and high in flavor. Authentic Belgian specialty grains and Belgian
Candi Sugar make this an outstanding beer. Click here for
instructions or to read/write a review of this product. Dry or
Liquid malt extract.
Complete brewing instructions for making Homebrew Heaven's
Belgian Ale are found here:
quality dry (granular) yeast is provided with this Kit. If you
prefer a Wyeast liquid culture, we recommend the:
Belgian Ale Yeast
Homebrew Heaven's Belgian Ale*******************************************
Approximate Starting Gravity: 1.048 - 1.054
Approximate Ending Gravity: 1.010 - 1.014
Approximate Bitterness: 24 IBU's
Approximate Color: 9 SRM
Approximate ABV: 4.8 - 5.5%
Great Starter Kit
From Anonymous of Bothell, Washington on 3/18/2015.
This is a great starter kit and intro into crafting belgian-style beer. Highly recommend the optional additions of orange, corriander, and DME for bottle-conditioning as these aide the flavor greatly. The predominantly light-colored/roasted DME lends . . .
From Jarod Lecair of Yuba City, California on 8/1/2011.
Smelled bananas when it was fermenting. Tastes great. Sometimes it hits first tasting like classic Cream Soda. I'm enjoying it much.
From Tim Weiss of Lemon Grove, California on 4/16/2011.
We brewed this in an atempt to get close to a Chimay and it was better than Chimay. Great kit.
From Brew mo of Everett, Washington on 2/27/2010.
This was the best! I added coriander and orange peel as recommended. it had a nice full creamy mouth feel and just a hint of the spices. highly recommend this one!
Best Beer I've Ever Made!
From Jason of Jacksonville, Florida on 4/22/2008.
I got this beer kit as a gift for Christmas last year. I made it in January and at first I wasn't too sure about. Well, the flavor responded brilliantly to a little bit of aging. I'm hop head and this is not really a hoppy beer, yet I consider it the . . .
From DanBob of Grand Rapids, Michigan on 6/18/2007.
This is an amazing kit, I tweeked it slightly, a little honey, a little extra candi sugar, and most importantly, I tripple fermented it. My friends could swear it came from an old French/Flemish speaking, burlap and sandel wearing monk straight out of . . .
From michael from alabama of birmingham, Alabama on 4/27/2007.
I have tried most of the beer kits from homebrew heaven and this one is by far some of the best beer I have ever had
malty, hoppy & estery
From Anonymous of bothell, Washington on 5/20/2003.
I made the batch with wyeast#1214 Belgian Abbey yeast. primary fermemtation for 1 week, secondary was 19 days. bottle conditioned for 10 days.This ale is very estery with banana & bubble gum aromas, full bodied. Medium bitterness & aroma. it has a . . .
7/24/2014 – your beer making kits that run $35 and up do they make 5 gallons of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, they do make 5 gallons. Excellent beer!
12/15/2012 – I'm looking to buy your Deluxe kit for my son for Christmas, and he'll need a brewpot. What's the advantage to having a spigot? I don't want to buy him junk, and none of us has ever brewed our own beer before. Aside from the brewpot and bottles, what else would he need to get started?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our Equipment Kits are really quite complete. As you say, a large brewpot is necessay, as well as bottles. A spigot in the brewpot is a "convenience" type of product. It just make the job easier than lifting up a hot, heavy brewpot. A 5 gallon batch of beer weighs more than 40 lbs. Just opening a drain valve (spigot) makes the job easier . . .
5/2/2012 – I am new to this brewing my own beer soda & wine. Your kits only have the brewing tools & not the mixing ingredients right?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our hobby/obsession!Yes, we sell the brewing equipment kits (tools) separately from the ingredients for making beer/wine/sodas. The Equipment Kits are a one time purchase, and you can choose the type of beer you like from our Ingredient Kits. We put together about 15 different recipe kits that get you started in the right way. . . .
3/18/2012 – can you ad cherries to your belguim ale kit to make a kriek style?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly.Use fresh cherries (no preservatives!) and crush and remove pits from them before adding. Best way is to wait until active fermentation is going then THEN the cherry "mush/juice). A nylon straining bag is useful for containing the skins etc.Another way of achieving the same thing is to use our fruit flavorings (see link below). . . .
