11/9/2012 – I have seen several questions and answers saying that there are options such as a hole and stopper and airlock on the 6 gallon plastic primary fermenter, but I cannot find these options. I would like to get the fermenter and lid with the airlock, stopper and spigot already installed. I know I have to get the spigot, and it is also in my cart . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. The Bucket lid comes with airlock grommet installed. No stopper necessary. See links below for airlock and spigot (with installation)
8/6/2012 – Just received my 3.5 Gal fermenter bucket, Thanks!One question about the lid. I snapped the lid down hard and it is sealed. Do I pull off the plastic strip on the bottom of th lid to remove the lid from the bucket? Is the lid a one time use thing after that or can i use it over and over?Thank you!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, just remove and discard the tear-off strip. The lid can be reused over and over.
8/16/2011 – I will be brewing 5 gal of Juice. Would you recommend a 6 or 8 gal Primary Fermenter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Either one will work, but if it's an especially active fermentation you could get some "overflow" (foaming) with the 6 gallon one. With the 8 gallon model there is plenty of expansion room.
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.
6/14/2009 – Would the Fermometer product work with the 6 gallon primary fermenter with lid? I assume it would be placed on the outside of the bucket, and wonder if the plastic would interfere with the accuracy of the temperature reading. Also, if I order this with a spigot pre-installed, would I still need a siphon for 'racking' purposes?Thank you . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the Fermometer works great on plastic bucket-type fermenters, glass carboys, most anything. If the plastic interferes with the accuracy of the readings, it can't be much.No, if you order a primary fermenter with a spigot, there would be no need for a racking cane for siphoning. Keep in mind tho, that sediment does accumulate in the . . .
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 . . .
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.
5/14/2008 – Not a question but a statement. Anyone planning on buying a lauter system and installing one of these themselves should just have one of these installed in a plastic bucket by the guys at homebrew heaven. I did it today and it costed me almost 3 times as much as well as about 2 hours at home depot trying to come up with something comparable . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks for your input!
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!
3/22/2007 – I'm using a 5 gal plastic bucket as a primary fermentor for cider but I'm having difficulty getting an air-tight seal around the lid. This makes it difficult to judge the fermentation by watching the airlock.What is a good, simple way to get a good lid to bucket seal so that the airlock will do it's job?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Use one that is designed to seal, and re-seal. Many of the 5 gallon buckets out there are not. We don't sell 5 gallon buckets. I'll bet yours doesn't even have a gasket.Our buckets are food-grade, designed to seal and re-seal, and have a gasketed lid. We have 3 1/2 gallon and 6 gallon models.
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 . . .
1/23/2007 – I have an older 6 gallon primary (plastic) that I got from a buddy. It's color has faded a little and it could use a good wash, but other than that it looks ok. Will that be ok to use for a mead? I am more worried about using an older bucket (I am using my newer bucket for the Belgium Ale) since it takes longer to ferment. Thanks for the help. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have no idea, sorry. There are many types of plastic...food grade, non-food grade etc etc. How they are treated over time also is a factor. Frankly, for the cost, I would get a new one. Meads take much longer than beer, so the contact time is longer. Why risk it?
12/6/2006 – Does the primary fermentor need an airlock? I have seen primary fermentors that use only a small air filter not a "lock" to facilitate aerobic fermentation. The airlock was used on the secondary fermentor to promote anerobic fermentation. But, I might just be confused.Also, do you sell or know where I might find a 3-3.5 gallon bucket? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we recommend an airlock and stopper on your primary fermenter.We have a 3.5 gallon primary fermenter. Here is a link to that product:
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
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. . . .
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.
5/12/2004 – Curious as to whether I can still ferment with the spigot or if it renders it a bottling bucket only?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it can still be used as a fermenter. No problem.
4/13/2004 – I have brewed Wizards Wheat beer several times with very good results. I have since moved ontoother types of beer. Unfortunately I seem to be having a problem with my primary fermenter.Even after I sanitize it using 2oz of bleach to 5 gallons of cool water and leaving it sit over nightit still has an odor to it. My last batch of beer . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is exactly why we don't recommend using bleach as a sanitizer. By the way, 2 oz is waaaaay more than you need. I'm betting that the "sour" taste is really just bleach.Iodophor is a much better choice for this. It's difficult to say whether (or not) the bleach smell/taste will dissipate over time. It may. I would get a new primary . . .
3/14/2004 – I was thinking of replacing my primary fermenter (plastic) because I have made about four or five batches in it and it has become a little stained. Is it a good idea to go with a glass carboy so that I don't have to worry about scratches and contamination rather than getting another plastic fermenter? Why would plastic be an option if they . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A little staining shouldn't be a problem. Even some scratching is ok as long as you sterilize before use. In other words, I wouldn't necessarily replace it just for that. If it keeps you from worrying, well..., that's another matter.Yes, glass is a nice way to go, but it has drawbacks as well (heavy, breakable, not so easy to clean etc). . . .
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
10/29/2003 – We want to make hard cider. Please could you advise us on what fermenting equipment we need . Will this container suffice?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this container will work nicely. We use it in our equipment kits.If you are after more (siphon equipment, test equipment, capper, airlocks etc), we usually recommend the Complete Beer Brewing Equipment Kit if you like carbonated (sparkling) ciders. If you prefer still (uncarbonated) ciders, the Wine Making Equipment Kit works nicely . . .
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! . . .
6/23/2003 – Is it a good idea to make wine in plastic?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it is FOOD GRADE plastic, there should be no problem. Homebrew Heaven only sells food grade plastic fermenters.You will find, however, that glass causes more sediment to "settle out" than does plastic. This makes for clearer wine, or at least wine that clears more quickly. For this reason, we recommend using plastic for the PRIMARY . . .
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