by Popular Demand!
An Oktoberfest styled lager beer. Amber in color,
it is a worldwide favorite.
Your choice of
Dry, or Liquid malt extracts with
Style Specifics: For IBU consistency, hop weight WILL vary due to Alpha Acid
Free PDF labels of this kit can be found
One of their best ingredient kits
From John Adams of Bradenton, Florida on 2/15/2014.
This is the second batch of Munich Lager from the HBH ingredient kit. While it's not yet carbonated, early tastes indicate that this will be the same crowd pleaser that last year's efforts was! Keep . . .
From Tim of Webster Groves, Missouri on 3/7/2013.
Love this kit. It not only stands on own, but you can add to it and create your own mod. Say... 2 lbs of honey, or apples, or honey and apples!I've made several batches and it's always good.
From GrouchyDad of Newton, New Hampshire on 12/10/2012.
Wonderful full flavor. I'm a newbie and this lager still came out very good. Simple enough (and yummy enough), that I bought a second one immediately.
My Go-To Lager
From Rich of Suva, Fiji, Fiji on 8/5/2012.
I've brewed this beer while stationed in both Sudan and Fiji. It is my "Go-To" lager for any occasion...who says you need cold-weather to enjoy a rich malty beer. It is positivley fantastic!
Great Lager Kit
From Jratt of Arlington, Texas on 7/5/2012.
Great kit for beginers and intermediate brewers alike. Easy to follow instructions and everything is included to brew a 5 gallon batch!
From Omcor of Roswell, Georgia on 6/22/2012.
This was my first brew and it went GREAT! The instructions were excellent and the final product tasted great, at least the small amount I had; my German wife drank most of it!
Even Light Beer Drinkers liked it
From Phil of Ames, Iowa on 5/20/2009.
Outstanding to say the least. This was my first kit and it turned out great. A couple of bottles didn't carbonate; however, I think that was from some residual cleaner or something. The flavor was the . . .
Great Malty Lager!
From Jason of Jacksonville, Florida on 10/25/2008.
I brewed this kit back in August. Two days after I boiled the wort we got hit pretty hard by Tropical Storm Fay and I lost power for a couple of days. Therefor, I wasn't able to keep the temps of the . . .
From Dustin Hasselbach of Fremont, Ohio on 3/14/2008.
I brewed this beer the colder slow way. It turned out so good that the keg was gone in a weekend. Good stuff.
a very good beer
From John R of omaha, Nebraska on 10/3/2007.
A nice smooth dark beer. It took about two weeks to carbonate at 68*. Its been bottled for six weeks now and is only getting better. Can't wait to try it with the liquid yeast.
The Lagernator !!
From Anonymous of Wallkill, New York on 3/7/2007.
The first homebrew I made, and thank GOD for it. It not only appealed to my senses, but everyone else who had it as well. This beer motivated me to continue my efforts in the world of "make your own . . .
From Tony of dt, New Hampshire on 2/4/2007.
My first successful brew and cant say enough. Comparable to store bought beers but I by far liked mine the best.
From david babeluck of jacksonville, North Carolina on 1/16/2007.
As a new Homebrewer this was the first Extract kit I brewed. Easy to follow instructions was followed by a fast fermenting timeline. And after a full two weeks in the bottles it turned out flavorful. The . . .
7/24/2014 – your beer making kits that run $35 and up do they make 5 gallons of beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, they do make 5 gallons. Excellent beer!
12/15/2012 – I'm looking to buy your Deluxe kit for my son for Christmas, and he'll need a brewpot. What's the advantage to having a spigot? I don't want to buy him junk, and none of us has ever brewed our own beer before. Aside from the brewpot and bottles, what else would he need to get started?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our Equipment Kits are really quite complete. As you say, a large brewpot is necessay, as well as bottles. A spigot in the brewpot is a "convenience" type of product. It just make the job easier than lifting up a hot, heavy brewpot. A 5 gallon batch of beer weighs more than 40 lbs. Just opening a drain valve (spigot) makes the job easier . . .
