12/14/2011 – I'm looking for a lager-yeast that will ferment beteween 30 and 50 degrees F can you get one?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not down to 30 deg F, after all, that is below the freezing temperature (32 deg F)!Most lager yeast have no problem with fermenting at 40-50 deg F however. Some of our quality liquid yeast cultures are probably the best way to go. Here is a link to them:
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
12/1/2009 – Using a packet of dry yeast, how long can the yeast wait to be added to the fermenter, once it is mixed with the water? Will it lose its potency?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A few minutes is normal, and there is certainly no reason to wait beyond that anyway.How long it can stay in a water solution is anyone's guess. It probably depends on how sterile the container and water are, temperature and other factors. There are no nutrients present at that point, so I am guessing that after a few hours the yeast cells . . .
4/25/2009 – I live in Costa Rica and will be going on vacation to the States in June. If I order the Wizard's Wheat, and possibly one other, should I stick with the dry yeast since I will have to carry it through customs and possibly take a couple weeks from the time I receive the kit at my friend's house in California?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, I would stick with the dry yeasts under the circumstances. If customs decides to open the liquid yeast pack it would be ruined. The dry forms of yeast are really quite good these days anyway. Long ago, they were not so great, but in the last 10 years or so the quality has really improved. Mostly this is what I use now, unless I am . . .
1/30/2009 – is Rogue Pacman Ale Yeast in a activator pack or a propagator?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our Wyeast liquid cultures come in Activator™ size packs (the larger size). The Activator™ is designed to inoculate five gallons of wort (up to 1.060 SG) providing the pitching rate recommended by professional brewers.
12/22/2008 – I'm going to brew a 10 gallon batch. Should I use 2 packages of the dried Lager Yeast or is one enough?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Use both. More yeast is a good thing, and it is virtually impossible to use too much yeast. It just gets off to a faster start, and does NOT contribute to a "yeasty" flavor. I have used 6-8 packs in some of my favorite brews!Some brewers routinely "culture up" a HUGE yeast culture before adding it to their wort. An active, large yeast . . .
11/11/2008 – How do you ship wine yeast? Doesn't it need to be kept cool?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The common dry wine yeast needs no refrigeration. We typically use FedEx or USPS Priority Mail.If you order a Wyeast liquid yeast culture, and the weather is expected to be hot on the way (above about 85 deg F) then we recommend buying a Frozen Gel Pack also. It will protect your yeast for a few days while it is in transit. They are available . . .
10/14/2008 – Hi, I live in India, How can I obtain good quality wine yeast from you ? In India day time temperature in winter can be as high as 78 Deg F is it ok for most wine yeasts ?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can buy wine yeast from us directly from our website.78 deg F is fine for many wine yeasts. Red wines are best fermented at this temperature.
7/14/2008 – should i be worried about shipping conditions or dead yeast since its liquid?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it is expected to be very hot between you and us (Everett, WA), it can be an issue. It is best to also order a "frozen gel pack" for shipping purposes. We have them on our website for a small charge.Besides, I've never seen a beer improved by worrying...
7/14/2008 – so all you do is pour this in when the temperature is right? and of course you use the whole pouch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With the liquid yeast cultures, it is necessary to "smack the pack", in other words, rupture the inner pouch within the package and allow the yeast culture to mix with the nutrients. shortly after, the pouch swells up.You do this at least 4 hours ahead of when you need the yeast. This assures that you have an active, live yeast culture . . .
4/27/2008 – what are the pros and cons of the dry yeast included in your ingredient kits vs the optional wet yeast culture? i'm especially interested in whether one produces more alcohol over the other and viability of the yeasts after shipping, and i welcome any other info you care to share.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both dry yeasts and liquid yeast cultures are excellent products. Generally speaking, you would use a liquid yeast culture if you are trying to replicate a particular style (or brand) of beer. This is especially so with specialty beers, like hefeweizens, bocks, or lambics for instance. To give all the pro/cons for all styles would be a huge . . .
4/24/2008 – I've never bought liquid yeast online before and I was looking for a little encouragement before ordering. I live in hawaii and I'm concerned about the transit time and temp on the way. How does the wyeast hold up on jouneys like this? Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hawaii is not a problem. We use USPS Priority Mail, which arrives in 2 or 3 days. The Wyeast liquid yeast cultures do ok with that. If you are still concerned, you can order a frozen gel pack to go in the same package, and will keep it cool for at least 1 or 2 of those days. We recommend doing that.Additionally, there are some newly released . . .
4/4/2008 – After fermenting a batch of ale, what is the recommended method for storing the liquid yeast for subsequent use? How long can it be safely stored?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds like you are interested in "yeast harvesting". Here is some information from a past article in Brew Your Own Magazine:******Yeast storage and reuse is one of those topics that strikes fear in many homebrewers because of the importance yeast plays in beer quality and the real possibility of ruining a batch of beer with bad yeast. . . .