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
2/25/2010 – I'm brewing my first batch of your Belgian Ale. My starting gravity was 1.054 and 1.018 when transferred to the secondary. I tasted the beer out of the hydrometer and it tasted great. The only problem I see is that it is not very clear. I know this will improve during the time in the secondary fermentor but how clear should the beer be when . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: How clear should your beer be before botting? A difficult question to answer completely.You can't judge that well by looking thru the carboy. If you aren't satisfied with the clarity of your hydrometer sample, my advice would be to wait a while. There is never any harm in this. Keep in mind that your beer is just getting better during . . .
12/7/2009 – I am brand new to home brewing and need to know exactly what I should buy to get started. I just want to begin to try to make my own beer and then continue to refine it over time. Please let me know exactly what I need to buy to make my first batch!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: What you need are:1) A Homebrew Heaven Equipment Kit (Complete or DeLuxe version, your choice). Both are good, the DeLuxe Kit just contains more "convenience" items.2) An Ingredient Kit of your choice (like Wizard Wheat, Seattle Rain Beer, etc...again your choice). These are available from a drop-down list when you buy the Equipment Kit. . . .
4/27/2008 – what are the pros and cons of the dry yeast included in your ingredient kits vs the optional wet yeast culture? i'm especially interested in whether one produces more alcohol over the other and viability of the yeasts after shipping, and i welcome any other info you care to share.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both dry yeasts and liquid yeast cultures are excellent products. Generally speaking, you would use a liquid yeast culture if you are trying to replicate a particular style (or brand) of beer. This is especially so with specialty beers, like hefeweizens, bocks, or lambics for instance. To give all the pro/cons for all styles would be a huge . . .
3/12/2008 – On the directions to your kits it is stated that the beer will get better with aging. I've brewed a few of your kits and I would like to know the proper way to age the beers. I've brewed the west coast blonde Ale, and Diamond Knot IPA.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With ALL beers, it is important to age them away from strong sunlight or florescent light. For ales (like those you brewed), room temperature storage is just fine. For lagers, it is BEST to let them sit at room temperature for at least 2 weeks or so, and then store them in a cool area, like a basement. 42-55 deg F is ideal for that. . . .
2/23/2008 – My girlfriend got me the deluxe settup and belgian ale kit for my birthday. I just brewed it the other day and it was a lot of fun. However, I made a big beginner mistake. I forgot to add the Belgian candi sugar to the boil! It's already bubbling in the primary fermenter. Is there anything I can do to salvage the batch? I have three . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would simply add the candi sugar to enough water to dissolve it, and go ahead and add it all to the primary fermenter now. No need to boil.DEFINATELY NOT 3! That would cause exploding bottles.
2/19/2008 – i purchased the brown ale, followed the directions but it's ben over 10 days and im still not getting any bubbles through the air lock. Beer temp is aprox 68 to70 degrees,what do you think?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I think you should take a hydrometer reading. A hydrometer reading of your specific gravity will tell you what the condition of your beer is (done, still fermenting, not done etc), so you can THEN decide what the next step is. Time does not do this. Specific gravity readings do. Bubbling is an indicator, but a hydrometer reading tells . . .
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!
7/18/2007 – Wow, Thanks for the speedy answer's to my Q&A.Do you sell recipe packs as A lot, IE several types of recipe's. I'm trying 2 brew my first beer, I like all beer but for the first time brewer, I would like a variety 2 choose from. Hoping for a discount by shipping all at once!Thanx, Beer Lover
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In our recipe kit category, you can select any number and type that you want. Here is a link to that category:On the shipping, the cost usually declines (per item) with larger orders.Is that what you mean?
6/25/2007 – I am eager to bounce into the world of Home Brewing. What type of beer should I attempt to brew first, if I am a rookie at this? Should I attempt bottling first, then move onto kegging? Thanks, and Happy Brewing!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our world!The best of type of beer to make is the kind you like to DRINK! All beers are made in a similar manner, so there is really no such thing as a "starter" beer. We encourage people to select a favorite beer style kit from our lineup in the Beer Ingredients (Recipe) section. Below is a link to that category.These kits . . .
