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From Bill H of Marysville, California on 6/19/2012.
This my third time making Scuttlebutt Porter and it seems to get better everytime. Very nice chocolate overtones and full mouth flavor.This last time I added 1/8 stick of brewers licorice. It added . . .
From brian sweet of gustavus, Alaska on 3/14/2012.
great beer, only thing missing from kit was bottle caps***Editor's Note:With so many people kegging their beer, we don't put bottle caps in our Ingredient Kits. They do come in our Equipment Kits . . .
From Bruce Everetts of Petersburg, Illinois on 11/29/2011.
This is the second time that I have brewed Scuttlebutt Porter. It turned out so well the first time and I gave a lot of it away to friends that were well received. I wanted to make it once again so that . . .
From Anonymous of Spangdahlem, Germany on 5/11/2011.
Received this kit as a xmas gift and had never tried a homebrew heaven brew kit before and upon opening the box I was immediately impressed with the care and obvious attention to detail that is given w . . .
From Len of Maple Valley, Washington on 1/31/2011.
I have made 3 batches of Scuttlebutt Porter and a good friend has made 2 batches. The problem it seems to disappear really fast. It would be nice to be able to age some a couple of months. I add 1 cup . . .
From Mark of North Bend, Washington on 1/22/2010.
Great Porter that gets better with age!
pretty darn tasty
From Jason of monroe, Washington on 12/5/2009.
very smooth. threw in some coffee grounds after boil was complete. nice beer
Excellent, even as I screwed up my first batch ever
From Anonymous of Houston, Texas on 5/3/2009.
Excellent beer, very dark & rich. Suggestions from a noobie that made his first ever two batches of this Porter: This is a "full-boil" kit, and before you try and boil 6 gallons of water, see . . .
From Anonymous of omersworth, New Hampshire on 11/1/2007.
Absolutely delicious. First kit I've bought online since my local homebrew shop went out of business. Just kegged it tonight and it's awesome. Best porter I've ever drank. I'm going to order another kit . . .
From Will of Everett, Washington on 3/16/2007.
This kit came with my homebrewing kit I got for christmas. It was easy enough to brew as a first batch, and delicious enough to boast about to my friends. I am making some more tonight!
From Dean of Pomeroy, Washington on 2/11/2006.
I made this for my first homebrew and it was great.
Gets even better with age
From Hugh of Pocatello, Idaho on 1/22/2006.
I initially thought it too smokey, but as it has aged a bit it is absolutely satisfying, especially on winter nights. My wife especially likes the "chewiness" of it(i.e. good body). The liquid yeast did . . .
medium smoke flavor
From Larry of Granite Falls, Washington on 9/24/2005.
Beer is great, rich and dark but you have to like the smoke flavor to really enjoy.
Great beer period!
From Dennis of York, Pennsylvania on 8/5/2005.
I tried this recipe in early this past spring. While it was fermenting it was sitting in a cold room in the house and took almost three weeks to stop bubbling. I really thought there was a problem, but . . .
From John Rivera of Springfield, Virginia on 4/22/2005.
Got this one for Christmas two years in a row. Yeah, its a bit smoky, but don't let the grains steep as long! A delicious porter, better with age. My entry took 2nd place in the local homebrew club . . .
Too Much Smoke
From Dave of Naperville, Illinois on 3/18/2005.
The kit discription does not say so, but this kit has a lot of smoke flavor added. If you like Rauch beer, then you will like this porter. I personally thought the smoke flavor detracted from an otherwise . . .
From Jack Kuczynski of Ellensburg, Washington on 11/12/2004.
I loved this beer and so did all my friends and relatives. I just finished my last one and I wish I had another batch. Great dark beer with a smooth taste. I highly recommend it to all the beer gods . . .
My Scuttle-butt wants more
From Craig Bittner of Oswego, Illinois on 11/9/2004.
Knowing I love Porters my brother bought me this kit last year for x-mas. I brewed the next day, pour the 1st one a month later abd was in brew heaven. Now almost a year later, I had managed to stash a . . .
From Keith Temple of Black River, New York on 11/19/2003.
Very easy to make and good flavor. I also used one cup molasses in the boil to give it a little extra flavor. All my friends liked it.
A Porter Lovers Paradise
From Tony Snider of Arlington , Washington on 10/7/2003.