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!
5/13/2007 – If I were to take the sediment of this lager yeast from the bottom of a primary fermentation and bottle it with a carb tab, and refridgerate it, could I store it, and innoculate a later batch? Technically how long could I store a culture like this, assuming sterile conditions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that, but don't add a carb tab. It would cause it to carbonate in the bottle. Use an airlock on the bottle, and if you want to "feed" your yeast, add a very little dry malt extract instead. Maybe a tablespoon.Under sterile conditions, you can store yeast this way for a LONG time. Some breweries do this, and maintain the . . .
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
6/7/2006 – Hi, I noticed that in the text describing the yeasts you sell you use the term 'attenuation'. I am not familiar with this term, what does it mean?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It means how much of the available sugars the yeast will consume. Given the same wort, a high attenuating yeast will result in slightly higher alcohol and less sweetness to your beer. Conversely, a low attenuating yeast will yield a sweeter, lower alcohol beer.
12/15/2005 – What is the difference with all the yeasts? Can Fleischmanns active dry yeast work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To make bread? Yes. It makes crappy wine, however.Each yeast strain has different flavor and aroma characteristics, as well as different alcohol tolerances. Good wine is made with quality wine yeast. NOT bread yeast.
8/11/2005 – I received different wyeast packages and one of them seems just a little bit inflated, compared with the others. should I use it anyway or shoud I buy another one?Also I heard and read that liquid yeast work better if a starter is made. Should I make one with these wyeast packages?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, go ahead and use it. Sometimes the Wyeast packages get a little "overfilled", and there is no harm in that.A few years ago, Wyeast had only smaller, different packages and it made sense to make a starter. The new Weast XL packages that we sell contain much more yeast than the old ones, and are sufficient for a 5 gallon batch without . . .
4/27/2005 – Can one re-use the yeast sediment for another batch after fermentation is done, sort of like re-using a sour dough starter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It can be done, but we don't recommend it for wines. For beer, where LOTS of yeast is an advantage, yes.Besides, the cost of fresh wine yeast is so low, it doesn't make much sense. Spring for $0.99 worth of yeast...it's worth the peace of mind.
4/14/2005 – My beer (lager) is in the 2nd stage of fermentation and I was wondering when to bottle it. The beer has been in the glass carboy for one week with the temperature around 40 deg F. The bubbles in the air lock are rising a little bit over one minute now. I recorded three times 1min. 4sec., 1min. 5sec. and 1min. 14sec. I know the instructions . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The cooler the temperature, the slower the fermentation. This is entirely exptected. Lagers are like that. As I like to say, yeast cells couldn't care less about your schedule. They don't even wear watches. That 3 minute "rule" applies only to beers at or near room temperature.If you are anxious (or thirsty) you could warm up your fermenter . . .
3/17/2005 – My first time brewing. I smacked the pack, but not hard enough. I poured in the yeast and found the small pack was not mixed with the yeast, so I opened the package and poured it in and stirred it in. It is the next day, and it looks like it may be fermenting. Should everything work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it should be fine. The small (inner)pack IS the yeast. On the outside of that is the yeast nutrient media. Expect it take a little longer to get going, is all.
2/22/2005 – About how long will your liquid wyeast packages stay good if kept refrigerated?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Several months, at least. Maybe up to a year. They still remain viable, but will take longer to "puff up" when they are older. Allow a half day to one day for every month past it's "born on" date.
2/17/2005 – I making my first attempt at using a lager yeast, and according to the directions you should ferment the beer at 55 degrees. However, due to circumstances that were out of my control I was forced to use my closet for storage. Obviously I don't keep my house that cool, so my question is will that be a problem?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No; no problem. It would be IMPROVED if you could ferment at cooler temps, but if you can't, it will still work. After bottling (or kegging) your beer, it will still benefit from cold storage, if you can work that out.
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!
1/21/2005 – WELL THIS MAY BE SILLY BUT I HAVE TO ASK. I WILL SOON BE MAKING THE BELGIAN ALE I WILL BE USING THE LIQUID YEAST ,I ACTIVATED THE YEAST BY SLAPPING ITAND NOW THAT IT HAS SWELLED THERE FEELS LIKE THERE IS THIS SPONGEY LUMPY THING IN THERE 1. IS THIS NORMAL2. WHEN I ADD THE YEAST TO MY WORT DOES THE SPONGEY MASS GO IN TOO?3. HOW . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. Yes, this is normal. The yeast, before your smacked it, was inside a small plastic pouch inside the larger package. Smacking it ruptures the inner pouch, and the yeast mixes with nutrients, causing it the large pouch to swell. No problem.2. No, just pour out the liquid, and leave the plastic pouch behind.3. Leaving the yeast . . .
