9/16/2014 – Hello - Can you use both a 5 gal and 6 gal carboy on the drier?? Thanks a bunch!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, both will fit just fine.Thank YOU!
5/29/2013 – Hi,I was wondering if the glass carboys are safe to heat on a gas stove?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, I would not do that!Some types of glass, like borosiliates, can withstand high heat, but not standard glass.We do sell Erlenmeyer Flasks of various sizes, which are capable of taking much more heat. Here is a link to that product
11/6/2012 – What are the dimensions for the opening of the 5 gallon glass jug?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The opening is approximately 1.5". It accepts either a #6.5 stopper, or a universal stopper. Links to those products are shown below:
8/27/2012 – I am interested in recommendations for CLEANING a glass (5-gal) carboy. Overall, the carboy is in great shape (no films, build ups etc), it's in good enough condition I would consider it "new". I have SanStar for sanitizing it, but I haven't done an initial cleaning. What should i use? I read about 10:1 bleach cleaning (10 parts water) I've . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both Super Grunge Remover and One-Step are great for cleaning glass carboys. See links belowI would NOT use bleach for that or any other purpose related to brewing. It's an effective sanitizer, but not that great of a cleaner. 10:1 ratio is also WAY too much bleach. We've smelled/tasted too many beers ruined by the use of bleach. Just . . .
7/27/2010 – I want to buy a kit that would enable me to do both beer and wine. A friend argues I should go with the wine kit and add the beer brewing stuff. Please let me know exactly what I need to purchase. Also, I intend to use ceramic top beer bottles for my beer. What's the best way to clean them? Do you sell the rubber piece (gaskets) they . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In general, I would say your friend is on the right track, assuming you have a lot of flip-top bottles around. Those bottles are pretty handy. See below for a link to the replacement gaskets.If you are thinking of making wine from your own juice, fresh fruit etc, then the 5 gallon wine making kit is a good choice. If you want to make wine . . .
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
9/12/2009 – If I was to order this Deluxe Kit, how long from the time I start, until I am drinking my first home brew (scottish ale)? What do you recommend getting in addition to this kit, to brew maybe 3 different beers at once, or is that an option with 1 kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A reasonable estimate for that is 3 to 4 weeks from cooking to drinking.In order to brew 3 beers simultaneously, you would need more equipment, primarily fermenters and airlocks/stoppers. A good way to this at a reasonable cost is to start a new batch about every 10 days. As the first batch comes out of the primary fermenter (it gets transferred . . .
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!
8/18/2007 – Would a plastic 5 gallon water bottle from a water company work as a secondary fermenter? Thank you for your great website and always responding quickly to my questions.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The will WORK but they are not ideal.We like to use a plastic "bucket" type fermenter for the primary fermentation, and then after the activity subsides, then siphon it to a glass carboy. This allows much of the sediment and such to remain in the bucket, but for the secondary fermentation to take place in glass. Glass is a better material . . .
7/5/2007 – I am told the using a blow off valve during the primary fermenting stage produces a smoother beer. Is this true and how do I set it up?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It may be true, depending on the the beer, how active the fermentation is and lots of other factors.The easiest way to set it up is to simply run about 3 feet of 5/16" ID tubing thru a rubber stopper and then put the stopper into your fermenter. The other end of the tubing goes into a container of water (like a coffee can, or bowl). This . . .
3/15/2007 – I just bought the Wizard wheat kit and brewed it in a 5 1/2 gallon (full capacity) carboy. The fermenting process bubbled and popped the airlock and plug out. I re capped it and it continued to ferment?? Is my container to small or did I do something wrong? This has never happened in a 6 gallon bucket i have been using?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You have two things going here:1) You are now using a smaller fermenter, which doesn't leave much room for an active fermentation. If it was one of our buckets, it is actually more like 6.5 gallon capacity. You now have about a gallon less room.2) You HAVE an active fermentation caused by GOOD factors (lots of fresh happy yeast, favorable . . .
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 . . .
