From Sharon Austin of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on 1/3/2014.
I purchased this product for my boyfriend who is a beginner at brew making. His first batch was 1 gallon and wanted to graduated to something bigger. He is very happy with all of the products. I upgraded the carboy to the glass . . .
Everything you need
From Anonymous of Rising Sun, Maryland on 7/28/2013.
A fantastic starter set with everything you need to make great craft beer.
All you need for a beginner!
From hernang of Santa Barbara, California on 1/30/2013.
Really nice kit, with everything you need to start brewing. It only took my 1 day to start my first batch!!The book goes to the point, ideal for introducing you to the home beermaking hobby
From Joe Birchfield of Chattanooga, Tennessee on 2/22/2012.
This kit is great if you're just getting started, the only improvement I can think of is pairing it with an ingredient kit, and 2 cases of bottles, so you could start brewing right away. Well packed for shipping, and a great . . .
From Anonymous of Sullivan, Missouri on 1/27/2012.
Best bang for the buck by far.
From Anonymous of Albuquerque, New Mexico on 1/8/2012.
I stumbled upon this website and I am so glad I had found it! I bought the kit as a gift and am such a newbie,I really had no idea what I was doing, but I purchased the kit based on the description. As my son, has told me it was . . .
Kit: highly recommend
From Kara of Lansing, Michigan on 1/8/2012.
Excellent service! Great starter kit with tutorial! Thanks so much!
I like it. Thanks guys, service was great.
From edededed of the thumb, Michigan on 12/31/2009.
It really is a "complete" kit and has nearly everything you will need. After a few brews most will want to augment the racking cane for an auto-siphon and while the beer thief works, there are better models.I have not found . . .
From Michael Neef of Ft. Myers, Florida on 4/30/2009.
Everything you need to start brewing. Top Quality.
These guys (and gals) are great!
From Alex of Everett, Washington on 7/14/2004.
I've been shopping with HH for about 2 years now and couldn't be happier. You have a very helpful and experienced staff!Thanks!
excellent starting kit
From Greg of Charlotte, North Carolina on 5/17/2004.
If you are new to brewing, and dont want to risk the money on the bigger kit. This is a good starter kit for the money. If you have experience with brewing you should go for the deluxe kit. But if you are looking for a relatively . . .
2/5/2016 – Can you please send a list of everything included in the kit like you have in the Deluxe description?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Contains: 6-Gallon Primary Fermentor, 5-Gallon Carboy, 3-pc Airlock and Stopper, Siphon Hose, Racking Cane and Clip, Bottle Filler, 2-Handled Capper, Caps, Bottle Brush, Sanitizer, Cleaner, Hydrometer Test Jar, Floating Thermometer, Instruction Book, and our own Home Brewing Video. A good assortment of equipment to get you started brewing . . .
8/16/2012 – Will the bottle caps that come with this kit work on screw top beer bottles?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can't guarentee it. Screw top bottles are typically thinner, and designed for screw caps. We recommend recappable (pry off) beer bottles only. Some people use screw top bottles, but occasionally they don't seal. Too disappointing to be worth it!
6/9/2012 – When I buy this specific kit (Cooper's Unhopped Wheat Malt 3.3 Lb.) What else do I need to purchase (specifically) to make it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as ingredients, you'll need some additional fermentables, like dry wheat malt extract OR corn sugar, hops, and priming sugar and water. See links below.You didn't say whether/not you already have the equipment for making beer. If so, that's it.If you don't have the equipment, then an Equipment Kit is a great way to go. Additionally . . .
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. . . .
2/14/2012 – I am looking to buy the Deluxe Home Brewing kit. I currently own a 7.5 Gallon (30 quart) pot that I have used to fry turkeys in and plan to cook seafood in. My question is would there be any reason that I couldn't use the same pot for brewing beer that I currently use to fry turkeys and boil seafood as long as I clean it thoroughly? If I did . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You didn't mention what your pot is made of. Some materials, like stainless steel, are better than others. Aluminum for instance does tend to "pit" in time and can affect taste after some use.All things being equal however, a good thorough detergent cleaning should be enough to remove residual grease/oils. Rinse well of course.If the . . .
