3/31/2014 – Just wanted to know the difference between C&B Distillers Yeast and Whiskey Yeast? Is it possible to use C&B Distillers Yeast to make Whiskey? The Whiskey Yeast seems a little expensive.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the Whiskey Yeast is more expensive, but it is an authentic whiskey yeast that contains nutrients and enzymes that are important in converting grains into sugars. To lessen the cost, and see if it is right for you, we also have a smaller (72gr) size available. Link is shown below.C&B distiller's yeast is more of a general purpose . . .
3/12/2013 – I am using Super Start Yeast in five gallon washes. I am also using Fermaid nutrient, but the instructions say to add the Fermaid in after several days of fermenting. I have tried this and it doesn't seem to help or aid the process. 1) Is Fermaid a good nutrient to use with SS? 2) Should I add it in shortly after pitching?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, Fermaid is a good nutrient to use with this yeast. Personally, I would add it just prior to fermentation. If you are adding more sugar during fermentation, a little additional nutrient wouldn't hurt at that time.
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 . . .
12/12/2012 – Many distilling yeast products have "glucoamylase", or "AG" enzymes, amylo-glucosidase or alpha-galactosidase, to aid in maximizing starch conversion and reduction of fusel alcohols in fermentation. Does this product have that enzyme? If not, is it necessary in corn whiskey mashes? Do you carry these enzymes?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the SuperStart product does not contain AG, nor do we carry it separately.We would recommend the Still Spirits Whiskey Yeast (with AG) product (see link below) for your purpose.
11/29/2012 – i want to buy a pound of your super start yeast and a pound of yeast nutrient. I would like to know how much yeast and nutrient i would need to put into a 1 gallon jug to make a sugar/corn mash with the highest abv i could get. would i need to use some kind of clearing agent in it after it was done?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Here is a recipe for 5 gallons. You can scale it down as needed:To obtain 20% alcohol, you would need approx 14.5 lbs of sugar. For maximum alcohol production, it is probably best to add the sugar incrementally...that is, perhaps 5 lbs of it, then wait a while (maybe a week?) add another 5 lbs, another week and add the rest. This routine . . .
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
4/25/2010 – I am looking for information on proper user of the super start distillers yeast. Is there a book you recommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have several good books on distilling. Link to the Compleat Distiller Handbook provided.There is also an online resource on Home Distillation of Alcohol. Here is a link to that website: http://homedistiller.org/
4/23/2010 – What is the right 5 gallon mixture for Alltech super start distillers yeast. How much sugar & how much yeast to get 20% or more.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To obtain 20% alcohol, you would need approx 14.5 lbs of sugar. For maximum alcohol production, it is probably best to add the sugar incrementally...that is, perhaps 5 lbs of it, then wait a while (maybe a week?) add another 5 lbs, another week and add the rest. This routine avoids "sugar shocking" the yeast. Use about an ounce of yeast . . .
9/8/2009 – how can i flavor moonshine after it has been distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell an entire line of essences for flavoring alcohol. These essences turn plain alcohol into whiskeys, rums, gin, brandy's etc etc. It works for commercial alcohol (legal) as well as moonshine (illegal in the U.S.). How you choose to use these essences is not our concern.Here is a link to that category
11/21/2008 – IS THERE A RULE OF THUMBOF HOW MUCH YEAST TO USE PER GAL FOR SUGAR WASH THANKS
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume you mean for distilling. This is a really broad question, and we have no knowledge of your goals here. Some go for maximum alcohol content, some for flavor, some are distilling for fuel. We also don't know what yeast you intend to use, or more importantly whether/not you are using nutrients.Having said all that, if you are . . .
8/13/2008 – 1) If a person from say Sweden wanted to ferment and distill a good drinkable alcohol, would your super start distiller's yeast be a good way to go?2) Why is so much cheaper than others?3) If it is not good for a beverage, what would you suggest to get a high alcohol content of the mash?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Yes, it would be a good choice for many drinks. 2) It is bulk distilling yeast only, and does not contain nutrients. It is not a fast working TURBO yeast.3) Much depends on the mash. If it already is rich in nutrients, like grain mashes, this would be a good choice. If you are trying to ferment a sugar/water mash, then you will NEED . . .
7/30/2008 – I just bought a pound of your super start yeast and a pound of yeast nutrient. I have been reading the old post and to make a sugar water mash for ethanol in my fermenter bucket i would add 4oz of super start distillers yeast and 4oz of yeast nutrient to 6.5 gallons of water and 20 lbs of sugar, is that about right or did i miss something? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That sounds about right, but there are always people who do it a little differently. For maximum alcohol production, it is probably best to add the sugar incrementally...that is, perhaps 10 lbs of it, then wait a while (maybe a week?) add another 5 lbs, another week and add 5 more. This routine avoids "sugar shocking" the yeast.
