8/1/2013 – Due to an unusual amount of rain this year, my plum and peach tree crops have suffered. Although I have plenty of fruit for this fall's wine making, the fruit just does not have much flavor. Are there additives that will give the wine that "plumy" or "peachy" flavor that we have enjoyed so much in years past? A neighbor suggested to me to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are at least three ways to "boost" that fruit flavor: (see links below)1) A flavoring that is added to the wine just before bottling.2) Add additional fruit than was used in the past. More fruit, more flavor.3) Add fruit base products or puree to the recipe and ferment as usualI haven't tried adding schnapps to the wine, . . .
6/6/2013 – I'm making a lambic that calls for 12 oz. of raspberry flavoring. How many bottles do I need to order? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 3 bottles (4 oz each)
3/18/2012 – can you ad cherries to your belguim ale kit to make a kriek style?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly.Use fresh cherries (no preservatives!) and crush and remove pits from them before adding. Best way is to wait until active fermentation is going then THEN the cherry "mush/juice). A nylon straining bag is useful for containing the skins etc.Another way of achieving the same thing is to use our fruit flavorings (see link below). . . .
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
9/16/2009 – Im purchasing a plum wine kit. I would like to put a hint of peach concentrate in it. When should I add this? Should I take some liquid out, scince I'm adding liquid to it.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't sell a plum wine kit. We do sell a canned plum fruit base for making wine. It requires some sugar, chemicals, yeast etc to make wine.To use our natural fruit flavorings, just add them before bottling (to taste). No need to worry about taking liquid out, the flavorings are only 4 oz!
3/11/2009 – Hi, I recent got your West Coast Blond Ale and your blueberry flavoring. I have 2 questions about making a blueberry beer.1) When do I add the blueberry flavoring? Is it the first or second fermentor? 2) If I also wanted to add real blueberries to the beer on top of the flavoring I will be adding to the beer what is the process involved . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) We like to add the flavorings incrementally at the very end of the process...just before bottling or kegging. It's easy that way to take a taste, and determine if you added enough/too much. They contain no sugars, so there is no risk of re-fermentation.2) With real fruit like blueberries, we suggest freezing and then thawing to make it . . .
2/17/2009 – I am trying to make a cherry wheat beer. I am going to use the muntons wheat beer kit but don't know what comes with the kit. Is yeast included. I know I need 2lbs of dry malt. Any recommendations? I figured one muntons wheat beer kit, 6 oz of cherry flavoring, and 2lb of wheat dry malt extract. Should that would? HELP!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it comes with yeast. That should do it as far a ingredients. At bottling, of course, you'll need a little corn sugar or dry mat extract for the carbonation.
12/2/2008 – I am looking for a brown ale. Is this a hazelnut, or more of a classic brown ale?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This kit is a classic brown ale (not hazelnut). It can easily be made INTO a hazelnut, however if that is your desire. See the link to beer flavorings for hazelnut. Just add the desired "nuttiness" to taste before bottling.
6/10/2008 – Does your strawberry flavoring add to the aroma as well as the taste?Does it have any color? If so, will the color settle to the bottom of the bottle after a while?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this flavoring adds both aroma AND flavor. It also has a little color (not too much), but I have not seen it settle to the bottom. It seems to stay in suspension.
4/29/2008 – I would like to make a blueberry beer for this summer and was thinking I would use to West Coast Blonde kit to do so. Do you recommend any other kit to use? I have been researching the best way to make a blueberry beer and have come across a couple different variations as to when to add the blueberries during the process. Do you have any . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, our West Coast Blonde Kit would be an excellent base for a fruit beer. If you like wheat beers, our Wizard's Wheat is also a nice choice.As far as fruit flavors, there are really two options for making a fruit beer: artificial flavorings and natural fruit. Using artificial flavorings is actually a pretty good way to go. They are . . .
1/29/2008 – hey guys short question for you. Looking to make a real light "cherry" beer. Something very summer and very refreshing. wanting to have a cherry flavor to it similar to sam adams cherrywheat and wondering what kit i should buy from you . Yours in brewing Ryan
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A good way to go is to buy the Wizard's Wheat Kit as a "base". To that, you can either add real cherries in the fermenter, OR use out natural fruit flavorings when you bottle. This is REAL easy, and makes a nice cherry beer. The benefit of this product is that you can taste it and adjust if necessary before you bottle.Here are links to . . .
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!
10/11/2007 – Hi, I am planning on ordering your Mead Kit, but had a question on adding fruit. If I want to make a blueberry, or raspberry Mead, when can I add this fruit? During the fermentation, or after the Mead has been Cleared and stabilized? What works best? Or what is the easiest, as I am new to this.Thanks for your help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I like to add (real) fruit to a straining bag once fermentation has started. Leave it in there for perhaps 4-7 days until most flavors and sugars are extracted, and then remove the pulp. Other do it differently, and make excellent meads, however (actually, a mead with fruit is called a melomel).You asked about the easiest way as well. . . .
8/2/2007 – These flavorings work well in my meads. What do they contain?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We're certainly not chemists, but it is our understanding that they are completely artificial flavorings. Probably each flavor has a different makeup. They do NOT contain sugars of any kind.
