From Anonymous of Naches, Washington on 11/29/2012.
This is a fun kit but my daughter upgraded from the one I had ordered and I am glad. The one thing I need to change is the wine thief (very hard to get enough to get your readings unless you do it 5 or 6 times). It needs a bulb on the end to suck up the . . .
REALLY Good (and fun)
From Anonymous of Boise, Idaho on 10/16/2011.
Making wine is SUCH fun! Should have started doing it years ago. This kit gets you started in the right way, with quality equipment.
From Anonymous of Jacksonville, Arkansas on 10/14/2011.
Everything contained in the kit was as advertised, very useful and a huge help for the beginning brewer.
8/7/2013 – Please tell me all the ingredients I need to make wine. Is there a ready made mix I could use.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hi Gigi. Glad you found us. Gotta tell you that your question is a little vague. We're here to help, we just need a little more information. It's like someone who asks "all the ingredients to bake a cake, is there a ready made mix".... ? There are many ways to bake a cake, many different types of cake, and ways to go about it.SO, we . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
7/17/2010 – I have the Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit.I want to start making wine as well. What would I need to buy to start making wine? Do I have most of the equipment already because I have the Deluxe Brewing Equipment kit? Thx and your DBBW is great!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Very little really, if you go with our varietal (ingredient) kits. You may want to cork your bottle instead of capping them however, so some bottles, a corker and some corks are probably in oder.The varietal kits are are actually 6 gallons instead of 5 with the beer kits so an additional fermenter that can handle 6+ gallons and 6 gallon . . .
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
2/2/2008 – When fermenting wine, when do you transfer from primary(plastic) fermenter to a glass carboy? Could you ferment in one or the other, could you explain why this transfer is necessary? Thank You
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You typically transfer your wine after the vigorous part of the fermentation (primary fermentation) has ended, and the wine is starting to clear. It is a good way to do it.The purpose of transferring your wine into another fermenter (like a glass carboy) is to aid in clarifying it. A fair amount of sediment is produced in the fermentation . . .
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!
9/29/2007 – I am looking into wine making and have been looking at your kits. Both of your wine kits contain a primary (plastic) and secondary (glass) fermenter. Many of the fruit wine recipes I have found call for racking the wine about 3 times. For the purpose of racking, should I purchase a second glass carboy to rack into? Or should I rack into the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We understand. Yes, if you intend to reack your wine 3 times, it would be handy to have a 2nd carboy. Not all wines require this however.It can be done by racking to the primary, and then racking to the clean carboy, but it involves an extra step. I wouldn't POUR it, however, I would siphon the wine to avoid mixing with oxygen along . . .
8/11/2007 – is the item that i picked out all that my son will need to try and make wine?, also does it come with all of the information that he will need to make wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Generally, yes... This kit is complete, in that it has all the necessary EQUIPMENT to make wine (except for wine bottles) using our varietal wine kits (the ingredients, sold separately). That is what we recommend, at least for the first batch or two.
8/5/2007 – I have the Cab. Sauv. kit and the 6 gallon wine making kit. Since I have the Cabernet kit, I assume I will not need the nylon straining bag. Correct?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Correct. There are a few things that we put in there that you won't need when using the varietal wine kits, like you have. A straining bag is useful when making wine from berries etc., for instance. Simply follow the instructions inside the Cab Sauv Kit, and enjoy!
2/8/2007 – I have been using a 6 gallon carboy to make wine from wine kits. I have seen 6.5 gallon carboys and 5 gallon carboys as well as many smaller sizes. My question is when and why would you use a 5 gallon or a 6.5 gallon when most of the kits that are sold are for 6 gallon batches?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, those sizes are also available. I guess the answer is that many people make beer and wine differently than you do. Beer making is almost exclusively based on 5 gallon batches. This is due to lots of reasons, but the 5 gallon size works out well for kegging your beer. There are lots of 5 gallon cornelius kegs available. The 6.5 . . .
1/30/2007 – I bought your beer-brewing kit last year, and I noticed it is very similar to your winemaking kit. Could I simply buy the items from the winemaking kit that are not included in the beermaking kit, and then use it to make wine? Can the same equipment be used to make both wine and beer? Or do you have to have seperate equipment for each?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. No problem.Wine does typically take longer to make than beer, so often brewers get another carboy so that they can have both going at the same time. It wouldn't do to run out!