5/8/2008 – what would be the best yeast for producing ethanol alcohol fuel using sugar and a beer keg pot still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the Super Start Distiller's Yeast. Very inexpensive, and taste isn't a factor. Don't forget to use some nutrients also, however.Another alternative is one of the Turbo yeasts. They contain the nutrient and work very fast.
1/30/2008 – What is the best temp. to use to start Super Start Distillers Yeast/
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It very much depends on what your goal is, what you are making etc etc, BUT...if you use 70-75 deg F, you should be just fine. Higher temps tend to produce more "solvent like" flavors, but higher alcohol (within limits). Lower temperatures typically produces a "cleaner" spirit, but lower alcohol.
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!
8/27/2006 – I'm interested in making ethanol for fuel. Any suggestions on a good yeast for this application?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Distiller's yeast is most common. Inexpensive, and high alcohol tolerance. See below for a link to that product.
7/28/2006 – Does your activated stone carbon need to be washed with water before using it to filter alcohol? If so, what is the procedure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is more effective if you do. A good way is to put it into a tube with something like a coffee filter on the end to hold the carbon. A rubber band will do to hold it in place. Start pouring a little water into the tube. It will bubble at first, and then be absorbed by the carbon. Keep doing this until water trickles out the end of the tube. . . .
7/1/2006 – About a year ago I bought a pound of Super Start Distillers yeast from you. The bag was opened and some was used. The bag has not been refrigerated. Is there a test I can do to see if the yeast is still good before using in a batch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. Put about a teaspoon of sugar into a cup (or so) of room temperature water and stir it up. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of yeast on the surface. In a short while, the yeast should "bloom", in other words, start to swell and go after that sugar. If it does, the yeast is still good. I'm betting it will.
2/12/2006 – Can homebrewed wines be distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; most certainly. That is how brandy is made.The legality of doing so depends on where you are located and lots of other factors, however.
1/25/2006 – I want to know how to build a still for making whiskey or rum for personal use. what do I need to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a number of good books on this subject. Here are links to two of them:"Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual""Lore of Still Building"links are found belowOur Distillation Category (for equipment etc) is found here:Distillation Supplies & Alcohol FlavoringsThis is all assuming that you have researched . . .
7/21/2005 – I see a reflux still in my future but!!! I have to know, Is it possible to distill with a corn wash and maybe "filter" the finished product through charcoal and then maybe let this sit in charred oak chips to give it a whiskeyish flavor ? I would rather flavor it myself than with extracts. Also, can you use an all grain fermentation to distill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Where it is legal to do so...yes, your can distill a corn wash, filter and flavor with oak. That has been done.You are also correct about doing an all-grain fermentation without hops and distilling to produce whiskey. Again, the legality of that depends on many factors. That is your responsibility, not ours. The books in our Distillation . . .
4/19/2005 – Do you have recipes for scotch, vodka, gin, etc?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, but all of the books that we sell have recipes in them. Here is a link to that category:
2/6/2005 – what is an ideal temp.for distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you mean for ethanol alcohol, it begins to vaporize at 172 deg F. If you are after maximum alcohol content (this is not always the desired product!) temperature is typically maintained at 172-178 deg F. Obviously, if you are distilling water, or another substance, the temperature is range is much different.There is more to running . . .
1/4/2005 – what nutrients do I need to obtain the highest alcohol level prior to distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That really depends on WHAT you are distilling. An all-sugar wash needs more nutrients than say a wash made from grain or from fruits. Diammonium phosphate is especially important. For an all-sugar wash, use about 2 oz of a good all-purpose yeast nutrient per 5 gallons. Acid levels are important too, in order to get the highest alcohol . . .
12/16/2004 – How do you store distillers's yeast? and for how long?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Store it sealed, away from moisture. Refrigerated it will keep for at least a year. At room temp, maybe 6 months or so.
9/26/2004 – can you make brandys or schnapps and are they legal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you do it, where you live and how willing you are to do the paperwork...Mixing flavoring essences into purchased (commercial) vodka is legal. Making your own (for home use) by distillation is not legal in the U.S. In other countries, it is often legal.Of course, brandys and schnapps can be made commerically in the . . .
6/8/2004 – what brand is your Super Start Bulk Distiller's yeast? Who is the manufacturer? You used to offer Red Star brand distiller's yeast, is this still the same product?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is the same product. The packaging has been updated, is all.
5/5/2004 – The Price Of Gasoline Just Keeps Going Up !If I Became Good At Distilling And Ran A "Moderately" Efficient Distillation System:How Many Hundred Pounds Of Corn Would I Have To Distill Each Week To Make 20 Gallons Of Fuel Quality Alcohol For My Automobile?How Long Would It Take To Distill 20 Gallons Of 'Fuel Quality' Alcohol Using . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it does (the price, anyway)!The use of alcohol as a fuel, and economics of doing so is best described in this website:http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/manual_ToC.html
5/1/2004 – How many gallons of mash will one pound of yeast make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This yeast is used at the rate of 1-2 lbs per 1000 gallons. This is equivalent to about 3500 liters.
