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
4/29/2008 – We tried this mead kit and loved it. Now we want to try a cyser. A lot of what I have been reading says to rack/bottle once it clears up. Do you have any guidelines for how long meads/cysers should ferment? Thanks for the help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In short, no.Here is the thing...MANY MANY MANY factors play into how long a fermentation will take. Here are just a few:Sugar (honey) concentrationStrain of yeast usedFermentation temperatureNutrient level presentType(s) of nutrientsTemperature variations during fermentationAmount of yeast usedMineral content of water . . .
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!
8/18/2007 – What is the difference between apple wine and apple cider? Also your cider specific yeast describes a crisp dry cider result, suppose you want a sweet cider? I like Hornsby's Crisp Apple, maybe it's considered dry, but not by wine standards. There were a couple of sweet hard ciders I liked in England, wish I could remember the names.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Apple cider is typically fermented apple juices (mixed varieties are best!) with an alcohol content of perhaps 6%ABV. They are usually carbonated drinks, altho they CAN be still (uncarbonated) also. Apple wine typically has sugar added prior to fermentation, and as a result, has an alcohol content of about 10-12% ABV. Another way is it done . . .
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
9/25/2006 – I am starting to collect bottles from around town. I heard rumor from a friend that if I used a clear bottle I needed to do something additional to the beer, but then from another I heard that was for green bottles.Does is matter the color of glass bottle used in brewing? If so, what is the best glass color. And what additional work does . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Clear and green bottles allow harmful light rays to affect the beer. If you keep your beer away from intense light, especially sunlight and florescent lights, it's not an issue.Brown beer bottles are the best, without a doubt.
9/2/2006 – HOW MANY CAPS ARE IN A POUND?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It varies with the caps, but figure 165-200 as an average.
5/20/2005 – I'm thinking about making hard cider with the apple tree in my back yard. I'm not sure of the apple type so my question is: Can any apple be used to make hard cider and can you recommend information for beginners?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, any apples can be used to make hard cider, BUT, the best (most interesting, flavorful) hard cider is made from a variety of apples. Use the apples from your tree, certainly, but try to mix in some tart ones, some bitter ones, some sweet ones etc. You will be rewarded later. A hard cider made just from red delicious apples, for instance . . .
4/30/2005 – I'm one of those crafters looking for bottle caps. I see that you have the gold with the oxygen seal, are they a shine gold or a mat gold? Do you have them without the special seal?I saw someone wanted some that were flattened. I like your hammer response, but that wouldn't quite work. For your future crafters asking such a question . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The oxy caps are more of a bronze/gold color, with a metallic finish. No, they only come in oxy liners. No different to look at, it's just that they have a special chemical to absorb oxygen.Point on flattening noted....we stand corrected. We just don't know what a Sizzix machine is. We're brewers, not crafters!
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!
1/19/2005 – Approximately how many bottle caps come in a 1 pound package?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: About 200, give or take.
1/18/2005 – what's the difference between cork-lined caps and the ones you sell? do you need a different bottle capper for different caps?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'm not aware of any cork-line caps being manufactured anymore. They used to be common, but I haven't seen any for many years. We sell metal caps with plastic liners on the inside. No, they don't require a different capper.
11/29/2004 – I'm also thinking about making a hard cider. I've done some research, but my question is, does it matter if your cider is pasturized? Everything I've read talks about preservitives, but not pasturization. I don't think it would be a problem, but thought I'd check with someone who knows what they're doing.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You are correct. Pastuerization is fine for hard cider, but preservatives are not. Even small amounts.
10/19/2004 – I was wondering if these come in any other colors than what appears to be gold. I'm doing a holiday batch and was hoping to get red, green, or silver as well.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Standard bottle caps are available in those colors, but the oxygen barrier caps are only available in one color (kinda a bronze color).
3/21/2004 – I was wanting to start home brewing a hard cider like hornsbey's and was wanting to know what all i would need. was hoping to be able to put it in keg's for easier storage and dispensing for get togethers
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as equipment, I would go with the Intermediate (Beer) Brewing Equipment Kit. It works nicely for this type of cider. Here is a link to it:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&ProductID=459 For ingredients, you'll need a source of apple cider juice without preservatives. We are negotiating with a company to produce . . .
11/24/2003 – Just prior to adding the yeast when making an 8 gallon batch of applecider wine, I noticed the package read "good up to 5 gallons". I wasn't able to add a 2nd package until now (48 hours after original package was added). Do you think I'll be ok? Any recommendations at this point?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not a problem. The yeast will multiply as needed to gobble up the sugars. By the way, OUR Wyeast packages are good for 10 gallons (XL Packs). Not sure where you got yours, but we sell only the 10 gallon sizes. Better to have too much yeast than not enough.
11/3/2003 – I have a strange one here for you. I am wondering if you have any idea of poundage of apples that might be needed to get 5 gallons of juice? I am thinking of buying this machine, but do not know if this is something that I sould get myself into...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Strange is my specialty! It takes about 120 lbs of apples to produce 5 gallons of juice, more or less, depending on how "juicy" they are, variety of apple, and how efficiently you press the squeezin's!
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
6/30/2003 – Can these caps be used on standard screw-off type beer bottles? Like the kind you get when you buy beer in the grocery store? If not, do you offer a screw-off type beer cap?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't recommend screw-off bottles for two reasons: First the caps MAY seal, and they may NOT, using these bottles. Some people use them anyway, but occasionally they get a bad seal.Second, screw-off bottles are often thinner (not as strong) as pry-off type bottles, and you run a small risk of damage.Pry-off bottles are not that . . .
6/25/2003 – I heard that you are not supposed to boil these caps before capping (as the oxygen absorbing ability is destroyed during the boil). Is this true, and if so, how am I supposed to sanitize them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: True. According to the instructions from the manufacturer, the caps are moisture activated. They should not be boiled. If you want to sanitize, rinse them with sanitizing solution (like iodophor) and used immediately. Frankly, I don't see any problem with using them without sanitizing. Give your bottle one quick shake after capping to . . .
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