From Anonymous of fort Wainwright , Alaska on 3/21/2015.
Great product! Coyldnt be more pleased
From Trey of APO, Armed Forces Europe/Middle East/Canada on 3/2/2015.
Bought this from Homebrew Heaven since they were one of the only places that ships to APO and were highly recommended. This kit literally has everything you need to start brewing amazing beer! Everything is high quality and I . . .
From Clay Lucas of Ocracoke, North Carolina on 4/6/2014.
Great kit to get started brewing. Everything arrived in good order. Make sure you get a brewpot as well. The book that came with the kit is great.
These guys are awesome!
From Richard Chesher of salem, Oregon on 1/6/2014.
The people that work here go out of their way to make sure your brewing experience is a great one! If something isn't right they will make it right. I am glad I have found these guys! :)
From Anonymous of Hesston, Kansas on 12/31/2012.
My kit arrived with a broken fermenter bucket and a replacement was cheerfully sent within 6 days. This is a very good company to deal with!
4/13/2014 – I am a friend of Bruce Low's. I am wanting to get started brewing my own Wheat Beer. I am looking at your Deluxe Brew Kit that has a choice between an indoor or ourdoor Wort Chiller. I have no clue what one of those is. Can you please elaborate?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A wort chiller is a device that is used to cool off your boiled beer (called wort) quickly, so that you can add the yeast and begin fermentation. Simply, it is a heat exchanger. To use, you place it in you brew kettle near the end of the boil. When you turn off the heat, you start running cold water thru it. That pulls the heat out in . . .
1/2/2014 – I want to get started brewing my own beer. My question is can I brew the wort in my previously used turkey fryer as long as I sanitize the pot?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You didn't mention what your turkey fryer is made of. Often they are aluminum. Homebrewers have taken sides over this (aluminum vs stainless steel) 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 . . .
1/1/2014 – I'm finally getting started with brewing, and I'm looking at getting this ingredient kit (Wizard's Wheat), a brewpot, and the deluxe brewing equipment kit. I have enough bottles and caps.What else would I need to make beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not much...some water, and a way to heat (boil) that beer comes to mind. Do you have a HOT cooker? Some kitchen stoves are pretty wimpy. If you are going to be brewing regularly you might want to invest in an outdoor (propane) cooker. They speed up the process considerably and allow you to take the everything outside. Wives like that... . . .
5/16/2013 – What is the savings if any at all by buying the Deluxe Brew Kit vs. buying everything seperate?Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It works out to a little over 10% savings when you buy the kit.
12/15/2012 – I'm looking to buy your Deluxe kit for my son for Christmas, and he'll need a brewpot. What's the advantage to having a spigot? I don't want to buy him junk, and none of us has ever brewed our own beer before. Aside from the brewpot and bottles, what else would he need to get started?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our Equipment Kits are really quite complete. As you say, a large brewpot is necessay, as well as bottles. A spigot in the brewpot is a "convenience" type of product. It just make the job easier than lifting up a hot, heavy brewpot. A 5 gallon batch of beer weighs more than 40 lbs. Just opening a drain valve (spigot) makes the job easier . . .
11/19/2012 – I'm considering buying your deluxe brew kit. I'll need to buy a large brewpot as well, perhaps 8 gallon. My question is how do I get the liquid separated from the grain before I can use the wort chiller?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Many recipes (like our Ingredient Kits) use a relatively small amount of specialty grains. They are typically put into a grain bag (muslin cloth) and steeped prior to the boil. You simply remove the grains/bag when the water heats up to 170 deg F. Easy.
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 . . .
3/7/2011 – My siphon hose doesn't seem to fit the Racking Cane or Bottle Filler. I just purchased the Delux Kit.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a tight fit, but that's the idea. If it was loose, it would leak some air thru it. Just force it on, and you're good to go!
