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
7/17/2009 – Is a 5 gallon carboy big enough to secondary ferment a 5 gallon batch of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As a secondary fermenter, yes. This assume that the bubbling has slowed down considerably by the time you transfer into the carboy.I would not use it as a PRIMARY fermenter, however if you hope to yield 5 gallons.
7/14/2008 – what are the advantages to using a glass carboy as opposed to a plastic bucket?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better.
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!
8/13/2007 – Can you please tell me if the 3 gallon carboy is beveled glass, what is the diameter of the opening?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: BEVELED glass usually means a glass that has been ground at an angle to the viewing surface, so no, they are not beveled. They are molded glass with rounded corners.The opening is approximately 1 1/4", and takes a #7 rubber stopper.
2/8/2007 – I have been using a 6 gallon carboy to make wine from wine kits. I have seen 6.5 gallon carboys and 5 gallon carboys as well as many smaller sizes. My question is when and why would you use a 5 gallon or a 6.5 gallon when most of the kits that are sold are for 6 gallon batches?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, those sizes are also available. I guess the answer is that many people make beer and wine differently than you do. Beer making is almost exclusively based on 5 gallon batches. This is due to lots of reasons, but the 5 gallon size works out well for kegging your beer. There are lots of 5 gallon cornelius kegs available. The 6.5 . . .
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
3/14/2006 – I'd like to split 5-gallon beer batches into two fermentors, using a different yeast in each (just to try out more different yeasts). That would put a little less than 2.5 gallons in each fermentor.Would the extra head space cause any bad effects (especially in a secondary fermentation)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not, as long as you minimize the exposure to air. The CO2 put off by the fermentation is not a problem, just the oxygen in the air...so as long as it is actively fermenting you are fine. If you plan to leave it in the secondary for a long time however, when it is NOT fermenting, it would be best to use a 3 gallon carboy to minimize . . .
5/16/2005 – i am new to this, and i have seen and heard of people using plastic buckets for final fermentation, their purpose for doing this is so they can attach a spigot to the bucket for bottling, is this ok to do or is glass the better choice? thanx again and i find that you question and answer part of the site to be very helpful
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that can be done, but we prefer to use the plastic "bucket" type fermenter for the primary fermenter, and using glass for the secondary. We like the bucket for ease of cleaning, and besides, your beer is only in there for a few days to a week or so. We find glass to be better for clarifing your beer, however. This is not to say you CAN'T . . .
3/13/2005 – I'm just getting started brewing and I had a question. As a primary fermenter which is better, plastic bucket, plastic carboy or glass carboy. Then for secondary fermentation, plastic carboy or glass carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better. If I had a lot of money (not the case), I'd probably get a stainless steel Fermenator. Best of all worlds. . . .
2/21/2005 – What type of glass is this Carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Standard clear glass.
2/13/2005 – I have a mini fridge and am wondering what the dimentions of this carboy are so that I can brew throughout the hot summer? thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It measures 16" high, and is about 8.75" in diameter.
1/26/2005 – i am looking around my town for some buckets that i can use for my fermenting and was just wondering if 5 gallons is big enough or should i go with 6 or 7? also do i need the lids for them and would i need to order anything extra from you like a hydrometer of fermenting stop?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have them. Here is a link.For beer, we recommend at least a 6 gallon fermenter to make a 5 gallon batch, and bigger is better. There is usually significant foaming in the primary. Yes, I would get lids. I don't consider a hydrometer "extra", I consider it essential. That's why we put it in our kits.
1/10/2005 – I've made wine 5 gallons at a time. Now I want to make wine at 20 gallons at a time. For a primary fermentor, I've used 6? gallon pail. With a larger batch, if I use a 30 gallon new clean plastic trash can, am I asking for problems (health and taste wise)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In a word, yes. Most trash contianers are not food grade plastic, and will transfer undesirable tastes.
10/20/2004 – I would like to put coins in the 3 gallon glass Carboy. Can a 50 cent piece fit through the top? How about a silver dollar?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The opening is 1 5/16" in diameter. Sorry, I don't have either of those coins to check it!
2/28/2004 – Being new to the home brew scene, I had a question about glass carboys. During the fermentation process, due to it being clear glass, do I need to keep it somewhere void of light?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It takes quite a LOT of light to harm beer or wine. Flourescent light and direct sunlight are the worst, and regular (incandescent) room light is much less harmful, so usually this is not an issue. There is certainly no harm in covering up your carboy, however. Many people do; using old t-shirts, and even specially designed carboy covers. . . .
12/19/2003 – I am having trouble keeping the temp in the room I am making wine between 70 and 75 degrees as specified in the wine kit I have. I live in Colorado and often the temp at night dips way down, and in the day it can get quite warm. I am not around at all times to adjust the thermastat. Could I solve this problem by wrapping the carboy with . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. We have a Brew Heat Pad that works very nicely. It's basically a hard plastic heating pad for carboys. If it's too warm during the day, just get a cheap lamp timer, and have it turn on only at night. See below.
11/2/2003 – My father wants to make root beer. I understand that you have ingredients for the root beer but where can i get the equipment to bottle and make the root beer in?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here at Homebrew Heaven! We have bottling equipment in the Beer Brewing section, and food grade buckets etc in the Carboys/Fermenters section.See below for the links to take you there
10/23/2003 – I noticed most of the malt extract brew kits are 5 gallon batches. Will a 5 gallon carboy be sufficient for fermentation, or will I need a 6 gallon carboy to allow for foaming? Thanks, I'm new to this.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We recommend going larger for the primary. That's why we put 6 gallon plastic fermenters in our equipment kits. You can use a larger carboy of course, but the 6.5 gallon "bucket" type fermenter allows for the foaming, doesn't break, cleans up easier, and is less weight for shipping. Hey...we were all new to this at one time. No shame in that! . . .
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