1/5/2007 – I have your 6 gallon kit with Vino del Vida Cabernet, but I have no yeast; what should I get? Also the supplied book suggests I get a Titret test kit. Should I add this as well?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The yeast for the Vino del Vida is inside the box (with the juice). No need to get any more.No need for a titret kit, either. That is for measuring the amount of SO2 in your wine. The SO2 in the kits is controlled by the manufacturer, and is supplied in pre-measured packets (again, inside the Vino del Vida box). Complete instructions . . .
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
10/15/2006 – Great siteI would like to purchase the wine making kit and try this new hobby. I have tried my own brew but had a problem getting air out of the glass bottle when trying to get the cork top in. It kept on pushing back out. Does your kit have a tool to eliminate this problem? How long will it take to get the kit to Cape Town in South . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have a very good corker that is included in the kit. Also a bottle filler, for filling to the correct level.Shipping to Cape Town should take 4-10 days by USPS Air Parcel Post, but that is expensive. We can also use USPS Surface Mail, but that take 4-6 weeks. The cost is much less for this option.
9/5/2006 – I am thinking of geting in to the wine game and using one of your peach wine bases. What is the alc. content and is there a way to make it higher? if I were to buy a kit such as Strawberry Reisling Mist witch isnt very strong what would I do to increase the alcohol content of that also?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The peach wine base recipe will make a wine of about 11% alcohol by volume. To make (most) any wine higher in alcohol, it is simply a matter of adding more sugar at the beginning of fermentation. You can overdo this, of course. Figure 1 lb of sugar will turn into about 1% alcohol in a 5 gallon batch.
6/8/2006 – I have your delux beer kit plus i added an additional 6 gal carboy and i have the ozygenation system. i want to make some wine for the wife. I do not drink wine, never found any i like. not sofisticated enough i guess so i know very little about wine. she likes a semi sweet blush white wine, with some fruity flavor to it. which of your . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: So many questions! It would be better to ask them individually, that way the answer can appear in the various categories, and others can benefit from them. Here goes, however...I'm sure she would like our Cellar Classic White Zinfandel Kit. Below is a link to that product.No, we don't have a champagne kit, per se, however you can make . . .
6/7/2006 – Can the fermenters and carboys be used for either beer making or wine making? If I want to do both, which kit should I be looking at?Trying to figure out the biggest bang for my buck!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Understood. It seems like we get less and less bang every day (for the buck). In this case, it helps that you can use much of the same equipment for both beer and wine(fermenter, carboy, airlocks, siphon, hydrometer & test jar etc etc.).For MY buck, I would get the Wine Making Equipment Kit and supplement it with a capper and some caps . . .
5/3/2006 – I have been brewing beer for a while and am ready to try making wine. I plan on starting with a red wine concentrate/juice kit but I don't know how the quality among kits varies. Although I assume all your kits would be excellent choices do some come with a lower concentrate level(more juice) than others? Are there other factors that seperate . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you have the idea. Some varietal wine kits contain less (or zero) concentrate than others, and more juice. More juice means a more delicate, aromatic wine as well as better quality in general. As you might expect, they cost more, and because of the added weight, they are more expensive to ship.In terms of quality, the best brands . . .
2/24/2006 – Would like to purchase equipment and juice to begin this interesting "hobby". I'm not sure of which or how much of each chemical or additive to purchase. I am considering the 6 gallon kit.Can you help me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you purchase the equipment kit, as well as the varietal wine kit, like Vino del Vida Shiraz (the juice, but it's more than that) you will have all the additives included. Just pick the type of wine you like to drink!
1/20/2006 – Is it illegal to make wine in Iowa, if not, is there a limit to how much you can make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not as far as the feds are concerned. You are allowed to make 100 gallons of wine per adult per household per year. We are certainly not Iowa attorneys, but I susupect Iowa follows along with the feds.
1/13/2006 – I would like to purchase a kit but do not need the corker. Could I omit it? Also could I choose the Strawberry Riesling Kit as well?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, just make note in the "Customer Comments" section when you go to check out. We'll take care of the details.