4/8/2007 – I am planning on buying the deluxe kit this summer and am extremely excited to start brewing my own beer. I understand being a novice beer brewer it is probably best to stick to the accredited recipes, but eventually I want to create my own recipe, a beer to call my own. My question is what would you say is the best way to learn which ingredients . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, I would agree that it is best to start with recipes that are known to produce a great beer, like our line of Ingredient Kits. Creating your own beer IS a lot of fun too, and we always encourage brewers to do that. With our kits, everything is clearly labeled, and instructions walk you thru everything. It is helpful to get a good brewing . . .
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 . . .
1/25/2007 – My first brew! First fermentation took 3 days. Been in carboy now for 4 days - no more activity - so I took a hydrometer reading - now at 1.010 original was at 1.042. Could it be ready for kegging? Seems crazy fast. Great site!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Why worry? Hydrometers don't lie. It may seem crazy fast to you, but it happens all the time. Fermentation time doesn't mean diddly. Hydrometer readings do. Lots of commercial breweries are on a 7 day brew-to-keg schedule.It's ready to keg!
1/25/2007 – Hello, I just received the Nectar of the Gods Mead kit with the Sweet Mead Yeast #3184 and I cannot wait to get started. My question is do I add the #3184 in WITH the packets of yeast that came with the kit? Or do I get rid of the packets that came with the kit and just use the #3184? I have the same question, but with the Belgian Ale Wyeast . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would just use the liquid yeast cultures. They will give your brews the characteristics of that particular yeast, which is what you paid extra for. Keep the packets of dry yeast for a future batch! Yeast is full of nutrients, too, so some people like to boil them in their beer wort. This of course kills the yeast cells, but adds nutrients . . .
1/15/2007 – My question is as follows: I would like to know the weights of the malts, grains, hops, irish moss, and yeast used to make each batch. Could you inform on that? I am trying to keep a record and I failed to do that myself.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sorry. That is something that we do not do. Our kits are proprietary recipes of Homebrew Heaven. We are justifiably proud of them, having won many awards and honors. Even commercial breweries have asked us for our recipes, and we've given the same answer.
1/12/2007 – Just finished brewing your Belgian and noticed that when I got it cooled down and in to the fermenter it got thick and layered looking. Just wonder if ths will have alot of trub or will this disapate durng fermentation?Love the site and the products! Great Job guy's!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will layer (stratify) prior to fermentation. No cause for concern. During fermentation, it will mix thoroughly, and then after fermentation it will all settle out again, leaving you with clear beer.Thank YOU for the kind words about our site and products. We put a lot of effort into it!
1/8/2007 – I just brewed my first batch of beer and I think my impatience got the best of me. I placed the primary fermentor in my basement with a room temp at 55 degrees (approx. 6 days). I misread the directions as to when to switch the beer into the secondary fermentor. There was one bubble every 40 seconds, I didn't wait for the one bubble/minute . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely NO reason for concern here.We give time guidelines like "one bubble per minute" reluctantly, and the only reason we do it is because people insist on using a clock as a measure of how "done" their beer or wine is. They hate using a hydrometer. Clocks are more familiar, I guess. It is completely an artificial yardstick. Yeast . . .
12/30/2006 – I have started brewing a batch of Shamrock Irish stout, it has been 72 hours and I have seen minimal productivity in the primary fermenter (1 major bubble from the air lock). The temp in the area of fermantation is approx. 68 degrees, my starting SG was 1.046, i am worried that nothing is occurring. should I transfer to carboy or take a reading . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Worrying never improved a beer.My guesses at this point (in order):1) The fermentation already occured, you just missed it2) The lid on your primary fermenter is not sealed 100%A hydrometer reading will tell you what is up.There is no harm in opening up your bucket, and siphoning off a sample into your hydrometer test jar. . . .
12/17/2006 – I recieved the Belgian Ale kit as a gift. I would like to alter the recipe a bit and make the beer a bit "bigger". Can you tell me what style of Belgian Ale this is or give me a commercial brand that is similar so I can be creative. Also can you tell me the approx ABV of this beer based on the kit. Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This kit will yield about 5.5% ABV as is. It is very much like an "abbey" style Belgian ale. To make it a BIG Belgian, try adding about 1 lb of dry malt extract to the boil. Enjoy!
