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
7/21/2009 -- I've gotta say, i love your site, whoever is the webmaster/designer deserves a pat on the back.(1) If i was to just buy a 3 gallon bottle (the kind you buy at a grocery store to dispense water at home) would i have to worry about flavors from one batch carrying over to another batch?(2) What size stopper do the one gallon jugs take? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank you. We work hard on our website, and it's nice to hear that it shows!1) Probably not. As long as it's food grade, it should be good unless you decide to make pickles in it or something silly like that. We can't speak for all plastic water jugs, of course. 3 gallons isn't very big, either. With the foaming that occurs during fermentation . . .
6/24/2009 -- how do you know how much water to add to this air lock?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It isn't critical how much is used. About 1/2 full is just fine.
5/13/2009 -- Is the airlock, classic S Shape glass or plastic?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is made of plastic.
7/28/2008 -- I have a few silly questions about the airlock with the red cap: 1.When I filled the 3 plastic bubble side of the air lock with water (by removing the red dust cap the water flowed into the 3 on the discharge side and up the other side filling one of the bottom plastic bubbles on the other side, no water entered the carboy,was that O.K.? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes, if you live in a dry area, or there is an extended fermentation/aging time involved, you may have to add a little water periodically. 4. Counting bubbles is FAR from an exact science . . .
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 . . .
1/24/2007 -- Ok...here is a question for you. I use the Airlock (Red Cap) in my carboys for the fermentation process. Now the IPA recipe says I should make sure there is at least 3 minutes between bubbles before bottling. But with the Airlock, the time is different depending on where the water level is on the "escaping gas" side of the Airlock. If . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The "bubbles per minute" concept is based on an airlock that is 1/2 filled with water, and is ONLY an approximation. There is nothing magical about it. We only include that in the instructions because we recognize that people often fail to take hydrometer readings. A hydrometer reading is the BEST way to determine if your beer is ready to . . .
4/3/2006 -- Im brewing my first batch of beer it has been fermenting for about 2 weeks is it ok to remove the top of the fermenter to check the sg or will this spoil the batch ?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will be just fine!
2/14/2006 -- DO YOU NEED TO BUY A SEPERATE RUBBER STOPPER FOR THE RED TOP AIR LOCK OR DOES IT COME WITH ONE?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you will need to buy a stopper sized to the hole you are using it in. We don't know what that is...
10/7/2005 -- I've heard that during the first few days of wine fermentation, you shouldn't attatch an airlock. You should cover the opening with a cloth or something similar. They say this is because it needs to get air during this time. Then you should transfer the wine to a secondary vessel and attatch an airlock. Is this true, or should an airlock . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we hear that one all the time too.We believe it is better to aerate your must (wine) before adding the yeast if you can, and THEN to add an airlock. It's true that yeast "need" a little oxygen at the beginning, but that is easy to do when you add water, or by shaking stirring etc. Using a lid and a airlock makes sense, in that it . . .
8/10/2005 -- What is the preferred airlock the 3 piece or red top. What are the ups and downs to both?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just personal preference is all. Some people like the 3-pc airlock because they can disassemble it for cleaning. The downside is that there are more parts to lose/break. The both do exactly the same job performance-wise.
3/8/2005 -- I have read elsewhere that you should fill the airlock with sanitizer or vodka. What is your recommendation and are either of these liquids a good option?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I've read this too, and it seems ridiculous to me. Water works just FINE. When actively fermenting, CO2 is going OUT, and bacteria cannot work their way in. I have NEVER heard of a batch being contaminated thru the airlock, regardless of what was used.Problems with using alcohol or sanitizer:1) Sometimes due to temperature and minor . . .
11/19/2004 -- Im making cider and its the first time. IM using a red cap air lock and im noticing that a lot of cider/ sediment is mixing with the vodka that i had in the airlock. it almost looks as though it may clog in a few days. what should i do if anything and is there a way to prevent whats hapening, i thought there was enough space between the lid . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You have a lot of concerns! Just keep the airlock clean, so that it doesn't clog up. That's about all you can do, OR use a larger carboy.Let us know if we can help in any way.
10/24/2004 -- I am brewing my first batch of beer, it is now starting to ferment,the beer is american Amber ale, once the bubbling has stopped how long should i wait before testing it with the hydrometer? and what is the average fermentation period on ales?Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can test it at any time.Time is not a good indicator of when a beer is done fermenting. It just isn't. Factors like tempeature, gravity of the beer, yeast activity, nutrient levels, and lots of other factors play into it. If you press me for a time, I would say "about 2 weeks", but that can vary a LOT. I have seen beers ferment out . . .
5/2/2004 -- I was wondering if you have or can get a one gallon carboy with airlocks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have them. Here is a link to the 1 gallon jugs:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&ProductID=44The airlocks and stoppers are in the Brewing Accessories categoy.
4/4/2004 -- At which point in the fermentation of hard apple cider are you supposed to be letting the CO2 out of the fermenter? I ask because I have heard that you are only supposed to start releasing CO2 after it has been fermenting for two weeks, but now that I have seen a few recipes for hard cider I am beginning to think otherwise.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You have heard wrong. It should be let out continuously, using an airlock. If you don't, you are risking an explosion!
10/24/2003 -- I'm making grapefruit wine and after two months I think the wine is almost ready, but how can I be sure?And most important a friend of mine told me to look at the air lock because it would give me all the information I need... ?I can tell you that the water in the airlock is sort of going the other direction and even fills the first . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Use a hydrometer to confirm that it is done fermenting. It should read very close to 1.000 on the specific gravity scale.You friend is not entirely correct. A hydrometer gives the real information. Airlocks only indicate activity. A wine (or beer) can cease activity, but not be done fermenting. Another pretty good "instrument" you have . . .
8/22/2003 -- How much water should be used in the Red Top Airlock to do the best job?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as there is SOME water, it will work, but we recommend filling it about half way.
6/2/2003 -- Are you supposed to leave the plastic cap on the airlock while fermenting?If so, how does the CO2 escape?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this is often referred to as a "dust cap". If you look very closely at the plastic cap, you will see a very small hole that is large enough to allow CO2 to escape.On the Red Top airlock, there is a gap between the airlock body, and the red cap that allows CO2 to escape.
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