I started out with this Porter by purchasing growlers at the brewery. Since I discovered this kit I've brewed five batches over the last several years and each one has turned out perfect. Deep rich flavor . . .
12/15/2012 -- I'm looking to buy your Deluxe kit for my son for Christmas, and he'll need a brewpot. What's the advantage to having a spigot? I don't want to buy him junk, and none of us has ever brewed our own beer before. Aside from the brewpot and bottles, what else would he need to get started?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our Equipment Kits are really quite complete. As you say, a large brewpot is necessay, as well as bottles. A spigot in the brewpot is a "convenience" type of product. It just make the job easier than lifting up a hot, heavy brewpot. A 5 gallon batch of beer weighs more than 40 lbs. Just opening a drain valve (spigot) makes the job easier . . .
11/12/2012 -- I've never brewed before, and am about to purchase brewing equipment and a Scuttlebutt Porter kit. I just wanted to clarify, this recipe is for extract brewing right?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Correct. A delicious extract brew, with a small amount of specialty grains that are steeped in the water as it is heating up.
5/2/2012 -- I am new to this brewing my own beer soda & wine. Your kits only have the brewing tools & not the mixing ingredients right?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our hobby/obsession!Yes, we sell the brewing equipment kits (tools) separately from the ingredients for making beer/wine/sodas. The Equipment Kits are a one time purchase, and you can choose the type of beer you like from our Ingredient Kits. We put together about 15 different recipe kits that get you started in the right way. . . .
9/6/2011 -- Are you going to offer the hop goblin kits this year? If so, when will they be available for purchase?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! This popular seasonal kit will be available on October 1st! (to brew in time for Halloween)-NOW AVAILABLE!
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
2/18/2010 -- I have my stout in the primary, just about to transfer to the secondary. I added oats to the boil and am thinking about putting some coffee and a vanilla bean into the secondary. What would be the best way to do this and do you think it would be too much??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best way to add coffee is to brew some up, and use that in place of water in your fermenter. If your beer needs a little "topping up" you could still do that.Vanilla is easily added by throwing the whole bean into the seconday fermenter for about 1-2 weeks.All these additions sound good, but it's probably best to just go with one . . .
9/3/2009 -- Is it possible to hop a bock beer more to give it a more balanced taste? and if so which hops would give such a end result? P.S. not a computer savvy guy, e-mail address is my wife cut me some slack on the name.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it IS possible to add more hops to a bock. Add perhaps 1 oz of a good nobel hop to the boil, such as Hallertaur, Saaz or Tettnanger. Those are traditional "aroma" hops, but will also add some balancing bitterness. Yum!Hah! Are you sure you want your WIFE learning about your beer brewing? Mine woulld just roll her eyes, but...
8/1/2009 -- I just finished my first batch of wheat beer and have transfered it to the primary, it's been about 28 hours and i've only noticed about 1 bubble per minute in the airlock. Is the yeast doing it's job or should I add another packet? Also a solid layer of sludge has formed on the surface of the beer, is this normal? Cheers!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is working. No, it doesn't need any additional yeast, and yes, the layer on top is entirely normal.Hang in there and enjoy!
5/28/2009 -- I was wondering if the Scuttlebutt Porter is similar to a Deschutes Black Butte Porter or a Terminator stout
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is very much like the Deschutes Black Butte Porter. Not like a stout at all.
3/16/2009 -- Been reading most all the Q&A's. Great resource....never stop. Question: I brewed the Scuttlebutt Porter 16 FEB. Starting S.G.= 1.060 in Primary. Transferred to secondary 20 FEB. S.G.= 1.024. Today, 15 MAR my S.G.= 1.022. Activity was high in both stages. It has slowed considerably and temp has been a constant 68 degrees. Is temp . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 68 deg F is just fine. No reason to be concerned about trub flavors unless it is left for many months. I suspect your actual volume is a little less than 5 gallons, causing your hydrometer readings to be on the high side. If it is, you could add a little water at this point.I would wait a little longer. If you get the same hydrometer reading . . .
9/7/2008 -- I am a big fan of your ingredient kits but have noticed that the selection has been very low lately. Why are some of your best ingredient kits no longer available?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We are big fans too! We even like selling them...The real problem is product availability. There is currently a worldwide HOP shortage, believe it or not, and getting the proper varieties in the quantities that we need has been a real challenge. We're hoping the situation will resolve itself by the end of the year, but it may not. Big . . .