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
10/26/2006 – mmm this kit turned out wonderfully i put a little corriander in it but nixed the orange peels regretfully but nonetheless it turned out to be my favorite batch ive made so far. my question is acctually about fermenters is it bad to use a 5 gallon alhambra waterbottle as a fermenter and if so why? thanks you guys kick ass
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear your brew is coming out so nicely. Sorry, but I really don't know what and alhambra bottle IS. A plastic carboy maybe? If s0, they CAN be used, they are just not ideal IMO. They are usually a smaller volume, and the plastic material is not as "sticky" as clean glass, and doesn't seem to cause as much sediment to settle out. . . .
8/21/2006 – hi i recently brewed the belgian ale on friday the 18th but to the t except i added a jar of mollases and put wyeast and a half packet of nottingham ale yeast in. the starting gravity if im reading it right was .o62 or 9% abv 16 balling. it was a bubbling away until sunday then was going very slowly(less than one per min like on the instructions)so . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This all sounds very normal to me. There is absolutely NO problem with using additional yeast. Yes, that will make it ferment faster, which is a good thing. There is no reason to believe your beer will do anything other than taste good.Let it clear, and bottle away!
8/11/2006 – hi im thinking about buying your belgian ale kit but i dont have a cooler or anything so i was wondering if this beer would do ok fermenting at room temperature.also how long would it take to ship to california?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Ales like this one ferment just fine from about 60-80 deg F. It takes about 3-4 business days to arrive in CA.
7/10/2006 – I am wanting to start homebrewing and wanted to know what all I would need and what you recommened from your store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit is an excellent way to jump in! The only other things you need are a pot to cook it in (4 gallon minimum, but bigger is better), some bottles (easy to save/obtain) and water. As far as hardware, that's about it.Just pick the ingredient kits to go with it. They are all made very much the same way, so pick . . .
4/9/2006 – With your recipe kits, what would happen if i added the hopped extract to the water in the at the same time i added the specialty grains and started heating? I don't really like moving 6 gallons of boiling water off a cooker to prevent scorching the extract and thought adding the extract right at the start would help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do that, however the dry malt extract will take a while to fully dissolve in the cold water. You will find that our dry malt extract based kits tend to float on the top of the water until it dissolves, therefor scorching is less of a problem than with liquid (syrup) malt extracts that fall to the bottom.
4/4/2006 – I am a big fan of the Belgian ale varietal, particularly the trappist ales similar to Chimay Grand Reserve. I live in Texas, and ambient temperatures here do not allow for the 55 degree fermentation recommended for this type of beer, especially in the spring and summer. I usually ferment my beers indoors, and the temperature is usually in . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I don't know where you heard that 55 deg is ideal, because it is NOT. Belgian ales are commonly fermented at 70 deg and higher. Not a problem.
3/26/2006 – Delayed fermenting question...For three days, my IPA was happily bubbling along when we got a cold snap.. Then there was a decrease in fermenting for a good 2 days or so, even though I moved the primary fermenter inside from the garage. Will this affect taste adversely? Should I rack it into the secondary fermenter earlier/later or anything? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The most common question we get is:"My beer/wine is not fermenting (according to their perceived schedule) like I think is should...is it ruined?" People think it is either fermenting too slow or too fast, or has stopped prematurely or won't quit fermenting (again,... according to their schedule). This question falls into the same category. . . .
10/25/2005 – I would like to buy my husband a starter kit for home brewing. I've been looking online for a while now and every kit is a little different. I want to get him the best and necessary items to begin brewing. What are these items? Which kit is the best for us? We have never brewed before.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For my money, this is it (the Deluxe Brewing Kit). With this kit, get an ingredient kit (of the type of beer he likes) and you've got it!
8/11/2005 – When using the dry malt extract what do you then add to it? Yeast, sugar, what? have never brewed before and I do not know what to order to make a batch of beer. thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Dry malt extracts are used in many ways. Yes, it is mixed with yeast, hops, water etc in many recipes to make a great variety of beers. Dry malt extract is the main ingredient in our Homebrew Heaven Ingredient Kits. I would recommend going that way for your first batch at least. They come with all the ingredients necessary to make 5 great . . .
