9/23/2013 – I'm going to make a 5 gallon batch of IPA. How long do I boil my cascade hops (I have 2 ounces) and how much water should I boil?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hard to say without more information...recipe? canned extract? one of our kits?As a rule, adding hops to the boil adds bitterness. Adding at the end, aroma. IPA's are often "dry hopped" also, i.e. adding them after fermentation. After looking up your last order however, I see you purchased a Cooper's IPA kit. If that is where you want to add more hops, I'd say just spread them out. Some in the boil, some at the end of boil, and some after fermentation. Let them settle out, and bottle.There doesn't appear to be any limit on hops anymore. With IPA's, many of the microbreweries just keep adding more and more. If you're a hophead, have at it!
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
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
6/4/2005 – How long can hop pellets last unrefrigerated?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Properly sealed away from air, they will still be ok after about 6 months, but they will lose some of their aromatic qualities. The bitterness will still be there.
4/12/2005 – I'm fairly new to beer making, so.....Is it common at all to NOT use hops?What do hops do?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, hops are used in almost ALL beers. Hops provide bitterness that offsets the sweetness of the malt. Hops also are an active antibacterial agent, and help with long term storage of the beer.
4/7/2005 – Can you be more specific in your hop varieties? E.g., are your Hallertauer a Hersbrucker or a Mittelfrüh? Same for your Goldings?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They all came to us from the Yakima, Washington area. Some refer to the Goldings as "Yakima Goldings", or "American Goldings" but they were originally from East Kent, in England.Same thing with the Hallertauer variety. They were originally from the traditional German Hallertauer region, and are neither Hersbrucker or Mittelfruh. They are just referred to as "American Hallertauer".
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!
1/13/2005 – Are hops(as far as boiling,aroma,flavor,etc) placed under one of these categories based on when they are thrown into the brew, or is there a big difference between the hops themselves?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both, really.Hops added at the beginning of the boil add bitterness. Hops added toward the end of the boil add flavor, and hops added at the very end add aroma.Some hop varieties are considered boiling (bittering) hops, like Galena and Columbus because that is how they are typically used AND they have high alpha acid rating that also contribute to bitterness. Other hops, like Saaz and Hallertauer have superior flavor and aroma and for that reason are used at the end of the boil. These are typically low alpha varieties of hops.There is NOTHING, however prohibiting you from using a (traditional) bittering hop for aroma, or an aromatic hop for bittering. Some very interesting beers are created in that way. That is one of the (fun) variables that home brewers use to create their own unique brews!
5/20/2004 – I am following a recipe out of north american clone brews, page 107 Mirror pond pale ale. Recipe calls for a total of 22 cascade AAUs. How do i figure out how many Oz i need. Thank you for your time.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: AAU's stand for alpha acid units...just a way of standardizing the bitterness of a recipe. No big deal. To obtain 22 AAU's in your beer, divide 22 by the actual alpha acid for the hops you are using (marked on the package). For example, if you have some cascade hops that are marked 7.5 alpha, just divide 22 by 7.5 to obtain the ounces required. In this example, it is about 2.9 ounces. Easy, huh?
9/9/2003 – How are the hops shipped? Are they cold at all?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, they are shipped as normal. WE keep them refrigerated, of course, prior to shipping. In our experience, a few days in transit won't make a noticable difference in aroma. If you are concerned, however, you could order a frozen gel pack to be shipped with your hops.
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