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
9/8/2009 – how can i flavor moonshine after it has been distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell an entire line of essences for flavoring alcohol. These essences turn plain alcohol into whiskeys, rums, gin, brandy's etc etc. It works for commercial alcohol (legal) as well as moonshine (illegal in the U.S.). How you choose to use these essences is not our concern.Here is a link to that category
4/28/2009 – Alcotec 48 Hour Turbo Yeast + 8kg of grain white sugar (store bought) + 21L of tap water, fermented for 5 days (or until fermentation is done). If I were to, for sake of argument, a mental exercise mind you, add your Prestige Rum Spice Essence to this mix would it taste any good? Would this exercise, hypothetically, be worth doing in such . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Why deal with the hypothetical? Nothing you have told me is illegal, since distilling was not mentioned. Fermenting is legal by itself. Only the concentration of alcohol by distilling would be illegal if you are using it as a beverage. At least in the U.S.Now, the part about "would it taste good". You can expect somewhere between 14% and . . .
5/8/2008 – what would be the best yeast for producing ethanol alcohol fuel using sugar and a beer keg pot still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the Super Start Distiller's Yeast. Very inexpensive, and taste isn't a factor. Don't forget to use some nutrients also, however.Another alternative is one of the Turbo yeasts. They contain the nutrient and work very fast.
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!
12/29/2007 – On the packets (24 & 48hr turbo) it states not to use an airlock, why is this? question 2we have our first 24hr turbo wash nicely fizzing away, with just a cloth over the top, is this the way to do it.?every other time we brew, we use an air lock and let the product bubble for several days, have been using the 48hr turbo for some time. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: G'day!Those yeasts recommend leaving the lid off (like you have done) because it is know to create extreme fermentation, that can overflow a container with an airlock.You're not missing anything. Drive on!
8/13/2007 – I'm really new at this so be gentle.Is there a way to know how much yeast to add if I am using fruit instead of sugar?It may be Sugar Cane or Pineapple or both.Is there a "Better" yeast for this process?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Gentle? We may bark a bit, but we seldom bite...One of the problems we have with answering questions is that customers assume that we know all about what they are making. And how they are making it. And what equipment. We just don't. Our customers make beer, wine, mead, distilled spirits, liquers and lots of other interesting stuff. It's . . .
7/9/2007 – Have you heard of someone using turbo yeasts for home-brew beer? I was wondering if thats advisable, if one didnt intend to distill such a mash, just ferment it. Would there be any byproducts that might effect taste?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a bad idea. The turbo yeasts are typically loaded with nutrients for fermenting sugar washes. Beer has plenty of nutrients already, so you would be adding in more than is necessary. Could very well lead to off-flavors. Also expense.
1/29/2007 – Will this yeast work to ferment honey?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. We also have mead yeasts available that would taste better, however.I should also point out that since honey is a very complex sugar, it will take longer to ferment than other sugars. In other words, don't expect a 48 hour fermentation.
7/28/2006 – Does your activated stone carbon need to be washed with water before using it to filter alcohol? If so, what is the procedure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is more effective if you do. A good way is to put it into a tube with something like a coffee filter on the end to hold the carbon. A rubber band will do to hold it in place. Start pouring a little water into the tube. It will bubble at first, and then be absorbed by the carbon. Keep doing this until water trickles out the end of the tube. . . .
7/25/2006 – I just fermented a 5 gallon batch with the Alcotec 48-Hour Turbo Yeast, the first 3 - 4 days it fermented fine, the fermentation looks to be finished, but the liquid is a white milky color, is that how it is supposed to look? also now should I use a 2 part clearing agent and then filter it through carbon? Any info would be greatly appreciated. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Problems:1) I don't see your name as a customer of ours2) I don't know what you are fermenting or how it was done3) No beginning/ending hydrometer readings to know where you are now4) Judging a batch of (???) by it's color can't be reliable5) Normally you don't carbon filter right after fermentation. Not sure why you would do that...Sorry . . .
7/24/2006 – i gotta say this is the greatest yeast ive ever tried. it starts an active (fast fermentation) about 3 hours after inoclulating it. i was surprised that it was possible with just sugar and water. 2 days later and its still going stong and its strong in taste. i love this and can't wait to buy more. my question is will it go any higher then . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, I don't think you will be able to coax it much higher than 20% ABV. That seems to be the practical limit. If you try it, start with a relatively low sugar content, and then add a little more each day. You may be able to go a little over this way.Some sugars will ferment faster, like corn sugar, but I'm not sure I know what you mean . . .