4/27/2008 -- what are the pros and cons of the dry yeast included in your ingredient kits vs the optional wet yeast culture? i'm especially interested in whether one produces more alcohol over the other and viability of the yeasts after shipping, and i welcome any other info you care to share.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both dry yeasts and liquid yeast cultures are excellent products. Generally speaking, you would use a liquid yeast culture if you are trying to replicate a particular style (or brand) of beer. This is especially so with specialty beers, like hefeweizens, bocks, or lambics for instance. To give all the pro/cons for all styles would be a huge . . .
3/12/2008 -- On the directions to your kits it is stated that the beer will get better with aging. I've brew a few of your kits and I would like to know the proper way to age the beers. I've brewed the west coast blonde Ale, Diamond Knot IPA, Steadfast scottish Ale, and the Kangaroo Tail Ale.Thank You,John Newman
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With ALL beers, it is important to age them away from strong sunlight or florescent light. For ales (like those you brewed), room temperature storage is just fine. For lagers, it is BEST to let them sit at room temperature for at least 2-3 weeks, and then store them in a cool area, like a basement. 42-55 deg F is ideal for that. If . . .
2/19/2008 -- i purchased the brown ale, followed the directions but it's ben over 10 days and im still not getting any bubbles through the air lock. Beer temp is aprox 68 to70 degrees,what do you think?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I think you should take a hydrometer reading. A hydrometer reading of your specific gravity will tell you what the condition of your beer is (done, still fermenting, not done etc), so you can THEN decide what the next step is. Time does not do this. Specific gravity reading do. Bubbling is an indicator, but a hydrometer reading tells . . .
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 . . .
9/27/2007 -- I am brewing the porter. My fermentation had a slow start but eventually got going. After about a week and a half the S.G. went from 1.040 to 1.020, so I racked it to a secondary. The fermentation continued to slow, but then recently(day 17 of fermentation)the activity has picked up bubbling about once every 20 seconds. Does this mean . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as you have the airlock on it, there is no need to worry. These things sometimes happen, and really, it is a good thing. Yeast cells just don't follow schedules! They don't know Day 17 from Day 24,394. Just let it finish.
9/6/2007 -- i would like to add some kona coffee to the end of the boil for a kona coffee porter. Do you think that would work well for this porter kit? Have you ever tried adding coffe to a porter? Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Coffee works well in porters as well as stouts. DON'T add it to the boil, however. Boiling coffee makes it bitter. To use it effectively, make a pot of coffee, and add it to the fermenter AFTER the boil!
8/20/2007 -- I'm brewing my first batch now (Scuttlebutt porter) and transferred to the carboy yesterday was bubbling at 1 per min, it was fermenting great but appears to have stopped right after the transfer (no more bubbles).. tested gravity today (1.5 days later) and still 1.020. I think I mixed the sanitizer a little strong for the carboy..did I kill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you didn't kill the yeast. No worries. I would wait a few more days, and test again. If the reading stays stable at 1.020, and it has cleared, I would go ahead and bottle. Sometimes the gravity just ends up a little higher (particularly if you have less than 5 gallons in there).
6/25/2007 -- I am eager to bounce into the world of Home Brewing. What type of beer should I attempt to brew first, if I am a rookie at this? Should I attempt bottling first, then move onto kegging? Thanks, and Happy Brewing!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our world!The best of type of beer to make is the kind you like to DRINK! All beers are made in a similar manner, so there is really no such thing as a "starter" beer. We encourage people to select a favorite beer style kit from our lineup in the Beer Ingredients (Recipe) section. Here is a link to that category:http://store.homebrewheaven.com . . .
1/25/2007 -- My first brew! First fermentation took 3 days. Been in carboy now for 4 days - no more activity - so I took a hydrometer reading - now at 1.010 original was at 1.042. Could it be ready for kegging? Seems crazy fast. This is the American Pilsner by the way. Great site!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Why worry? Hydrometers don't lie. It may seem crazy fast to you, but it happens all the time. Fermentation time doesn't mean diddly. Hydrometer readings do. Lots of commercial breweries are on a 7 day brew-to-keg schedule.It's ready to keg!