12/30/2006 – I thought of another question about the mead kit. I have the deluxe beer brewing kit with beer bottles. Can I use my beer equipment to make the mead? And can I bottle the mead in beer bottles?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, and yes! The only problems I see are:1) Mead takes a long time to finish, so it "ties up" your carboy, preventing you from keeping a healthy supply of beer on hand. Getting an extra carboy for mead makes sense.2) Appearance. Most people like to "dress up" their mead in wine bottles, labels etc. It's a special drink that requires . . .
12/5/2006 – Hello, I am about to try my hand at mead making. I plan to buy your 5 gal wine kit and just had a few questions. On many sites I have heard about racking multiple times to get the mead to clear, does this mean I should buy a second carboy? In addition to the 5gal kit and the nectar of the gods mead kit, I was looking at getting the wine theif . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can certainly do that (get another carboy), but an option is to siphon back into the primary fermenter (bucket) and then transfer back again into the clean, sanitized carboy. Either way works just fine.A wine thief IS a nice item to use. I would add that, especially for meads, which take some time to finish out. As far as a siphon . . .
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 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
6/17/2006 – I brew beer and am interested in trying your mead kit. I use plastic buckets and beer bottles instead of glass carboys and wine bottles. Will that be OK? Also, do you recommend using liquid yeast instead of the dry?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that equipment will still work, however, mead takes a very long time to finish. I would at least consider a carboy.Personally, I like the sweet mead yeast for mead. It will leave a more "honey-like" flavor to your mead than a wine yeast will.
4/19/2006 – I have run out of bottles and need to bottle ten more gallons of beer. Can I add priming sugar to a carboy and seal it? or will it explode from the pressure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That is a terrible idea. Carbonation is produced under pressure, and carboys are not designed to hold that internal pressure. It will explode. Never mind the obvious safety issues, think of the loss of your beer! And it's SO hard to lick your beer of those shards of glass!!It sounds like you need to look at kegs; or at least more bottles. . . .
1/31/2006 – I read that you said that its not good to carbonate the beer in a carboy, but is it O.K. to age a beer in it without carbonating it in the carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. That is not a problem. The problem with carbonating in a carboy (if you seal it up) is the internal pressure from the carbonation. It will break the glass.
1/30/2006 – Another question. As you can tell I am a beginner brewer but dont worry, I purchase all my supplies from you guys. I didn't know that I needed a secondary fermenter for pilsner, all of the other brews i have done have just one fermenter needed. So all I have is the one bucket for fermenting. What do I do?Thanks again.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A secondary fermenter is not essential, but it is nice to use for any beer. It allows for removal of "crud" that forms in the primary, and provide better clarity to your beer. I would (eventually anyway) obtain a glass carboy for this purpose.
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 . . .
4/17/2005 – i ferment my beer in a six gallon carboy and rack in five. is this the right size for a five gallon batch? ive also noticed some scrathes on the inside of the carboys from using the carboy brush. do i need to replace my carboys?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that will certainly work well for a 5 gallon batch.I doubt if the light carboy scratches will cause you any harm. Just be sure to sanitize before using.
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. . . .
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.
5/14/2004 – I bought 2- 5 gal carboys. what do I do if the amount of juice I have don`t fill the carboy to the top? will it be ok if when I rack the juice won't fill to the top, or does it matter if it fills to the top of the carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For the primary fermentation, that shouldn't be a problem. Some headspace is actually desirable in the early stages to accomodate the foaming that takes place. As your wine is "racked" (siphoned) to a secondary, it becomes more important. If you are bulk aging in the carboy (for a long time), it is best to "top off" your carboy with a . . .
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! . . .
10/9/2003 – Do you put anything in the airlock stoppers and do you use them right after the wine is pressed? The wine is still fermenting in the demi johns.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, the airlock fits into the stopper, and you add water to the airlock. Is that what you mean?Everyone has a different way of making wine, and different equipment is favored by some. Typically, the wine is started in a large bucket (primary fermenter), and then later transferred to carboys (secondary fermenter). It sounds like you are . . .
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