5/2/2012 – I am new to this brewing my own beer soda & wine. Your kits only have the brewing tools & not the mixing ingredients right?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our hobby/obsession!Yes, we sell the brewing equipment kits (tools) separately from the ingredients for making beer/wine/sodas. The Equipment Kits are a one time purchase, and you can choose the type of beer you like from our Ingredient Kits. We put together about 15 different recipe kits that get you started in the right way. . . .
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
12/7/2009 – I am brand new to home brewing and need to know exactly what I should buy to get started. I just want to begin to try to make my own beer and then continue to refine it over time. Please let me know exactly what I need to buy to make my first batch!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: What you need are:1) A Homebrew Heaven Equipment Kit (Complete or DeLuxe version, your choice). Both are good, the DeLuxe Kit just contains more "convenience" items.2) An Ingredient Kit of your choice (like Wizard Wheat, Seattle Rain Beer, etc...again your choice). These are available from a drop-down list when you buy the Equipment Kit. . . .
4/20/2009 – I am a first time brewer,my first attempt was the Munich Lager and it turned out EXCELLENT! I would like to order more before it becomes unavailable. How long can I store the kits before brewing?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Since we use dry malt extract, our kits are quite shelf-stable. Several months shouldn't be a problem at all.
9/16/2008 – I pitched the yeast about 5 days ago and I can see no bubbles coming up from the primary fermenter. Should I be worried? Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I've never seen a beer that was improved by worrying. Here is what I would do:If your beer is in a "bucket" type fermenter, you could be losing some CO2 out the seal or around the stopper. I would check that first. Hammer it down around the edges and see if that starts bubbling.If not, I would open up the lid and see if there are . . .
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 . . .
3/12/2008 – On the directions to your kits it is stated that the beer will get better with aging. I've brewed a few of your kits and I would like to know the proper way to age the beers. I've brewed the west coast blonde Ale, and Diamond Knot IPA.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With ALL beers, it is important to age them away from strong sunlight or florescent light. For ales (like those you brewed), room temperature storage is just fine. For lagers, it is BEST to let them sit at room temperature for at least 2 weeks or so, and then store them in a cool area, like a basement. 42-55 deg F is ideal for that. . . .
2/19/2008 – i purchased the brown ale, followed the directions but it's ben over 10 days and im still not getting any bubbles through the air lock. Beer temp is aprox 68 to70 degrees,what do you think?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I think you should take a hydrometer reading. A hydrometer reading of your specific gravity will tell you what the condition of your beer is (done, still fermenting, not done etc), so you can THEN decide what the next step is. Time does not do this. Specific gravity readings do. Bubbling is an indicator, but a hydrometer reading tells . . .
2/19/2008 – I am thinking about brewing your Munich Lager kit. Like the directions indicate, I am going to cool the temp way down once the yeast starts to get fermenting. My question is; do I need to keep the secondary at these low temps as well or do I bring it back up to 70 degrees?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you can, keep your beer at low temps, through both primary AND secondary fermentation. It will be improved if you do, but may take a LONG time to finish. If that is not possible, don't worry, go ahead and raise it if need be.When lowering the temperature, try to take it down approximately 1 deg F per day. This avoids "shocking" the . . .
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!
11/5/2007 – I am brewing your Munich Lager and using Wyeast for the first time. I didnt realize it had to be refridgerated, and I pitched it right after popping the seal. It isnt fermenting yet (12hrs) like the last batch did. Do I have a problem? CAn I still pitch the dry yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you don't really have a problem, but your beer will have a "lag time" before starting to ferment. That is because you didn't have sufficient yeast cells in the at the start. It WILL start, however, if you wait. Yes, you can go ahead and pitch the dry yeast if you like. No worries.
