6/11/2015 – This is my 1st time making wine, I know nothing. I have ordered the 5 gal bottle and the fernometer where does it go on the container
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Easy. Just peel off the paper backing, and stick it on the outside of the 5 gallon bottle (carboy). Most people stick it about half way up to get a good temperature reading.
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
3/23/2010 – Does the fermometer go vertically or horizontally on the bucket? What is the significance of the temp.?, What range do we need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It goes horizontally on the bucket.The idea is to strive for a fermentation temperature that is close to what is best for the yeast you are using...an ale, a lager, a wine or ??? (we have no idea what you intend to brew)
7/17/2009 – Is a 5 gallon carboy big enough to secondary ferment a 5 gallon batch of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As a secondary fermenter, yes. This assume that the bubbling has slowed down considerably by the time you transfer into the carboy.I would not use it as a PRIMARY fermenter, however if you hope to yield 5 gallons.
6/14/2009 – My question is regarding the "fermometer". The product description says that it measures the temperature range for Ales and Lagers. I don't know what that range is...I'm new to this, so I dont know if it makes a difference that I'm not going to be fermenting for beer purposes. I need to be able to monitor a range of 75-82 degrees-will this . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Fermometer measures from 36 to 78 deg F. It looks like your range is just a little higher than that.
7/14/2008 – what are the advantages to using a glass carboy as opposed to a plastic bucket?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better.
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!
4/25/2007 – What is the correct equation for determining A.B.V. (alcohol by volume). Do you divide the difference between starting and ending gravity by 8 or by 7.36? I see both numbers in the answers.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: By taking the difference between your starting and ending gravity (in points) you then divide by 7.63 That will get you very close indeed.For example, The OG measured at 1.080, and the beer stopped fermentation with a FG measurement of 1.018. The difference is 62 "points". 62 divided by 7.63 = 8.12% acohol by volume.Another way is . . .
12/5/2006 – Hello, I am about to try my hand at mead making. I plan to buy your 5 gal wine kit and just had a few questions. On many sites I have heard about racking multiple times to get the mead to clear, does this mean I should buy a second carboy? In addition to the 5gal kit and the nectar of the gods mead kit, I was looking at getting the wine theif . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can certainly do that (get another carboy), but an option is to siphon back into the primary fermenter (bucket) and then transfer back again into the clean, sanitized carboy. Either way works just fine.A wine thief IS a nice item to use. I would add that, especially for meads, which take some time to finish out. As far as a siphon . . .
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 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
4/9/2006 – I'm considering a 7 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter, but have several questions.1) Regarding the fermenter; I am assuming that since you can't see when the yeast has finished fermenting (by bubbling) you must have to check with a hydrometer. Since dealing with such a small batch (5 gallons), I assume you want to wait until the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) That is correct, sort of. The Fermenator comes with a conventional airlock, so bubbling CAN be monitored. It also has a sample port for drawing a sample and testing with a hydrometer. 2) The best way is by using a peel-and-stick thermometer, called a Fermometer. We have them. They are inexpensive, and work nicely with the stainless steel . . .
5/16/2005 – i am new to this, and i have seen and heard of people using plastic buckets for final fermentation, their purpose for doing this is so they can attach a spigot to the bucket for bottling, is this ok to do or is glass the better choice? thanx again and i find that you question and answer part of the site to be very helpful
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that can be done, but we prefer to use the plastic "bucket" type fermenter for the primary fermenter, and using glass for the secondary. We like the bucket for ease of cleaning, and besides, your beer is only in there for a few days to a week or so. We find glass to be better for clarifing your beer, however. This is not to say you CAN'T . . .
4/22/2005 – I'm using the brew pad for alcohol distillation, using Turbo Yeast in a carboy. The yeasts' instructions say not to heat above 86 deg. Can the heat pad raise the temperature above that if the house's temp is set between 68 - 72%?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's possible. You can expect the brew heat pad to raise the temperature about 10-15 deg F above your ambient temperature. Remember too, that the fermentation process itself will produce some heat of it's own. It is easy to put it on an inexpensive timer, however, so that it turns off occasionally (doesn't run continuously). You CAN just ferment . . .
3/13/2005 – I'm just getting started brewing and I had a question. As a primary fermenter which is better, plastic bucket, plastic carboy or glass carboy. Then for secondary fermentation, plastic carboy or glass carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will find that brewers have different preferences. Personally, I like the plastic bucket for a primary. It's inexpensive, and easy to clean. For the secondary, I like glass carboys. Glass seems to cause the beer/wine to clear better. If I had a lot of money (not the case), I'd probably get a stainless steel Fermenator. Best of all worlds. . . .
2/1/2005 – Where can I buy the hops to brew the beer? I live in Plainview, Texas....would love to brew my own. But, I need the ingredients to brew it. will buy your equipment, so....where can I buy the goodies to brew it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here! We have a large selection of hops, yeasts, grains and everything you need in the way of ingredients. Here is a link:A good way to get started is to choose one of our ingredient (recipe) kits. They get you started the right way!
1/26/2005 – i am looking around my town for some buckets that i can use for my fermenting and was just wondering if 5 gallons is big enough or should i go with 6 or 7? also do i need the lids for them and would i need to order anything extra from you like a hydrometer of fermenting stop?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have them. Here is a link.For beer, we recommend at least a 6 gallon fermenter to make a 5 gallon batch, and bigger is better. There is usually significant foaming in the primary. Yes, I would get lids. I don't consider a hydrometer "extra", I consider it essential. That's why we put it in our kits.
1/10/2005 – I've made wine 5 gallons at a time. Now I want to make wine at 20 gallons at a time. For a primary fermentor, I've used 6? gallon pail. With a larger batch, if I use a 30 gallon new clean plastic trash can, am I asking for problems (health and taste wise)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In a word, yes. Most trash contianers are not food grade plastic, and will transfer undesirable tastes.
7/7/2004 – Is there a way to measure the alcohol content of wine after it is fermented and aged?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it is a dry (not sweet) wine, it can be measured with a vinometer. Here are some links
6/18/2004 – can you ship this femenator to Alaska? And can you add a thermometer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we can ship to Alaska, but we need to use USPS Priority Mail which is a little more expensive than regular (ground) shipment.If you don't want to use the sample port (about 1/2 the way up the cone), a thermometer will screw into that fitting. We could add a new thru-wall fitting higher up if you need it. Most people find that the . . .
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.
11/2/2003 – My father wants to make root beer. I understand that you have ingredients for the root beer but where can i get the equipment to bottle and make the root beer in?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here at Homebrew Heaven! We have bottling equipment in the Beer Brewing section, and food grade buckets etc in the Carboys/Fermenters section.See below for the links to take you there
10/23/2003 – I noticed most of the malt extract brew kits are 5 gallon batches. Will a 5 gallon carboy be sufficient for fermentation, or will I need a 6 gallon carboy to allow for foaming? Thanks, I'm new to this.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We recommend going larger for the primary. That's why we put 6 gallon plastic fermenters in our equipment kits. You can use a larger carboy of course, but the 6.5 gallon "bucket" type fermenter allows for the foaming, doesn't break, cleans up easier, and is less weight for shipping. Hey...we were all new to this at one time. No shame in that! . . .
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