Ever wanted to make your own home brewed beer but
didn't know if it was right for you AND didn't want to break the
bank? Well then, this 1 gallon Beer Brewing Equipment Kit with
Ingredients is for you! This is a complete kit that includes all of
the 1st time fermentation equipment and ingredient additives you
will need to ferment your first 1 gallon batch of tasty homebrew.
All you need to provide is a stock pot that is approx. 8-12 quarts
in volume, water, Bottles & Bottle Caps. Plastic bottles or
wire top bottles are a great idea as well.
From Roseann Rolen of East Wenatchee, Washington on 6/12/2015.
This kit is simply perfect for a beginner such as myself. It has everything I need and then some, and for a price that can't be beat! My very first batch of mead is nearly a month old and almost ready . . .
From Jim Herrick of Port Townsend, Washington on 8/3/2014.
Excellent in all respects!
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. . . .
2/14/2012 – I am looking to buy the Deluxe Home Brewing kit. I currently own a 7.5 Gallon (30 quart) pot that I have used to fry turkeys in and plan to cook seafood in. My question is would there be any reason that I couldn't use the same pot for brewing beer that I currently use to fry turkeys and boil seafood as long as I clean it thoroughly? If I did . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You didn't mention what your pot is made of. Some materials, like stainless steel, are better than others. Aluminum for instance does tend to "pit" in time and can affect taste after some use.All things being equal however, a good thorough detergent cleaning should be enough to remove residual grease/oils. Rinse well of course.If the . . .
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
6/2/2009 – I am recomending a new kit for a friend. I bought your deluxe kit years ago and am quite happy. Your beer brewing kits do not list a brew kettle but they claim to have everything you need. Is this an omission?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really. Lots of people already have a large stock pot that they use for brewing as well. If we included it in the Equipment Kit, we'd sell a lot fewer. It can always be added if the new brewer needs one.Some people use the same reasoning for bottles. They are needed, but we don't include them because many people can (and do) acquire . . .
5/14/2009 – I am very new to brewing and am looking into many types of kits. It seems that yours has most of what we want but we are confused on a bottling bucket. Many friends tell us we need to have a bottling bucket in order to brew and we are not sure if this kit has one or has a way to make one from it or anything? If you could let us know as soon . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We do not include a separate bottling bucket because we intend for the primary fermenting bucket to double as both the primary fermenter AND bottling bucket. (plus it cuts down on the starting cost) All you have to do is transfer from the glass carboy back to the cleaned and sanitized primary bucket when you are intending to bottle. Then . . .
12/26/2008 – I received the deluxe brewing kit for xmas, and I look forward to brewing my first batch. The kit came with a 6-gallon primary fermentor with lid. You mention in a couple help desk tickets that you should pound the lid onto the bucket to ensure a good seal. This makes sense, but do you pry it off when you transfer to the secondary fermenter . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our (home brewing) world!It is POSSIBLE to put your racking cane thru the hole in the lid for siphoning, but I just pry up the lid myself. You'll want to do that for cleaning afterward anyway. A Lid Remover makes it an easy task.The lid and fermenter are really quite rugged, and will still last a very long time. I've had . . .
12/14/2008 – I want to buy the beer brewing kit but I don't have that good of a stovetop and I want to brew inside. Do you think I will be able to reach the right temperature for beer brewing with a mediocre stove?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably; depending on the actual heat output (BTU's) of your stove.The question is not really IF, it's a matter of how long it will take to reach a boil. If you're patient, it's not a problem. On a really weak stovetop, it can take an hour (or even more) to reach a boil. It's not really a problem, it's just a matter of waiting...
6/10/2008 – ok, great website to start, me and my freinds were thinking about goin into beer making to have a reason to get togather more often and to have some fun, what would be an easy kit to start out with and is thier a type of kit that we could puchase to get a rolling rock type of beer? thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A good way to get going in this fascinating (and FUN!) hobby is with our Complete Home Brewing Equipment Kit. Here is a link to that product. If cost is being shared, perhaps cost isn't an issue. The Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit would fit that bill.From there, you can selct several different beer style ingredients as "options" to go with . . .