7/18/2007 – Wow, Thanks for the speedy answer's to my Q&A.Do you sell recipe packs as A lot, IE several types of recipe's. I'm trying 2 brew my first beer, I like all beer but for the first time brewer, I would like a variety 2 choose from. Hoping for a discount by shipping all at once!Thanx, Beer Lover
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In our recipe kit category, you can select any number and type that you want. Here is a link to that category:On the shipping, the cost usually declines (per item) with larger orders.Is that what you mean?
6/25/2007 – I am eager to bounce into the world of Home Brewing. What type of beer should I attempt to brew first, if I am a rookie at this? Should I attempt bottling first, then move onto kegging? Thanks, and Happy Brewing!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome to our world!The best of type of beer to make is the kind you like to DRINK! All beers are made in a similar manner, so there is really no such thing as a "starter" beer. We encourage people to select a favorite beer style kit from our lineup in the Beer Ingredients (Recipe) section. Below is a link to that category.These kits . . .
4/8/2007 – I am planning on buying the deluxe kit this summer and am extremely excited to start brewing my own beer. I understand being a novice beer brewer it is probably best to stick to the accredited recipes, but eventually I want to create my own recipe, a beer to call my own. My question is what would you say is the best way to learn which ingredients . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, I would agree that it is best to start with recipes that are known to produce a great beer, like our line of Ingredient Kits. Creating your own beer IS a lot of fun too, and we always encourage brewers to do that. With our kits, everything is clearly labeled, and instructions walk you thru everything. It is helpful to get a good brewing . . .
1/29/2007 – I've just finished brewing your Munich Lager. It's the second batch of this I've brewed. The first one was fine (liquid yeast and your priming sugar). This new one I used your dry yeast but light dme to prime. I did 2 stage fermentation, one week each. Then I left at room temp for carbonation. I tried one this weekend and it was very cloudy . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it should come out just fine. It does take longer, is all. Leave at room temperature until fully carbonated.aybe another 2 weeks? Just guessing here.I am assuming that you use more DME than you would with corn sugar. For 5 gallons, you should use about 1.25 cups DME.
1/25/2007 – My first brew! First fermentation took 3 days. Been in carboy now for 4 days - no more activity - so I took a hydrometer reading - now at 1.010 original was at 1.042. Could it be ready for kegging? Seems crazy fast. Great site!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Why worry? Hydrometers don't lie. It may seem crazy fast to you, but it happens all the time. Fermentation time doesn't mean diddly. Hydrometer readings do. Lots of commercial breweries are on a 7 day brew-to-keg schedule.It's ready to keg!
1/15/2007 – My question is as follows: I would like to know the weights of the malts, grains, hops, irish moss, and yeast used to make each batch. Could you inform on that? I am trying to keep a record and I failed to do that myself.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sorry. That is something that we do not do. Our kits are proprietary recipes of Homebrew Heaven. We are justifiably proud of them, having won many awards and honors. Even commercial breweries have asked us for our recipes, and we've given the same answer.
1/8/2007 – I just brewed my first batch of beer and I think my impatience got the best of me. I placed the primary fermentor in my basement with a room temp at 55 degrees (approx. 6 days). I misread the directions as to when to switch the beer into the secondary fermentor. There was one bubble every 40 seconds, I didn't wait for the one bubble/minute . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely NO reason for concern here.We give time guidelines like "one bubble per minute" reluctantly, and the only reason we do it is because people insist on using a clock as a measure of how "done" their beer or wine is. They hate using a hydrometer. Clocks are more familiar, I guess. It is completely an artificial yardstick. Yeast . . .
12/30/2006 – I have started brewing a batch of Shamrock Irish stout, it has been 72 hours and I have seen minimal productivity in the primary fermenter (1 major bubble from the air lock). The temp in the area of fermantation is approx. 68 degrees, my starting SG was 1.046, i am worried that nothing is occurring. should I transfer to carboy or take a reading . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Worrying never improved a beer.My guesses at this point (in order):1) The fermentation already occured, you just missed it2) The lid on your primary fermenter is not sealed 100%A hydrometer reading will tell you what is up.There is no harm in opening up your bucket, and siphoning off a sample into your hydrometer test jar. . . .