7/22/2006 – how much top space will i need when the head expands using this yeast? i have a 6 gallon fermentor. i just finished adding everything, i used five gallons leaving 1 gallon of space.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Impossible to say. Depends on temperature, mineral content, oxygenation, WHAT you are fermenting and probably 10-12 other factores. Sorry. Probably a lot of space, however. Use blowoff tube to contain the overflow.
4/27/2006 – What are the geographical origin of alcotec 48 and alcotec 48 yeast ? USA, else?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It comes from the UK.
4/15/2006 – ON THE PACKAGE IT STATES 'IMPORTANT' DO NOT USE AN AIR LOCK. WHY IS THIS?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This yeast has an extremely fast (vigorous) fermentation that sometimes overwhelms a standard airlock.
3/10/2006 – Does this yeast include yeast nutrients, or do you have to add them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, all of the turbo yeasts contain nutrients as well.
3/7/2006 – How many packets are included in a purchase?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: One packet.
2/12/2006 – Can homebrewed wines be distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; most certainly. That is how brandy is made.The legality of doing so depends on where you are located and lots of other factors, however.
1/25/2006 – I want to know how to build a still for making whiskey or rum for personal use. what do I need to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a number of good books on this subject. Here are links to two of them:"Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual""Lore of Still Building"links are found belowOur Distillation Category (for equipment etc) is found here:Distillation Supplies & Alcohol FlavoringsThis is all assuming that you have researched . . .
7/21/2005 – I see a reflux still in my future but!!! I have to know, Is it possible to distill with a corn wash and maybe "filter" the finished product through charcoal and then maybe let this sit in charred oak chips to give it a whiskeyish flavor ? I would rather flavor it myself than with extracts. Also, can you use an all grain fermentation to distill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Where it is legal to do so...yes, your can distill a corn wash, filter and flavor with oak. That has been done.You are also correct about doing an all-grain fermentation without hops and distilling to produce whiskey. Again, the legality of that depends on many factors. That is your responsibility, not ours. The books in our Distillation . . .
5/18/2005 – how much sugar to water to yeast mixture is needed for this yeast and what is the best temps etc. trying to pick the best yeast for me.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Instructions:25 litres of 20% alcohol in 5 days Alcotec 48 is a "dual function" turboyeast. You can choose whether to ferment 14% alcohol fast, or 20% in 5 days, simply by changing the amount of sugar added. For 20% in 5 days just increase from 6 to 8 kgs of sugar in the recipe below.Instructions:25 litres of 14% alcohol in 48 . . .
4/19/2005 – Do you have recipes for scotch, vodka, gin, etc?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, but all of the books that we sell have recipes in them. Here is a link to that category:
2/6/2005 – what is an ideal temp.for distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you mean for ethanol alcohol, it begins to vaporize at 172 deg F. If you are after maximum alcohol content (this is not always the desired product!) temperature is typically maintained at 172-178 deg F. Obviously, if you are distilling water, or another substance, the temperature is range is much different.There is more to running . . .
9/26/2004 – can you make brandys or schnapps and are they legal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you do it, where you live and how willing you are to do the paperwork...Mixing flavoring essences into purchased (commercial) vodka is legal. Making your own (for home use) by distillation is not legal in the U.S. In other countries, it is often legal.Of course, brandys and schnapps can be made commerically in the . . .
5/5/2004 – The Price Of Gasoline Just Keeps Going Up !If I Became Good At Distilling And Ran A "Moderately" Efficient Distillation System:How Many Hundred Pounds Of Corn Would I Have To Distill Each Week To Make 20 Gallons Of Fuel Quality Alcohol For My Automobile?How Long Would It Take To Distill 20 Gallons Of 'Fuel Quality' Alcohol Using . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it does (the price, anyway)!The use of alcohol as a fuel, and economics of doing so is best described in this website:http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/manual_ToC.html
4/29/2004 – I USED A YEAST THAT MADE 14% IN THREE DAYS AND 20% IN 5 DAYS. I THINK IT WAS ALCHO-TECH. IT WORKED QUITE WLL AND I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER MORE. YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CHECK MY PAST ORDERS. IT CAME IN A GOLD FOIL PACK. THANKS.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That would be the Alcotec 48 Turbo. We were out of it for a while, but now have a good supply, and is back on the web. below is a link to it
3/6/2004 – I have "Compleat Distiller" on my shopping list for general purposes. Do you know if this book covers the use of potatoes (versus grains) as the base for the fermentation stage, or do I need to search for additional "informational" materials?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This book is an excellent resource for the distillation part of the process, but it is a little "lean" on the fermentation portion. The Alaska Bootleggers Bible actually has better information on using potatoes, and even has a recipe for potato "wine".
