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!
4/11/2012 – what is the inside diameter of the mouth of this 6 gallon carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Approximately 1.25"It accepts a #6.5 stopper or alternatively a "universal" stopper (see links below)
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
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.
2/21/2008 – Will using a 6 gallon glass carboy for secondary fermentation be a problem if the batch of beer is only 5 gallons?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I have never found it to be, particularly if the beer is still "slightly" fermenting at the time you transfer it. The fermentation gives off CO2 which helps to protect your beer from oxidation.
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!
11/7/2007 – Is it okay to use a 6-gallon carboy as a secondary fermenter for beer? I have two that I use for winemaking, and one is usually empty. Do I need to be concerned about any oxygen in the head space, or will there still be enough active fermentation taking place to displace it with CO2?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No worries. A little extra room is not a problem, especially if there is a little bit of fermentation going on when you transfer into the carboy. The CO2 produced by that fermentation will "blanket" your beer and help to protect it from oxygen.
3/20/2007 – I have previosly purchased your Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit (for beer) and have brewed some quite tasty pints that I have grudgingly shared with friends. However, Now I would like to "brew" some wine. What other equipment components would I need in addition to the deluxe kit? thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Usually, you have most of what you need to make great wine from our varietal wine kits. A few useful items that you probably want to add, however, are:Corker and corksAnother carboy. 6 gallon is ideal for these kits. You will fit that wine takes longer to complete, and so it ties up your fermenter. A sad thing, but easy to fix. Heck . . .
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
8/21/2006 – I just bought a 6 gal glass carboy locally.It was the largest one they had. I want to use it for a primary but you recommend a 6.5.Would it work with an air lock or should I avoid problems and use a blow off tube?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would use a blowoff tube at the beginning. You can always replace it with an airlock if it allows.Too many variables here... unknown beer/wine, unknown yeast, temperature etc etc. Only guessing.
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. . . .
2/27/2005 – Do I really need a glass carboy or can I just use two of the plastic ones? Is there a taste difference or is it just for the looks? The plastic seems easier to clean, lighter, and cheaper.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, there is no taste difference as long as you mean OUR plastic (food grade) carboys. Glass seems to cause more sediment to "settle out", however.
2/9/2005 – I am about to brew some wizards wheat with the liquid yeast. I use a 5 gal carboy with a blow off tube as my primary fermenter. From past experience, I will lose about a quart or more of beer from the blow off process. Should I top off when I rack to the secondary? Will this water down the beer? I have read the blow off takes out some . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you are using Wyeast 3068 strain, my experience is that you will lose a lot more than a quart. It is a VERY active fermenter! There is no problem with toping off with water when racking to the secondary, but yes, it does water it down slightly. Yes, a 6 gallon carboy would be better.
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.
1/17/2005 – Do these funnels (specifically the larger diameter ones) fit on the top of 6 gallon carboys? We have two glass 6 gallon carboys and only one 6 gallon plastic bucket... we were hoping to be able to pour straight from the brewpot into the funnel/strainer and right into a carboy instead of a bucket. The large diameter funnel we found at a local . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The 8" diameter (and smaller) all fit into the opening of the 6 gallon carboy. The larger ones don't.
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.
11/29/2004 – I have the deluxe beer making equipment kit. What other equipment items will I need to work with your wine ingredient kit to make wine? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For the varietal wines, we'd recommend a corker, corks, and a good wine making book. The other items, like a nylon straining bag, acid test kit and campden tablets are used when making fruit wines, from fruits like berries, peaches etc. and are not really necessary when making for instance, a Vino del Vida Merlot.You will find that wines . . .
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.
11/19/2003 – 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. . . .
11/2/2003 – 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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