11/13/2006 – I recently ordered the Munich Lager kit, But I was wondering what is the best way to serve this beer? Ice cold or room temperature? I kind of like my beer at room temp in a frosted mug. Will it tasted ok this way?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly, if that is the way you like it! I prefer cold, but everyone is different.
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
7/10/2006 – I am wanting to start homebrewing and wanted to know what all I would need and what you recommened from your store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit is an excellent way to jump in! The only other things you need are a pot to cook it in (4 gallon minimum, but bigger is better), some bottles (easy to save/obtain) and water. As far as hardware, that's about it.Just pick the ingredient kits to go with it. They are all made very much the same way, so pick . . .
4/9/2006 – With your recipe kits, what would happen if i added the hopped extract to the water in the at the same time i added the specialty grains and started heating? I don't really like moving 6 gallons of boiling water off a cooker to prevent scorching the extract and thought adding the extract right at the start would help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do that, however the dry malt extract will take a while to fully dissolve in the cold water. You will find that our dry malt extract based kits tend to float on the top of the water until it dissolves, therefor scorching is less of a problem than with liquid (syrup) malt extracts that fall to the bottom.
3/26/2006 – Delayed fermenting question...For three days, my IPA was happily bubbling along when we got a cold snap.. Then there was a decrease in fermenting for a good 2 days or so, even though I moved the primary fermenter inside from the garage. Will this affect taste adversely? Should I rack it into the secondary fermenter earlier/later or anything? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The most common question we get is:"My beer/wine is not fermenting (according to their perceived schedule) like I think is should...is it ruined?" People think it is either fermenting too slow or too fast, or has stopped prematurely or won't quit fermenting (again,... according to their schedule). This question falls into the same category. . . .
10/25/2005 – I would like to buy my husband a starter kit for home brewing. I've been looking online for a while now and every kit is a little different. I want to get him the best and necessary items to begin brewing. What are these items? Which kit is the best for us? We have never brewed before.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For my money, this is it (the Deluxe Brewing Kit). With this kit, get an ingredient kit (of the type of beer he likes) and you've got it!
9/27/2005 – Hey - my inlaws have purchased kits for me from you - the Munich Lager just won first in my homebrew club!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear of your success with our kits!
8/11/2005 – When using the dry malt extract what do you then add to it? Yeast, sugar, what? have never brewed before and I do not know what to order to make a batch of beer. thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Dry malt extracts are used in many ways. Yes, it is mixed with yeast, hops, water etc in many recipes to make a great variety of beers. Dry malt extract is the main ingredient in our Homebrew Heaven Ingredient Kits. I would recommend going that way for your first batch at least. They come with all the ingredients necessary to make 5 great . . .
6/8/2005 – Does the Delux brewing kit include everything that I need to brew beer indoors? If not, what else do I need to get?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit is an excellent way to jump in! The only other things you need are a pot to cook it in (4 gallon minimum), some bottles (easy to save/obtain) and water. As far as hardware, that's about it.Just pick the ingredient kits to go with it. They are all made very much the same way, so pick the style of beer that . . .
5/16/2005 – i just asked a question but forgot to ask about your ingredient (recipe) kits. Do the kits come with all the ingredients that i need or do i need to buy other ingredents to make my beer? and thanx again,i noticed that you don't try to sell people needless products when they ask you questions about home brewing. you just want to help people . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Homebrew Heaven Ingredient Kits come with everything you need except water; they are pre-measured, and ready to go with complete instructions. Thank you for your comment; we try to be helpful. In the long run, that is best for home brewers, and best for our business as well.