12/29/2004 – What would happen if you combined different yeast strains for your wine brew? For Example, if you hydrated and proofed a Montrachet together with a Champagne, then pitched them together into your mixture?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As you might expect, you would get something in between the two flavor profiles. The most alcohol tolerant one, however, would "win out" if there is sufficient sugar.
12/29/2004 – what is the best tempature to ferment ale?my basement is currently 63, is that to cold?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, that is not too cold. Most ale yeasts work well between 60-75 deg. F. Some are more temperature tolerant than that.The optimum temperature depends on the actual strain of yeast being used.
10/13/2004 – I want to buy a yeast for the fermemtation a mix honey and orange juice at 12% Alcohol. i don't see in your web site, If you have give me the price and web site address.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are many different wine (and mead) yeasts that might be good for this. Here are links to both:
9/8/2004 – I recently crushed 8 cases of zinfandel grapes and added & mixed-in campden tablets to the "must". I then pitched my yeast. Should I have waited a day to pitch the yeast? Will the campden tablets kill off the pitched yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. It is very likely that you have at least "stunned" your yeast, and possibly killed it. You need to wait at least 24 hours after adding sulfites to your must before adding yeast. Additionally, the fermenter must be kept open to the air during this time. I would obtain some more yeast, stir well and re-pitch.
8/17/2004 – I need a bottom fermenting yeast. What ya got? Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you prefer dry yeasts, we have the Saflager yeast strain. In liquid yeast cultures we have 11 more lager (bottom fermenting) yeasts. see below a link to them
8/16/2004 – can you use bread yeast to make wine.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, if you want to make crappy wine. You can also use wine yeast to make crappy bread!
8/9/2004 – Hello, Is it Possible To Add Too Much Yeast To The Must?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's possible, but very very unlikely. You would have to add POUNDS to a 5 gallon batch to achieve it. Adding 2-3 standard packages is just fine.
5/24/2004 – Using a Belgian Abbey Wyeast smack pack, I made a yeast starter. I used 16oz water and 1/2 cup DME. How long can I keep it in the air-locked flask? Should I put it in the fridge at some point? I wanted to make up my Belgian Ale about a week after making the starter in the flask - is this too long? Will it go bad?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is BEST to use it when it is at full krausen (peak activity), whenever that is. If you can't use it then, it can be kept for a few more days, maybe a week or so if you don't open it. Don't refrigerate it, that doesn't help. No, it doesn't go "bad", it just goes dormant.If the bubbling slows way down, you can feed it some more malt extract . . .
4/26/2004 – I started my first attempt at homebrewing and am seeking some follow up advice.Using wyeast #1028 London which had been refridgerated up until 3 hours before pitching. I followed the instructions in terms of the smack pack and allowed it to rest at room temperature but then pitched it directly in to the Wort (cooled to 70oF) after only . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as you "smacked" the inner pouch as directed on the package, it should still ferment. It WILL take much longer to see activity, however (maybe 48 hrs, even longer sometimes). Additionally, I don't see your name as one of our customers. We keep our yeast FRESH...if it was purchased elsewhere, it may be old. If that is the case, . . .
12/6/2003 – if i am using a smack pack and planned on brewing tomorrow afternoon do I need to smack it today? how long does it take to be ready to use on the averge?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. You need to allow about 1/2 to 1 day incubation time for each month since it's "manufacture date". This date is imprinted on the edge of the package.
11/24/2003 – Just prior to adding the yeast when making an 8 gallon batch of applecider wine, I noticed the package read "good up to 5 gallons". I wasn't able to add a 2nd package until now (48 hours after original package was added). Do you think I'll be ok? Any recommendations at this point?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not a problem. The yeast will multiply as needed to gobble up the sugars. By the way, OUR Wyeast packages are good for 10 gallons (XL Packs). Not sure where you got yours, but we sell only the 10 gallon sizes. Better to have too much yeast than not enough.
11/17/2003 – I am new to homebrewing. I just brewed my third batch last Friday. Much to my surprise, I noticed some initial activity by Saturday AM...much quicker than my first two attempts. By Sunday AM, foam was billowing out of the fermentation lock. So, I fashioned a blow-off tube in its place, and the thing has been belching foam ever since.The . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is not uncommon. You will find differences in the activity due to different yeast strains, temperature, the "freshness" of the yeast, pitching temperatures and lots of other things. To have a fast, vigorous fermentation is a GOOD thing. The little critters must have had nearly ideal conditions this time.You did exactly the right thing . . .
11/8/2003 – What kind of wine yeast should I use for....(berries, apples, white wines, reds, etc etc etc)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is a common question. There are many more wine yeasts available now than in the past. We have a helpful Wine Yeast Selection Chart available here:http://store.homebrewheaven.com/articles/wine_yeast_recommendatons.htmHope this helps!