1/15/2007 -- I just brewed your St. Pete's Pilsner, needless to say, I'm getting impatient waiting to try it. But my question is as follows: I would like to know the weights of the malts, grains, hops, irish moss, and yeast used to make batch. Could you inform on that? I am trying to keep a record and I failed to do that myself. Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sorry. That is something that we do not do. Our kits are proprietary recipes of Homebrew Heaven. We are justifiably proud of them, having won many awards and honors. Even commercial breweries have asked us for our recipes, and we've given the same answer.
1/8/2007 -- I just brewed my first batch (St. Peter's Pilsner) and I think my impatience got the best of me. I placed the primary fermentor in my basement with a room temp at 55 degrees (approx. 6 days). I misread the directions as to when to switch the beer into the secondary fermentor. There was one bubble every 40 seconds, I didn't wait for the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely NO reason for concern here.We give time guidelines like "one bubble per minute" reluctantly, and the only reason we do it is because people insist on using a clock as a measure of how "done" their beer or wine is. They hate using a hydrometer. Clocks are more familiar, I guess. It is completely an artificial yardstick. Yeast . . .
1/6/2007 -- My batch of Vanilla Wiezen has been in the secondary fermenter for about a week now and I have not seen any bubbling. Is it possible that all the fermentation took place in the primary? What kind of reading am I looking for in the Wiezen prior to bottling? My first reading was 1.042. Thanks for the help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is entirely possible. This is the time to take an "ending gravity" reading, using your hydrometer and test jar. This reading should be (approx. 1.008 -1.014), according to your instructions for this kit.
1/3/2007 -- I see you get questions refering to this quite a bit. After 3 days we haven't seen any bubbling, and I made sure my seal was good again after reading, and it seems to be. I still ask because we had to alter the procedure a little to accommodate our indoor equipment. I could only use 2 gallons of water initially, but other than that followed . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we do get these kind of questions. People are anxious about their new hobby, and usually just want some assurance that they haven't screwed it up. That is SELDOM the case.I will assume that the yeast was added after all the water was in there, AND that you ruptured the inner pouch on the yeast pack, and allowed it to swell up. If . . .
12/30/2006 -- I have started brewing a batch of Shamrock Irish stout, it has been 72 hours and I have seen minimal productivity in the primary fermenter (1 major bubble from the air lock). The temp in the area of fermantation is approx. 68 degrees, my starting SG was 1.046, i am worried that nothing is occurring. should I transfer to carboy or take a reading . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Worrying never improved a beer.My guesses at this point (in order):1) The fermentation already occured, you just missed it2) The lid on your primary fermenter is not sealed 100%A hydrometer reading will tell you what is up.There is no harm in opening up your bucket, and siphoning off a sample into your hydrometer test jar. . . .
12/1/2006 -- After a couple of decades off, I brewed the Scuttlebutt Porter from your kit. After four days in the primary fermentor and 8 in the secondary fermenter, I decided it was time to bottle.Unfortunately, I got so wrapped up in the bottling process that I didn't take a final hydrometer reading until I'd finished. The final reading was 1.130 and . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'm guess that reading was really 1.013. If so, there should be no problems at all.
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!
4/9/2006 -- With your recipe kits, what would happen if i added the hopped extract to the water in the at the same time i added the specialty grains and started heating? I don't really like moving 6 gallons of boiling water off a cooker to prevent scorching the extract and thought adding the extract right at the start would help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do that, however the dry malt extract will take a while to fully dissolve in the cold water. You will find that dry malt extract tends to float on the top of the water until it dissolves, therefor scorching is less of a problem than with liquid (syrup) malt extracts that fall to the bottom.
3/26/2006 -- I brewed Procrastinator Bock at the end of last year, and I'm really enjoying the fruits of my labor. I'm down to about 12 bottles... :( Anyway, I want to brew another batch, but I'm ready to try a little bit of manipulation of the original recipe in order to tweak it. Do you have the original recipe quantities so I can modify it slightly? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That's one thing we don't do (give out our recipes). Sorry. We have put a lot of development "work" (fun actually) into our kits, and many people, other brewshops and even commercial breweries have tried to copy them. It doesn't make business sense to release that information. They are tried and true, they are our products, and we're proud . . .
