Raises temperature of a full 5 gallon carboy by about
10-15 degrees (above ambient temperature). If you need more heat
than that, just put a t-shirt on your carboy, and it will stay
toasty warm! Need more heat than THAT? Have Grandma knit it a
3/10/2014 – Hello Homebrew! I recently purchased your wine(mead)-making kit and a kit for the Nectar of the Gods. Upon reading the instructions there is a point where it is recommended to warm the primary fermentation up to 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit.Is this for only the duration of primary fermentation, or do I keep the temperature at 78-80 degrees . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Meads do like it warm, but 70 deg or so should be just fine. I would get it started, and try to be patient. It will take longer that expected, is all. This applies to both primary and secondary fermentation.If it slows down, or stops fermenting altogether, then I would warm it to 80+ degs to finish it off.Usually, you can find a warm . . .
1/20/2013 – 1 gal. Honey ,5gal. Water and 3 tbsp of super start distillers yeast. Does this recipe sound alright and can I just triple for 15 gal. Without doing anything different. Also, do I have to maintain 90 degrees while fermenting and if so how do you achieve that.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Meads really need some nutrients in order to ferment. I would add a package of our Mead Blend to ensure a faster, more complete fermentation. See link provided.Maintaining a "warm" enviroment for mead fermentation is also important, although it can be done anywhere from 70-90 degrees F. There are lots of ways to warm up your fermenation . . .
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
7/17/2009 – Is a 5 gallon carboy big enough to secondary ferment a 5 gallon batch of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As a secondary fermenter, yes. This assume that the bubbling has slowed down considerably by the time you transfer into the carboy.I would not use it as a PRIMARY fermenter, however if you hope to yield 5 gallons.
7/29/2008 – I live in Columbus Ohio and i've read everything about making Mead and it look like you have to keep in always at a certain temp, that being said can i keep the Carboy with the mead fermenting down in my cool basement or do i have to seek a room that stays mildly hot or what?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Mead will ferment best at room temperature or above, like up to 80 deg F. If that is inconvenient (or impossible) you can use one of our Brew Heat Pads under your carboy to keep the temperature up. Here is a link to that product
7/14/2008 – what are the advantages to using a glass carboy as opposed to a plastic bucket?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better.
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!
10/7/2007 – I have 33 gallons of wine must to keep above 54 deg f. My set up is in an unheated garage. Would one heat pad work to bring the must temp up into the 60s? I have a sheet over the plastic tub and think the yeast will put out heat if I can get the temp up into the 60's. I was thinking of taping the pad to the side. My brother thinks I . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A couple of problems, here...You don't say what temperature your garage IS right now.These heat pads are RIGID, not flexible, so if your fermenter is cyclindrical, you won't be able to tape it to the side, anyway. With these heat pads, it is best to put them UNDER your fermenter.With a volume of 33 gallons, I wouldn't expect one . . .
2/26/2007 – I live in Ireland, and our voltage is 240 volts. Can I get a brew heat matt to suite.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, sorry. We only carry a 110 volt model.
2/7/2007 – I recently bought one of the brew pads to make first wine kit. Does anyone know what the maximum temperature that brew pad raises to?. According to the description it raises the juice 10-15 degrees. Right now my juice is at 76 degrees and really dont want to raise it anymore. but then again I dont want to mess the temps either...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It doesn't raise the temp a certain number of degrees. It provides 25 watts of heat energy. It really depends on the ambient temperature around your fermenter. From the ambient temperature, 10-15 deg F is about right. So if you have a cooler spot to put your fermenter, that will help. Or not use the heat pad? Not sure what temperature . . .
1/6/2007 – what are the dimensions of the heating pad? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They measure about 11" square.
1/6/2007 – The temperature in my basement in the winter months is around 62 to 65 degrees and i know you are supposed to keep it between 65 and 75 for the wine kits,so i bought a brew belt and wrapped it around my 6 gal primary fermentor about a third of the way down from the top, when i put my floating thermometer in was about 72 degrees but when i . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't comment on products that we don't sell, like "brew belts". With comments like yours, we don't need to.We do feel that our brew pad is a much better product, however. It is a gentle heat, applied from the bottom.Will your methods/equipment affect the wine? Perhaps...generally white wines are better at low temperatures, and . . .
1/6/2007 – I recently purchased the brew heat pad. I set it up right away. Should the pad be warm to the touch if it is working properly?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Warm, yes, but not hot like a heating pad.
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
4/27/2006 – I don't have a question, rather a comment. This heating pad is incredible. I started making wine 2 years ago and I purchased 3 of these. I have made 26 kits to date and I have used these heating pads for everyone one of them, during primary and secondary fermentation. I use them for plastic buckets and the carboys. Very good product.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear you find them useful. We like them too!