7/27/2010 – I want to buy a kit that would enable me to do both beer and wine. A friend argues I should go with the wine kit and add the beer brewing stuff. Please let me know exactly what I need to purchase. Also, I intend to use ceramic top beer bottles for my beer. What's the best way to clean them? Do you sell the rubber piece (gaskets) they . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In general, I would say your friend is on the right track, assuming you have a lot of flip-top bottles around. Those bottles are pretty handy. See below for a link to the replacement gaskets.If you are thinking of making wine from your own juice, fresh fruit etc, then the 5 gallon wine making kit is a good choice. If you want to make wine . . .
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
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. . . .
6/2/2009 – I am recomending a new kit for a friend. I bought your deluxe kit years ago and am quite happy. Your beer brewing kits do not list a brew kettle but they claim to have everything you need. Is this an omission?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really. Lots of people already have a large stock pot that they use for brewing as well. If we included it in the Equipment Kit, we'd sell a lot fewer. It can always be added if the new brewer needs one.Some people use the same reasoning for bottles. They are needed, but we don't include them because many people can (and do) acquire . . .
5/14/2009 – I am very new to brewing and am looking into many types of kits. It seems that yours has most of what we want but we are confused on a bottling bucket. Many friends tell us we need to have a bottling bucket in order to brew and we are not sure if this kit has one or has a way to make one from it or anything? If you could let us know as soon . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We do not include a separate bottling bucket because we intend for the primary fermenting bucket to double as both the primary fermenter AND bottling bucket. (plus it cuts down on the starting cost) All you have to do is transfer from the glass carboy back to the cleaned and sanitized primary bucket when you are intending to bottle. Then . . .
12/26/2008 – I received the deluxe brewing kit for xmas, and I look forward to brewing my first batch. The kit came with a 6-gallon primary fermentor with lid. You mention in a couple help desk tickets that you should pound the lid onto the bucket to ensure a good seal. This makes sense, but do you pry it off when you transfer to the secondary fermenter . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our (home brewing) world!It is POSSIBLE to put your racking cane thru the hole in the lid for siphoning, but I just pry up the lid myself. You'll want to do that for cleaning afterward anyway. A Lid Remover makes it an easy task.The lid and fermenter are really quite rugged, and will still last a very long time. I've had . . .
12/14/2008 – I want to buy the beer brewing kit but I don't have that good of a stovetop and I want to brew inside. Do you think I will be able to reach the right temperature for beer brewing with a mediocre stove?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably; depending on the actual heat output (BTU's) of your stove.The question is not really IF, it's a matter of how long it will take to reach a boil. If you're patient, it's not a problem. On a really weak stovetop, it can take an hour (or even more) to reach a boil. It's not really a problem, it's just a matter of waiting...
7/12/2008 – Im sure i know the answer to this question but i wanna play it safe and ask an expert. ok say i have made a batch a beer and used all my bottles. then i decide to make a batch right after that but i dont have any bottles left. could i just let the second batch sit in my carboy for as long as i need it too before carbonating or bottling it? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure, no harm in that, as long as you aren't talking 6 months or more in the carboy.Also, you will have a "dry" period where you will have no beer that is ready to consume!It sounds to me like you need to drink faster. Homebrew Heaven is happy to help with THAT!The other alternative, of course, is to aquire a few more bottles... . . .
6/10/2008 – ok, great website to start, me and my freinds were thinking about goin into beer making to have a reason to get togather more often and to have some fun, what would be an easy kit to start out with and is thier a type of kit that we could puchase to get a rolling rock type of beer? thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A good way to get going in this fascinating (and FUN!) hobby is with our Complete Home Brewing Equipment Kit. Here is a link to that product. If cost is being shared, perhaps cost isn't an issue. The Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit would fit that bill.From there, you can selct several different beer style ingredients as "options" to go with . . .
5/9/2008 – Would I be able to switch the racking cane from the deluxe kit for an auto siphon. Would this be a worth while investment? Is an auto siphon better?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. When you order, just make note that you want this changed for your kit. Simply make note of it in the "Customer Comments" section at checkout. There will be a difference in price, of course.We like the auto siphon, but not everyone does. Is it better? I would say no, it's just more convenient. Convenience is worth it to some . . .