2/28/2004 – Is it illegal to produce ethanol for a use other than human consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on where you live, but in general, it is not illegal to produce ethanol for use as a fuel, for instance. A permit, however, may be required. The Feds even offer tax credits for producing alcohol as alternative fuel.We are not lawyers of course, and you should always be sure of your own legal position.
2/23/2004 – Do you know of any websites or books that have instructions on making a still from scratch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most of the books we sell shown how to build a simple still. See link below for a link to our distillation section
2/8/2004 – This product says not to use a airlock, Why? and what will happen if I do? Also, should I refridgerate this product, if I will not be using it for a while?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The reason is that it is an extremely fast working yeast, and it may clog an airlock. There is no harm in using one, just make sure it is clear. Yes, it is best to refrigerate the yeast if it won't be used for a while. Fresh yeast is happy yeast. Just allow it to slowly reach fermentation temperature before adding.
1/31/2004 – Does this product use regular (Table) sugar or corn sugar? Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can go either way with it. Corn sugar will ferment faster, however.
1/1/2004 – How long does it take to make a liquor with a still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It involves two separate operations:1) Fermentation 2) DistillationStep 1) depends very much on what is being fermented, temperature, nutrients, yeast and many other factors. A general timeframe may be say... 7-10 days. This is entirely legal in most countries/states.Step 2) takes perhaps 4-6 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
12/3/2003 – I can't drink alcohol. Is it possible to remove most of the alcohol of a liquor like Tequila and somehow maintain the flavor by evaporation or any other means? (So that N.A. Margaritas can be made)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, BUT...we have alcohol flavorings (essences) that are normally added to vodka to make them into rum, tequila, whiskey etc that should work just fine. They contain no alcohol themselves, and a very small amount can be added to make N.A. drinks.
11/9/2003 – So after someone builds a still what would be a good book to really get in to learning about distillation, recipes, tips, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best book I know of is the "Compleat Distiller".See link below:
9/20/2003 – i have done some research i have found that in 1984 was a bill signed that made it legal to make 100gal per year for legal age person that resides at that address for personal use and not for sale. please tell me if something has changed.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume the law you are referring to (actually in 1978 by the Feds, altho some states took longer) legalized beer and wine making only, not home distillation. Beer and winemaking involves production of alcohol through the normal, natural processes of yeast fermentation; and that is typically the legal distinction. The deliberate CONCENTRATION . . .
9/15/2003 – Is it illegal to make moonshine for personal use in the U.S?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If by moonshine, you mean distilled alcohol that is produced at home for consumption as a beverage without paying taxes, YES!We do not encourage, and will not be responsible, for the illegal use of equipment purchased from Homebrew Heaven. If you intend to do that, we don't want to know.In many other countries, it is legal (New Zealand . . .
9/10/2003 – new zealand has become propaganderised as a non-drinkers heaven. tax is raised by the communist govt. on real beer(4.5%+)and on spirits! The 'average class' new zealander prime minister asked live on tv why beer drinkers do not drink lite beer. The country shook to its' core when about 400,000 real men and 200,000 sheilas started stomping . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I sympathize with you. Please understand that we don't have it so good either. At leastin NZ it's not illegal to distill at home. I'm of the opinion that anything I choose to do at home is MY damn business. Land of the free? I think not. By the way, in this state, blood alcohol limit was .10; now it is 0.08 and I'll bet in a year or two, we'll . . .
6/14/2003 – Is it legal for an individual in the US to distill spirits for individual consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is not.In some other countries, like New Zealand, Sweden and others, it is. There are at least two reasons advanced for this:1) Taxation. No incentive for the government to make it legal.2) Liqour industry. A highly profitable industry would take a hit. The feds support their industry, and the industry supports the feds. . . .
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