5/9/2008 – Would I be able to switch the racking cane from the deluxe kit for an auto siphon. Would this be a worth while investment? Is an auto siphon better?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. When you order, just make note that you want this changed for your kit. Simply make note of it in the "Customer Comments" section at checkout. There will be a difference in price, of course.We like the auto siphon, but not everyone does. Is it better? I would say no, it's just more convenient. Convenience is worth it to some . . .
3/12/2008 – What is the approximate packaging dimensions of the Deluxe Kit? Also, this is obviously more complex and looks more promising than a brewing kit like MrBeer but what main advantages does this one have over something like that?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We typically package the Kit in a box that measures 16" X 16" X 24". This is for shipping, and contains some "padding" and the carboy ships inside of the plastic fermenter. We believe it is WAY better than "novelty devices" like "Mr Beer" "the Beer Machine" and such. We consider those to be gimmick setups. Our kits have you brewing . . .
3/10/2008 – I live in south america and it is hard to get cold conditions down here. I uderstand that the wort must be chilled for fermentation and conditioning. How do you recomend I do this. What kind of bottles do I need for botteling?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as you can ferment and condition at about room temperature, like 20 deg (68 deg F) then it is possible to brew ales. Lagers are improved if you can ferment at lower temperatures, but they will also work OK at this temperature. The boiled wort does need to be cooled after boiling, but a wort chiller can do this nicely. You can also . . .
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!
7/18/2007 – Hi, just found your web site and I have been reading Q&A's for hours now. I have been thinking about home brewing for some time now as I do like my beer. It seems your site is the most helpful of any.I always go for gold and may have few more questions as I learn more about this fascinating hobby.If I get the deluxe kit with kegging . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For hours? Wow, we didn't intend to write a book. The Q&A's just kinda "snowballed" on us.Absolutely. We typically supply about 4 feet of siphon hose, and that is really all you need even with an auto-siphon. If you need an extra foot or two, just make that remark in the Customer Comments section at check out. We'll make it happen.No . . .
6/18/2007 – Hi! My boyfriend keeps talking about wanting to start brewing his own beer. So, I figured I'd get him everything he needs for this for his birthday. Unfortunately, I have no idea what that entails. Do I just get him the deluxe with the ingredients for both of our favorite beers? Or does he need more than that to start? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that would be an excellent way to get going on it. We pride ourselves in putting out a complete kit. The only other items needed are a large pot to cook the beer in (many people have one already) and some cappable bottles for when it is done. We do sell the bottles, but they are often easy to find or collect locally.
11/25/2006 – i want to get a brewing kit but i heard it will make my apartment stink, im sure it will but for how long and how bad? i was thinking about puting it in the basement and there is no heat down there and its almost winter in new england will that work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The smell is not too bad, actually.Most of the aroma comes when actually cooking the beer. It can get "strong", but it is not unpleasant (at least to ME!). Some people love it, some don't. That is only for an hour or so.While fermenting, it does give off a little odor, but not as much. A small closet or your basement works well to . . .
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 Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
7/25/2006 – The starter beer brewing kit I bought (from a different supplier) is set up for a single stage of fermentation. My beer has turned out pretty good so far. What is the benefit of expanding my process to include a secondary stage of fermentation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are two drawbacks to single stage fermentation (clarifying and trub removal). We like using a 2-stage fermenation system. You will end up with a clearer beer, and you avoid off flavors (from the trub, or "crud") if you leave your beer in the fermenter too long. All of our kits are 2-stage systems.
1/15/2006 – I am preparing to buy my first brew kit and step into the wonderful world of brewing. With that being said, is there a specific size kettle i need to fit into the wort chiller? I assume you put the chiller around the kettle and run cold water through it. If you could run me through the process of using the chiller that would be great. thanks . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our world!Actually, the wort chiller goes inside the brewpot (kettle) in the last few minutes of the boil. This sterilizes the wort chiller. After you turn the heat off, you begin running cold water thru the wort chiller. This cools down your wort (beer) so that it can be put into the fermenter, and the yeast can then be added. . . .