4/22/2005 – I just bottled the Munich Lager that was given to me at xmas (don't see it listed on your current offereings). Anyway - how long should it bottle condition before I crack one open? I'm introducing a friend to homebrewing next Sat with the Scuttlebutt Porter and want to share the Munich Lager!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Figure about 2 weeks at room temperature for carbonation to develop. Longer if it's cold. Go ahead and crack one next Saturday...it may be ok.You're making me thirsty. Enjoy!
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!
1/17/2005 – I'm considering buying the deluxe kit but I have a couple of questions: specifically, regarding the smell involved in the process - would allowing frementation to take place in doors, e.g., a closet in a second bedroom or something, create significant odor?also, is it possible to "tweak" the ingredient kits at all, e.g., add something here . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You will notice an odor from the fermentation process, but it's really not objectionable, and typically only lasts a few days...maybe a week. I wouldn't hang my best clothes in that closet, but otherwise it should be fine.Yes, you can tweak our ingredient kits. It's fun to try additions like honey, molasses, extra malt extract, spices . . .
1/13/2005 – I'm new to brewing first off, and I've brewed up two Brewers Best kits so far (Steam-style, Robust Porter). In each case, I got strangely low readings on my hydrometer for the original gravity. Both beers should have been around 1.050, but the steam came in at about 1.028, and the porter at 1.021. I've even switched to a new hydrometer . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Lots of thoughts. Some are gems, some are just ugly stones.1) We don't sell "Brewer's Best" brand kits, and won't comment on them. We feel OURS are much better, however.2) A hydrometer reading of 3.5 gallons (concentrated) wort is useless. It WILL be higher. It's the final (5+ gallons) value that you are interested in.3) Doing . . .
12/28/2004 – Would you substitute wyeast 1056 for the 1028 on this product? I understand there will be a difference in the kit price.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We'd be happy to! Just make note in the "Comment" section at checkout. No additional charge for making the switch. Same goes for any of our Homebrew Heaven Beer Ingredient (recipe) Kits.
12/9/2004 – Dear HBH, If I was to buy 4 or 5 ingredient recipe kits(belgian ale, etc) how long would it take before the ingredients would go bad or start to affect my beer in a negative way? and what are some ways I can keep them fresh? If I were to put the hops in the fridge would that be enough? YOU GUYS ROCK!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our kits are really pretty stable at room temperature. They will last for maybe a couple of months without any noticeable degradation. If you like, you can take out the bag containing the grain, yeast and hop additions out of the box, and put them into the freezer. I'm guessing you could store them this way for at least 6 months (probably . . .
10/8/2004 – Hello, I'm a complete beginner but I'm very interested in purchasing your Deluxe Brewing Equipment Kit. I'm sure these questions have been asked many times but i just need your help to get the right equipment. Thanks in advance.What else do I need besides the equipment in the kit and how much do you sell it for? Can I use any glass beer . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You just need a pot to cook it in, and some bottles. The best bottles to use are the pry-off type, not the twist off. Used bottles are just fine, just be sure to clean and sanitize them first.The equipment kits that we offer (at a discount) when purchased with the equipment kit are all made in the same way...so pick the type of beer you . . .
10/6/2004 – I have just purchased a brew kit, with the belguim ale ingredient. Ale is my favorite, my question is the good ale`s i buy in the store say their fermented in the bottle (with a little sediment on the bottom of the bottle) is yeast placed in the bottles before capping?Is there any recipe information on making ale`s.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is called bottle conditioning, or carbonating in the bottle. All of our kits (including our Belgian Ale Kit) are set up to do this, and have complete instructions. This technique works equally well with lagers, as well as ales.There is no need to add additional yeast at the time of bottling.
