1/15/2014 – Why do you call it stone carbon? it is made from wood isn't it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Because it is made from the stones of fruit and nuts (like coconut). This is the most effective filtration material.
10/15/2013 – If one would make and use your recommended 30"X 2" filter tube with your activated Carbon, how much proofed liquid would you expect to be able to filter thru it before cleaning the carbon again?I'm also under the impression that we are talking about only one pass thru the filter media? Correct? thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The carbon can be used until it no longer improves the distillate. How long is that? Hard to say. If your "run" contains a lot of undesirable compounds (like fusels) the carbon will "wear out" faster than if you are cleaning up an already clean distillate.Multi-passes thru the filter media is just fine! It is commonly done, in fact.
10/7/2013 – Can I use the Activated Stone Carbon - 1.5 lbs. Package The same way as using liquid activated carbon by dumping in my wash? And if so can I just distill it with the carbon in it then wash the carbon and reuse? Or would I need to use a clearing agent.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You CAN, but it is more effective when used after distilling. Simply fill up a a pvc tube with the carbon allow the distillate to trickle thru. Perhaps do both...?Yes you'll likely want to use a clearing agent or a filter as well.
6/20/2013 – Does the Air Still Fermentation Kit include the "tea bag" activated carbon Pack that fits on the air still or just the AC for fermentation? If not included do you sell the "tea bags" of carbon?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The carbon is in the mix (not a teabag) during fermentation which improves purity.The carbon absorbs unwanted flavors and substances but it remains in suspension after fermentation stops. It stays behind during distillation.We do sell activated carbon in bulk (1.5 bags) if that helps. Also the Air Still replacement cartridges. See . . .
10/19/2012 – In one of your answers you gave instructions on charcoal filtering using a 2" x 30" PVC pipe. How many bags would it take, using the bags of charcoal you sell?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I believe one bag will do it, but it wouldn't hurt to have a spare. You can always use it later.
8/30/2010 – What is the best way to test if your carbon filter is used up? Is it better to try to clean it to reuse, or just replace the carbon?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I know of no specific "test" for your carbon effectiveness.Carbon can be "cleaned" this way:Wash used carbon in plenty of running water to get rid of all external rubbish. Do this simply by rinsing under a tap with the carbon in a sieve. Then boil it in an open pan of water for around quarter of an hour. This will get rid of 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
12/15/2009 – I purchased 3-lbs of your Activated Stone Carbon and I was wondering if I need to wash the Carbon with water every time I filter a batch of Spirits.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Much depends on the purity of the spirits, but there are lots of other factors as well. Here is a link to a good guide on the subject:http://homedistiller.org/activated_book1.pdf
9/8/2009 – how can i flavor moonshine after it has been distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell an entire line of essences for flavoring alcohol. These essences turn plain alcohol into whiskeys, rums, gin, brandy's etc etc. It works for commercial alcohol (legal) as well as moonshine (illegal in the U.S.). How you choose to use these essences is not our concern.Here is a link to that category
8/3/2009 – What is the proper method of using this product to filter my spirits? Do I put the charcoal in a metal strainer atop a metal funnel going into a bottle, or what? Is there an accessory on your site I need to purchase in order to properly use this charcoal? Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: First, you should soak the charcoal in water, and rinse off the particulates. With filtering, the important thing is contact time. A 1.5" to 2" ID tube works well, with a coffee filter attached to the bottom. Rubber bands work well for this. The tube should be about 30" long, or so. To filter spirits, mix with water to obtain about . . .
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!
10/27/2006 – Can you filter distilled spirits with this filter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Haven't actually tried that, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work. It should remove particulate matter, but I wouldn't expect it to remove fusel oils, solvents or other nasty (liquid) stuff, if that's what you mean...Activated carbon is usually use for that.
7/28/2006 – Does your activated stone carbon need to be washed with water before using it to filter alcohol? If so, what is the procedure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is more effective if you do. A good way is to put it into a tube with something like a coffee filter on the end to hold the carbon. A rubber band will do to hold it in place. Start pouring a little water into the tube. It will bubble at first, and then be absorbed by the carbon. Keep doing this until water trickles out the end of the tube. . . .
2/12/2006 – Can homebrewed wines be distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; most certainly. That is how brandy is made.The legality of doing so depends on where you are located and lots of other factors, however.
1/30/2006 – should the spirits be cut first, or will a carbon filter work on 150-190 proof?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It shouild really be cut to about 80-100 proof to be most effective.
1/25/2006 – I want to know how to build a still for making whiskey or rum for personal use. what do I need to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a number of good books on this subject. Here are links to two of them:"Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual""Lore of Still Building"links are found belowOur Distillation Category (for equipment etc) is found here:Distillation Supplies & Alcohol FlavoringsThis is all assuming that you have researched . . .
10/18/2005 – What does the Activated Carbon do?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It removes impurities from distilled spirits, like vodka, making them taste better. Even commercial spirits are improved by passing them thru a tube filled with activated charcaol. A 2" diameter PVC pipe, about 30 inches long is ideal. Wet the carbon with water first, then SLOWLY pass the spirits thru the carbon.