3/26/2006 -- Delayed fermenting question...For three days, my IPA was happily bubbling along when we got a cold snap.. Then there was a decrease in fermenting for a good 2 days or so, even though I moved the primary fermenter inside from the garage. Will this affect taste adversely? Should I rack it into the secondary fermenter earlier/later or anything? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The most common question we get is:"My beer/wine is not fermenting (according to the schedule) like I think is should...is it ruined?" People think it is either fermenting too slow or too fast, or has stopped prematurely or won't quit fermenting (again,... according to their schedule). This question falls into the same category. My . . .
3/19/2006 -- Do I need to worry about light affecting my primary and secondary fermenters? Should I cover them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I've never seen where worrying improved a beer, but yes, you should try to reduce bright lights. Normal room lighting is not a problem. It's easy to cover up a carboy...t-shirts works nicely!
2/20/2006 -- I just finished the ESB kit. When I put the wort into the primary I had to add water in order to bring the level up to 5 gallons. So I added the water and took a SG reading and only got about a 1030 reading. Do you think that I grabbed some of the water in my sample and that is why the reading is low?Is there anything I should do now? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absoutely. Even if you stir it well, it will not completely mix, and will give you low readings. It does not affect your beer, however. No need to do anything.
2/20/2006 -- I bought the Scuttlebutt Porter Kit and decided I wanted to make a Mocha Porter. Is the possible to do by adapting the kit and if so, what other supplies/ brewing instructions would I need? Thanks a lot.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that by using 2-4 tablespoons of the dry, unsweetened Herseys cocoa powder. Be sure it's the dry powder stuff, without oils, etc. Put that into the end of the boil.
2/4/2006 -- My finished gravity was 1.020, am I in the ballpark?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It could be. Take readings for 3 consequetive days, and if there is no change, go ahead and bottle.
1/10/2006 -- I made a few mistakes when I brewed this one. I mis-read the directions after steeping the grain. Once the grains reached 170 degrees instead of bringing the wort to a boil and adding the DME. I added the DME and THEN brought it to a boil. Had a slight boil over (basically lost some of the hops) then added the finishing hops 10 minutes early. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. I would call all of this drama minor, actually. You CANNOT use too much yeast.
12/17/2005 -- Do the beer ingredient kits come with bottle caps or must these be purchased separately?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Bottle caps are sold separately from Ingredient Kits. The reasons? Lots of people keg their beer and don't need them. We do include them in our Equipment Kits, however, along with a capper.
12/11/2005 -- Two questions. The Scuttlebut Porter is my first homebrew. I was a little conservative in my transfers and have ended up with only about 3.5 gallons of out of 5 in my secondary. First do I need to worry about oxidation in my secondary with this much head space (it is bubbling at 1/2.5 minutes), and do I need to reduce my priming sugar when . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can go two ways with this. Oxidation isn't really an issue as long as it is still bubbling. No problem there.1) Add water to bring the volume up to 5 gallons. Regular tap water will do. This is what I would do. After all, most of the malt is still in there, as well as the hop bitterness, so there is little harm in doing this. It will . . .
8/7/2005 -- I just started and this is the first beer I have brewed. Being a beginner, I of course made a mistake. I didn't put in the Irish Moss, but everything else I did according to the directions. What kind of effect will this have on the beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Very minor; not to worry.Irish moss is a natural clarifier. It aids clearing by causing proteins to settle out prior to bottling. The worst you may notice is that when you chill your beer, you get a slight haziness (called chill haze), but it will not affect the flavor of your beer at all.
5/16/2005 -- i just asked a question but forgot to ask about your kits. Do the kits come with all the ingredients that i need or do i need to buy other ingredents to make my beer? and thanx again,i noticed that you don't try to sell people needless products when they ask you questions about home brewing. you just want to help people make better beer at . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Homebrew Heaven Ingredient Kits come with everything you need except water; they are pre-measured, and ready to go with complete instructions. Thank you for your comment; we try to be helpful. In the long run, that is best for home brewers, and best for our business as well.
4/22/2005 -- I just bottled the Munich Lager that was given to me at xmas (don't see it listed on your current offereings). Anyway - how long should it bottle condition before I crack one open? I'm introducing a friend to homebrewing next Sat with the Scuttlebutt Porter and want to share the Munich Lager!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Figure about 2 weeks at room temperature for carbonation to develop. Longer if it's cold. Go ahead and crack one next Saturday...it may be ok.You're making me thirsty. Enjoy!