9/28/2004 – I'm worried the fermentation on my Munich Lager may be stuck. The bubbling had slowed way down in the primary fermenter (under 1 per minute). I moved it to the secondary about a week ago and took a hydrometer reading. It read about 10.40. It has hardly bubled at all since then (maybe once every 5-10 minutes). I took another reading today . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would suspect that your readings are inaccurate. Either the volume is less than 5 gallons, or your hydrometer is off. It cannot bubble for a week without the gravity going down. Try checking your hydrometer in water to see if the reading is 1.000, as it should be. Occasionally, the "slip" out of calibration. If the taste is ok (not sweet) . . .
9/25/2004 – Hi. It's our first time homebrewing and we have recently transfered the Munich Lager into the secondary fermenter. I notice now small, brownish clumps forming in the beer. Some seem to sink, others cling to the side. Is this normal? Is it trub forming? Or is it something else?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Entirely normal. You are correct, that stuff is trub...and it will eventually settle to the bottom.
8/31/2004 – I have just purchased your deluxe brewing kit and got the Munich Lager to go with it. We do not have a place to ferment it at 45 degrees. What I was wondering is if it would work to put the plastic fermenter in a large pot with ice in the pot? It would keep it cool, but the temperature would fluctuate some since the ice may melt during . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that will work. Try insulating the carboy by putting an old t-shirt over it. It will help moderate the temperature swings.
8/9/2004 – I received my Deluxe kit last week. This weekend I cooked up my first batch. All went well. I am doing a Munich Lager brew. The directions say to ferment at around 45 - 55 degrees. I have it in a refrigerator that has a thermostat control. It is staying around 50 degrees. My question is, how long will it take for it to be ready for . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It may take longer than that, the 2-3 weeks is just a guideline. It is ready to transfer to the secondary when the hydrometer readings are "about" 1.020 to 1.025 (or so). That may take a week, maybe two.
7/18/2004 – I like Michelob Amber Bock. Actually any Amber beer is good. What recipe would you recommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would advise you try the Munich Lager Kit. It is amber in color, malty and GOOD.
5/16/2004 – I noticed in the recipes from "Capturing Beer" that the author recommends using less bittering hops when brewing up a full 5 gallons (instead of boiling 2-3 gallons and adding water to the primary). Do you recommedering with the bittering hops of your kits when boiling up a full 5 gallons of wort in the brewpot?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. Our kits are designed for a full 5 gallon boil (or more). That is the best way to make beer, and that the way we recommend doing it. Using a concentrated wort (partial boil volume) doesn't properly utilize the hops (or malt) in the kit. It will still make good beer, but it is better to boil it all. Actually, I like to start with 6 . . .
5/11/2004 – Does the complete kit come w/ingredients and supplies to start brewing the day I recieve the kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It comes with the necessary brewing hardware, but not the ingredients. We offer about 16 different beer styles to choose from as far as ingredients, so find the one that suites YOU best!See below for a link to them:
5/4/2004 – I was thinking about buying the Complete Homebrew Equipment Kit does it contain everything I will need to start brewing? I have a large 5 gallon pot already is there anything else i need?Thanks and cant wait to start brewing!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as hardware, that's about it. You will need some bottles (brown, re-cappable beer bottles are best), but they are easy to obtain locally. If you like, we have new bottles as well.Just pick the ingredient kits to go with it. They are all made very much the same way, so pick the style of beer that you like to drink!
4/11/2004 – I have two of your ingredient kits that require a lower temp. and I am not set up as of yet with my second refrigerator. I purchased the Munich Lager Kit and Belgian Ale Kit this last winter (04) and am wondering if there might be a time issue on these kits? It may be two or three more months before I will be ready to brew.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 2-3 months are not a problem as long as they don't see extreme heat...like about 90 deg F.By the way, the Belgian Ale is NOT normally done at low temp. It is an ale, and should be fermented at about room temperature.