8/22/2005 – This wil be my first time brewing beer and I have LOTS of questions, but I'll keep it short. Is this really difficult to do? How long does the whole process take? Your web site is wonderful!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not difficult at all! Most people are surprised at how easy it (and forgiving) it is. We say that if you can make soup, you can make beer.The process (in a nutshell) goes like this:The cooking process itself takes about 1-2 hours. The ingredients are boiled in a large pot. After that you let it ferment (let it sit) in a bucket for about . . .
4/19/2005 – Could this kit also be used to make wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely. You may want to supplement with a corker and some corks, however.
3/23/2005 – First off, thanks so much for the "Q and A" section of your page. It's amazingly helpful for people like me who are looking to just get in to the hobby.My question concerns the primary fermenter included in this kit. Other kits I've been looking at include a glass 6.5 gallon carboy as the primary fermenter as well as the 5 gallon glass . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hello Evan. Glad to hear that people are using the Q&A section. Using a glass carboy for your primary fermentation is just fine, but we find that for the short time your beer/wine is in the primary, it makes little difference. Buckets are more durable, less expensive and easier to clean. Typically your beer is only there for a short time . . .
3/6/2005 – If I already own The Complete Joy of Home Brewing can it be deducted from the kit brewing package?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, no problem, Brodie. Make note of that when you checkout. There is a "Customer Comments" box on the checkout page. We can either credit you the difference, or supply you with another book of your choice.
2/20/2005 – I used to live in Port Orchard Wa. and Diamond Knot was my favorite brew at the Swiss in Tacoma. I have never brewed before but would love to make Diamond Knot! What brew kit would you recommend for a beginner and would this brew be too complicated for a first timer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a hoppy son-of-gun, so we were a bit surprised that it has been so popular. As far as the hardware, we recommend the either the Complete Brewing Equipment Kit as a good way to get started. You could, of course, jump into the DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit, but we think the Complete Kit is a good value, and get you going in the right . . .
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
1/19/2005 – I am very interested in the deluxe brewing system. I am considered a good cook by friends. Is making beer about the same as cooking, and how long does it take to make good batch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Very similar, actually. We say that if you can make soup, you can make beer. Very similar cooking process. It takes about 1.5 hours to cook it up, about 7-21 days to ferment, and about another 7-10 days for the natural carbonation to build up in the bottles. Figure 2-4 weeks before you are drinking it. A few beer styles, like bocks and . . .
12/27/2004 – As someone new to homebrewing, I have made quite a few batches with my small kit that was given as a gift, and I am hooked. I have always loved beer and never thought I would be able to make it myself, until now. I want the deluxe kit, but could you tell me everything I need to make great beer? Your kit seems pretty complete but I know . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We think the DeLuxe is quite complete as it is. You will only need something to cook it in, like a large stock pot, and some bottles.There are lots of "convenience" items that some people like (for example, a handle for the carboy) but don't necessarily make for better beer. At some point, you may want to start kegging your beer, but again . . .
11/30/2004 – I have one of those small 8.5L single plastic keg brew kits. I have been using it for a while and am pretty good with it, but the beer still never comes out perfect. How much harder is your kit to use than one of those. And will I get what ever is missing from the beer I am making now?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we're familiar with those "gimmick kits", like Mr Beer. We are not impressed. Good beer is not made with those things. Drinkable beer perhaps, but not GREAT. There are many reasons (single stage fermentation, no-boil, no late hop additions, no specialty grains etc etc) but yes; you will definately notice a difference. It is not hard . . .
10/15/2004 – Is this kit kit for two-fermentation process? I'm not very clear on what this is but i recently read that a beer made with a 2 fermentation process is better. Could you explain it to me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this Kit is designed for two-step fermentation. We don't sell single stage kits. 2 stage fermentation process is where the beer is first fermented in one vessel (liike a food grade bucket/fermenter), and then transferred into another vessel (secondary fermenter, like a glass carboy) for clarification, and aging prior to bottling.