3/12/2008 – What is the approximate packaging dimensions of the Deluxe Kit? Also, this is obviously more complex and looks more promising than a brewing kit like MrBeer but what main advantages does this one have over something like that?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We typically package the Kit in a box that measures 16" X 16" X 24". This is for shipping, and contains some "padding" and the carboy ships inside of the plastic fermenter. We believe it is WAY better than "novelty devices" like "Mr Beer" "the Beer Machine" and such. We consider those to be gimmick setups. Our kits have you brewing . . .
3/10/2008 – I live in south america and it is hard to get cold conditions down here. I uderstand that the wort must be chilled for fermentation and conditioning. How do you recomend I do this. What kind of bottles do I need for botteling?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as you can ferment and condition at about room temperature, like 20 deg (68 deg F) then it is possible to brew ales. Lagers are improved if you can ferment at lower temperatures, but they will also work OK at this temperature. The boiled wort does need to be cooled after boiling, but a wort chiller can do this nicely. You can also . . .
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!
12/8/2007 – My husband and I would like to start brewing our own beer. We already have the complete wine kit so what extra things will I need to purchase to make the beer? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not much, aside from the beer ingredients. Starting with one of our Homebrew Heaven ingredient kis is a good way to go. The instructions in the recipe kit will get you going. There are two important differences between making wine and making beer. 1) You will need to boil your beer. This will require a pot to cook your beer in. 2) You'll . . .
11/24/2007 – Would a novice be able to successfully use the deluxe brewing kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! That is the way we designed it. It has a great video and a book to get you started the right way. We want people to make GREAT beer!
7/18/2007 – Hi, just found your web site and I have been reading Q&A's for hours now. I have been thinking about home brewing for some time now as I do like my beer. It seems your site is the most helpful of any.I always go for gold and may have few more questions as I learn more about this fascinating hobby.If I get the deluxe kit with kegging . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For hours? Wow, we didn't intend to write a book. The Q&A's just kinda "snowballed" on us.Absolutely. We typically supply about 4 feet of siphon hose, and that is really all you need even with an auto-siphon. If you need an extra foot or two, just make that remark in the Customer Comments section at check out. We'll make it happen.No . . .
6/18/2007 – Hi! My boyfriend keeps talking about wanting to start brewing his own beer. So, I figured I'd get him everything he needs for this for his birthday. Unfortunately, I have no idea what that entails. Do I just get him the deluxe with the ingredients for both of our favorite beers? Or does he need more than that to start? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that would be an excellent way to get going on it. We pride ourselves in putting out a complete kit. The only other items needed are a large pot to cook the beer in (many people have one already) and some cappable bottles for when it is done. We do sell the bottles, but they are often easy to find or collect locally.
5/12/2007 – I want to make the DK IPA but don't own any home brewing equipment. What starter kit would you reccomend that has everything I would need to make the DK IPA?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Diamond Knot IPA is a nice choice. As far as equipment, either the Complete Homebrew Equipment Kit, or the DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit is a good choice. The DeLuxe just has more "handy" items, like a bench capper, as opposed to a wing capper, a wort chiller and such. If it was me, I would go with the DeLuxe version.
4/11/2007 – My cousin used to homebrew back in the day, but has been out of the game for 7-8 years. He was over helping me brew my most recent brew, a California Common. Anyways, he still has most of his equipment, but he wants to get back into brewing so we can have more beer on hand. He still has a glass carboy and a capper, but everything else needs . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I agree. You can never have too much beer!Yes, we can arrange substitutions like that. We often do. If you order online, just tell us what you want "swapped" and we will make it happen. Do this in the Customer Comment field at checkout.
1/18/2007 – It took about two days (maybe) for the air-lock bubbles in my primary fermenter to slow to 1BPM, so to speak. According to the directions sent with my 'American Pilsner' kit, that is about right for transferring the wort into the carboy, which I did.Now the activity in my carboy airlock is VERY slow.It just seemed a little fast to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Fermentation time doesn't mean a thing. You done good. No worries.Your hydrometer will tell you when it's ready to bottle. It sounds like soon.
11/25/2006 – i want to get a brewing kit but i heard it will make my apartment stink, im sure it will but for how long and how bad? i was thinking about puting it in the basement and there is no heat down there and its almost winter in new england will that work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The smell is not too bad, actually.Most of the aroma comes when actually cooking the beer. It can get "strong", but it is not unpleasant (at least to ME!). Some people love it, some don't. That is only for an hour or so.While fermenting, it does give off a little odor, but not as much. A small closet or your basement works well to . . .
