12/12/2012 -- Hi,I am going to give BIAB (brew in a bag) a try and would like an extra fine grind on my grains to increase efficiency. Do you offer that service online and/or can the mill in your brick and mortor store be set to a finer grind?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our mill (in the store) is adjustable so we can accomodate this request. Another good option is to simply run the grain thru the mill twice, ensuring a more uniform and slightly finer grind. I don't recommend an extremely fine grind (flour) due to the possibility of reduced flow thru the bag (sticking).
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
12/24/2009 -- I have an amber ale recipe calling for LME and crystal crushed malt to which I had planned to add wheat. For the wheat, I purchased torrified wheat from you. That might have been a mistake on my part. I see that one of your posted Q&A answers states that torrified wheat needs to be mashed along with grain containing enzymes and if it's not . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, sorry, but adding malt extract to the torrified wheat will do nothing towards converting the torrified wheat. There are no remaining enzymes in the malt extract.If you want to add some wheat, it's easy to do by adding a portion wheat malt extract. It's either that or adding some 6-row (or 2-row) to the torrified in order to mash (convert) . . .
11/30/2009 -- Does this wheat require a protein rest or is it fully modified?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is fully modified, but of course malted wheat needs to be mashed along with an enzymatic grain like 2-row, 6-row or munich in order to be fully converted into fermentable sugars.
10/26/2009 -- What is the shelf life of whole grain? How about crushed grain?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on the conditions of your shelf, of course! Cool and dry conditions are best.From a practal standpoint, grains can be stored uncrushed, in unopened bags for a year or maybe even more at room temperature. If it is crushed, perhaps 1/2 of that.All grains should be stored away from moisture, sealed, and especialy protected . . .
9/18/2009 -- Can I use this grain (torrified wheat) as a specialty grain? I'm making a partial mash receipe and I like these grains.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you use it. In order to extract any fermentable sugars, it needs to be mashed along with grain containing enzymes, like 2-row or 6-row. That means steeping it in water along with these enzymatic grains at about 150 deg F for at least a half hour. Use at least equal amounts of enzymatic grain as torrified wheat. If you . . .
8/5/2009 -- I bought some of your two row organic barley and I am having a hard time germinating it. I am soaking it about 48 hours, rotating between soaking and letting it rest/ rinsing it. The first 10# batch I tried when from smelling sweet to stinking like it was fermented pretty quick and had white stuff showing up. I figured that was because . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Unfortunately, you will not be able to germinate the 2-row because it has already been done. All of our grains have already been malted (sprouted) and kiln dried. That's what malted barley is, and brewers use it in this form. It is not a live "seed".Sorry for the wasted effort! If you really want to grow some barley, you'll have to obtain . . .
2/16/2009 -- I'm new to homebrewing and have progressed to all grain brewing, I'm really just wondering now what the difference is between 2 row, 6 row, pale ale malt and pilsner malt, they all seem to have really close to the same lovebond rating, I guess the biggest difference would be in the flavor but which one's have what flavor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Basically, it´s more a matter of color and enzymes. Let´s use 2 row as your ´base´grain. 6-row will taste the same, but have more enzymes (useful for converting wheat mashes, for instance).Pilsner malt will be just a ´titch´lighter in color, with enzymes similar to 2-row. Useful in pilsner, for instance.
10/10/2008 -- i'm looking for Klages Malt, for a Brown Ale. any suggestions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Klages is actually the name of a strain of 2-row barley. It is not a brand name or special type of roasting. Farmers widely discontinued growing that strain some time ago, in favor of some other strains like Harrington and others. You are probably working with an old recipe.You can successfully use our standard American 2-Row, it will . . .
3/25/2008 -- Thanks for your quick response! So, is the price $1.10 per pound? How much barley is included in a $1.10 unit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it $1.10 per pound. Order as many pounds as you need.
3/24/2008 -- How many pounds of barley are included in each package of American 2-Row Malted Barley?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell full 50 lb bags, or you can order by the pound, whatever you need.
1/30/2008 -- 2- Part question: In all grain brewing, do both the brewing grains (2-row malt) and the specialty grains go into the mash tun? and, if thats the case, do you just add the hops to the brew kettle after you've collected the wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes and yes! I like the easy questions!!
