6/1/2016 – what is the best yeast to make cranberrywine with cranberry juice?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I like the champagne yeast (either Red Star Champagne yeast or Cote de Blanc myself. See links below.
1/5/2015 – When using #Ec-1118 for a sweet mead just add more honey???
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not necessarily. This yeast is a very alcohol tolerant strain of yeast. It can go as high as 18% alcohol, so adding more honey (if it is below that limit) will simply make your mead more alcoholic.For a sweeter mead, I would use a less alcohol tolerant yeast, like Wyeast Sweet Mead Yeast or, if you prefer dry (granular) yeasts, I would . . .
11/6/2012 – I am new to wine-making and have read several forums, questions/answers, etc. I have enough fresh muscadine grapes to make approx. 2 gals. of juice. I see that the EC-1118 package says it supports up to 5 gals of Must. How much should I use for only 2 gals?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Go ahead and use all of it. There is no harm in doing so. Yeast cells simply multiply as needed to ferment the available sugars in the alcohol/wine.
6/19/2010 – Can I substitute EC-1118 yeast for K1-V1116 yeast when making Mead? The V1116 yeast I got for the Mead is about 2 years old and the packages seem slightly inflated. I have the 1118 yeast on hand for making rootbeer.Can they be interchanged or should I order some fresh V1116 yeast for the mead?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I wouldn't use an inflated package of granular yeast under any conditions.You can certainly substitute the 1118 yeast, but it does have some different characteristics. Due to it's higher alcohol tolerance you may end up with a drier (less sweet) mead than expected. This depends on the amount of honey used, of course...
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
3/18/2010 – I'm planning on making a few batches of Mead this summer using recipes from a popular homebrewing book (that you sell) and the recipe calls for 1oz (28g) of dry champagne yeast or Pris de Mousse per 5 gallon batch, however in your description it's implied that one packet(5g) of EC-1118 is sufficient for the same amount, what should I do?!? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Lalvin EC-1118 IS a dry champagne yeast. We also have the same dry champagne yeast made by Red Star, called simply Champagne Yeast. As far as we can tell, the two products are identical.Either one will work just fine in your mead recipe!As far as how much to use, one 5 gram packet should be sufficient. The yeast simply multiplies . . .
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 . . .
6/10/2009 – Im trying to find some heavy, unthreaded glass 12 oz. bottles for my root beer brewing...Do you have any idea where I can find them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure, from us!Here is a link to that product
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.
3/24/2008 – Would the Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast work well for making root beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that would be a good yeast to use. Very neutral flavor, works fast.
3/14/2008 – What is the attenuation of EC - 1118 dry Champagne Yeast
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine yeasts are not typically rated for attenuation (unlike beer yeasts). They simply consume the available fruit sugars up to the point where they cannot due to the high alcohol level (alcohol tolerance). The alcohol tolerance for this yeast, under ideal conditions is about 18.5% ABV
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!
11/11/2007 – question about EC-1118:alcohol tolerance? %resistance to free SO2? %
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Strain Information Name: S.cerevisiae (bayanus) strain EC1118Producer: Gervin (Varietal C (gold label)), Lalvin (EC-1118 (Prise de Mousse))Origin: Champagne, FranceUsed style: dry whites, sparkling, dessert, cider, apple, cranberry, hawthorn, cherry other: worldwide - whites and roseFerment: vigorousTemp.s: 5/7deg to 35 deg C . . .
1/20/2007 – HELP! I'm trying to make a higher gravity wine from organic cherry concentrate. I added sugar gradually over during primary, taking gravity measurments each time and measuring the total movement across the scale. I've calculated that I'm at about 15.3% right now. Here's my problem: I added more sugar, dissolved in cherry juice, once too . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can certainly do that (add #1118), and it will probably take the gravity down somewhat, but not much. What you have now is a (rather high alcohol) wine with some sweetness. I see no problem with that, myself. I believe that fruit wines like this SHOULD have some residual sugar. Just my preference, you understand. If it's too sweet . . .