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
10/16/2006 – I want to make Apple Jack. I have done research trying to figure out what this drink is. Since I don't have any of the hardware to make this drink. I need recommendations on what to get as far as hardware. I don't have a lot of money to spend and would like to keep this operation as small as possible. Any help on this?What is Campden?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I guess the answer depends on what you mean by apple jack. Some people use this term to mean fermented apple juice, which is also called hard cider. Some people use the term apple jack to mean distilled hard cider. Some people use the term to describe fermented apple cider that is then FROZEN and then the ice (water) is removed, leaving a . . .
8/13/2006 – Morning Gentlemen,I have a question about MEAD MAKING? My freinds and I at work would like to start making Mead. We see the beer brewing kits and wine kits. Which do we purchase and how about ingredents? We would like to age it for our Christmas party as a surprise to everyone . Thanks in advance.. Charlie Great WEB site alot of information.... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a traditional (still, not sparkling) mead, we recommend getting the Complete Wine Making Equipment Kit (5 gallon). This provides all the hardware you will need except for wine bottles, which are pretty easy to come by. See links below.If you are interested in a sparkling mead, you can go with the Complete Beer Brewing Kit. Again, it . . .
8/4/2006 – I'm planning to start home-brewing for the first time, and I'm looking at the complete kit. I live in Alaska and was planning to just stick the wort outside in the snow to cool- it regularly gets down to -40 F in here in winter- to save money on equipment. Do you see any problems with this? I love your site!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, as long as it's done in a clean enviroment. It will still take a while to cool down, believe it or not. 5 gallons is a fair volume.
7/25/2006 – The starter beer brewing kit I bought (from a different supplier) is set up for a single stage of fermentation. My beer has turned out pretty good so far. What is the benefit of expanding my process to include a secondary stage of fermentation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are two drawbacks to single stage fermentation (clarifying and trub removal). We like using a 2-stage fermenation system. You will end up with a clearer beer, and you avoid off flavors (from the trub, or "crud") if you leave your beer in the fermenter too long. All of our kits are 2-stage systems.
5/26/2006 – When transferring from the brew kettle to a glass carboy primary fermenter, is it better to siphon the wort or use a funnel and pour it in? Siphoning would result in less aeration which is better, right?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wrong. At that point, it is a GOOD thing to oxygenate your beer. Not after that, but yeast needs a dose of O2 to get going properly. Go ahead and splash away!
3/5/2006 – JUST WONDERING IF I'M A BEGINNER AT MAKING CIDER WHAT WILL THE NECESSITIES BE TO START?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, a way to get the juice itself...I will assume you have a source. We also sell fruit crushing, and fruit pressing equipment.To make traditional, still (non-carbonated) ciders, we recommend the Complete Wine Making Equipment Kit (5 gallon). Here is a link to that product:To make sparkling ciders, we recommend the Complete Brewing . . .
1/25/2006 – We received our kit recently and the quality is just fantastic. We started our first brew last night and started with 6 gallons of water as it says in the instructions.(we have a 6 gal pot).We put in the bag and waited until it reached 170 and removed it. All went well until we added the dry malt and hops. It just didnt seem like . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: What we recommend is to have about 6 gallons total (including the malt) in the boil. After boiling for an hour, you will end up with close to 5 gallons.Yes, you can add water later if you need to. No problem. We always recommend boiling at LEAST 4 gallons, and you have done that.This is where a large brewpot is real handy.
1/15/2006 – I am preparing to buy my first brew kit and step into the wonderful world of brewing. With that being said, is there a specific size kettle i need to fit into the wort chiller? I assume you put the chiller around the kettle and run cold water through it. If you could run me through the process of using the chiller that would be great. thanks . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our world!Actually, the wort chiller goes inside the brewpot (kettle) in the last few minutes of the boil. This sterilizes the wort chiller. After you turn the heat off, you begin running cold water thru the wort chiller. This cools down your wort (beer) so that it can be put into the fermenter, and the yeast can then be added. . . .