11/2/2004 -- My friend and I have recently purchased your Belgian Ale kit. We followed all the proper steps to ensure a good brew, things were going well until the onset of Hurricane Ivan. Our brew was in the first stage primary fermentation. It has been there for a little over a month and a half. Can we proceed normally from here and actually produce . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A Hurricane is no match for BEER! Really, it should be fine.As long as the airlock remained in place, I would pick up and go with it. Now you know what to name it: Ivan's Belgian Ale.
9/22/2004 -- I am fairly new to the homebrewing process, so do not really know how to solve this one. My favorite beer is a type of cream stout that has a very distinct coffee/chocolate taste. It looks like one of your porter/stout kits has the chocolate taste I am looking for, but not the coffee. Can I add coffee beans to my boil to achieve this flavor . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The coffee flavor is easy to add, but don't add coffee beans to the boil! The best way is to make a pot of coffee (or espresso) and add THAT to the fermenter. Boiling coffee beans or grounds, for that matter, adds a bitterness that I don't think you would like.
9/21/2004 -- i will be brewing a batch of this and be adding about 1.5 cup of brown suger to the mix, what should i expect for the starting and ending gravities? or will they be relatively in the same range?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Very little change, actually. You can assume that 1 POUND of sugar will raise the alcohol level by about 1%, so 1.5 cup isn't really very much.
9/16/2004 -- I started a patch of the Scuttlebutt Porter and it was in the primary fermentor (6.5 gallon bucket) for 8 days. When it got down to a bubble or less per minute I moved it to a carboy to begin the second fermenation. It has now been 4 days and I'm not seeing any bubbles like I did in the first process even though the conditions are the same . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not ruined at all! This is entirely normal.What you are looking for here is a "settling out" of crud, not more bubbling. Most of the malt sugars have now been consumed by the yeast, and their work is (almost) done. It sounds like you are close to bottling.
5/16/2004 -- I noticed in the recipes from "Capturing Beer" that the author recommends using less bittering hops when brewing up a full 5 gallons (instead of boiling 2-3 gallons and adding water to the primary). Do you recommend tinkering with the bittering hops of your kits (St. Pete's, etc) when boiling up a full 5 gallons of wort in the brewpot?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. Our kits are designed for a full 5 gallon boil (or more). That is the best way to make beer, and that the way we recommend doing it. Using a concentrated wort (partial boil volume) doesn't properly utilize the hops (or malt) in the kit. It will still make good beer, but it is better to boil it all. Actually, I like to start with 6 . . .
4/9/2004 -- I have your St Peter's Pilsner kit but desire some info not found in kit. Two questions....Is there a full 5 lbs of the dry malt in the package ??What bitterness rating may I expect using your recipe exactly to the best of my ability ?? I've 8 years brew experience.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The expected bitterness is 16 IBU's, but we don't give out the actual ingredients, weights etc for our Homebrew Heaven Ingredient Kits.
3/25/2004 -- I am returning to home brewing after about 10 years off - don't ask! I made several batches of a kit called something like "Irish Ale" which was suggested by the retailer where I bought my original supplies. It was amber colored and well received by all. My understanding was that pilzners and ales could be made without cooling, lagers and . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome back!There are two primary types of beer, ales and lagers, based on the type of yeast used to ferment them. Typically, lagers are the following styles:pilsnersbocksmarzen/oktoberfest/vienna beersAles have many different styles:stoutsporters weizenspale alesIPA'sbelgian alesThe above listing are generalities . . .
3/23/2004 -- I am a beginning homebrewer and I am trying to determine the Alcohol by Volume of your beer kits. How you you go about using the specific gravities (starting/ending) to determine the alcohol by volume?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can approximate the % alcohol by taking the starting gravity and subtracting the ending gravity. You then divide this value by 8.For Example:Start Gravity (OG) = 1.050Ending Gravity (FG) = 1.012Difference in gravity "points" = 3838 divided by 8 = 4.75% alcohol by volumeThis is a handy (easy) way to do it. There are other . . .
3/13/2004 -- 1. For a first time home brewer, is there a recipe that is cheap and easy, like only one thing to mix with the water? I want to have a test run to make sure I have the steps and the sterilization right, even if it makes a run of the Mill(er) style beer. I do not want to waste $30 on a good ale kit and turn it to vinegar as a learning experiment . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. We try to make really, really EASY, and the first time success rate is 100%, as far as I can tell. I'd recommend our Back to Basics Ale Kit, tho, if you want to be cautious. It is only $22.50 and makes a very good beer. The instructions are good...they walk you thru step-by-step.Here is a link to it:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&ProductID=9562. . . .