1/11/2006 – I am going to purchase the deluxe beer making kit. In the future I will probably also want to make wine. Would it be best to buy the whole wine kit or just the accessories like the corker and acid testing equipment? Is it okay to make the wine in the same equipment the beer is made in? And, is the price better to just buy the two kits seperate . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The equipment can be used for both. Yes, you can just add the wine accessories, like a corker, corks and acid test equipment.
9/4/2005 – It's been quite awhile since I made wine, but I still have some equipment such as a 2 lever corker, bottle filler and a few other things. Can you offer me one of your equipment kits minus a couple items that I don't need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we can do that. Just order the kit, and when you go to the "checkout", there is a "Customer Comments" section. Just make note of the items you don't need, and we will adjust your kit (and price) accordingly.
7/14/2005 – I am getting the winemaking kit for my brother. I know he will want to make wines from scratch eventually, but I wanted to get him something to start with. They like sweet wines, which would suggest for a nice real sweet wine, either red or white. Also any other suggestions for stuff for the first time wine maker?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Complete Wine Making Equipment Kit (6 Gallon) has all the hardware necessary to make some great wine...fermenters, corker, corks, siphon gear, test equipment etc. As far as sweet wine kits, I can recommend the ones shown below:These are the very top end of the kits. We also have some in the "mid" range, in the Vino del Vida line as . . .
3/27/2005 – Why is the Complete Wine Making 5 gallon equipment kit designed for the "serious winemaker"? Can I still use the Varietal Wine Kit with the 5 gallon kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Except for size, the 5 and the 6 gallon wine kits are the same. They are both designed for serious wine makers. We do recommend the 6 gallon model for use with the varietal wine kits, however. The 5 gallon madel CAN be used with the varietal kits, but your wine will end up somewhat stronger in alcohol (and body) if they are reduced to 5 gallons. . . .
3/26/2005 – How many quarts of raspberries are needed for each batch of wine? Can I use my own fruit to supplement our wine kits? Do you have Raspberry recipe you would share? We usually drink a white zin or similar wine and would like to brew this style of wine.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We offer a Raspberry White Zin KIT that you might enjoy. You could use your own fruit to supplement it as well. Down below is a link to that product.For fruit wines, you typically use 3-10 pounds of fruit per gallon of wine. This is just a "ballpark" number of course. You can use more or less for more/less fruit flavor.Here is a recipe:Raspberry . . .
1/14/2005 – I am planning on making wine. I was told it's best if I keep the wine at about 56 deg...same as my wine cooler, while it's fermenting or ? If that's the case, could you please tell me the height and diameter of the bucket/carboy....whichever would be used to store the wine under temp.Also, is the Vino del Vida Chardonnay a chardonnay . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as the temperature...not necessarily so! Red wine is typically fermented at warmer temperatures (70-85 deg F) or so, and whites are (typically) fermented at about room temperature. If you are after particularly fruity characteristics, you may want to go lower than room temperature, however. STORAGE and AGING of wines is another . . .
12/25/2004 – Is the kit comprised of the better/best quality components or is it priced with the lower cost components to be competative? Sorry to put you on the spot but a candid answer would be appreciated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No problem. We feel it is made up of the best quality components available at a cost that is attractive. There are a few things that you COULD spend more $$ on, but they are not things that will make better wine, just "convenience" sort of items. For example, a floor corker is certainly nice to use, but either the double lever type or . . .
12/14/2004 – Can Splenda be used to make wine ?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is not fermentable, if that's what you mean. Since it is not fermentable, it will not produce alcohol. It CAN be used as a sweetener for fermented wine, however.
11/29/2004 – I have the deluxe beer making equipment kit. What other equipment items will I need to work with your wine ingredient kit to make wine? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For the varietal wines, we'd recommend a corker, corks, and a good wine making book. The other items, like a nylon straining bag, acid test kit and campden tablets are used when making fruit wines, from fruits like berries, peaches etc. and are not really necessary when making for instance, a Vino del Vida Merlot.You will find that wines . . .
11/19/2004 – I've always wanted to start making wine as a hobby. First I wanted to grow my own grapes but I have searched the internet over and cannot find anywhere that sells Reisling plants to get started. Any suggestions or web sites would be greatly appreciated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, sorry, we have no source for grape vines. I would suggest making wine from kits as a good way to get started, however!