8/13/2004 – How does your system compare to other systems that i have seen such as "the beer machine"? There system is completely closed and no equipment is needed other then the machine itself. No boiling, no mess. How are they able to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They ignore the principles necessary to make good beer, and rely on slick marketing to sell their product. That is the real answer. Most people quickly find that these "gimmick" devices are not what they really want. They sell thousands at Xmas and Father's Day, and just as many are discarded shortly after.Problems with the "beer machine" . . .
7/8/2004 – Hi. Would you be able to provide me with shipping estimates for Japan?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our shipping costs are calculated automatically from your shopping cart. You can select the shipping time and cost that is right for you when you check out.
7/8/2004 – I was wondering how you go about cleaning this stuff, and any extra equipment/ingredients that are necessary.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wonder no more. As part of the Kit, we send a cleaner, "Super Grunger Remover" as well as Iodophor sanitizer. This should get you thru at least 4-5 batches. We sell them separately too, if you need them later.The kit also comes with a brush for the glass carboy, and a bottle brush for beer bottles.
7/6/2004 – I am eighteen and was wondering about homebrewing. If i make the beer in my parent's house even though they don't really own it, could this cause problems legally? Am i allowd to make beer even though i'm below legal drinking age?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We aren't lawyers, and don't pretend to be, but this is our understanding of the issues:1) We don't sell alcohol, only stuff that (could) make it. For that reason, it is not against the law for us to sell the equipment to minors. We try not to, unless the parents have no problem with it.2) If your parents don't mind your hobby, and it . . .
4/7/2004 – i am thinking about ordering the deluxe brewing kit and i was wondering what is the best size stainless steel pot to go with?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you intend to stay with 5 gallon batches, a 6 to 8 gallon brewpot is a good way to go.We should tell you, tho, that some people find it so much fun that they step up to larger batches, like 10 gallons at a time. For that, the 12-15 gallon brewpot works very well. We even have customer using 50 gallon pots. These overachievers believe . . .
3/20/2004 – have searched your site, but I am unable to find individual items like fermenting buckets, airlocks and such. Even your basic equipment kit has more items than I want. Did I miss a link to equipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have a section for acessories like airlocks etc. Here is a link for that stuff:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=14Fermenters and carboys are found here:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=26 Hope this helps!
2/17/2004 – A few questions as I buy my starter kit:1) What is it that the fermenter does that the carboy doesn't, and vice versa.2) I see that some kits come with two fermenter buckets and no carboy. Could I use two carboys with the same success.3) What would be the purpose of having an extra carboy or fermenter bucket rather than just one of . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Really...nothing. They are both fermentation vessels. The plastic bucket is used as the primary fermenter, and the carboy is used as the secondary fermenter. This IS a two-stage fermentation kit. Two-stage kits like this allow the easy settling and removal of sediment, allowing you to enjoy clear, good tasting beer.The advantage of . . .
2/12/2004 – I'm thinking about buying a home brew kit. do I need to purchase ingredients with this kit or do they come with it.also what size brew pot do i need to buy
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Equipment Kits are sold separately from the incgredients, but we do list some of them when you click on the "Options" button. Those are discounted when purchased WITH the Equipment Kits.
2/3/2004 – I am on my second batch of beer. I recently bought my supplies at a winery. What is the importance of a fermenting tub AND a bottling tub? I have one 6 gallon bucket that I ferment in and bottle out of. I stumbled across your site and was very pleased! It has opened my eyes to things I was not aware of. Are there basic instructions one . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Using both a primary AND a secondary fermenter allows your to easily remove the sediment, and to avoid "off" flavors from the crud that accumulates in the fermentation process (proteins, dead yeast cells etc).We include basic instructions with all of our ingredient kits, and our equipment kits contain a very complete book as well as a . . .