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
1/26/2010 – whats the difference and advantages vs. disadvantages between indoor & outdoor wort coolers?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The indoor chiller is designed to screw into your kitchen faucet, and to drain down the sink. The outdoor model is designed to work with two garden hoses. Otherwise, there is no difference. They both do the same job. It´s just a matter of where you prefer to brew.
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. . . .
11/27/2009 – Hi, I'm new to home brewing, and I'm interested in purchasing the Deluxe kit. There are stovetops and brew pots mentioned several times in the list of questions. I don't see anything in the kit that could be heated on stove top. Do I need to buy a brew pot separately?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you'll need a pot to cook your beer in. We have those too if you need one (sold separately).
11/15/2009 – I wanted to get started brewing as a hobby, but since I am still in college time is crucial. Once a batch has begun how much attention does it need before I can leave it by itself?I live in a relatively small 3-room apartment, where size and space matters. How much room does your appliance take up?Are there any additional items I will . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The yeast cells know what to do once they are added. Very little attenion is necessary, but you'll find it fascinating...everyone does.It's a small assembly of equipment (not an appliance per se) that can into a box about 14"x16"x24" when packed, but usually people scatter some of it onto a shelf, a closet or whatever is available. . . .
10/14/2009 – Hey, I've been reading the quesions and a good book to get educated before I get a brewing kit. You guys have a really nice setup, nice site. I will probably want to brew an unfiltered wheat beer first. What is the process for keeping the yeast and wheat? If you actually keep both.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank you!The process for making an unfiltered wheat beer is no diferent than any other beer. The wheat in the Wizard's Wheat kit has proteins that don't settle out completely. Some special yeasts llike Wyeast 3068 will accentuate the cloudiness a litle more if that is what you like.
9/12/2009 – If I was to order this Deluxe Kit, how long from the time I start, until I am drinking my first home brew (scottish ale)? What do you recommend getting in addition to this kit, to brew maybe 3 different beers at once, or is that an option with 1 kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A reasonable estimate for that is 3 to 4 weeks from cooking to drinking.In order to brew 3 beers simultaneously, you would need more equipment, primarily fermenters and airlocks/stoppers. A good way to this at a reasonable cost is to start a new batch about every 10 days. As the first batch comes out of the primary fermenter (it gets transferred . . .
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...
8/10/2008 – I was looking to purchase the Deluxe brew kit and noticed it comes with one carboy, a plastic bucket and Joy of Home Brewing book. I have the book and was wondering if I could remove the plastic bucket and the book and replace it with another glass carboy?Let me know and I'm ready to order!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. The best way is to just tell us this in the "Customer Comments" section on the website when you checkout. We will make the substitution(s) and adjust the price accordingly. No worries. We do similar "switches" all the time! Just let us know what SIZE carboy you want.
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 . . .
5/13/2008 – I am a big fan of English style, cask conditioned ales like I used to get in Cambridge eg. Green King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, London Pride ESB. They are just not the same in bottles like I get here in the U.S.Can I brew this style with your Deluxe kit?Thanks very much.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Cask-conditioned beer is the term for unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask, usually without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. Cask ale may also be referred to as real ale, a term coined by the Campaign for Real Ale, often now extended to cover bottle-conditioned . . .
5/11/2008 – i am getting the deluxe kit and it comes with a beer thief. i was thinking about buying a bottle filler. are these two things the same?, can one be used as the other? Thank you this Q&A is the most helpful thing for a beginner
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With the DeLuxe Kit, you get both. No need to buy anything else. They are quite different things, and used differently. The Thief is used to withdraw samples of your beer for testing purposes, and to float your hydrometer in it. The Bottle Filler is attached to the end of your siphon hose, and is used to start/stop the flow into . . .
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 . . .
2/28/2008 – I am new to homebrewing. Ideally, I would like to build up to having a kegerator for the beer, but would need to start with a bottling system and build up to it. Is it possible to start with the deluxe system, then later purchase just the upgrades to move to a kegging system?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely.