4/27/2004 – Is your L20 product considered a "turbo" product? What percentage level of alcohol will most likely be produced? What nutrients would be necessary and how much do you need and do you have those also? How many liters would this one pound produce?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it is not considered a turbo yeast, and it contains only yeast (no nutrients). This yeast is used at the rate of 1-2 lbs per 1000 gallons. This is equivalent to about 3500 liters.The % alcohol produced is dependant on a number of factors. Sugar content from the grain, fruit or whatever is a limiting factor.The addition of nutrients . . .
3/6/2004 – I have "Compleat Distiller" on my shopping list for general purposes. Do you know if this book covers the use of potatoes (versus grains) as the base for the fermentation stage, or do I need to search for additional "informational" materials?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This book is an excellent resource for the distillation part of the process, but it is a little "lean" on the fermentation portion. The Alaska Bootleggers Bible actually has better information on using potatoes, and even has a recipe for potato "wine".
2/28/2004 – Is it illegal to produce ethanol for a use other than human consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on where you live, but in general, it is not illegal to produce ethanol for use as a fuel, for instance. A permit, however, may be required. The Feds even offer tax credits for producing alcohol as alternative fuel.We are not lawyers of course, and you should always be sure of your own legal position.
2/23/2004 – Do you know of any websites or books that have instructions on making a still from scratch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most of the books we sell shown how to build a simple still. See link below for a link to our distillation section
1/1/2004 – How long does it take to make a liquor with a still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It involves two separate operations:1) Fermentation 2) DistillationStep 1) depends very much on what is being fermented, temperature, nutrients, yeast and many other factors. A general timeframe may be say... 7-10 days. This is entirely legal in most countries/states.Step 2) takes perhaps 4-6 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
12/3/2003 – I can't drink alcohol. Is it possible to remove most of the alcohol of a liquor like Tequila and somehow maintain the flavor by evaporation or any other means? (So that N.A. Margaritas can be made)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, BUT...we have alcohol flavorings (essences) that are normally added to vodka to make them into rum, tequila, whiskey etc that should work just fine. They contain no alcohol themselves, and a very small amount can be added to make N.A. drinks.
11/9/2003 – So after someone builds a still what would be a good book to really get in to learning about distillation, recipes, tips, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best book I know of is the "Compleat Distiller".See link below:
9/20/2003 – i have done some research i have found that in 1984 was a bill signed that made it legal to make 100gal per year for legal age person that resides at that address for personal use and not for sale. please tell me if something has changed.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume the law you are referring to (actually in 1978 by the Feds, altho some states took longer) legalized beer and wine making only, not home distillation. Beer and winemaking involves production of alcohol through the normal, natural processes of yeast fermentation; and that is typically the legal distinction. The deliberate CONCENTRATION . . .
9/15/2003 – Is it illegal to make moonshine for personal use in the U.S?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If by moonshine, you mean distilled alcohol that is produced at home for consumption as a beverage without paying taxes, YES!We do not encourage, and will not be responsible, for the illegal use of equipment purchased from Homebrew Heaven. If you intend to do that, we don't want to know.In many other countries, it is legal (New Zealand . . .
9/10/2003 – new zealand has become propaganderised as a non-drinkers heaven. tax is raised by the communist govt. on real beer(4.5%+)and on spirits! The 'average class' new zealander prime minister asked live on tv why beer drinkers do not drink lite beer. The country shook to its' core when about 400,000 real men and 200,000 sheilas started stomping . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I sympathize with you. Please understand that we don't have it so good either. At leastin NZ it's not illegal to distill at home. I'm of the opinion that anything I choose to do at home is MY damn business. Land of the free? I think not. By the way, in this state, blood alcohol limit was .10; now it is 0.08 and I'll bet in a year or two, we'll . . .
8/13/2003 – I understand that distiller's yeast is generally not used to produce beer, but is it safe to use in the production or beer or wine, and if so, should I use the same amount as I would brewer's yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it would be safe, but probably not very tasty. For distilling and beer, it's almost impossible to use too much yeast, so as a guideline I would use at least at least that much. Not sure about wine, sorry.
7/18/2003 – If I buy the bulk distillers yeast, how many ounces of nutrients and yeast would I use? I will also be using 20lbs of cane suger in 6.5 U.S. gallons of water.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For maximum alcohol production, try using some citric acid to arrive at a pH of about 4.2. After that, try using about 120 grams (4-5 ounces of dry yeast)and 4-6 ounces of nutrient. Please understand that this is just a starting point, and you should determine what works best with your setup.
6/14/2003 – Is it legal for an individual in the US to distill spirits for individual consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is not.In some other countries, like New Zealand, Sweden and others, it is. There are at least two reasons advanced for this:1) Taxation. No incentive for the government to make it legal.2) Liqour industry. A highly profitable industry would take a hit. The feds support their industry, and the industry supports the feds. . . .
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