1/11/2006 – when i make a 5 gallon batch of beer from one of your kits, how big of a brew pot am i going to need to have? can i get by with a small kettle or do i need one of the big 6 gallon pots?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Using a small brewpot (or less than a full volume boil) causes a "concentrated boil", if you will. Many inexpensive "kits/recipes" put this in their instructions, but it is bad advice. This concentrated, sugary mixture will easily carmelize with heat, causing a darkening of the beer, as well as a poor breakdown of the malt sugars. Without . . .
9/23/2005 – In your regular homebrew kit, you use a glass carboy, which is really neat, but, I read that you have to wait for the wort to cool down considerably before putting the wort into the carboy, due to thermal shock. Is letting the wort sit for normal heat reduction a good thing?Would it be better to just get the deluxe system with the wort cooler?I . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We also supply a plastic primary fermenter in our kits, which we recommend using after the boil (before using the carboy). It is more rugged, cleans easily, and has more volume than the glass carboy (to allow for active foaming). After about a week, the beer is then transfered to the carboy (secondary fermenter). Doing it this way also removes . . .
8/22/2005 – This wil be my first time brewing beer and I have LOTS of questions, but I'll keep it short. Is this really difficult to do? How long does the whole process take? Your web site is wonderful!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not difficult at all! Most people are surprised at how easy it (and forgiving) it is. We say that if you can make soup, you can make beer.The process (in a nutshell) goes like this:The cooking process itself takes about 1-2 hours. The ingredients are boiled in a large pot. After that you let it ferment (let it sit) in a bucket for about . . .
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 . . .
4/19/2005 – Could this kit also be used to make wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely. You may want to supplement with a corker and some corks, however.
4/13/2005 – have just finished the beginners section of the "Joy of Homebrewing" and am considering your Complete Kit. Had two questions though; 1. I am on town well water, and the water is somewhat hard, do I need to use bottled water for brewing, and 2. couldn't find info on shipping rates, specifically to NH? Any help would be appreciated!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) In general, if your water is good enough to drink, it is good enough to make beer. Many beer styles at BEST with hard water, for instance British style ales, German lagers. Other beers are better with soft water, like pilsners. So I guess the answer depends on how particular you are, and what kind of beer you are making. 2) Shipping . . .
3/23/2005 – First off, thanks so much for the "Q and A" section of your page. It's amazingly helpful for people like me who are looking to just get in to the hobby.My question concerns the primary fermenter included in this kit. Other kits I've been looking at include a glass 6.5 gallon carboy as the primary fermenter as well as the 5 gallon glass . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hello Evan. Glad to hear that people are using the Q&A section. Using a glass carboy for your primary fermentation is just fine, but we find that for the short time your beer/wine is in the primary, it makes little difference. Buckets are more durable, less expensive and easier to clean. Typically your beer is only there for a short time . . .
3/6/2005 – If I already own The Complete Joy of Home Brewing can it be deducted from the kit brewing package?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, no problem, Brodie. Make note of that when you checkout. There is a "Customer Comments" box on the checkout page. We can either credit you the difference, or supply you with another book of your choice.
2/20/2005 – I used to live in Port Orchard Wa. and Diamond Knot was my favorite brew at the Swiss in Tacoma. I have never brewed before but would love to make Diamond Knot! What brew kit would you recommend for a beginner and would this brew be too complicated for a first timer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a hoppy son-of-gun, so we were a bit surprised that it has been so popular. As far as the hardware, we recommend the either the Complete Brewing Equipment Kit as a good way to get started. You could, of course, jump into the DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit, but we think the Complete Kit is a good value, and get you going in the right . . .
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 – I am very interested in the deluxe brewing system. I am considered a good cook by friends. Is making beer about the same as cooking, and how long does it take to make good batch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Very similar, actually. We say that if you can make soup, you can make beer. Very similar cooking process. It takes about 1.5 hours to cook it up, about 7-21 days to ferment, and about another 7-10 days for the natural carbonation to build up in the bottles. Figure 2-4 weeks before you are drinking it. A few beer styles, like bocks and . . .
12/27/2004 – As someone new to homebrewing, I have made quite a few batches with my small kit that was given as a gift, and I am hooked. I have always loved beer and never thought I would be able to make it myself, until now. I want the deluxe kit, but could you tell me everything I need to make great beer? Your kit seems pretty complete but I know . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We think the DeLuxe is quite complete as it is. You will only need something to cook it in, like a large stock pot, and some bottles.There are lots of "convenience" items that some people like (for example, a handle for the carboy) but don't necessarily make for better beer. At some point, you may want to start kegging your beer, but again . . .
