10/21/2013 – Do you carry Northwest Pale Ale Malt from Great Western Malting?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hi Dwight. We do not carry the Great Western NW pale, just the 2-row and a very nice British Pale Ale malt. The main difference is that NW Pale is slightly darker in color and has been kilned to emulate British Pale malt. We would recommend the British Pale (Maris Otter) in it's place if 2-row isn't something you are wanting to use. . . .
12/12/2012 – Hi,I am going to give BIAB (brew in a bag) a try and would like an extra fine grind on my grains to increase efficiency. Do you offer that service online and/or can the mill in your brick and mortor store be set to a finer grind?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our mill (in the store) is adjustable so we can accomodate this request. Another good option is to simply run the grain thru the mill twice, ensuring a more uniform and slightly finer grind. I don't recommend an extremely fine grind (flour) due to the possibility of reduced flow thru the bag (sticking).
1/7/2012 – I am new to AG homebrewing and would like to know approximately how much malted barley or grain (lbs) will a person typically use to make a 5 gallon batch? or around 6 gallons of wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It very much depends on the style of beer you are making, as well as the "efficiency" of your equipment, and brewing techniques...but in GENERAL you figure on 10 lbs of grain for a 5 or 6 gallon batch of wort.
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
12/24/2009 – I have an amber ale recipe calling for LME and crystal crushed malt to which I had planned to add wheat. For the wheat, I purchased torrified wheat from you. That might have been a mistake on my part. I see that one of your posted Q&A answers states that torrified wheat needs to be mashed along with grain containing enzymes and if it's not . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, sorry, but adding malt extract to the torrified wheat will do nothing towards converting the torrified wheat. There are no remaining enzymes in the malt extract.If you want to add some wheat, it's easy to do by adding a portion wheat malt extract. It's either that or adding some 6-row (or 2-row) to the torrified in order to mash (convert) . . .
11/30/2009 – Does this wheat require a protein rest or is it fully modified?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is fully modified, but of course malted wheat needs to be mashed along with an enzymatic grain like 2-row, 6-row or munich in order to be fully converted into fermentable sugars.
10/26/2009 – What is the shelf life of whole grain? How about crushed grain?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on the conditions of your shelf, of course! Cool and dry conditions are best.From a practal standpoint, grains can be stored uncrushed, in unopened bags for a year or maybe even more at room temperature. If it is crushed, perhaps 1/2 of that.All grains should be stored away from moisture, sealed, and especialy protected . . .
9/18/2009 – Can I use this grain (torrified wheat) as a specialty grain? I'm making a partial mash receipe and I like these grains.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you use it. In order to extract any fermentable sugars, it needs to be mashed along with grain containing enzymes, like 2-row or 6-row. That means steeping it in water along with these enzymatic grains at about 150 deg F for at least a half hour. Use at least equal amounts of enzymatic grain as torrified wheat. If you . . .
8/5/2009 – I bought some of your two row organic barley and I am having a hard time germinating it. I am soaking it about 48 hours, rotating between soaking and letting it rest/ rinsing it. The first 10# batch I tried when from smelling sweet to stinking like it was fermented pretty quick and had white stuff showing up. I figured that was because . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can't! Unfortunately, you will not be able to germinate ANY 2-row malted barley because it has already been done. This applies to ANY grain purchased here.All of our brewing grains have already been malted (sprouted) and kiln dried. That's what malted barley is, and brewers use it in this form. It is not a live "seed".Sorry . . .
2/16/2009 – I'm new to homebrewing and have progressed to all grain brewing, I'm really just wondering now what the difference is between 2 row, 6 row, pale ale malt and pilsner malt, they all seem to have really close to the same lovebond rating, I guess the biggest difference would be in the flavor but which one's have what flavor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Basically, it´s more a matter of color and enzymes. Let´s use 2 row as your ´base´grain. 6-row will taste the same, but have more enzymes (useful for converting wheat mashes, for instance).Pilsner malt will be just a ´titch´lighter in color, with enzymes similar to 2-row. Useful in pilsner, for instance.
10/10/2008 – i'm looking for Klages Malt, for a Brown Ale. any suggestions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Klages is actually the name of a strain of 2-row barley. It is not a brand name or special type of roasting. Farmers widely discontinued growing that strain some time ago, in favor of some other strains like Harrington and others. You are probably working with an old recipe.You can successfully use our standard American 2-Row, it will . . .
3/24/2008 – How many pounds of barley are included in each package of American 2-Row Malted Barley?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell full 50 lb bags, or you can order by the pound, whatever you need.
1/30/2008 – 2- Part question: In all grain brewing, do both the brewing grains (2-row malt) and the specialty grains go into the mash tun? and, if thats the case, do you just add the hops to the brew kettle after you've collected the wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes and yes! I like the easy questions!!
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!