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 . . .
10/26/2007 -- How much grain do you have to mash to equal 1 pound of liquid extract?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends very much on how well you extract it (do the mash), but figure on using 1.5 to 2 times as much grain as you do extract.
6/22/2007 -- I'm looking for a place to get crushed malt. Is there a way to order it so that shipping costs do not exceed ingredient costs?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That's the problem with grains. They are heavy, and shipping costs based on weight and distance. Ways to save are:1) Specify Fedex shipping instead of Priority Mail.2) Order some other things as well, so that your product total exceeds $250. This causes a 10% to kick in, which often covers your shipping for that order.3) Order your . . .
4/25/2007 -- I ordered several different grains. I accidently had you mix them all together (a belgian pale ale malt, american 2 row, munich malt, and belgin munich malt) is this going to work for a good beer or is this a big mess up? What should I do? Should I reorder? I ordered all of these to start experimenting with grain brewing.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: From your last order, I see that is only about 5 lbs total. All these grains can be converted (mashed), so I see no problem with doing so into one beer. They are all compatible. Once you mash them, it will yield the equivalent of about 3 lbs of extract. Why not find a recipe that "needs" 3 lbs of extract, and use them in that? A good experiment . . .
4/24/2007 -- I would like to grow my own barley, probably more for fun than to actually make beer from it. But I am having trouble finding seed for good beer making american 2-row barley. I don't know a lot about this - but I assume if I buy malted barley it is dead right? Do you sell viable barley seed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We're more knowledgeable about the brewing end of it than the growing. Yes, you assumed right. Malted barley will not sprout. No, we don't sell barley seed. Not sure where you can obtain it, actually. Sorry.
4/17/2007 -- A whole strew of questions: What kind of grains are used for vodka? Is this one of them? What about the specialty grains? Can dry or liquid extracts be use? Boy I ask you nice folks a lot of questions! Don't worry, I plan on getting much more from your store, it's not wasted time!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are many ways to produce vodka. The most popular vodka is from grains, like rye, wheat and corn. Other options include using potatoes, sugar beets or molasses. Yes, malted barley can be used once it has been converted (by "mashing" into sugars). Most anything that can be made into sugars can be fermented to make vodka. Regular old grocery . . .
11/17/2006 -- I have been reading extensively on the beer making process for the past few days, and I have finally gotten to the point where I understand the science behind the whole process. However, on thing I still don't understand is why you must malt the grains before you grind them for mashing. From what I understand, the enzymes in the grains convert . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Im unmalted barley, the starches are there, and the enzymes are there, but the starches are basically "locked" and difficult to convert. The malting process makes the starches available, and activates some of the enzymes. Not a great explaination, perhaps, but true. Why worry about unmalted grain anyway? Malted barley is available and . . .
11/5/2006 -- I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9109 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on SaturdaysHere is a video of the place:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1a5fKvv8XITake a look around!
10/16/2006 -- Do you sell all grain equipment kits like you do for extract brewers?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, sorry. Due to the different equipment used in all-grain brewing, different extraction rates etc there is no way we can control the final results. All-grain brewers often make more than 5 gallons, as well, so it would be difficult to accomodate that.Having said that, however, we can probably cobble together a reasonably close all-grain . . .
9/26/2006 -- When you say your malt is "fully modified", does this mean one can mix it with other grains like wheat or rice or corn and the malt enzymes will convert the starch in the other grains to sugar for brewing?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sort of. It WILL do that, but fully modified means you should also get good extraction (sugar content) from the grain if it is mashed properly. It does have sufficient enzymes to convert other grains as well, as long as you use enough of it.
12/3/2005 -- I've been looking into replicating a few of my favorite commercial beers, and I find things like "lager malt" and "mild ale malt" that I don't see at your site. Is this the recipe book publishing company trying to push an affiliated product on me, and are there appropriate substitutes?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Those are both kind of obsolete terms. Yes, there are perfectly good substitutes:Lager malt = pilsner malt, like Belgian Pilsner Malt. Very light in color.Mild ale malt = Pale ale malt, like British Pale Ale Malt. A little more color is all.Actually, good old fashioned 2-row or 6-row can be substituted for either one quite nicely. . . .
