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
3/19/2009 – What is the best way to aerate or sparge the wort before pitching the yeast? Without making a mess and with no specialized equipment.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Aerating is different than sparging, but I think I know what you mean...getting oxygen into your beer/mead/wine just before adding yeast to get a healthy, active fermentation.There are lots of ways of doing this, like oxygenation systems, shaking the fermenter, stirring like hell, etc etc, but it sounds like you're after another way. Given that, I like to aerate my wort simply by putting my wort up high, starting a siphon, and just let the wort splash into the bottom of the fermenter that is placed on the floor. It's easy to contain the mess using a carboy or "bucket" type fermenter. Let it splash!A refinement of that technique is by using an inexpensive product, called a Fermentap Spray Aerator (about $4). It goes on the end of your siphon hose and creates a liquid "fan" as it enters your fermenter, thereby mixing with air. Pretty effective actually, and for the price, worth trying.Below is a link to that productSince air is only about 20% oxygen, and oxygen is what the yeast cells crave (at this stage, prior to fermentation) it is hard to improve on this without special (oxygen)equipment.
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!
6/5/2007 – are you supposed to aerate the wort after it is done fermenting before you bottle it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No! Your wort should be aerated before you add the yeast. That will promote a healthy, active and complete fermentation. Aeration after fermentation will oxidize your beer, and ruin it.
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 inexpensive product for aerating/oxygenating your wort is Spray Aerator. Link provided to that product.
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).
3/15/2005 – I would like to filter hops, fruit etc. while I siphon into my fermenter. Would any of your screens work well when attached to a siphon hose? Do you have any other suggestions outside of a tapped kettle connected to a bazooka screen?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The real problem will be getting the stuff thru your siphon hose. If you are willing to pour the wort:In our Brewing Accessories category we have a variety of straining bags that might well serve this purpose.There are also funnels with straining screens that can be used.
2/2/2005 – Will this fit through the neck of a 5 gal carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will. Easily.
9/25/2003 – What size hose does this thing require and if I buy the siphon starter do they fit together or do I need more hose or couplings?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It can be put onto either the 5/16" ID or the 3/8" ID hoses.
7/17/2003 – How well does the Fermentap spray aerator work compared to the much more expensive aeration systems?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Fermentap spray aerator is good, but it uses plain air (only about 20% oxygen)to aerate the wort. The oxygenation system is much more efficient because the (100%)oxygen is forced thru a fine stone, making very fine bubbles that are easily dissolvable.
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