2/28/2008 – I'm a beginner looking at your deluxe kit and wondered if i could get the kit without the capper and caps and get self capping bottles instead?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, no problem.Just tell us what you want in the "Customer Comments" section at checkout, and we will adjust prices and such for you. We do it all the time.
2/23/2008 – My girlfriend got me the deluxe settup and belgian ale kit for my birthday. I just brewed it the other day and it was a lot of fun. However, I made a big beginner mistake. I forgot to add the Belgian candi sugar to the boil! It's already bubbling in the primary fermenter. Is there anything I can do to salvage the batch? I have three . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would simply add the candi sugar to enough water to dissolve it, and go ahead and add it all to the primary fermenter now. No need to boil.DEFINATELY NOT 3! That would cause exploding bottles.
1/29/2008 – Not really a question more like a bit of praise. The Deluxe Brewing Kit is a great kit, the wife and I will be picking one up as soon as finances allow. I am NOT a professional home brewer and do not claim to be, however I do have a bit of brewing experience and can tell you firsthand that the deluxe kit is the way to go. If you purchase one . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks for your input, John. We take pride in offering a very complete, ready-to-brew setup. We do offer a "lesser" kit for those that just want to try brewing, to see if it's for them. I agree with your comments. Many people who start off small end up upgrading after a while.
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!
11/24/2007 – 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!
7/31/2007 – I have bought the deluxe beer making kit and now want to try to make your wine. What will I need to buy, I already have the 6 gal glass carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not much, actually. I would recommend starting out by making wine using our varietal wine kits for the ingredients. A good way to make great wine easily. You can always make wine from berries, tree fruit and fresh grapes later on when you have a little experience.As far as equipment, all you will really need is some wine bottles (easy . . .
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.
5/31/2007 – I was checking about this mead kit, and was wondering if the deluxe beer kit has everything needed for the process.Also, this question is out of place, but I'm not sure how much iodine sanitizer to add per each gallon of water. I've made two batched of beer that have both turned out, but i'm not sure if i'm using too much or too little . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit has everything necessary to make mead, BUT mead is traditionally more like a wine. You may want to bottle it in wine bottles, and use a corker and corks for that purpose. I would suggest adding a double lever corker.As far as the iodophor sanitizer, it takes very little to do the job. If there is a . . .
4/10/2007 – Deluxe Brewing and a Keg System. Do I need or just want to have the Oxygenation System Kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is a difference? Just kidding...We like the oxygenation system, but it is not essential for brewing or kegging. I would consider it only if you find that your beers have higher ending gravities (or sweetness) than you like. Most brewers do not use it. They simply aerate their wort as best they can by splashing, stirring etc.Another . . .
4/8/2007 – I am planning on buying the deluxe kit this summer and am extremely excited to start brewing my own beer. I understand being a novice beer brewer it is probably best to stick to the accredited recipes, but eventually I want to create my own recipe, a beer to call my own. My question is what would you say is the best way to learn which ingredients . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, I would agree that it is best to start with recipes that are known to produce a great beer, like our line of Ingredient Kits. Creating your own beer IS a lot of fun too, and we always encourage brewers to do that. With our kits, everything is clearly labeled, and instructions walk you thru everything. It is helpful to get a good brewing . . .
1/22/2007 – I recently purchased the Deluxe Homebrewing Kit and I am on my way to produce some of your very good basic beer. Since I have the kegging system also, I was wondering if I needed to add the priming sugar in the end to give the beer its carbonation? Or will the co2 in the keg be enough to carbonate it. Love the site by the way.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do it either way, by adding corn sugar and waiting for (re)fermentation to produce the carbonation OR to force carbonate your beer. Force carbonation leaves no sediment and it can occur overnight. Most people prefer doing it this way.To force carbonate, put your beer in the keg and seal it up. If it is cold, it carbonates easier. . . .