6/20/2005 – I've transfered my batch of your Belgian Ale into my secondary fermenter (a glass carboy) and I see no fermentation action. I'm particularly concerned because of the problem I ran into while siphoning the brew from my primary fermenter into the carboy. I brewed this batch with coriander and orange peel. Both of which were added 2 minutes before . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll bet you $100 it's NOT. Just because you see no signs of fermentation doesn't mean it's ruined. Take a hydrometer reading. It may be done, or very nearly so.
6/8/2005 – Does the Delux brewing kit include everything that I need to brew beer indoors? If not, what else do I need to get?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit is an excellent way to jump in! The only other things you need are a pot to cook it in (4 gallon minimum), some bottles (easy to save/obtain) and water. As far as hardware, that's about it.Just pick the ingredient kits to go with it. They are all made very much the same way, so pick the style of beer that . . .
5/16/2005 – i just asked a question but forgot to ask about your ingredient (recipe) kits. Do the kits come with all the ingredients that i need or do i need to buy other ingredents to make my beer? and thanx again,i noticed that you don't try to sell people needless products when they ask you questions about home brewing. you just want to help people . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Homebrew Heaven Ingredient Kits come with everything you need except water; they are pre-measured, and ready to go with complete instructions. Thank you for your comment; we try to be helpful. In the long run, that is best for home brewers, and best for our business as well.
2/3/2005 – Hi - we are first time home brewers, using your belgian kit. We bottled 4 days ago...I think we did pretty well, so far, except we forgot to add the Candi Sugar - is that a problem? My assumption is that the beer will just be slightly less sweet, and less strong - both of which are ok. Next issue Our first fermentation was 5 days, second . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will be less stong (the candi sugar converts to alcohol), it does not contribute to sweetness.As I always say, yeast cells don't carry wristwatches. MANY things go into the fermentation time, like temperature, nutrients present, oxygen level at pitching, type, amount and freshness of yeast...and lots of others as well. In other words . . .
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!
1/21/2005 – WELL THIS MAY BE SILLY BUT I HAVE TO ASK. I WILL SOON BE MAKING THE BELGIAN ALE I WILL BE USING THE LIQUID YEAST ,I ACTIVATED THE YEAST BY SLAPPING ITAND NOW THAT IT HAS SWELLED THERE FEELS LIKE THERE IS THIS SPONGEY LUMPY THING IN THERE 1. IS THIS NORMAL2. WHEN I ADD THE YEAST TO MY WORT DOES THE SPONGEY MASS GO IN TOO?3. HOW . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. Yes, this is normal. The yeast, before your smacked it, was inside a small plastic pouch inside the larger package. Smacking it ruptures the inner pouch, and the yeast mixes with nutrients, causing it the large pouch to swell. No problem.2. No, just pour out the liquid, and leave the plastic pouch behind.3. Leaving the yeast . . .
1/18/2005 – I got your Belgian Ale and also followed your suggestion of the extra DME, candi sugar and hops, and it's looking good so far, the initial gravity was in the 1.064 range, and it's fallen to 1.022-24. The bubbling has completely stopped, but I'm a bit nerveous about bottling it with the gravity so high. would it benefit me to add some champagne . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'm guessing it is done, but I would take a hydrometer reading for (at least) 3 days, and if there is no further change, go ahead and bottle. I doubt if the champagne yeast would do anything.
1/17/2005 – I'm considering buying the deluxe kit but I have a couple of questions: specifically, regarding the smell involved in the process - would allowing frementation to take place in doors, e.g., a closet in a second bedroom or something, create significant odor?also, is it possible to "tweak" the ingredient kits at all, e.g., add something here . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will notice an odor from the fermentation process, but it's really not objectionable, and typically only lasts a few days...maybe a week. I wouldn't hang my best clothes in that closet, but otherwise it should be fine.Yes, you can tweak our ingredient kits. It's fun to try additions like honey, molasses, extra malt extract, spices . . .
1/13/2005 – I'm new to brewing first off, and I've brewed up two Brewers Best kits so far (Steam-style, Robust Porter). In each case, I got strangely low readings on my hydrometer for the original gravity. Both beers should have been around 1.050, but the steam came in at about 1.028, and the porter at 1.021. I've even switched to a new hydrometer . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Lots of thoughts. Some are gems, some are just ugly stones.1) We don't sell "Brewer's Best" brand kits, and won't comment on them. We feel OURS are much better, however.2) A hydrometer reading of 3.5 gallons (concentrated) wort is useless. It WILL be higher. It's the final (5+ gallons) value that you are interested in.3) Doing . . .