2/14/2006 – I asked the question about the rheostat. I tried it and it does work. I can now control the heat output of the pad.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks for letting us know!
2/4/2006 – With this heater pad, is it ok to use a rheostat with it? A rheostat is a dimmer switch which I bought at Home Depot. I want to be able to control the temperature of the pad
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not sure, actually. Haven't tried it.
1/18/2006 – it's hard to keep my carboy at ideal fermenting temps in my home because of the poor heating. would i be able to use this temp control with a heating pad and where would you sugest where i put the temp sensor. could it be submerged int he wort during fermentation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it could be used that way, but don't immerse the sensor. I would just tape it to the side of the carboy.Common household heating pads are not particularly safe around liquids. Another product might be a better choice, the Brew Heat Pad. It is made for carboys, and adds a little supplemental heat. Below is a link to that product.While . . .
12/27/2005 – Hi......I am looking at buying your Deluxe Kit......however where i plan to brew is a basement without heating.......and sometimes we can get near 30 degrees here during the winter........can i brew lagers in this situation or do i need to find a different place?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 32 degrees is freezing. You need to do better than that. Lagers will do jbetter at those temps, but not ales. Lagers will take longer, but will be very good quality. You can also get a brew heat pad that will raise the temperature by about 10-15 degrees. That might be the best solution. We have them.
11/28/2005 – I just bought a heat belt and when I got it home, the instructions said not to attache it to a glass carboy and even some of the glass carboys say not to apply heat, as it may cause the glass to crack. Is it safe to use your pad type heater.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is safe to use our plastic pad heaters. They are designed for that purpose. Very low heat output on the surface.
10/29/2005 – Will this Heating Pad work with a plastic bucket that has a lip on the bottom? This is what I use for my primary fermenter. If you don't think it will work, any suggestions? The room I ferment in get down to 55 - 60 deg. in the winter.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; it will work just fine.
8/6/2005 – Instead of using the heater that you supply can i use a heating pad to keep the temp steady
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I suppose, but I would be careful doing that. Ours is very convenient, however, and doesn't get too hot. It's also a hard plastic so you don't need to worry about liquids spilling onto the electrical elements.
5/16/2005 – i am new to this, and i have seen and heard of people using plastic buckets for final fermentation, their purpose for doing this is so they can attach a spigot to the bucket for bottling, is this ok to do or is glass the better choice? thanx again and i find that you question and answer part of the site to be very helpful
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that can be done, but we prefer to use the plastic "bucket" type fermenter for the primary fermenter, and using glass for the secondary. We like the bucket for ease of cleaning, and besides, your beer is only in there for a few days to a week or so. We find glass to be better for clarifing your beer, however. This is not to say you CAN'T . . .
4/22/2005 – I'm using the brew pad for alcohol distillation, using Turbo Yeast in a carboy. The yeasts' instructions say not to heat above 86 deg. Can the heat pad raise the temperature above that if the house's temp is set between 68 - 72%?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's possible. You can expect the brew heat pad to raise the temperature about 10-15 deg F above your ambient temperature. Remember too, that the fermentation process itself will produce some heat of it's own. It is easy to put it on an inexpensive timer, however, so that it turns off occasionally (doesn't run continuously). You CAN just ferment . . .
3/24/2005 – I'm about to order the deluxe kit but had a quick question before I did . . . the location in the house where I plan to do the fermenting is about 58 degrees or so. I plan on doing almost exclusively ales, and I know that's dancing pretty close to the lower end of where those yeasts are happy. So (finally) the question -- are there any real . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would invest in the Brew Heater Pad. That is all you will need. No need switch to a carboy for heating purposes. The plastic primary can handle it just fine. You CAN ferment ales at that temperature, but they will take longer to ferment, and may not ferment out as "completely" as at room temperature where they are happier.
3/13/2005 – I'm just getting started brewing and I had a question. As a primary fermenter which is better, plastic bucket, plastic carboy or glass carboy. Then for secondary fermentation, plastic carboy or glass carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better. If I had a lot of money (not the case), I'd probably get a stainless steel Fermenator. Best of all worlds. . . .
2/14/2005 – My house is usually pretty cold where I would be holding the beer (60-64 degrees). Is that an okay ambient temperature for most lagers.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best temperature for lagers is about 45-52 deg F. For ales, it is warmer.
2/8/2005 – Does a brew cooler pad exist?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not that I am aware of. Sorry.