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
9/30/2006 – Hello, I got stationed in AK and with the price of beer up here how can I afford not to buy your kit? However I am new to the home brew world am looking at getting the deluxe kit. I have so many questions! Would it be ok if I used a stainless steel 30 quart stock pot to brew in? I have a new one laying around along with a propane burner. Also . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absoultely. Stainless is perfect. 30 quart is a nice size, too.Extras? Well, we consider our Deluxe Equipment Kit to be...complete. Later on, if you want to start kegging your beer, you might consider a keg setup instead of bottling. Some people think an autosiphon is a nice tool...For advice, I would say just watch our video (included . . .
9/26/2006 – I am new to the whole home beer brewing thing, and saw that your website had excellent reviews and was much less expensive than all your competitors. I am going to buy your deluxe brewing kit and wanted to start off making wheat beer, and was wondering if I needed any additional equipment, or any that would make the whole job easier. Thanks. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We think our kits are quite complete. The only other items you will need, are fairly easy to find. 1) A pot to cook it in At least 4-5 gallons in size. 7-8 is better. Stainless steel is the best material, but enamel is ok too. We sell them, of course, if you need one.2) Bottles. Re-cappable beer bottles are best. They are easy to find . . .
9/23/2006 – I recently purchased the deluxe brewing kit and am very pleased with it so far. I am brewing my first batch and was wondering if I should be concerned with a lack of bubbling in the secondary fermenter? It has been several days without any bubbling. Thanks for your time and help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not a concern. That is what you WANT to happen. That means there is little malt left to be consumed by the yeast. In other words, it is near to being finished. You will probably notice some settling of stuff in the bottom of the carboy, and noticable clearing of your beer as well. All this is happy stuff! In a few days, try checking your specific . . .
9/22/2006 – I'm completely new to this game. I was looking into the Deluxe Brew Kit. I live in Montana and the temperatures get super cold and very hot. What is the best temp. range for brewing? Also, with this kit what would be the best sized boiling pot to get?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For ales, the "best" temperature range is about 59-78 deg F. You can go higher or lower, but that is normal. For lagers, well, they like it cooler. Say 40-58 deg F or so.The best size boiling pot depends on how much beer you drink! A "normal" batch is 5 gallons, so an 8 gallon brew kettle gallon makes a lot of sense. That gives you room . . .
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.
7/10/2006 – I am wanting to start homebrewing and wanted to know what all I would need and what you recommened from your store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit is an excellent way to jump in! The only other things you need are a pot to cook it in (4 gallon minimum, but bigger is better), some bottles (easy to save/obtain) and water. As far as hardware, that's about it.Just pick the ingredient kits to go with it. They are all made very much the same way, so pick . . .
6/12/2006 – I am going to buy the deluxe brew kit. I also want to buy the auto siphon and bottle filler. Would i still need the racking cane if i used these items?? i also wanted to add a plastic spigot. Would this also eliminate any other equipment since it says that it eliminates the need for siphoning??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit already includes a bottle filler. No need to purchase that. Yes, you would still need a racking cane, which is included in the Kit.If you add a spigot to your plastic primary fermenter, it eliminates the need to siphon from the fermenter, BUT it does not eliminate the need to siphon from the glass carboy. . . .
5/29/2006 – How many bottles caps come in the deluxe brewing kit? Do you know of any good places to get bottles? Thanks for all the help and info on your site.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You get about 100 or so bottle caps in the kit (about 1/2 lb). This is enough for about 2 batches.Recycling centers, taverns, and even restauants (especially the ethic ones) are a good source for bottles. Often, if you ask for them, they will put them aside for you.We also offer new bottles. IF all else fails, start drinking some . . .
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!
5/21/2006 – I was looking into buying the deluxe kit. Besides an ingredients kit what else would i need to purchase in order 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.You will also need a large pot to cook the ingredients in. Many people have one already, but again, we have brewpots if you need one.
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 – 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.