10/26/2007 – How much grain do you have to mash to equal 1 pound of liquid extract?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The is no precise correction factor or ratio between the two. It depends very much on how well you extract it (do the mash), but as a starting point, figure on using 1.5 to 2 times as much grain as you do extract.
8/29/2007 – Where can I find a table that tells me which grains need to be mashed and which grains can just be soaked and rinsed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Best "table" I know of is our website categories. We put grains that need to be mashed in our "Brewing Grains" category, and those that only require steeping into our "Specialty Grains" category.
7/9/2007 – I need some malted barley to use in barley tea (mixed with roasted barley, chickory). I am looking for a malted barley with as high a sugar content as possible.What product would you recommend?Thanks --
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Barley is mostly starch until it is converted into sugars by mashing. Without getting into all the details, it involves steeping the (crushed) grain in hot water (about 150 deg F) for perhaps an hour and then removing the grains from the water. Is this is what you want (sweet barley water or tea), then our American 2-Row is the best choice. . . .
4/25/2007 – I ordered several different grains. I accidently had you mix them all together (a belgian pale ale malt, american 2 row, munich malt, and belgin munich malt) is this going to work for a good beer or is this a big mess up? What should I do? Should I reorder? I ordered all of these to start experimenting with grain brewing.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: From your last order, I see that is only about 5 lbs total. All these grains can be converted (mashed), so I see no problem with doing so into one beer. They are all compatible. Once you mash them, it will yield the equivalent of about 3 lbs of extract. Why not find a recipe that "needs" 3 lbs of extract, and use them in that? A good experiment . . .
4/24/2007 – I would like to grow my own barley, probably more for fun than to actually make beer from it. But I am having trouble finding seed for good beer making american 2-row barley. I don't know a lot about this - but I assume if I buy malted barley it is dead right? Do you sell viable barley seed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We're more knowledgeable about the brewing end of it than the growing. Yes, you assumed right. Malted barley will not sprout. No, we don't sell barley seed. Not sure where you can obtain it, actually. Sorry.
4/17/2007 – A whole strew of questions: What kind of grains are used for vodka? Is this one of them? What about the specialty grains? Can dry or liquid extracts be use? Boy I ask you nice folks a lot of questions! Don't worry, I plan on getting much more from your store, it's not wasted time!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are many ways to produce vodka. The most popular vodka is from grains, like rye, wheat and corn. Other options include using potatoes, sugar beets or molasses. Yes, malted barley can be used once it has been converted (by "mashing" into sugars). Most anything that can be made into sugars can be fermented to make vodka. Regular old grocery . . .
3/26/2007 – I have recently made you Belgian ale kit and it was fantastic. I have another on hand and would like to add an all grain mash to make a Dubbel. Do you have any reccomendeations?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Easy. In a separate pot, steep about 2.5 lbs of crushed 2-row in about 3 quarts of 148 to 155 deg F water. Hold it for about 45 minutes at that temp, then drain and rinse the grains to collect all the tasty malt sugars. Add this wort to your brewpot, and proceed brewing up the Belgian Ale as before.Technically, this is called a "partial . . .
3/14/2007 – How long will cracked grains keep before their quality begins to diminish? For example, if I purchase them from you on Sunday, can I expect them to be perfectly fine to use the following Sunday? (I have some travel to do leading up to a brew day.)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Much longer than that, provided they are kept dry. Some breweries actually crush their grain weeks, or even months ahead of when they need it.
1/9/2007 – I am looking for a simple 2 pounds of lager malt to make a clone of Thomas Kemper Brewing Co's Weizen-Berry. What should I use. I am use to pre set up recipe kits so I am kind of clueless.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Grains can be confusing. Some of the names are left over from years ago (like this one), and some are proprietary terms for what a particular maltster produces. Sometimes a single grain has 2-3 different names.The term "lager malt" simply refers to a light color grain like 2-row or (better yet) pilsner malt. I would use that for your recipe. . . .
11/17/2006 – I have been reading extensively on the beer making process for the past few days, and I have finally gotten to the point where I understand the science behind the whole process. However, on thing I still don't understand is why you must malt the grains before you grind them for mashing. From what I understand, the enzymes in the grains convert . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Im unmalted barley, the starches are there, and the enzymes are there, but the starches are basically "locked" and difficult to convert. The malting process makes the starches available, and activates some of the enzymes. Not a great explaination, perhaps, but true. Why worry about unmalted grain anyway? Malted barley is available and . . .
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
9/28/2006 – What about shipping bulk grain?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: What about it? How much? To where? The devil is in the details. Grain is heavy, and can be expensive to ship.
9/26/2006 – When you say your malt is "fully modified", does this mean one can mix it with other grains like wheat or rice or corn and the malt enzymes will convert the starch in the other grains to sugar for brewing?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sort of. It WILL do that, but fully modified means you should also get good extraction (sugar content) from the grain if it is mashed properly. It does have sufficient enzymes to convert other grains as well, as long as you use enough of it. If you need more enzymes, the 6-row malt is naturally higher than 2-row.