12/27/2004 – I may have made a mistake in brewing my beer. I have a 6 gallon stainless steel pot. I did the whole boiling thing and poured it into my plastic bucket from your kit. After watching the dvd that was sent...they filled the bucket almost the rest of the way with water. I filled mine as they did and was done and it's now bubbling. The problem . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That is about right. No worries.
12/24/2004 – I was looking to order the complete beer brewing equipment kit and would like the 6.5 gallon glass carboyinstead of the plastic fermentor for a little more cost. When I go to place my order it does not have that option. How should I go about this?Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: At checkout, just add a note to the "comment" section, and we'll take care of it!
11/30/2004 – I have one of those small 8.5L single plastic keg brew kits. I have been using it for a while and am pretty good with it, but the beer still never comes out perfect. How much harder is your kit to use than one of those. And will I get what ever is missing from the beer I am making now?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we're familiar with those "gimmick kits", like Mr Beer. We are not impressed. Good beer is not made with those things. Drinkable beer perhaps, but not GREAT. There are many reasons (single stage fermentation, no-boil, no late hop additions, no specialty grains etc etc) but yes; you will definately notice a difference. It is not hard . . .
10/15/2004 – Is this kit kit for two-fermentation process? I'm not very clear on what this is but i recently read that a beer made with a 2 fermentation process is better. Could you explain it to me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this Kit is designed for two-step fermentation. We don't sell single stage kits. 2 stage fermentation process is where the beer is first fermented in one vessel (liike a food grade bucket/fermenter), and then transferred into another vessel (secondary fermenter, like a glass carboy) for clarification, and aging prior to bottling.
10/11/2004 – I want to make a batch of hard cider. Would this be a good kit? What yeast would you recommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this equipment kit will work nicely for cider.Any wine yeast will do, but we like the Wyeast Cider Yeast. Here is a link to that item
8/13/2004 – How does your system compare to other systems that i have seen such as "the beer machine"? There system is completely closed and no equipment is needed other then the machine itself. No boiling, no mess. How are they able to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They ignore the principles necessary to make good beer, and rely on slick marketing to sell their product. That is the real answer. Most people quickly find that these "gimmick" devices are not what they really want. They sell thousands at Xmas and Father's Day, and just as many are discarded shortly after.Problems with the "beer machine" . . .
7/9/2004 – I am thinking of getting back into homebrewing after a 2 year hiatus. I wanted to start kegging my beer. I'm not sure of the process though. I assume instead of racking to bottles that I just siphon to the keg and then pressure it with the CO2. is that about it?Also, does this process speed up the beer being ready to drink?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that's about the whole process. Very easy to do.Yes, your beer can be ready to drink overnight; instead of having to wait 7-10 for bottles to carbonate. Most people find kegging to be WAY more convenient as well (easier cleaning, dispensing etc).
7/8/2004 – Hi. Would you be able to provide me with shipping estimates for Japan?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our shipping costs are calculated automatically from your shopping cart. You can select the shipping time and cost that is right for you when you check out.
7/8/2004 – I was wondering how you go about cleaning this stuff, and any extra equipment/ingredients that are necessary.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wonder no more. As part of the Kit, we send a cleaner, "Super Grunger Remover" as well as Iodophor sanitizer. This should get you thru at least 4-5 batches. We sell them separately too, if you need them later.The kit also comes with a brush for the glass carboy, and a bottle brush for beer bottles.
7/6/2004 – I am eighteen and was wondering about homebrewing. If i make the beer in my parent's house even though they don't really own it, could this cause problems legally? Am i allowd to make beer even though i'm below legal drinking age?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We aren't lawyers, and don't pretend to be, but this is our understanding of the issues:1) We don't sell alcohol, only stuff that (could) make it. For that reason, it is not against the law for us to sell the equipment to minors. We try not to, unless the parents have no problem with it.2) If your parents don't mind your hobby, and it . . .
