3/24/2011 – I recently purchased your deluxe kit which came with the Beer Thief; however, I'm not seeing any instructions regarding its use. I see from the other questions posted that it's for use with the hydrometer, but can you give me some step-by-step instructions on how to use it?Thank you!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Put your hydrometer in The Thief, and dip way down into the liquid to draw your homebrew sample. Lift up to take your hydromter reading, and then touch the tip against the inside of the carboy neck. Your sample will be returned. Nifty idea, mess-free. No siphoning required. For visuals, go to this link:On this page there is a picture . . .
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
9/29/2008 – will this work with a triple scale hydrometer
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes it will!
5/11/2008 – i am getting the deluxe kit and it comes with a beer thief. i was thinking about buying a bottle filler. are these two things the same?, can one be used as the other? Thank you this Q&A is the most helpful thing for a beginner
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With the DeLuxe Kit, you get both. No need to buy anything else. They are quite different things, and used differently. The Thief is used to withdraw samples of your beer for testing purposes, and to float your hydrometer in it. The Bottle Filler is attached to the end of your siphon hose, and is used to start/stop the flow into . . .
3/20/2008 – yah i was wondering if the beer thif was just for fermentation of beer or distilled spirits???
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is used primarily for fermented beverages. If your distillate exceeds about 120 proof, it can melt the plastic...For distilled spirits we have a pyrex thief. Link provided
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!
6/20/2007 – will this item work with smaller fermentaters, ie 1 gallon, 2 gallon, or even 1/2 gallon jugs?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will allow you to pick up the sample, and to return it, of course. But to use it with a hydrometer, the liquid must be high enough to accomodate a hydrometer to float in the liquid.
6/20/2007 – Hi, not a question, a suggestion for your users. I just started brewing beer and found I had several long things I needed to sanitize. Notably I have a beer thief (used for sampling specific gravity) and an auto-siphon and hose assembly. I couldn't find anything deep enough to submerge either of these items even halfway, so I made two containers . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nice suggestion. I would consider boiling your rinse water to be over-the-top, however. Shouldn't need to be.
4/25/2007 – What is the correct equation for determining A.B.V. (alcohol by volume). Do you divide the difference between starting and ending gravity by 8 or by 7.36? I see both numbers in the answers.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: By taking the difference between your starting and ending gravity (in points) you then divide by 7.63 That will get you very close indeed.For example, The OG measured at 1.080, and the beer stopped fermentation with a FG measurement of 1.018. The difference is 62 "points". 62 divided by 7.63 = 8.12% acohol by volume.Another way is . . .
3/8/2007 – I'm a first-time homebrewer. What is the easiest way to take my hydrometer readings without incorporating harmful bacteria? Before and During the fermentation process
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Simply by cleaning and sanitizing your equipment, if it comes into contact with your beer. There is no need to FEAR bacteria, just take reasonable precautions and you will be fine.For equipment, it's hard to beat The Thief. It allows you to sanitize easily and place your sanitized hydrometer inside it. Drop it into your beer and it fills . . .
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
11/4/2006 – How does this thing self fill? I have heard that you should not return your beer back into carboy after drawing samples from it. Is this true or old school?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is a floatig valve at the bottom. It lets the liquid in when you dip it in, and holds it while you take your haydrometer reading. To release the sample, you simply touch the tip against the side of the fermenter. That way your sample remains sanitary.I consider the "don't return your sample" rule to be silly. I have NEVER heard of . . .
5/25/2006 – what is the diameter of the beer thief? just so i'll know how big of a cork is needed for my airlock.. or maybe ill drill a seperate in the lid for easy beer checking..
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is right about 1" in diameter.
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!
7/7/2004 – Is there a way to measure the alcohol content of wine after it is fermented and aged?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it is a dry (not sweet) wine, it can be measured with a vinometer. Here are some links
3/28/2004 – How can you take a sample in "order to test with the hydrometer" without being susceptible to airborne bacteria during or at the end of fermenting?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The likelihood of airborne bacteria contaminating your beer or wine is really quite low. Most infections are due to equipment, not airborne bacteria. Also, the most critical time is just BEFORE adding the yeast, not during or at the end of fermentation. During fermentation, the CO2 being produced helps to protect it, and afterwards the . . .
2/1/2004 – I do primary fermentation in a 7 gallon carboy. A 5 gallon batch in a 7 gallon carboy leaves about 10" of airspace. Is this thief long enough (& narrow enough) to retrieve sufficient beer to test with the hydrometer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes and the Self filling thief can be used a test jar also.Just place your hydrometer in the thief and lower it into the carboy. When you see the hydrometer rise up you can take it out for your reading.
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