6/28/2011 – i have made DBB several times and enjoy it very much. i'm interested in adding something to give it a creamier/more body, like Gunniess. what/how much would you recommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear you enjoy our Death by Barleywine Kit so much. It's a BIG beer!Even MORE creamier/more body you say? Hmmm. That takes a little doing.First, I would prime your beer with dry malt extract instead of corn sugar. Use about 1.5 cups per 5 gallon batch. That will produce a nice creamy head and fine carbonation bubbles.For . . .
1/30/2011 – How much malto-dextrin should I use for a 5 gal. batch? I'm making a 90 min. IPA.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a first time, I would go with 4 oz. Some people go with 8 oz, but remember...you can't take it out. Go conservative at first.Hope this helps!
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
1/13/2010 – how much maltodextrin would you use for a 10 gal. batch of brown ale?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would start with about 8 oz in 10 gallons. You may like more, but that is a reasonable amount.
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!
11/5/2006 – 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
1/24/2006 – If I wanted to increase the body of a light bodied beer after fermentation but prior to bottling, could I boil a small amount of water and dissolve some maltodextrin in with the priming sugar and add them both to the beer at the same time? Would this cause any problems?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You should be able to do this, yes. I know of it being done to kegged beer.
4/21/2005 – I ordered the stout kit as my second try at homebrew ( the first is conditioning, and I am going stir-crazy). Will adding 1/2 pound of Lactose and 1/2 pound of maltodextrin make a lot of difference? I also plan on conditioning with DME. I should have enough beer from the first kit to give me the patience to wait this through.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the lactose will make it a bit sweeter, and the maltodextrin will give it more body. The Shamrock Stout already has a lot of body, so it probably doesn't need the malto.
2/20/2005 – I have made some red wine going on 1 yr old from natural grapes. It doesn't have much body and is a bit harsh. COuld you please suggest which product I could use to add body and deep red color. I have seen super smoother for the harsh taste just require to add body and deep red color. I have approx 50 litres.Please confirm the cost to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are really two ways to add body to your wine. The first is to use a concentrate, but this will cause a re-fermentation. If that is ok, we have a red concentrate that can be added directly to the wine. It will also add color. Use about 2 liters per 50 liters of wine.The second way does not require refermentation, but it is normally . . .
2/6/2005 – can excessive consumption of maltodexterin cause intoxication? like excessive consumption of alcohol.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely NOT. Where did THAT come from?
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!
1/4/2005 – I just brewed a coffee stout. The flavor was awesome but the body was lighter and it didn't hold it's head that well. I'm thinking next time I will add Malto-Dextrin or lactose. Which would you recommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It could be a result of how you added the coffee. If you boiled it with your malt, that would explain the lack of head. Try drip coffee added AFTER the boil. If you want more body, add maltodextrin, not lactose.
10/17/2004 – can Malto-Dextrin be added to a beer in the secondary to add body to a thin beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: YES, it can. It can even be added (in small amounts) to a keg of beer.
8/29/2004 – how many packets of wine yeast do you add to the root beer batch and where do you get malltodextrin
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It takes less than one packet of wine yeast per batch. We have maltodextrin. Here is a link to that product:
3/26/2004 – what is in maltodextrin? I have celiac's disease and can't eat gluten. I see this ingredient in a lot of processed foods and I am wondering if I can eat this.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is a product of barley, more of a barley starch, actually. Not a sugar, and not made of wheat. Whether this is (or is not) OK for you I cannot say. It is commonly used in MANY food products, however, as a thickener and bulk additive.
12/29/2003 – I was asked what color malto-dextrin is can u help?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. It is pure white, and looks a lot like powdered sugar. It adds no flavor or color to your beer....just body.
11/4/2003 – Do you know the calories in a serving of maltodextrin? e.g. 100 calories per Tablespoon. ALSO the number of servings per 8oz package? I plan on using when making my "energy drink" for long bicycle rides.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The sources I have seen quote:3 cups=1000 calories16 oz=600 caloriesIf you are doing a LOT of this, you might want to buy in bulk, like a 50 lb bag.
10/28/2003 – My bath and body company is now going to offer edible body powders and the recipe requires maltodextrin. I was wondering if this is a natural item or if it is a chemical.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is very natural. Maltodextrin is a by-product of malted barley.
9/28/2003 – Is this the same Dextrose that is used for weighlifting?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is. Same stuff.We also have maltodextrin, that is used to "bulk up".
8/3/2003 – Should I have ALSO used a "corn sugar" as well as the "Malto Dextrin?" I got a kit with my kit for a porter and it said nothing about the "Malto-Dextrin" either except to add it in "the boil." Also, it didn't say how much of the 8oz package but the package itself said 4 oz so I used 6 oz....
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It doesn't sound like one of our kits, so I would hate to try to guess their intent. Typically, maltodextrin is added to the boil, and corn sugar (dextrose) is added at bottling time (about 3/4 cup per 5 gallons).
6/28/2003 – I purchased a beer kit that included malto dextrin, the instructions that came with the kit does not explain how to use this ingredient. Could you please give me the information on how to use malto dextrin. Thank you.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it was one of our kits, the maltodextrin is mixed in with the dry malt extract, and is used in the same way (in the boil). In our kits, the priming sugar (corn sugar i.e. dextrose) is packaged separately, and is used at the time of bottling. Make sure you have the right package!If it is a kit from another shop, it's hard to say.
6/12/2003 – What is Malto-dextrin ?..... what is it used for ?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Maltodextrins are obtained by the partial hydrolysis of starch whereby the basic polymeric structure is retained. Maltodextrin is a water soluble, non-sweet product that is used in many foods and beverages as a filler or thickener. In brewing, it is used in small amounts to add "mouthfeel" or "body" to a beer.
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