2/20/2004 -- what ingredient kit do i have to buy thatsclose to the taste of coors light or bud light?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That would be the American Pilsner Kit.Here is a link to it:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&ProductID=992
1/4/2004 -- I have started a batch of this beer (St Peter's Pilsner) and have the primary fermatation going in a cool place, but at what temparture should the secondary take place.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The temperature difference between the primary phase and the lager phase should be roughly 10°F. I guess I'd say the ideal temperature would be 45 deg F., but remember, nothing is absolute. Brewing is both a science and an art! Lower temperatures will extend the time required to finish, but will result in a clean, soft finish that is characteristic . . .
12/27/2003 -- A while back you answered a question about adding blackberries to make a blackberry wheat. How about adding cranberries for a cranberry wheat?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Heck yes. I've found that the only thing limiting you is fear and common sense. Thankfully, I have little of either. About the only advice I can give is add too little, rather that too much. Sneak up on the amount you use.FWIW, we plan to introduce a vanilla wheat beer kit soon. So much for common sense.
11/30/2003 -- Is it possible to modify this or any other recipe as to gain a higher gravity or alcohol content in a lighter ale?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, by adding more fermentable sugars to the boil. This is often done with corn sugar or malt extract. Corn sugar is ok within limits, but using too much will add a "cider-like" taste. Malt extract is a better choice, but it will add some color as well. With Belgian ales, it is common to use clear candi sugar (rock candi). This keeps the . . .
11/26/2003 -- I recently bought Shamrock Stout. The bubbles were down to under a minute within 2 days, which is when I transferred to the secondary carboy. The bubbles aren't apparent now... which leads me to believe I should add more yeast. The temperature was 78 f at initial yeast introduction, yet now I am concerned that the yeast was not good... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds just fine to me. A fast, vigorous fermentation is a good thing! It indicates good, fresh yeast and ideal fermentation conditions. This kind of thing is more common in summer months, but it sounds like you have it in a warm place.I assure you that even if you don't see them, plenty of yeast are still in there. I would just let . . .
11/9/2003 -- What is the life span of the beer (period of expiration)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not very long at MY house! Seriously, tho, if you store your homebrew properly, it should last for at least a year. Some, like the heavier, darker beers just get better with age. I have had some that was over 4 years old and it was excellent!
10/12/2003 -- I FELT LIKE THE BREW KITS I'VE BOUGHT IN THE PAST LACKED A PUNCH (ALCOHOL CONTENT). WILL USING DME INSTEAD OF SUGAR LOWER THE ALCOHOL CONTENT? HOW STRONG SHOULD I EXPECT MY BEER TO BE BREWING YOUR KITS, I.P.A.AND ST.PETERS PILSNER, ALSO APPROXiMATELY HOW MUCH LONGER TILL DRINKABILITY OR CARBONATION THAN CORN SUGAR? THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Using DME in place of corn sugar will lower the alcohol content slightly, but I doubt if you could measure it. It is more a matter of finer bubbles, and additional flavor from the DME.Each of our Homebrew Heaven Ingredient Kits is designed to make a beer that is true to the style...in other words, it varies kit by kit. For example, the . . .
9/20/2003 -- I ordered some of this with the liquid yeast here recently. When in the initial brewing stage, I mixed in the liquid yeast as per instuctions, and 24 hours into the brew, I saw no action at all in the check valve, so I removed the check valve, and added the dry yeast I had that also came with the package. Upon entering the secondary fermentation . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nothing to worry about at all! I'm certain it will turn out just fine. Many people, when using liquid yeasts are unaccustomed to the longer "lag" time they experience comparded to dry yeasts. This is entirely normal.For your next batch, however, I would wait for the liquid yeast to kick in. It will, it just takes longer. You can avoid . . .
8/2/2003 -- What is the approx. amount of alcohol content in these beers? Just so I know what to expect when I brew it.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The alcohol content varies with the beer kit. For the Golden Eagle, it runs about 4.5% ABV. Other beers, like the Procrastinator Bock, are higher; some, like the American Pilsner are lower. We try to keep the alcohol level appropriate to the style of beer.
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