12/28/2004 – Would you substitute wyeast 1056 for the 1028 on this product? I understand there will be a difference in the kit price.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We'd be happy to! Just make note in the "Comment" section at checkout. No additional charge for making the switch. Same goes for any of our Homebrew Heaven Beer Ingredient (recipe) Kits.
12/9/2004 – Dear HBH, If I was to buy 4 or 5 ingredient recipe kits(belgian ale, etc) how long would it take before the ingredients would go bad or start to affect my beer in a negative way? and what are some ways I can keep them fresh? If I were to put the hops in the fridge would that be enough? YOU GUYS ROCK!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our kits are really pretty stable at room temperature. They will last for maybe a couple of months without any noticeable degradation. If you like, you can take out the bag containing the grain, yeast and hop additions out of the box, and put them into the freezer. I'm guessing you could store them this way for at least 6 months (probably . . .
11/2/2004 – My friend and I have recently purchased your Belgian Ale kit. We followed all the proper steps to ensure a good brew, things were going well until the onset of Hurricane Ivan. Our brew was in the first stage primary fermentation. It has been there for a little over a month and a half. Can we proceed normally from here and actually produce . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A Hurricane is no match for BEER! Really, it should be fine.As long as the airlock remained in place, I would pick up and go with it. Now you know what to name it: Ivan's Belgian Ale.
10/8/2004 – Hello, I'm a complete beginner but I'm very interested in purchasing your Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit. I'm sure these questions have been asked many times but i just need your help to get the right equipment. Thanks in advance.What else do I need besides the equipment in the kit and how much do you sell it for? Can I use any glass beer . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You just need a pot to cook it in, and some bottles. The best bottles to use are the pry-off type, not the twist off. Used bottles are just fine, just be sure to clean and sanitize them first.The equipment kits that we offer (at a discount) when purchased with the equipment kit are all made in the same way...so pick the type of beer you . . .
10/6/2004 – I have just purchased a brew kit, with the belguim ale ingredient. Ale is my favorite, my question is the good ale`s i buy in the store say their fermented in the bottle (with a little sediment on the bottom of the bottle) is yeast placed in the bottles before capping?Is there any recipe information on making ale`s.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is called bottle conditioning, or carbonating in the bottle. All of our kits (including our Belgian Ale Kit) are set up to do this, and have complete instructions. This technique works equally well with lagers, as well as ales.There is no need to add additional yeast at the time of bottling.
5/16/2004 – I noticed in the recipes from "Capturing Beer" that the author recommends using less bittering hops when brewing up a full 5 gallons (instead of boiling 2-3 gallons and adding water to the primary). Do you recommedering with the bittering hops of your kits when boiling up a full 5 gallons of wort in the brewpot?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. Our kits are designed for a full 5 gallon boil (or more). That is the best way to make beer, and that the way we recommend doing it. Using a concentrated wort (partial boil volume) doesn't properly utilize the hops (or malt) in the kit. It will still make good beer, but it is better to boil it all. Actually, I like to start with 6 . . .
5/11/2004 – Does the complete kit come w/ingredients and supplies to start brewing the day I recieve the kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It comes with the necessary brewing hardware, but not the ingredients. We offer about 16 different beer styles to choose from as far as ingredients, so find the one that suites YOU best!See below for a link to them:
5/4/2004 – I was thinking about buying the Complete Homebrew Equipment Kit does it contain everything I will need to start brewing? I have a large 5 gallon pot already is there anything else i need?Thanks and cant wait to start brewing!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as hardware, that's about it. You will need some bottles (brown, re-cappable beer bottles are best), but they are easy to obtain locally. If you like, we have new bottles as well.Just pick the ingredient kits to go with it. They are all made very much the same way, so pick the style of beer that you like to drink!
4/11/2004 – I have two of your ingredient kits that require a lower temp. and I am not set up as of yet with my second refrigerator. I purchased the Munich Lager Kit and Belgian Ale Kit this last winter (04) and am wondering if there might be a time issue on these kits? It may be two or three more months before I will be ready to brew.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 2-3 months are not a problem as long as they don't see extreme heat...like about 90 deg F.By the way, the Belgian Ale is NOT normally done at low temp. It is an ale, and should be fermented at about room temperature.