11/7/2003 – What is the best yeast for making apple wine? I plan to use apple juice.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That really a matter of preference, but for a true wine, I would use Cote de Blanc. For a cider, I would use Wyeast Cider yeast #3766. Both of these emphasize "fruitiness", and leave a little residual sweetness.For a wine yeast selection guide go to:http://store.homebrewheaven.com/articles/wine_yeast_recommendatons.htm
10/13/2003 – Hi, I was just wondering what the highest possible amount of alcohol is that a beer yeast can live in? I am planning on making a strong beer, and I want the alcohol to be at about 8-9%, so I just want to know if this will be achievable with just beer yeast? Or will I need to add champagne yeast to the fermentation, after the beer yeast has . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A good question. The alcohol tolerance of beer yeast varies with the strain of yeast, the amount of yeast added in the beginning, temperature, nutrients present, oxygenation and probably many other factors. GENERALLY speaking a good quality ale yeast, like Nottingham, when used in sufficient quantity, is capable of fermenting to about . . .
10/12/2003 – I AM BREWING BEER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS AND I ALWAYS USED DRY YEAST ,I HAVE HEARD THAT WET YEAST MAKES A MUCH BETTER BEER ,I HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THE BASIC KNOWLEGE OF BEER BREWING (NOT A COMPLETE DUMMY ) BUT FAR FROM A EXPERIENCED BREWER WOULD YOU RECOMMEND ME TRYING WET YEAST ,AND DOES THE PACKAGE TAKE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The new liquid yeasts are definately a good line of products. The dry yeasts have improved over the years as well, however.I would use the liquid yeasts for when you are trying to "capture" a particular beer style, like a hefeweizen, a belgian abbey ale, or a Guiness clone. The many different strains that are now available make this possible . . .
9/12/2003 – WHAT IS THE BEST YEAST TO MAKE A SWEET WINE LIKE A GERMAN ASSLEASE AND CAN A WINE BATCH SOUR?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For yeasts, I would choose Cote de Blanc (dry) or Rudisheimer (liquid). Premiere Cuvee will work, but I think these two are better choices.Yes, a batch of wine can sour (turn to vinegar) with poor sanitation and oxidation. This is often due to acetobacter, a bacteria, and exposure to air. Fruit flies are notorius for spreading it.Both . . .
9/9/2003 – How are the hops shipped? Are they cold at all?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, they are shipped as normal. WE keep them refrigerated, of course, prior to shipping. In our experience, a few days in transit won't make a noticable difference in aroma. If you are concerned, however, you could order a frozen gel pack to be shipped with your hops.
9/7/2003 – How long will it take for me to receive a shipment of yeast. Them there grapes won't wait!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That depends. Where ARE them there grapes?Sorry. I don't mean to be a pain, but that kind of info helps a lot. Many people admire those grapes growing all year long, and plan to make wine with them. It's funny to me that it's only when they PICK the grapes that they think of ordering yeast. We can get most packages out within a day or . . .
9/1/2003 – This is the first year I'm trying to make wine from Cabernet Franc, any suggestions which strain of yeast to use for this varietal. A wine maker suggested Prise de Mousse, but I'm also reading about Pasteur Red.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I think the Pasteur Red would be a better choice. A very nice yeast for any red wine. Perhaps a better choice would be the Wyeast (liquid strain) Bordeaux #3267. It has a very complex, berry and graham cracker type flavor that I like, anyway.Either yeast will do nicely!
8/17/2003 – If each packet of yeast is sufficient for 5 gallons of wine, would i use one fifth of the packet to make one gallon of wine? What would happen if i use the entire packet to make one gallon?How can i get my wine to have a higher alcohol content?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Using more yeast (like the whole package) only starts the fermentation faster, it has little effect on the total alcohol content. There is no harm in using the entire package.To increase the alcohol content, you need to increase the sugar content of the juice. The yeast converts the sugar into alcohol and CO2. The CO2 is released during . . .
8/7/2003 – Are these liquid yeasts one shots? or are there multiple batches in a pack?Is it a smash pack?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Typically, people use them as "one shot" per batch. Because of their superb purity, however, it is possible to make a small culture and save it for another batch or more. Instructions are on the pack, but basically, you just "feed" the yeast a little malt to grow a culture. A wine bottle or jug works well for this. Be certain that everything . . .
7/22/2003 – I make white wine from bottled white grape juice. Pls. advise which wine yeast I should use.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Lalvin D47 should work very nicely. Another one is Red Star Cote de Blanc.
6/3/2003 – Is the Lalvin 1118 a good choice for the secondary fermentation of champagne in the bottle? If not, what do you suggest?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Lalvin 1118 is a good choice for this purpose.
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