7/21/2005 – I see a reflux still in my future but!!! I have to know, Is it possible to distill with a corn wash and maybe "filter" the finished product through charcoal and then maybe let this sit in charred oak chips to give it a whiskeyish flavor ? I would rather flavor it myself than with extracts. Also, can you use an all grain fermentation to distill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Where it is legal to do so...yes, your can distill a corn wash, filter and flavor with oak. That has been done.You are also correct about doing an all-grain fermentation without hops and distilling to produce whiskey. Again, the legality of that depends on many factors. That is your responsibility, not ours. The books in our Distillation . . .
4/19/2005 – Do you have recipes for scotch, vodka, gin, etc?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, but all of the books that we sell have recipes in them. Here is a link to that category:
2/6/2005 – what is an ideal temp.for distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you mean for ethanol alcohol, it begins to vaporize at 172 deg F. If you are after maximum alcohol content (this is not always the desired product!) temperature is typically maintained at 172-178 deg F. Obviously, if you are distilling water, or another substance, the temperature is range is much different.There is more to running . . .
9/26/2004 – can you make brandys or schnapps and are they legal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you do it, where you live and how willing you are to do the paperwork...Mixing flavoring essences into purchased (commercial) vodka is legal. Making your own (for home use) by distillation is not legal in the U.S. In other countries, it is often legal.Of course, brandys and schnapps can be made commerically in the . . .
5/5/2004 – The Price Of Gasoline Just Keeps Going Up !If I Became Good At Distilling And Ran A "Moderately" Efficient Distillation System:How Many Hundred Pounds Of Corn Would I Have To Distill Each Week To Make 20 Gallons Of Fuel Quality Alcohol For My Automobile?How Long Would It Take To Distill 20 Gallons Of 'Fuel Quality' Alcohol Using . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it does (the price, anyway)!The use of alcohol as a fuel, and economics of doing so is best described in this website:http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/manual_ToC.html
3/6/2004 – I have "Compleat Distiller" on my shopping list for general purposes. Do you know if this book covers the use of potatoes (versus grains) as the base for the fermentation stage, or do I need to search for additional "informational" materials?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This book is an excellent resource for the distillation part of the process, but it is a little "lean" on the fermentation portion. The Alaska Bootleggers Bible actually has better information on using potatoes, and even has a recipe for potato "wine".
2/28/2004 – Is it illegal to produce ethanol for a use other than human consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on where you live, but in general, it is not illegal to produce ethanol for use as a fuel, for instance. A permit, however, may be required. The Feds even offer tax credits for producing alcohol as alternative fuel.We are not lawyers of course, and you should always be sure of your own legal position.
2/23/2004 – Do you know of any websites or books that have instructions on making a still from scratch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most of the books we sell shown how to build a simple still. See link below for a link to our distillation section
1/1/2004 – How long does it take to make a liquor with a still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It involves two separate operations:1) Fermentation 2) DistillationStep 1) depends very much on what is being fermented, temperature, nutrients, yeast and many other factors. A general timeframe may be say... 7-10 days. This is entirely legal in most countries/states.Step 2) takes perhaps 4-6 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
12/3/2003 – I can't drink alcohol. Is it possible to remove most of the alcohol of a liquor like Tequila and somehow maintain the flavor by evaporation or any other means? (So that N.A. Margaritas can be made)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, BUT...we have alcohol flavorings (essences) that are normally added to vodka to make them into rum, tequila, whiskey etc that should work just fine. They contain no alcohol themselves, and a very small amount can be added to make N.A. drinks.
11/9/2003 – So after someone builds a still what would be a good book to really get in to learning about distillation, recipes, tips, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best book I know of is the "Compleat Distiller".See link below:
9/20/2003 – i have done some research i have found that in 1984 was a bill signed that made it legal to make 100gal per year for legal age person that resides at that address for personal use and not for sale. please tell me if something has changed.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume the law you are referring to (actually in 1978 by the Feds, altho some states took longer) legalized beer and wine making only, not home distillation. Beer and winemaking involves production of alcohol through the normal, natural processes of yeast fermentation; and that is typically the legal distinction. The deliberate CONCENTRATION . . .
9/15/2003 – Is it illegal to make moonshine for personal use in the U.S?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If by moonshine, you mean distilled alcohol that is produced at home for consumption as a beverage without paying taxes, YES!We do not encourage, and will not be responsible, for the illegal use of equipment purchased from Homebrew Heaven. If you intend to do that, we don't want to know.In many other countries, it is legal (New Zealand . . .
9/10/2003 – new zealand has become propaganderised as a non-drinkers heaven. tax is raised by the communist govt. on real beer(4.5%+)and on spirits! The 'average class' new zealander prime minister asked live on tv why beer drinkers do not drink lite beer. The country shook to its' core when about 400,000 real men and 200,000 sheilas started stomping . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I sympathize with you. Please understand that we don't have it so good either. At leastin NZ it's not illegal to distill at home. I'm of the opinion that anything I choose to do at home is MY damn business. Land of the free? I think not. By the way, in this state, blood alcohol limit was .10; now it is 0.08 and I'll bet in a year or two, we'll . . .
6/14/2003 – Is it legal for an individual in the US to distill spirits for individual consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is not.In some other countries, like New Zealand, Sweden and others, it is. There are at least two reasons advanced for this:1) Taxation. No incentive for the government to make it legal.2) Liqour industry. A highly profitable industry would take a hit. The feds support their industry, and the industry supports the feds. . . .
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