1/4/2007 – if i order a soda extract what else do i need ie:yeast? etc
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just use the concentrate, some champagne yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
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
8/17/2006 – I am making some blueberry from fresh fruit. I used Montrachet to start with, but since decided to make a higher alcohol wine. I've added some more sugar in a water/reserve juice mix, and I'm wondering about the alcohol tolerance of Montrachet, which is only moderate. I'd like to add some EC-1118, which is tolerant to 18%. What are the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That's quite high for a fruit wine, but if that's what you like go for it! Alcohol tolerance for Montrachet is maybe 14%. If you add EC-1118 (Lalvin Champagne yeast) you can kick that up to at least 17% or so, PROVIDING there is sufficient sugar content. Doing it at this point is fine. No repercussions.Here is a useful link to a yeast . . .
6/12/2006 – when brewing beers with a high alcohol content (barley wine, eisbock), can i use a packet of windsor yeast in the secondary fermenter instead of the champagne yeast-i have a difficult time finding the champagne yeast.thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. The champagne yeast is needed because of the high alcohol tolerance. Typical beer yeasts "die off" at about 9% alcohol. Champagne yeast is not hard to find...we three of them!
3/3/2006 – I am making some "potato" wine (first try) and bought some yeasts and additives from you. The recipe calls for "wine yeast" so I bought some Red Star Pasteur and some Lalvin EC1118. From what I have read, these are supposed to handle a high alcohol content. After boiling the potatos and adding all the other ingridiants the S.G. is about . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Lalvin EC1118 can go as high as 18% under the right conditions. It should ferment your wine to dryness. Pasteur Red should also do the job.
2/11/2006 – I'm making a peach wine, would EC-1118 be a good yeast to use for my batch of wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, if you like a dry (not sweet) wine. Personally, I like a little residual sweetness in a fruit wine. For that, try Cote de Blanc.
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.
9/10/2005 – Can you also put the root beer in a 5 gallon keg?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. That is what they were originally designed for.
8/3/2005 – can i use this yeast to make honey-wine (met)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you certainly can. Honey-wine is also called mead. We have two liquid yeast cultures specifically for mead, however. You might like those even better.
6/17/2005 – Im doing pineapple wine using only peels not the juice.I want to know if I can use Lalvin 1118. How long it will take to get sample to South Africa.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, Lalvin 1118 would be a good choice.For small packagages to South Africa, it is probably best to use USPS International. It takes about 4-10 days to arrive using this service.
5/20/2005 – Hi - Love your store and am now just about a regular - I hope. Can you give me a Cliff Notes version of soda making - what I need, supplies, how to, etc. I think it would be fun for my kids. They would love to make rootbeer, I think.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank YOU, Kim. Making soda pop is easy, real easy. To give it a try, order a few flavors, and start saving your plastic soda bottles...the kind you buy soda in now. They will wash out nicely, just save the caps.The soda flavors come with complete instructions, but here is the "Cliff Notes" version:To make 4 gallons:Stir together . . .
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.
4/9/2005 – This isn’t really a question but a tip for the soda pop makers out there: After you bottle your soda place bottles in a plastic storage bin (with cover) and place bin in an out of the way spot for fermentation to take place. Should you have a bottle burst it will greatly minimize the cleanup!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good advice, if using glass bottles. Plastic is much safer.
4/6/2005 – ...I am interested in making two beverages, Mead (honey wine) and Soda (preferably cream soda or birch beer). I was wondering if you could tell me exactly what supplies I would need that you offer. I have never done any brewing of any sort and you help is greatly appreciated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a traditional (still) mead, we recommend our Complete Wine Making Equipment Kit (5 gallon). It has all the necessary hardware. Link to that product is shown below.We also have a Nectar of the Gods mead kit for all the ingredients.Soda pop isn't really "brewed" at all, just stirred together and bottled. If you use plastic soda bottles . . .
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.
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.
8/16/2004 – 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.
