8/2004 -- Does the bottom of the demiijohn dome upwards/inwards? or is is flatbottom? If it domes, about how high?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They are flat on the bottom.
7/12/2004 -- Does the Demi-John basket have enough room to stuff some ice in there to keep the carboy cool?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Some, but not a lot. Maybe 2-3 lbs of crushed ice, I'm guessing.
1/4/2004 -- What color is this demi john. I am looking for a green one to use as a decorative planter in my home.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: These are clear in color. Sorry!
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! . . .
8/22/2003 -- What are the measurements of the Demi-John (height and width) And how big is the opening. Can the bottle come out of the basket?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It measures 25.5" high, and 22" in diameter, while sitting in the basket. Yes, you can remove it from the basket easily.
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