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
6/24/2009 – how do you know how much water to add to this air lock?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It isn't critical how much is used. About 1/2 full is just fine.
5/13/2009 – Is the airlock, classic S Shape glass or plastic?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is made of plastic.
7/28/2008 – I have a few silly questions about the airlock with the red cap: 1.When I filled the 3 plastic bubble side of the air lock with water (by removing the red dust cap the water flowed into the 3 on the discharge side and up the other side filling one of the bottom plastic bubbles on the other side, no water entered the carboy,was that O.K.? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes, if you live in a dry area, or there is an extended fermentation/aging time involved, you may have to add a little water periodically. 4. Counting bubbles is FAR from an exact science . . .
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!
1/24/2007 – Ok...here is a question for you. I use the Airlock (Red Cap) in my carboys for the fermentation process. Now the IPA recipe says I should make sure there is at least 3 minutes between bubbles before bottling. But with the Airlock, the time is different depending on where the water level is on the "escaping gas" side of the Airlock. If . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The "bubbles per minute" concept is based on an airlock that is 1/2 filled with water, and is ONLY an approximation. There is nothing magical about it. We only include that in the instructions because we recognize that people often fail to take hydrometer readings. A hydrometer reading is the BEST way to determine if your beer is ready to . . .
6/16/2006 – Are you supposed to put any liquid into the airlock before you attach it to the fermentor.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Fill it about half way up with water.
3/9/2006 – do I need new airlocks every time i make wine?, and what are campden tablets?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the airlocks can be used for years.Campden tablets are potassium bifulfite, compressed into a convenient tablet. You typically use one per gallon of wine.
2/14/2006 – DO YOU NEED TO BUY A SEPERATE RUBBER STOPPER FOR THE RED TOP AIR LOCK OR DOES IT COME WITH ONE?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you will need to buy a stopper sized to the hole you are using it in. We don't know what that is, but if you click on the Rubber Stopper name, there is a chart for selecting the right size for your fermenter.
10/7/2005 – I've heard that during the first few days of wine fermentation, you shouldn't attatch an airlock. You should cover the opening with a cloth or something similar. They say this is because it needs to get air during this time. Then you should transfer the wine to a secondary vessel and attatch an airlock. Is this true, or should an airlock . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we hear that one all the time too. Folklore is hard to shake.We believe it is better to aerate your must (wine) before adding the yeast if you can, and THEN to add an airlock. It's true that yeast "need" a little oxygen at the beginning, but that is easy to do when you add water, or by shaking stirring etc. Using a lid and a airlock . . .
8/10/2005 – What is the preferred airlock the 3 piece or red top. What are the ups and downs to both?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just personal preference is all. Some people like the 3-pc airlock because they can disassemble it for cleaning. The downside is that there are more parts to lose/break. The both do exactly the same job performance-wise.
3/15/2005 – I would like to filter hops, fruit etc. while I siphon into my fermenter. Would any of your screens work well when attached to a siphon hose? Do you have any other suggestions outside of a tapped kettle connected to a bazooka screen?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The real problem will be getting the stuff thru your siphon hose. If you are willing to pour the wort:In our Brewing Accessories category we have a variety of straining bags that might well serve this purpose.There are also funnels with straining screens that can be used.
3/8/2005 – I have read elsewhere that you should fill the airlock with sanitizer or vodka. What is your recommendation and are either of these liquids a good option?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I've read this too, and it seems ridiculous to me. Water works just FINE. When actively fermenting, CO2 is going OUT, and bacteria cannot work their way in. I have NEVER heard of a batch being contaminated thru the airlock, regardless of what was used.Problems with using alcohol or sanitizer:1) Sometimes due to temperature and minor . . .
9/17/2004 – i just got done making some wine do i have to put water in the airlock and if so how much does it need in there? and how long do i wait to see this work this is my first time using a airlock and making wine help
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You fill it about half way up the airlock. When fermentation begins, it will bubble. How long THAT takes depends on many things, what you are making, type of yeast, temperature and many other factors.
10/24/2003 – I'm making grapefruit wine and after two months I think the wine is almost ready, but how can I be sure?And most important a friend of mine told me to look at the air lock because it would give me all the information I need... ?I can tell you that the water in the airlock is sort of going the other direction and even fills the first . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Use a hydrometer to confirm that it is done fermenting. It should read very close to 1.000 on the specific gravity scale.You friend is not entirely correct. A hydrometer gives the real information. Airlocks only indicate activity. A wine (or beer) can cease activity, but not be done fermenting. Another pretty good "instrument" you have . . .
8/22/2003 – How much water should be used in the Red Top Airlock to do the best job?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as there is SOME water, it will work, but we recommend filling it about half way.
6/2/2003 – Are you supposed to leave the plastic cap on the airlock while fermenting?If so, how does the CO2 escape?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this is often referred to as a "dust cap". If you look very closely at the plastic cap, you will see a very small hole that is large enough to allow CO2 to escape.On the Red Top airlock, there is a gap between the airlock body, and the red cap that allows CO2 to escape.
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