9/22/2004 – My neighbor and I have decided we are going to attempt to make our own homemade wine. We both enjoy red wine. Will you please recommend which wine we should try to make first and which wine making kit we should purchase to begin.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of the varietal wine kits are made in the same way, so if you like to drink Merlot, for instance, make Merlot! Using these varietal kits is a great way to get started. All of them are easy, so just pick one in your price range.We recommend using the 6 gallon Complete Winemaking Kit with the varietal wine kits.
9/15/2004 – I have the Wine Making Equipment Kit and so far everything was pretty simple, but one thing got me a bit stumped: I can't figure out how the mechanics on the bottle filler are working and it's the only piece that does not seem to come with a description. Where can I find some how-to-guide or something so I don't hook it up backwards and screw . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The bottle filler gets attached to the end of your siphon hose. It just slips into the hose. The spring-load end goes into the bottle. When you start a siphon, the flow of the wine starts when you push it down onto the bottom of the bottle, and the flow stops when you lift it up. You can go from one bottle to the next quickly and easily this . . .
8/24/2004 – I have 2 big pear trees. can I make pear wine with this kit? Do you know a recipe?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this equpment kit is a good choice. A recipe is shown below:Pear WineAdapted from 'Winemaking' by Stanley F. and Dorothy Anderson ------------------------------------------------------------Ingredients for 23 litres (6 U.S. Gallons)1 level tsp sulphite crystals dissolved in 1 litre of water--to be sprinkled over the pears . . .
8/23/2004 – I am interested in starting out with the "ballon" type wine then graduating to the kit of yours. Can you tell me how to make this type?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is a recipe that dates back to (at least) 1967, but I don't encourage people to make wine in that way. At that ime, home wine making supplies were unheard of, and you had to "make do" with what you had in the kitchen.It's so easy to make GOOD wine now, that there is no need to do it in that way. Using a ballon as an airlock, and . . .
8/22/2004 – I have some muskadine vines. Can I make muskadine wine with your kit? What kind of yeast do I need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can make muscadine wine with this kit, it just takes some old fashioned squeezing thru the nylon straining bag. I would recommend Montrachet wine yeast.
8/20/2004 – What is the diameter of the siphoning hose?Love your web-site.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is 5/16" inside diameter.Thanks!
8/6/2004 – I do not see yeast in your "complete wine making kit"? Do you buy this separately or am I misreading something?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Correct. Yeast is not included.This Kit is intended to be an "equipment kit" or in other words, all the hardware necessary to make wine. Many people do not need yeast, for example, they are buying a Varietal Wine Kit (which includes yeast). For those who are not, many people like to select the individual ingredients like the type of . . .
8/6/2004 – I have a quick question. I made used 5 gallons of water for the wine kit mixture. I'm wonder will this mess up my wine or have any negative affect to it? My charboy is actually a 6 gallon so would I be better off to add an additional gallon to the wine now (since it's only be about a day now) or should I just keep it as is and have the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's not clear from your question what you actually have fermenting, and I couldn't find your name in our database to determine what it is. IF it is one of our Varietal Wine Kits, then yes, it would be better to add sufficient water to make 6 gallons total. If it is something else, well, it depends on the recipe. IF its for 5 gallons total . . .
6/21/2004 – I am getting married in December and my fiance' and i thought homemade wine would make great favors. I have never made wine before but would like to crush my own grapes if at all possible. Is it advisable for a first time wine maker to use fresh juice instead of concentrate and if so is 6 months enough time to brew 12 gallons of wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations! I've heard of homemade wine used in this way, and it worked out well. Using your own grapes takes more equipment and more time to make, so for this batch I would recommend making it from a varietal kit. It assures that you have a great wine, and gets you started in the right way. Later on, if you like, you can step up . . .
