6/28/2011 – i have made DBB several times and enjoy it very much. i'm interested in adding something to give it a creamier/more body, like Gunniess. what/how much would you recommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear you enjoy our Death by Barleywine Kit so much. It's a BIG beer!Even MORE creamier/more body you say? Hmmm. That takes a little doing.First, I would prime your beer with dry malt extract instead of corn sugar. Use about 1.5 cups per 5 gallon batch. That will produce a nice creamy head and fine carbonation bubbles.For . . .
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 . . .
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.
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!
12/31/2007 – Hi, I am doing my second all grain batch I really wanted to use one of my favorite extract recipes. I was hoping with this list of ingredients that I used in the extract you could help put it together so I could the grains from your site. It called for 4 lbs. of wheat extract, 1/4 lbs wheat malt, 1/2 lb. Crystal Malt (60L). I think maybe . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In place of the 4.25 lbs of wheat extract, try using 4 lbs of malted wheat as well as 2.6 lbs of 6-row malted barley. This is an estimate only, of course, depending on your mashing efficiency. Keep the crystal the same.
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.
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 – At what point do I add the flaked barley? As I steep, or once it's boiling?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Flaked barley needs to be mashed with other grains like 6-row to extract any sugars. Usually, this is only used in all-grain batches. If you don't it will leave some cloudiness, and starch, similar to oatmeal. If you want to steep it, prior to the boil, use and equal amount of 6-row to help it convert.You should never add ANY grains to . . .
11/9/2006 – Does the American 2-row contain less enzymes than the British pale ale?? and thusly, which would have the better conversion potential when mashing?Mucho gusto,Craig on San Juan Island
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Perhaps a little less, not much. Both have sufficient enzymes to complete the conversion, and have comparable extraction rates.If you are after a naturally high enzyme grain. try 6-row.
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.
9/20/2006 – I've been tossing around the idea of brewing a historical beer with sweet potatoes and corn, along with limited grains. After I gelatinze the starches in the potatoes and corn is this enzyme sufficient to convert those to fermentable sugars?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It should be, providing you use enough. For your limited grains, why not use a little 6-row barley, too? That will help. It is enzyme rich.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 . . .
9/6/2003 – How is this barley processed? Is it high in amaylase enzymes?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Barley, as used in brewing beer, is processed by malting and drying. The malting process is just moistening the grains with water until they sprout. After it has sprouted, the grains are dried in a kiln. This sprouting and drying process is called malting. This process makes the grains rich in starches. To make beer, those starches are converted . . .
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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