12/27/2005 – Hi......I am looking at buying your Deluxe Kit......however where i plan to brew is a basement without heating.......and sometimes we can get near 30 degrees here during the winter........can i brew lagers in this situation or do i need to find a different place?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 32 degrees is freezing. You need to do better than that. Lagers will do jbetter at those temps, but not ales. Lagers will take longer, but will be very good quality. You can also get a brew heat pad that will raise the temperature by about 10-15 degrees. That might be the best solution. We have them.
11/25/2005 – I am interested in the Deluxe Brewing Equipment kit with indoor wort chiller but I already have a 5 gal glass carboy. Would you sell me the this kit w/o the carboy and discount the kit and freight for this subtraction?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. Not a problem.At checkout, there is a "Customer Comments" section. Just make note of this, and we'll make it happen!
10/25/2005 – I would like to buy my husband a starter kit for home brewing. I've been looking online for a while now and every kit is a little different. I want to get him the best and necessary items to begin brewing. What are these items? Which kit is the best for us? We have never brewed before.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For my money, this is it (the Deluxe Brewing Kit). With this kit, get an ingredient kit (of the type of beer he likes) and you've got it!
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 . . .
6/23/2005 – I'm definitely planning on picking up the Deluxe brew kit - but i'm undecided as to the kegging system. I know that kegging beers is so much easier than bottling in so many ways, but will the beer be missing anything (good or bad) by skipping the bottle fermentation and force carbonating? I wouldn't want the beer to suffer just so I could . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not in my opinion. CO2 is CO2, regardless of how it got there, and I have never been able to tell the difference.I have never seen anyone go BACK to bottling after they tried kegging. On occasion, brewers will bottle a few beers FROM their keg, just to take to a party, but that's about it.
6/21/2005 – this is a great site and i looking forward to getting all my purchases from here. i read some of the other questions and i just wanted to now the other small items i would need to persue in all grain brewing, besides the brew pot and false bottom.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You don't say what you already have...so I will assume nothing. The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit has all the hardware for fermenting, siphoning, testing, bottle capping etc. For all-grain brewing you will need a large brewpot, a false bottom/spigot arrangement for mashing the grains, and another brewpot to collect the sweet wort at . . .
6/8/2005 – Does the Delux brewing kit include everything that I need to brew beer indoors? If not, what else do I need to get?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit is an excellent way to jump in! The only other things you need are a pot to cook it in (4 gallon minimum), some bottles (easy to save/obtain) and water. As far as hardware, that's about it.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 . . .
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 . . .
5/16/2005 – I was thinking about ordering your delux kit and was reading through the Q&A's. My only question is.. Why do so many people want to emulate horrible beer like Coors and Budweiser? Why do they even want to brew beer? They definately don't enjoy the taste... =)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I've often wondered that myself. Having traveled around a bit, I've noticed that in many parts of the country that's all they have! No micros to speak of, no variety. Just industrial beers. Given this, I guess that drinking a tasteless mega swill is better than drinking no beer at all. That is what they become used to, and eventually enjoy. . . .
4/21/2005 – I am planning on buying the deluxe kit this weekend, but I notice you are out of stock on the Oxygenation System Kit. Is there something else that I can get this weekend that will do the same thing without breaking the bank?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. There are lots of ways to get oxygen into your cooled wort. Simply shaking and splashing will help. The Fermentap Spray Aereator is another very basic tool that you siphon thru, and it creates a "fan", helping it to absorb oxygen from the air (link below).
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.
3/24/2005 – I'm about to order the deluxe kit but had a quick question before I did . . . the location in the house where I plan to do the fermenting is about 58 degrees or so. I plan on doing almost exclusively ales, and I know that's dancing pretty close to the lower end of where those yeasts are happy. So (finally) the question -- are there any real . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would invest in the Brew Heater Pad. That is all you will need. No need switch to a carboy for heating purposes. The plastic primary can handle it just fine. You CAN ferment ales at that temperature, but they will take longer to ferment, and may not ferment out as "completely" as at room temperature where they are happier.
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.
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