6/10/2004 – HBH,I am wanting to make wine from plums in our orchard. We have a couple of hundred pounds of plums.My questions are(1) Are your kits suitable for this, if so which kit do you suggest. Why?(2) Is there special information (websites)I can find on how to process this fresh fruit into wine.(3) Where can I find recipes for fresh . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, our Complete Wine Equipment Kits are ideal for that kind of wine making. You can't do all of them at once, of course, so if you can freeze some of the plums, you can make wine at your convenience. It would get the 6 gallon kit, and maybe an extra carboy (or 2) to keep up.Here is an excellent recipe for plum wine:Plum WineAdapted . . .
6/8/2004 – I have an almost unlimited supply of wild mustang grapes that will be ready in about 3 weeks. Can I get started making wine with just your kit? Is there a receipe? I only want to make a few bottles this first time.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this kit is vary capable of doing the job!Here is a link to an excellent resource, with recipes for mustang grapes:http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/mustang.asp
6/4/2004 – I would like to start making meade. If I purchased the starter kit does that include everything I would need? Also, is there directions in the book?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is a good equipment kit for making mead. It has everything you need as far as hardware (except bottles). You would also need the ingredients, of course. Our Nectar of the Gods mead kit is a good way to go for that.
5/22/2004 – I'm a beginner. I'd like to make red zin. What is the total package I need to start?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will need some equipment, of course, and some ingredients. To make it easy, we have a kit for each. We have other varietals, of course if you want to try them, as well.
5/17/2004 – I'm debating between the 6 gal and 5 gal wine making equipment kits. Is the only difference the size of the container. I'd rather use the 5 gal so that there is a greater alcohol content in the wine I make. Is there any other difference in the items that are included.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, that is the only difference...the size of the fermenters. If you like a higher alcohol content (with our varietal wine kits), it's a good way to go.
3/31/2004 – I am already brewing beer and have a complete setup, which includes a 5 gallon carboy and 6 1/2 gallon primary fermenter. Aside from a 6 gallon carboy and corker, what else would I need to start making wine. I assume the hydrometer, racking and filling tubes, hoses, etc are all the same?Also, how long does it take from start to finish . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Correct. They are all the same. You should probably get some corks, as well.Using the varietal wine kits, some are ready in as little as 30 days (white wines, mostly). The high end kits take more like 60 days. Red wines are drinkable at that point, but will benefit from some aging beyond that. They will continue to improve for some time . . .
3/21/2004 – do i need to buy a whole new kit every time i want to make wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not the equipment, no. That is a one-time purchase. You will only need the ingredients.If you like red wines, go here:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=65 If you like whites, go here:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=64 If you like fruit wines, go here:http://www.nexternal.com . . .
3/4/2004 – OK, now what? If I buy the complete kit what else do I need to start making great wine? I don't want to wait to get the kit and have to read the book and then find I have to order other things and then have to wait. Tell me all the things I should order now so when it all comes I can pick up your book and read and make. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Complete Wine Equipment Kit (6 Gallon) is really quite complete...just select a type of wine (ingredients) that you like to go with it (from Varietal Wine Kits, either red or white as you prefer). Yes, there is a book included, but many people just charge ahead using the instruction sheet supplied with the ingredients. They are really . . .
1/21/2004 – To HBH... I don't have a question for you for I am writing to say thank you for all your support, prompt service, education, enlightening humor, quality products and excellent web page. I have purchased my entire home brewery including extras, and a complete wine making system from HBH and could not be more satisfied! Shipping is prompt . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wow, Aaron. We're blushing! I will be sure to post your kind words for the staff to see.It's true, we enjoy what we do, and we enjoy hearing back from customers. Quite often we don't, and it's good to hear that we are doing something right.Enjoy your new setup, and happy brewing to you!Ralph
1/18/2004 – What actualy comes in the fruit wine kits? It says shipping is 19 lb, is it a full winemaking kit with carboy and all the tools needed? The description of the products just say what type of wine they make and how it will taste, but not exactly what is included in the package. Im particularly interested in the Green Apple wine kit.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It contains the juice (concentrate), sweetening and flavoring pack, yeast, clarifiers and stabilizers, and complete instructions to make that particular fruit wine, in other words, the ingredients. It does not include the hardware to do make it, like carboys etc.We recommend the Complete Wine Equipment Kit (6 gallon) for these wines. Here . . .