3/25/2004 – I am returning to home brewing after about 10 years off - don't ask! I made several batches of a kit called something like "Irish Ale" which was suggested by the retailer where I bought my original supplies. It was amber colored and well received by all. My understanding was that pilzners and ales could be made without cooling, lagers and . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Welcome back!There are two primary types of beer, ales and lagers, based on the type of yeast used to ferment them. Typically, lagers are the following styles:pilsnersbocksmarzen/oktoberfest/vienna beersAles have many different styles:stoutsporters weizenspale alesIPA'sbelgian alesThe above listing are generalities . . .
3/7/2004 – I am new at the home brewing and I wanted to buy this kit. I was wondering if buying this is all I will need and be able to start? what else do I need if not?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as brewing equipment goes, that's about it. The only other "hardware" that is necessary is a large pot to cook it in (minimum of 4 gallons, like a canning pot or stock pot) and cappable bottles. Most people have a pot kicking around somewhere, and beer bottles are easy to obtain locally. Save your emptys, or we can sell you new ones.You . . .
2/3/2004 – Already bought the kit but don't have a way to lager at 40-55 degrees. Any recommendations for easily converting the kit ingredients (probably by adding other ingredients) to another type of beer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can still make it by fermenting at room temperature. It will turn out fine. Just try to refrigerate your bottled beer for a week or two before drinking. The "lagering' will take place in the bottle. Alternatively, you could obtain an ale yeast, and make this into a nice ale. No problem!
12/27/2003 – A while back you answered a question about adding blackberries to make a blackberry wheat. How about adding cranberries for a cranberry wheat?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Heck yes. I've found that the only thing limiting you is fear and common sense. Thankfully, I have little of either. About the only advice I can give is add too little, rather that too much. Sneak up on the amount you use.
11/26/2003 – I recently bought Shamrock Stout. The bubbles were down to under a minute within 2 days, which is when I transferred to the secondary carboy. The bubbles aren't apparent now... which leads me to believe I should add more yeast. The temperature was 78 f at initial yeast introduction, yet now I am concerned that the yeast was not good... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds just fine to me. A fast, vigorous fermentation is a good thing! It indicates good, fresh yeast and ideal fermentation conditions. This kind of thing is more common in summer months, but it sounds like you have it in a warm place.I assure you that even if you don't see them, plenty of yeast are still in there. I would just let . . .
11/9/2003 – What is the life span of the beer (period of expiration)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not very long at MY house! Seriously, tho, if you store your homebrew properly, it should last for at least a year. Some, like the heavier, darker beers just get better with age. I have had some that was over 4 years old and it was excellent!
10/26/2003 – when i purchase the kit can i also purchase the ingredients? and if so what are the types and prices?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, absolutely. We have a whole category of ingredient kits (recipes) showing types and prices. Here is a link:This category is directly below the brewing equipment category.
10/9/2003 – A couple of my buddies and I are looking to start making our own homebrew but we are totally lost. Please advise us on what we need to get equipment and brewing material wise.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, really, just this kit, some ingredients (pick a beer style that you like), a pot to cook in in (4 gallons or more) and some bottles. Often, people have a pot available, and can find (or save) enough bottles to take care of it.Enjoy!
9/7/2003 – I am looking at starting to home-brew. I have a "Nugget" variety hops plant that I just harvested. Besides the kit, what ingredients and what recipe book should I purchase? How do I process the hops, which are now drying?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations. We get a kick out of brewing, and so will you!The kit contains a book with many different recipes, AND we have a variety of pre-assembled ingredient kits available to produce a huge variety of beers. I would NEVER tell someone what beer to drink. I say, brew the beer you like to drink! We try to make an ingredient kit . . .
6/25/2003 – What do they mean by the liquid yeast option?...and how does it affect the flavor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The liquid yeast option is a special Wyeast liquid yeast culture that gives the lager an "authenitic" flavor. You can choose this over the dry lager yeast if you prefer.By authentic, we mean complex and rich. Dry yeasts are good, but there are only a few types available. Wyeast cultures offer dozens of quality liquid yeasts, and is known . . .
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