7/9/2005 -- Are your grains fully modified?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do an infusion mash with all of our base grains.
4/21/2005 -- where do i go to buy bulk grain for my grain mill?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No need to go anywhere. We sell grain in bulk (usually 50 or 55 lb bags). Here is a link to the 2-Row grain:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Product=1214
4/1/2005 -- I am new to homebrewing and am trying to follow a recipe. Is this what they are referring to as "pale malt." Do you recommend 2-row or 6-row for a beginner (trying to make a stout)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this is usually what they mean, if they are referring to grains. 2-row is recommended.There is also a pale ale malt that can be used, and may be more "traditional" in a stout.
1/17/2005 -- I have been all grain brewing for about a year now and just got my first grain mill over the holidays. I hate going out a buying the grains every time I need to brew. Now that I have a mill I would like to buy the brewing grains (2-row) and the everyday specialty grains in bulk. How do you suggest I store these? Is a plastic tote suitable . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It makes sense to buy 2-row by the (50 lb) bag. The main storage requirement is to keep the grain dry. A common garbage can with a tight lid will work just fine. For specialty grains, yes, an airtight "tupperware" container (or similar) works just fine. No need for vacuum sealing.
11/1/2004 -- I have a recipe for pomegranate wine that calls for 2 1/2 lbs of barley, is this a good one to use for that?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this would be the one to use.
9/7/2004 -- I plan on making a light or amber colored all-grain lager using 2-row lager or pilsner malt and either Bavarian or Bohemian lager yeast. I want to toast 1-2 lbs. of the malt for 30 min. @ 350F to give it a nice toasted Grape Nuts flavor. My question for you is how will this toasting effect the fermentable sugars of this malt compared to the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will affect the mix somewhat, but not a great deal. Yes, it will be darker, and yes, it will have more dextrins. How much is hard to say, especially when done at home.An alternative to using this (home) process is to just purchase the same amount of Victory Malt. The malting company has already done it for you! If you do a little research . . .
5/29/2004 -- I am thinking of switching over to all-grain brewing but am a little intimidated by the process. Does the difficulty lie in the logistics and equipment of the process or are there more quality control concerns? Also I have a bunch of recipes using measurements for malt extract. What type of conversions are there for expected yield? (Ex. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Difficulty? I don't really believe it IS difficult. It just involves more equipment and time in your brew schedule. Temperature control is important, but hey, that's just a thermometer. From my perspective, people perceive it as difficult only until they SEE it done. Once they have done it themselves, it is easy and fun.As far as an exact . . .
5/5/2004 -- As my interest in homebrewing has grown, I can't help but notice that a lot of hombrew enthusiasists have beards. Particularly in the Northwest region.It seems that there must be a connection between the distinction and independent spirit that a beard provides to a person and the production of high quality homebrew. What are your thoughts . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As a Northwest home brewer, with a beard, I find your observation to hold true. I also find people with beards to be better looking and overall smarter as well (like ME!). Perhaps my bias shows, but hey...you asked.
1/2/2004 -- How do I order grains in multiples less than a pound? ( i.e. 3/4lb, 12oz etc)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We've now fixed our website. Click on "Options" and then you can select either pounds OR ounces! Remember, 1 pound = 16 ounces
11/16/2003 -- HOW ARE LARGE QUANTITIES (of Grain) (50#) + PACKAGED AND SHIPPED?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nornally, grain is sent in the original 50 lb. sacks (tough paper, w/plastic liner inside). For a single 50 lb. bag, we would put the bag into a larger cardboard box and ship it by either UPS Ground or Airborne Ground Service.If you are talking about larger quantities than that, like 250 lb or more, we would simply put the bags onto a . . .
7/17/2003 -- How do you package grain for shipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Typically, we heat seal it into clear plastic bags. If needed they are "double bagged" just in case.You can have it crushed, or uncrushed. We can either mix the grains together or package them separately. These are the "options" you see on the right side of the screen.
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