2/2/2004 – Hello, I have very limited space and I was wondering about how much room will this kit take up when its in use. I live in a dorm and I dont have running water in my room will this be a problem? Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not having running water wouldn't stop me. You are going to need an area to cook in. The ingredients that come with the kit need to be boiled for at least an hour and you will need a place to clean the equipment and bottles when you get to that point. You will also need an area for the fermentors,a 6gallon bucket and a five gallon glass . . .
1/24/2004 – I am thinking about starting to homebrew. I have a kegerator that will fit two cornelius kegs. I am wanting to get a kit, and then keg the beer instead of bottling. Is there a kit specifically for this? as I would not require any bottling equipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can do it!--altho there isn't anything specifically set up on the website (yet).For now, you can just order the full equipment kit, and when you check out, just make a comment that you don't need the bottling stuff (capper, caps)and that you would like a credit for it. That will work. OR..........just call us to place the order (800) . . .
1/21/2004 – To HBH... I don't have a question for you for I am writing to say thank you for all your support, prompt service, education, enlightening humor, quality products and excellent web page. I have purchased my entire home brewery including extras, and a complete wine making system from HBH and could not be more satisfied! Shipping is prompt . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wow, Aaron. We're blushing! I will be sure to post your kind words for the staff to see.It's true, we enjoy what we do, and we enjoy hearing back from customers. Quite often we don't, and it's good to hear that we are doing something right.Enjoy your new setup, and happy brewing to you!Ralph
1/21/2004 – I am considering trying some home brewing, but my wife has doubts. For my first batch I would like to make something she will like. She prefers light beers like Coors or MGD. At micro breweries we usually get a blonde type. What would you reccommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the American Pilsner Kit. We think it's BETTER than those two beers. Many people agree.
1/4/2004 – Hi, I just found your site and it looks great. I am thinking about starting my own home brewery, Your deluxe kit claims to come with everything I will need to start brewing except ingredents bottles and a brewpot; so do I just need to buy a brewpot and I am ready to brew? Or are there other acssories I will need with the brewpot to start? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That should do it! We try to anticipate what what WE would need and put it in the box. We've had great reviews on this kit.There are lots of other "convenience" items, but I would call them optional. I'm referring to things like say, carboy handles, auto-siphon or a fermometer strip...things like that. Certainly nothing that would keep . . .
12/19/2003 – A friend of mine who used to homebrew wine and beer in the 1970s told me the the B.A.T.F. (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) limits you to brewing something like 5 gallons per year for personal use. (It may have been more than that, it was a long time ago when he told me this and I forgot the fine details) He also said if you brew . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Either your friend's memory ain't so good, or the story has evolved over the years.Since the Carter administration, you are allowed to make 100 gallons of beer and another 100 gallons of wine per year, per adult without violating any sort of federal law (in the U.S). That's a LOT. If you can consume that much, you're doing better than . . .
12/17/2003 – Is Delux Brewing Equipment Kit complete, or does it require anything besides the ingredients,bottles,and bottle caps? A brewpot for instance...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, except for ingredients, bottles (caps are included) and a brewpot. There are reasons for this...1) Most people like to select the type of beer they want to make2) Bottles are heavy (and expensive to ship), and can usually be obtained locally by saving your empties, or by a visit to the recyling ceter.3) Often people HAVE a . . .
11/20/2003 – What is the difference between single and dual stage brewing kits?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good question! With a single stage brewing kit, you perform all the fermentation in one vessel, which can be a bucket, carboy or whatever. The problem with this is that there is a fair amount of sediment (called trub) is produced in the process, and your beer remains in contact with it for the entire time. This can produce "off" flavors . . .
11/19/2003 – Hi, I have been brewing beer for a little while and I'm thinking about doing wine. I have a basic single fermentation kit for beer and wanted to know what equipment I can use for wine and what extra equiptment I would need.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Great! Wine is a fun thing to do as well. For wine, I would get another carboy. Wine just takes longer, and therefor ties up your fermenter for a longer time.If you are using one of our varietal wine kits, about the only other hardware you would need is a corker and some corks. Most people just save their wine bottles and re-use them. . . .