12/3/2005 – I've been looking into replicating a few of my favorite commercial beers, and I find things like "lager malt" and "mild ale malt" that I don't see at your site. Is this the recipe book publishing company trying to push an affiliated product on me, and are there appropriate substitutes?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Those are both kind of obsolete terms. I'll bet that book is an old one. Yes, there are perfectly good substitutes:Lager malt = pilsner malt, like German Pilsner Malt. Very light in color.Mild ale malt = Pale ale malt, like British Pale Ale Malt. A little more color is all.Actually, good old fashioned 2-row or 6-row can be substituted . . .
9/2/2005 – I am looking for whole grains with hull. Do you have this option available?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Each grain has an "option" for uncrushed or crushed grains. It is selectable on our website.
7/9/2005 – Are your grains fully modified?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do an infusion mash with all of our base grains.
4/21/2005 – where do i go to buy bulk grain for my grain mill?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No need to go anywhere. We sell grain in bulk (usually 50 or 55 lb bags). Here is a link to our brewing grains.
4/4/2005 – Whats the best place to buy grain by bulk. 50 or 55 lbs sacks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here. Follow these two links. Once is for specialty grains, and one is for brewing grains, like 2-row etc. 50 and 55 lb sacks are available. Pricing depends on quantity ordered.
4/1/2005 – I am new to homebrewing and am trying to follow a recipe. Is this what they are referring to as "pale malt." Do you recommend 2-row or 6-row for a beginner (trying to make a stout)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this is usually what they mean, if they are referring to grains. 2-row is recommended.There is also a pale ale malt that can be used, and may be more "traditional" in a stout.
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
1/31/2005 – I have an all-grain recipe which calls for:2 RowCaraMunichBelgian Special BBelgian PilsnerBritish Chocolate MaltUnfortunately I do not have the ability or experience for full mash. I would expect to use Light DME or equivalent MES in place of the two-row; however is it possible for the rest of the ingredients to steep rather . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The 2-row and the pilsner grains are capable of starch conversion, i.e. must be mashed. You will need to substitute extract for those. The others do not require conversion, and in fact cannot be converted. Those grains you can just steep in the water as it is coming up to temperature. Remove at 170 deg F.
1/17/2005 – I have been all grain brewing for about a year now and just got my first grain mill over the holidays. I hate going out a buying the grains every time I need to brew. Now that I have a mill I would like to buy the brewing grains (2-row) and the everyday specialty grains in bulk. How do you suggest I store these? Is a plastic tote suitable . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It makes sense to buy 2-row by the (50 lb) bag. The main storage requirement is to keep the grain dry. A common garbage can with a tight lid will work just fine. For specialty grains, yes, an airtight "tupperware" container (or similar) works just fine. No need for vacuum sealing.
12/25/2004 – What do you recommend for storage of bulk grains? Is sealed in a food-grade pail in a cool basement ok?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that will work just fine. The main thing is to keep them dry, and away from moisture.
11/1/2004 – I have a recipe for pomegranate wine that calls for 2 1/2 lbs of barley, is this a good one to use for that?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this would be the one to use.
9/7/2004 – I plan on making a light or amber colored all-grain lager using 2-row lager or pilsner malt and either Bavarian or Bohemian lager yeast. I want to toast 1-2 lbs. of the malt for 30 min. @ 350F to give it a nice toasted Grape Nuts flavor. My question for you is how will this toasting effect the fermentable sugars of this malt compared to the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will affect the mix somewhat, but not a great deal. Yes, it will be darker, and yes, it will have more dextrins. How much is hard to say, especially when done at home.An alternative to using this (home) process is to just purchase the same amount of Victory Malt. The malting company has already done it for you! If you do a little research . . .
1/2/2004 – How do I order grains in multiples less than a pound? ( i.e. 3/4lb, 12oz etc)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We've now fixed our website. Click on "Options" and then you can select either pounds OR ounces! Remember, 1 pound = 16 ounces
11/16/2003 – HOW ARE LARGE QUANTITIES (of Grain) (50#) + PACKAGED AND SHIPPED?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nornally, grain is sent in the original 50 lb. sacks (tough paper, w/plastic liner inside). For a single 50 lb. bag, we would put the bag into a larger cardboard box and ship it by FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery.If you are talking about larger quantities than that, like 250 lb or more, we would simply put the bags onto a pallet, and . . .
7/17/2003 – How do you package grain for shipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Typically, we heat seal it into clear plastic bags. If needed they are "double bagged" just in case.You can have it crushed, or uncrushed. We can either mix the grains together or package them separately. These are the "options" you see on the right side of the screen.
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