7/19/2004 – My favorite soda is Vanilla Coke. I'd like to make it and put on tap in a 5 gallon keg. Should I mix cola extract with cream soda extract, or cola with a vanilla flavoring? I'd hate to ruin 5 gallons of soda to figure this out.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I haven't tried this modification. My guess, however, is to use the cola extract with vanilla flavoring. You would probably have to use a lot of cream soda flavoring to get the flavor you are after. Just a guess!Another twist is to add a whole vanilla bean, and let it sit for a week or two before drinking.
6/23/2004 – If I order a soda extract, what else do I need to make a batch of soda?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For ingredients, you'll need water, sugar and yeast. We recommend champagne yeast.For equipment, you'll need a bucket, a long spoon, some bottles, caps and capper. Oh yes, some sanitizer is good too.
4/20/2004 – what's the name and lot number of the yeast used in this kit so I can buy more?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is the Lalvin Champagne Yeast, #1118. Lot numbers change from time to time. Link provided
3/19/2004 – I would like to know how you would rate you soda extract kits if I followed the direction's that they come with. Would you rate the end product as like a name brand soda or an off brand or possibly somewhere in between? I usally only drink pepsi and good root beer and cream soda. Do you think that it is possible to add a little carmel to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'll confess that I'm no soda pop connoisseur, but I would rate them as very good. I've made root beer, ginger beer (my favorite) and cream soda. With any of the extracts, it's easy to "alter" them to your tastes by using more (or less) extract to obtain a "premium" soda flavor. Many people also use honey in their root beer for added flavor . . .
1/24/2004 – How come the yeast does not create alcohol? And what is the yeast for?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine yeast DOES create alcohol. The function of yeast in making wine is to convert sugars into alcohol and CO2. When making soda pops, there is a preservative that prevents the yeast from converting too much of the sugars into alcohol, however. Normally you end up with less than 1/2 of 1 percent alcohol. The yeast in this case is used . . .
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.
11/21/2003 – Can you make any of the soda pop sugar free?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To make it completely sugar free, you must use a keg to force carbonate it. There is a LOW calorie version recipe in the box, however, using artificial sweetener and just a very small amount of real sugar (for the bottle carbonation).
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
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
10/14/2003 – Can you mix the soda extract with water in a 5 gal. cornelius keg and then force carbonate it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! That's the best way possible, in my ( not so) humble opinion.
10/3/2003 – If you make rootbeer and let it sit long enough, does the yeast fermentation create any significant amount of alcohol?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really. It produces less than 1/2 of 1% alcohol. It would take a heckofalota soda pop to give a buzz.
9/24/2003 – My husband wants to make homemade root beer and bottle it for future use, what kind of supplies do we need to start?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The easy way is to use the concentrate that we sell, some wine yeast and sugar. As far as equipment, you'll need something to mix it in, and strong bottles and caps. These can be glass, and you can apply caps with a capper, or you can use plastic screw type bottle. Don't forget some sanitizer, too.
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 . . .
9/7/2003 – 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 . . .
9/6/2003 – As with your beer brewing kits, are the soda making kits complete? Nothing like brewing with the family, but the kids aren't going to be allowed to test the beer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The soda extracts are the flavorings necessary to make soda pop, and have instructions on how to use them. We sell the yeast separately. You can use plain, household sugar, or corn sugar (we sell that separately also). Oh yes..you'll need water!It will also be necessary to provide bottles, caps etc. and something to stir it all together . . .
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 . . .
8/17/2003 – Is this the proper champagne wine yeast to use in making home rootbeer? If not what is? I was told to use dry ice or champagne yeast. If this is right , how do I use it and how much?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this yeast will work well. For our soda flavors, use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 4 gallons. One 5 gram package is more than enough for this much. For "other" recipes, flavors etc...frankly, I don't know.
7/28/2003 – I have never made soda. How long does it take, and what is the shelf life? I was thinking about making some for my children at Christmas.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good idea! Kids love seeing (and helping) with the process, as well as drinking the product. It takes about a half-hour to stir it together, and about 2-3 weeks for the soda to fully carbonate. If you bottle into plastic (soda) bottles, you can tell it's ready when the bottles are hard.
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.
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