6/22/2004 – How bad will the beer smell while it is being made and during fermantation? I live in a small apartment with out much space to "hide" the fermentor.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not too bad, actually. Most of the aroma comes when actually cooking the beer. It can get "strong", but it is not unpleasant (at least to ME!). Some people love it, some don't. While fermenting, it does give off a little odor, but not as much. A small closet works well to hide it, and you shouldn't really notice an odor outside the door. . . .
6/21/2004 – 1) I was thinking of purchasing your complete kit and was wondering if I can use "twist off" beer bottles, if you supply the caps. Also, where would be a good place to go and find bottles if there are not liqor stores (just gov't run ABC stores)2) I have my own receipe and was wondering if you sell single ingrediants
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) We don't recommend using twist off bottles, and we don't sell the twist off caps. Sorry. They are just too thin/weak for the internal pressure of homebrew. Also, you would need a very expensive capper to put them on. Pry off bottles are better, and cappers are inexpensive.2) Absolutely. We sell most any ingredient you can think of! Malt . . .
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!
4/22/2004 – 1 - Is a thermometer included with this kit? 2 - How difficult is it to cool w/o a chiller?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. Yes, a floating thermometer is included.2. It is not difficult, but it does take some time. If you can put your pot into a sink full of cold water, this helps. It will still take at least an hour to bring the temperature down to 80 degrees F., or so.
4/7/2004 – i am thinking about ordering the deluxe brewing kit and i was wondering what is the best size stainless steel pot to go with?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you intend to stay with 5 gallon batches, a 6 to 8 gallon brewpot is a good way to go.We should tell you, tho, that some people find it so much fun that they step up to larger batches, like 10 gallons at a time. For that, the 12-15 gallon brewpot works very well. We even have customer using 50 gallon pots. These overachievers believe . . .
3/20/2004 – have searched your site, but I am unable to find individual items like fermenting buckets, airlocks and such. Even your basic equipment kit has more items than I want. Did I miss a link to equipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have a section for acessories like airlocks etc. Here is a link for that stuff:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=14Fermenters and carboys are found here:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=26 Hope this helps!
3/17/2004 – I was wondering if I could use an aluminum pot to cook the wort. I've seen that SS is preferable, does it really make a differance?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The easy answer is that you can. It's up to you, of course.Homebrewers have taken sides over this issue for years. We feel that stainless steel is the BEST material, however.Aluminum is light, transfers heat quickly and is inexpensive to buy. Drawbacks to aluminum brewpots are that it will "pit" over time, it doesn't clean as easily . . .
2/17/2004 – A few questions as I buy my starter kit:1) What is it that the fermenter does that the carboy doesn't, and vice versa.2) I see that some kits come with two fermenter buckets and no carboy. Could I use two carboys with the same success.3) What would be the purpose of having an extra carboy or fermenter bucket rather than just one of . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Really...nothing. They are both fermentation vessels. The plastic bucket is used as the primary fermenter, and the carboy is used as the secondary fermenter. This IS a two-stage fermentation kit. Two-stage kits like this allow the easy settling and removal of sediment, allowing you to enjoy clear, good tasting beer.The advantage of . . .
2/15/2004 – i'm planning on buying a brew kit in the next couple of weeks,my question is can i use twist off bottles that i have bought from the store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is best to use the "pry off" type bottles, that require an opener. The twist off bottles sometimes do not seal properly.Try buying some beer in the pry-off bottles for a while! Much better than buying/shipping bottles.
2/13/2004 – Ok i know you get this often, but i am just begining to look for a homebrew option. Your complete kit seems most reasonable for me and I know i will need some bottles, a large pot about 4-5 gallons and ingredients. My thoughts are how does the bottling process work? I have plenty of bottles around ( i don't know if there are differences between . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The kit includes a good bottle capping device which crimps the caps onto the bottle. You should use only bottles that are designed for internal pressure, like beer bottles. The "opener style" is best.
2/13/2004 – Do I have to get a brewpot, or can I just get a regular big 6 gal pot.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A regular pot will work just fine, altho stainless steel is best. Enameled steel will also work just fine.
2/12/2004 – I'm thinking about buying a home brew kit. do I need to purchase ingredients with this kit or do they come with it.also what size brew pot do i need to buy
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Equipment Kits are sold separately from the incgredients, but we do list some of them when you click on the "Options" button. Those are discounted when purchased WITH the Equipment Kits.
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