1/9/2004 – I wish to purchase this Strawberry Reisling Mist kit. What equipment will I require and all additives included?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All the additives (yeast, clarifiers etc) are included in the Strawberry Mist Kit. As far as ingredients, all you will need is water. As far as equipment, we recommend the 6 Gallon Wine Equipment Kit. Here is a link to that item:
1/8/2004 – Hello,I have a few questions. First,the Oak chips I added them in my primary fermentation. The problem is that they did not all settle to the bottom of the container.Some were floating. What do I do here? Second question is my wine is now in the glass carboy shortly I will be stabilizing the wine with the neccessary additives. Following this . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just try to avoid picking up any oak floating oak chips when you siphon. Using a racking cane, if should be easy enough. Normally, the wine is started in the primary fermentation bucket, and then transferred to the carboy toward the end of the process. You can go ahead and transfer to the bucket, and then back to the (cleaned out) carboy . . .
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.
12/19/2003 – A friend of mine who used to homebrew wine and beer in the 1970s told me the the B.A.T.F. (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) limits you to brewing something like 5 gallons per year for personal use. (It may have been more than that, it was a long time ago when he told me this and I forgot the fine details) He also said if you brew . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Either your friend's memory ain't so good, or the story has evolved over the years.Since the Carter administration, you are allowed to make 100 gallons of beer and another 100 gallons of wine per year, per adult without violating any sort of federal law (in the U.S). That's a LOT. If you can consume that much, you're doing better than . . .
12/13/2003 – Can you put the wine into beer bottles?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that is perfectly acceptable...it just doesn't LOOK as nice.
12/8/2003 – If I purchase a winemaking kit, does that include bottles and everything that I would need? If not, what else do I need to purchase. This would be a gift.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Wine Making Equipment Kits contain all the hardware necessary (fermenters, corker, siphon equipment, test equipment etc) except for wine bottles. Often, people save and re-use the bottles, and they won't be needed for about 30 days in any case. We sell them if you need them.The ingredients, like the varietal wine kits, contain all . . .
11/27/2003 – i have access to lots of kiwi and would like to know the proper process to make wine from them. which of you products would be best to use. the cost of your product to produce a sweet wine. i have 8 acres of kiwi. i would like to experiment on diffent ways to make it. when i find which i like best to make it in large amounts.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This equipment kit (or the Complete Wine Making Equipment Kit - 6 Gallon) would be ideal for refining your process. To make multiple batches, just as as many 6 gallon glass carboys as necessary. When you go commercial, we can help with that as well.Kiwi wine is something I would love to try! Maybe you can send us a bottle! See below for . . .
11/26/2003 – I come from a long line of Italian wine makers, unfortunatly the last of the breed, my grandfather, died several years ago before I could grasp the technique. I have barrels (huge), a press and bottles - but that is it. My father and I would like to make some wine in the old tradition but feel it may be a good start to use a kit first. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Your father is right. It would be wise to make some wine using kits first. You will gain in experience AND make some excellent wine!Yes, your barrels and bottles can be used in the process, but the kits are intended to make 6 gallons, or about 30 bottles each. I would suggest making a batch (or several, actually) with our equipment kit . . .
11/4/2003 – I want to start making wine, but I am diabetic, can I use Splenda or some other sugar substitute.......I am planing on getting one of your complete kits, so will a sugar sub work with those also...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I am certainly no expert in diabetes, so I will tell you what I know about wine and sugar:"Dry" wines, whether homemade or commerical contain very low sugar...perhaps 0.5% residual. This is because the process of fermentation converts the fruit sugars into alcohol. True, some sweet wines contain much more residual sugar. I don't know how . . .
11/1/2003 – I am interested in getting my boyfriend a wine-making kit for Christmas. Can you tell me exactly what I would need to purchase in the way of wine kits and equipment kits? I am unclear as to exactly what he would need to get started. I am interested in the 6 gallon size.Thank you-Stacy
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is pretty much it! It contains the necessary hardware.You may want to consider getting a Varietal Wine Kit (the ingredients) as well, so he can get started right away.About the only thing we don't include in the Equipment Kit is bottles. We have them, but they are easy to obtain by saving your empties, or by other means (locally). . . .