1/30/2005 – I recently bought this product and it works well in heating the fermenter up, but sometimes too well as my temperature gets too high. I have been turning this off and on, causing a roughly 8 degrees fluctuation in my fermentation temperature. Is that going to be a problem for the taste of the final beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not. It would be unusual, however to see that much of a temperature swing. Are you using a peel-and-stick thermometer (fermometer) to measure? This is the best way. It takes quite a while to change a volume of 5 gallons or so,...usually a single on/off cycle is not enough to do it.Another alternative is to use a simple appliance . . .
1/26/2005 – i am looking around my town for some buckets that i can use for my fermenting and was just wondering if 5 gallons is big enough or should i go with 6 or 7? also do i need the lids for them and would i need to order anything extra from you like a hydrometer of fermenting stop?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have them. Here is a link.For beer, we recommend at least a 6 gallon fermenter to make a 5 gallon batch, and bigger is better. There is usually significant foaming in the primary. Yes, I would get lids. I don't consider a hydrometer "extra", I consider it essential. That's why we put it in our kits.
1/10/2005 – I've made wine 5 gallons at a time. Now I want to make wine at 20 gallons at a time. For a primary fermentor, I've used 6? gallon pail. With a larger batch, if I use a 30 gallon new clean plastic trash can, am I asking for problems (health and taste wise)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In a word, yes. Most trash contianers are not food grade plastic, and will transfer undesirable tastes.
2/16/2004 – It has been about 4 days since I mixed the ingrediants and put the mead into my primary fermentor and I have not seen any evidence of fermentation. It is rather cold where I live (50-60 degrees) and the mead is in my shed. Will this ruin the mead or just take a really long time to ferment before I can transfer it to the carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is no harm to the mead, but yes, it will take a very long time to ferment. Mead likes it warmer than that. We have a supplemental brew heat pad that would work nicely for applications like this. Link is below
2/8/2004 – It appears there is no adjustable thermostatic control for this unit? Is temperature control reliable with this device? I live in a cold house in snow country where temperatures swing widely from day to night, sunshine to cloudiness.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That is correct. A temperature control thermostat would be much more expensive, if you could find one. This unit is either "on" or "off", but is very reliabble. It will raise the temperature of your 5 gallon carboy about 15+ degrees F. If you need more, just insulate with a t-shirt or something similar.
2/2/2004 – Can you use this heater on top of a wooden table or bench. How hot does the outside of the pad get
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be used on a wood bench. It really doesn't get THAT hot. It feels warm to the touch, so I'm guessing it is about 100-120 deg F...certainly not a fire hazard. I suppose you could put a tile, or aluminum foil under it if you are concerned.
1/19/2004 – i understand the need to maintain a 65 to 75 degress range during primary fermentation but is it also neccessary during the clarification stage in the glass carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on what you are making. It makes sense for ales, but not lagers. For wines, it depends on the variety.Sorry, but we need more info in order answer completely.
12/19/2003 – I am having trouble keeping the temp in the room I am making wine between 70 and 75 degrees as specified in the wine kit I have. I live in Colorado and often the temp at night dips way down, and in the day it can get quite warm. I am not around at all times to adjust the thermastat. Could I solve this problem by wrapping the carboy with . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. We have a Brew Heat Pad that works very nicely. It's basically a hard plastic heating pad for carboys. If it's too warm during the day, just get a cheap lamp timer, and have it turn on only at night. See below.
11/23/2003 – Living in the PNW I keep my home at 62'F. during the winter. That means trying to make wine is difficult. What would you suggest to warm a plastic bucket and then carboy to 70' and then maintain it at that temperture at least through the first two rackings.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a great new accessory, called a Brew Heater Pad that will do the trick. It's a hard plastic sheet with an electric warming coil in it.
11/20/2003 – Can your Brew Heater Pad be used on a plastic carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes! It works well with them. I have one on the floor of my unheated garage right now, and it's COLD in there. By throwing a t-shirt on my carboy, it maintains about 68 deg F. Works will with plastic "bucket" type fermenters too.
11/2/2003 – My father wants to make root beer. I understand that you have ingredients for the root beer but where can i get the equipment to bottle and make the root beer in?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here at Homebrew Heaven! We have bottling equipment in the Beer Brewing section, and food grade buckets etc in the Carboys/Fermenters section.See below for the links to take you there
10/23/2003 – I noticed most of the malt extract brew kits are 5 gallon batches. Will a 5 gallon carboy be sufficient for fermentation, or will I need a 6 gallon carboy to allow for foaming? Thanks, I'm new to this.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We recommend going larger for the primary. That's why we put 6 gallon plastic fermenters in our equipment kits. You can use a larger carboy of course, but the 6.5 gallon "bucket" type fermenter allows for the foaming, doesn't break, cleans up easier, and is less weight for shipping. Hey...we were all new to this at one time. No shame in that! . . .
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