7/15/2013 – For a strong stout I wish to add that aged in an oak barrel flavor. Would it be better to use chips or an oak spiral as in wine? If so, how much, for how long, and when do I introduce.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All good questions. As is often the case, there is no "best" way. It's an individual thing.Either way of introducing oak is just fine. It just a matter of preference how you want to use it. I like using oak chips. Easy. For strong stouts and red wines, using about 4 to 8 ounces during fermentation works just fine. Let it sit on the chips . . .
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
4/29/2008 – I would like to make a blueberry beer for this summer and was thinking I would use to West Coast Blonde kit to do so. Do you recommend any other kit to use? I have been researching the best way to make a blueberry beer and have come across a couple different variations as to when to add the blueberries during the process. Do you have any . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, our West Coast Blonde Kit would be an excellent base for a fruit beer. If you like wheat beers, our Wizard's Wheat is also a nice choice.As far as fruit flavors, there are really two options for making a fruit beer: artificial flavorings and natural fruit. Using artificial flavorings is actually a pretty good way to go. They are . . .
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!
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 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
8/16/2006 – we're interested in oakchips for whisky preparation.kindly advise.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have several kinds, french, american, light toast, etc. Here are some links
2/28/2006 – I have read that there are some beers which are aged in oak barrels for a year or two. I am wondering whether or not this is something for the home brewer to consider, also if this is advisable for mead and cider making?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Using oak barrels can certainly be done, but it is expensive, and tricky to do. I wouldn't recommend it. HOWEVER...It is easy to get that "aged in oak flavor" by using oak chips! For a few bucks, you can get the same flavor, and it's more controllable as well. Oak chips are simply added to the fermenter. Using about 2-6 oz in 5 gallons . . .
6/6/2005 – 1) Should I boil these or steam, or should I put them in sanitizer?2)Would it work well to throw them in the secondary along with some hops for an IPA?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Not necessary.2) Yes, this would be a good way to do it.
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!
1/4/2005 – I am making a fruit pale ale. I have 2 questions. I am wondering what to add to my wort? Should it be real fruit, extract, puree, or anything else I have neglected. Also I have read in "The Joy of Homebrewing" that the Krausen, if not removed, from the primary fermenter can create a bitter taste. Is it worth exposing my beer to the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Fruit should not be boiled, but puree or raw fruit can be added to the primary fermenter. Alternatively, you can add extract flavoring after all fermentation is complete. This allows you to "add to taste" just prior to bottling or kegging. Below is a link to the flavorings: 2) We do not advocate removing krausen, unless it makes you . . .
10/19/2004 – I am already planning on making a beer for Christmas and flavoring it with cinnamon and nutmeg. However, if I wanted to use grated ginger in a beer recipe, would it be a good match with something like a Canadian Ale? I want something light and crisp that would be further enhanced by the spice of ginger.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we think ginger makes a nice addition, cinnamon too! HOWEVER...our advice is to be careful with nutmeg. The nutmeg seems to get more intense over time. Even a small amount seems to be too much, so use with caution.
6/22/2003 – I have approximatley 250 gallons of zinfindel that is in a stainless steel vat, and I would like to flavor it with some oak chips. How much would I need, of the oak chips in your 8oz.bags?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Depends on how "oaky" you want it, of course, but I would use about 1 oz per gallon (more or less). That would equate to 31 (8 oz.) bags, or about 15-16 lbs. Don't forget to invite Ralph to the first tasting!
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