11/11/2003 – I recently bought a new house and have an extra room in the basement for a brew kit. The thing is, it gets kind of cold. What is the perfect temperature? Can I do this in a cold room?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is no single "perfect" temperature for making beer, but yes, you can do it in a cold room.Lagers are best fermented cold, i.e. about 40-50 deg F or so. Ales should be a little warmer, say 58-70 deg F, BUT...it is easy to add a little supplemental heat to your fermenter. We sell a carboy warming pad that works beautifully for this . . .
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!
11/2/2003 – It seems like saving the bottles from rubber-gasket sealed beers is a good way to build a supply of containers (eg. Grolsch bottles). Any problem with this? I'm just starting to educate myself before beginning to homebrew. Your website looks good.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, using "flip-top", or Grolsch-style bottles is a good way to go. Very handy to use. We sell the replacement gaskets if you want to replace them.Thank you for the kind words about our website. We work hard on it, and think it's pretty darn good too!
10/26/2003 – this is my first time brewing so what would be the best kit for me to choose.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I usually recommend the Complete Brewing Equipment Kit. It is the most popular. Any of the equipment kits perform equally well, it's just that you get more "convenience" items like a glass carboy and a better book when you step up from the Complete kit to the Deluxe. With the DeLuxe kit, you get even more useful stuff!
10/26/2003 – when i purchase the kit can i also purchase the ingredients? and if so what are the types and prices?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely. We have a whole category of ingredient kits (recipes) showing types and prices. Here is a link:This category is directly below the brewing equipment category.
10/25/2003 – I want to give my boyfriend a complete brewing kit for christmas but we live in Hawaii; is it too warm to brew here or will we have to put it next to the a.c. and leave it on all of the time?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it is not too warm to make beer. The ideal temperature for most ales is about room temperature (68 deg F), but they will all work above that. If the temperature gets above about 85 deg F, it will start to develop "off" flavors. A normal air conditioned room will work just fine. There is no need to have it next to the a.c.
10/15/2003 – is the deluxe beer brewing model good for brewing my own beer and is it reusable and if so how many times?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is designed for that purpose! This is the hardware to brew your own.This equipment should last for years. All you need is more ingredients to make another batch. It can be reused over and over!
10/9/2003 – A couple of my buddies and I are looking to start making our own homebrew but we are totally lost. Please advise us on what we need to get equipment and brewing material wise.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, really, just this kit, some ingredients (pick a beer style that you like), a pot to cook in in (4 gallons or more) and some bottles. Often, people have a pot available, and can find (or save) enough bottles to take care of it.Enjoy!
9/27/2003 – I live in Hawaii. I have limited space, and it is impossible for me to control the fermentation temperature. Is it possible to brew good beer when it cannot be fermented below 78 degrees, and with fluctuations between day and night of 10-15 degrees?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is. There are several "tricks" you can use to lower the temperature...like putting your fermenter into a picnic cooler of cool water, adding some ice periodically, and/or covering it with a wet t-shirt and putting a fan on it. All of these will get you into the range for a good ale. Be creative!~ Those blue gel-packs also work nicely. . . .
9/7/2003 – I am looking at starting to home-brew. I have a "Nugget" variety hops plant that I just harvested. Besides the kit, what ingredients and what recipe book should I purchase? How do I process the hops, which are now drying?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations. We get a kick out of brewing, and so will you!The kit contains a book with many different recipes, AND we have a variety of pre-assembled ingredient kits available to produce a huge variety of beers. I would NEVER tell someone what beer to drink. I say, brew the beer you like to drink! We try to make an ingredient kit . . .
6/29/2003 – How much is volume of yield and long does it take tobrew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our equipment kits are for making 5 U.S. gallons (at a time). This is equivalent to about fifty two, 12 oz. beers. You can make more, by using additional carboys if you like.It takes about an hour and a half to actually brew the beer, and perhaps 7-17 more days to ferment it. At this stage it is bottled, and needs to wait at least . . .
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