3/25/2004 – I am returning to home brewing after about 10 years off - don't ask! I made several batches of a kit called something like "Irish Ale" which was suggested by the retailer where I bought my original supplies. It was amber colored and well received by all. My understanding was that pilzners and ales could be made without cooling, lagers and . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome back!There are two primary types of beer, ales and lagers, based on the type of yeast used to ferment them. Typically, lagers are the following styles:pilsnersbocksmarzen/oktoberfest/vienna beersAles have many different styles:stoutsporters weizenspale alesIPA'sbelgian alesThe above listing are generalities . . .
3/7/2004 – I am new at the home brewing and I wanted to buy this kit. I was wondering if buying this is all I will need and be able to start? what else do I need if not?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as brewing equipment goes, that's about it. The only other "hardware" that is necessary is a large pot to cook it in (minimum of 4 gallons, like a canning pot or stock pot) and cappable bottles. Most people have a pot kicking around somewhere, and beer bottles are easy to obtain locally. Save your emptys, or we can sell you new ones.You . . .
12/27/2003 – A while back you answered a question about adding blackberries to make a blackberry wheat. How about adding cranberries for a cranberry wheat?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Heck yes. I've found that the only thing limiting you is fear and common sense. Thankfully, I have little of either. About the only advice I can give is add too little, rather that too much. Sneak up on the amount you use.
11/26/2003 – I recently bought Shamrock Stout. The bubbles were down to under a minute within 2 days, which is when I transferred to the secondary carboy. The bubbles aren't apparent now... which leads me to believe I should add more yeast. The temperature was 78 f at initial yeast introduction, yet now I am concerned that the yeast was not good... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds just fine to me. A fast, vigorous fermentation is a good thing! It indicates good, fresh yeast and ideal fermentation conditions. This kind of thing is more common in summer months, but it sounds like you have it in a warm place.I assure you that even if you don't see them, plenty of yeast are still in there. I would just let . . .
11/15/2003 – I AM INTERSTED IN BREWING A BELGIAN ALE. I TRYED A ORVAL AND REALY ENJOYED IT IS YOUR KIT SIMILAR TO THAT? AND WHEN I BUY YOUR KIT IF I WANT TO RAISE THE ALCHOL TO AROUND 7.5 PERCENT OR SOMETHING A LITTLE STRONGER THAN IT COMES IN THE KIT. WHAT CAN I DO WITHOUT TAKING A WAY FROM TRUE TASTE OF THE BREER OR NOT RUINING IT?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Orval is a very very good Belgian beer alright. Our Belgian ale is darker in color, but still distinctively Belgian. More of a trappist style actually. Raising the alcohol content is easy. To this kit, try adding an additional 1 lb. of light dry malt extract AND and additional 1/2 lb of Belgian candi sugar (available in our Beer Additives . . .
11/9/2003 – What is the life span of the beer (period of expiration)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not very long at MY house! Seriously, tho, if you store your homebrew properly, it should last for at least a year. Some, like the heavier, darker beers just get better with age. I have had some that was over 4 years old and it was excellent!
10/26/2003 – when i purchase the kit can i also purchase the ingredients? and if so what are the types and prices?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely. We have a whole category of ingredient kits (recipes) showing types and prices. Here is a link:This category is directly below the brewing equipment category.
10/9/2003 – A couple of my buddies and I are looking to start making our own homebrew but we are totally lost. Please advise us on what we need to get equipment and brewing material wise.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, really, just this kit, some ingredients (pick a beer style that you like), a pot to cook in in (4 gallons or more) and some bottles. Often, people have a pot available, and can find (or save) enough bottles to take care of it.Enjoy!
9/7/2003 – I am looking at starting to home-brew. I have a "Nugget" variety hops plant that I just harvested. Besides the kit, what ingredients and what recipe book should I purchase? How do I process the hops, which are now drying?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations. We get a kick out of brewing, and so will you!The kit contains a book with many different recipes, AND we have a variety of pre-assembled ingredient kits available to produce a huge variety of beers. I would NEVER tell someone what beer to drink. I say, brew the beer you like to drink! We try to make an ingredient kit . . .
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