10/3/2010 -- I have made tomato wine from a old family recipe it called for 1, 2oz compressed red star yeast. On the same recipe it had also had everything increased but the yeast. So I put in the 2oz of yeast. The wine is very strong and has a bitter tast. Is that from the yeast? If so how can I fix it? Also do you have a filter that can be used for small . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The bitter taste is not likely from the additional yeast. Yeast simply multiplies on it's own to atack the available sugars, so the amount initially used is not important. To improve on it tho, I would use a quality wine yeas, like Pemier Cuvee next time.Yes we have filters for small batches. See the link below.
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
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 . . .
12/29/2004 -- Recently we purchased the Minijet filter system. Our first line we filtered was a Merlot. We used a number 2 filter and after about 1 gallon wine started squirting from the top of the filters. I installed new filters and they lasted for about 1 gallon. So 12 filters later I finished filtering my wine. What did I do wrong? Should I have . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, I suspect that your wine was less than clear to begin with. It is really necessary to use a fiining agent, such as bentonite, or a combination of fining agents to remove as many particulates as possible prior to filtering.Yes, running it thru the #1 pads first would have helped. Soaking for a minimum of 5 minutes is recommended, . . .
11/11/2004 -- Is it better to filter the wine from the carboy into another carboy prior to bottling or is it possible to filter straight into the bottles as you go? BTW, great Q&A postings!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We (and the manufacturer) recommend filtering into another carboy first, and allowing the wine to "settle" for at least a few days before bottling. This allows any entraped air from the filtering process to escape prior to bottling your wine.
6/25/2004 -- Would this filter work with mead? I do mean actual mead not a honey wine. Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely!
6/14/2004 -- How many gallons of wine can be filteredthrough one set of filters?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Usually, you just run 5-6 gallons, but I have run up to 10 without any problems. Much depends on how much "stuff" is being filtered out, or wine clarity to start with.
3/16/2004 -- When using the filters for the mini jet is it necessary to soak the filters in water for 10 minutes before pumping the wine through? If so, how many bottles will have water mix with the wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this is necessary to properly soften the pads. They absorb SOME water certainly, but not very much. Maybe a few ounces. By the time the first bottle is filled, I'm sure the water has cleared out. If you like, that first bottle could be returned to the main batch and there would be minimum dilution of the wine.
10/24/2003 -- If I put my Pinot Noir through malolactic fermentation and it would happen to stop prior to being completed, is the number 2 filter pad sufficient to remove the malolactic bacteria so that fermentation does start up again after bottling? And with whites with residual sugar, is a number 2 pad sufficient to remove yeast so that fermentation . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, a #2 filter pad will not remove enough yeast OR ML bacteria to prevent refermentation. Even using a #3 pad does not guarantee it.The best way to prevent refermentation is to use a good fining agent and filter (optional) and then to add a small amount of sulfite and potassium sorbate. The sulfite and sorbate are necessary if you are . . .
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