11/1/2003 – i want to make wine but don't know the first thing about how. i looked at your wine making kits and don't see any boiling apparatus. isn't wine making similar to beer making where a wort is boiled to eliminate contamination. my basic question is, along with the kit you advertise, what else do i need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine is different from beer in that it does NOT need to be boiled. Wine develops sufficient alcohol to protect it from bacteria. Also, boiling would prevent it from clearing properly.To answer your question, about the only other thing you need is the ingredients (a Varietal Wine Kit is a good way to go!) and some bottles. Bottles are easily . . .
10/6/2003 – My husband and I are interested in purchasing a wine making kit. We have all sorts of wild fruit and would like to process them into wines.Please tell me about your wine kits AND what other items we need to order to go with it, so we can submit a complete order and get it al at once.Thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Equipment Kit is designed to have all the hardware necessary to make wine. It does not include bottles, yeast, or any ingredients that may be necessary. Typically, a recipe will call for wine yeast, acid blend, tannin, yeast nutrient, and potassium sorbate...depending on the type of fruit involved, and the recipe you are following.
9/24/2003 – How will I know which equipment to purchase and can I do it now when ordering my wine kits?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For these kits, like the Cellar Classic series, we recommend the 6 Gallon Complete Wine Equipment Kit. It is shown in the category above in the "Winemaking Equipment Kits" category. Just add what you need to your "shopping cart" and proceed to checkout. Very easy.
8/18/2003 – I have just picked several pounds of wild elderberrys what is the best way to store them until I purchase a wine making kit, can I freeze them? should I blanch them first. or can I just vacum pack them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! Freeze them. This actually helps to break down the fruit in preparation for squeezing etc. I would just wash/dry and freeze in a plastic bag. The campden tablets (part of the kit) will take care of any unwanted bacteria and yeasts prior to fermentation.
8/13/2003 – Are blackberry's good for making wine and what types?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Heck YES! When blackberries are ripe, we get a SWARM of people in to make wine. There are lots of recipes available, including one in the book (included in the kit). Just plain blackberry wine is very good. One of my favorites is a blackberry/pinot noir blend. Very popular!
8/11/2003 – IF I WANT TO MAKE WHITE ZINFANDEL LIKE SUTTER HOME WHAT KIT WOULD I USE? I WILL BE ORDERING A STARTER KIT SOON AND HOPE TO BUILD FROM THERE, I WILL BE USING YOUR COMPANY. COULD YOU FILL ME IN BEFORE I GET STARTED?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No problem! I would go with the VDV White Zinfandel. Very good indeed.
8/1/2003 – I have a supply of fresh concord grapes that I would like to make into wine. I am planning on the 5 gallon kit, but what I'm not sure of is how I should "juice" the grapes, what I should add, and what type of yeast I should use.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, that depends on the quantity of wine you want to make, mostly. For a 5 gallon batch, you can easily use the nylon staining bag (included in the kit) and just "hand squeeze" the juice. Other prefer to dump the grapes into a tub, or large cooler, and "stomp" them by foot, the old fashioned way. If you were making a LARGE quantity of wine . . .
7/26/2003 – I have an unlimited supply of fresh Maine blueberries and would like to experiment with, producing an initial 25-50 bottles of wine to see if it's something I would like to do on a regular basis. Please recommend a kit for my needs; I don't want something that is woefully inadequate for my needs if I decide to, down the road, quadruple my . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This kit (Complete Wine Equpment Kit), or the similar 6 Gallon Equipment Kit would be a good way to get started. This will produce 25-30 bottles of wine, and if your needs quadruple, simply buy a few more glass carboys and/or plastic fermenters to increase your capacity. This is how most winemakers do it.Yes, this Kit is adaptable to about . . .
7/17/2003 – I would like to get started with Winemaking as a new hobby but really want to go to a bigger set up to start, I copied the phone number that you gave in a previous answer to upgrade to a larger system. My question is this who would be the best person to to talk to and what is the best ime to get get you on the phone I live on the west Coast. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We are on the west coast too. It would be best to talk with Don Roberts, Kyle Roberts or Jason Windom about a larger system. You should be able to reach one of them from about 10am to 6pm (or so).You leave about 2-2.5" inches in the top of each bottle. Actually, this is taken care of automatically by our bottle filler. You simply fill . . .
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