7/20/2007 – WHEN USING FLAVORINGS,CAN YOU STILL ADD POT. SORBATE AND CAMPDEN TAB. AND LATER ADD SUGAR TO TASTE??? WITH A FLAVORED SWEETNER YOU OMIT SORBATE--IS THIS RIGHT?? SORRY FOR TWO QUESTIONS... THANKS,STEVE
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The purpose of Potassium sorbate and campden tablets (potassium busulfite) after fermentation is to stabilize the wine, and prevent re-fermentation. So yes, after your wine has stopped fermenting and adding those two things, you should be able to add sugar to taste in order to sweeten your wine.No, OUR flavoring does not contain sorbate . . .
3/17/2007 – I'm going to make a strawberry mead and was wondering if the flavors should be added at bottling or if I can add it after the primary fermtation is over and I've racked it for bulk aging?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would add it just before bottling. That way you can taste it, and adjust the amount of flavoring to suite you!
2/19/2007 – I am making cherry ale for the first time using extract instead of fruit and a bit confused if to use both 4oz bottles for a five gallon batch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With our fruit flavorings, it's easy to get about the right amount. Simply add some flavoring and taste it before adding more or bottling. Typically, for a 5 gallon batch, you would use about ONE bottle of flavoring, rather than two.
11/20/2006 – I'm interested in brewing a cherry stout and was planning on using your Shamrock Stout kit. The recipe that I'm using calls for a combination of sour and choke cherries, or just sour cherries. Are the cherries in the Oregon Fruit Purees sour cherries? Also, for the stout kit I plan on using, would this be a good kit to use or do you recomend . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, they are sweet cherries in the fruit puree. Yes, the Shamrock Stout Kit would be an excellent 'base' for your cherry stout, but consider using a cherry flavoring at the end. No additional sugars this way, and you can "add to taste" just before bottling. See link below.
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
10/9/2006 – If I were to add a fruit extract to the West Coast Blonde Ale, for example raspberry, at what point during the brewing process should it be added?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it it OUR fruit flavorings, you add it just before bottling. It contains no ferentable sugars, so they can be used in this way. This is convenient, because you can adjust the amount used "to taste".OTHER extracts often contain sugars and preservatives which will either cause refermentation, or prevent carbonation altogether.
7/1/2006 – ok this may seem like a dumb qeustion i just started brewing about 6 months ago and was thinking of experimenting with the Death by Barleywine. i like the taste and the strength but was wondering if i add some fruit extract (cherry) before botting how it would effect the taste of the beer and will the fruit flavor be too strong if i aged it . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not dumb at all. That's the beauty of adding our fruit extracts before bottling; ... you are able to taste a little to see if you have the "right" amount for you! The fruit flavor itself will not get more intense, but as you know, the flavor of the barleywine will change considerably with aging.
6/28/2006 – Could you please give a typical range of amount of fruit flavoring (strawberry)(in volume..eg. tsp. etc.) to add to a 5 gallon batch of otherwise pale ale (nothing out of ordinary for the initial or final gravity/hops bittering of this hypothetical pale ale)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: These flavorings are formulated so that 1/2 to 1 bottle is used per 5 gallons, depending on the amount of flavor you are after. It is easy to taste the beer prior to bottling or kegging it. Start with 1/2 bottle, and see if it's enough for you.
3/31/2006 – What do these sweeteners contain, if not sugar from the actual fruit? Is refermentation an issue? Should I add Sorbate with them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That's just it. They are NOT sweeteners, they are flavorings. No sugar is involved, so refermentation is not an issue. No need for additional sorbate, sulfites etc.
2/25/2006 – when adding the fruit flavors before bottling...do you need to compensate for any additional sugars that may be increasing? Or, are these flavorings sugar-free?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No need to compensate. The flavors are sugar free!
2/13/2006 – A friend bought me a brown ale kit. Can I add the Hazelnut Liquer to make a Hazelnut Brown Ale or will that not work? It sounds intereting, but I don't want to ruin a batch of homebrew.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is a better product for your purposes.Below is the link:It can be added at bottling time "to taste" so that you don't add too much.
12/27/2005 – Is one or two 4oz. bottles recomended for 5 gal. of wine? The bottle says use one but would 2 be too strong?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is really added "to taste", so if it tastes the way you like it, do it. Get 'er done, as the cable guy says! No harm at all.
10/4/2005 – I am currently brwing an apricot ale, and since apricots are out of season could I use dried apricot or would it be best just to use the extract? If I can use dried when would I put them in, how much should I use, and how should I clean/sanitize them?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I wouldn't use dried fruit of any kind. It is often treated with sulfites (preservatives) that inhibit fermentation. If you can't use fresh, it is better to use our flavorings. They are really quite good, and you avoid the "how much to use" issue, as well as the pulp etc that accompanies it. It does not ferment, and can be added at bottling . . .
8/14/2005 – can I get Apple flavoring?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have now added apple flavorings. Here is a link to that product:
2/9/2005 – I've got a homebrew recipe that calls for 11 pounds of fresh raspberries. I was hoping to use raspberry extract in place of the raspberries. For a 6.5 gallon batch, do you know how much extract is roughly equivalent to 11 pounds of raspberries. Any type of fresh-to-extract conversion factor would be a great help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a beer flavoring extract, we recommend the product below:It has no sugar content, however, so if you are hoping to get fermentable sugars, you will have to add them. You can use this product just before bottling, so you can adjust the raspberry to taste. I'm guessing that in a 6.5 gallon batch, you would need about 1 - 1.5 bottle to . . .
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!
1/12/2005 – How long will these flavorings keep once opened? I want to add a hint of fruit flavor can I save the other half for another batch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A long time, certainly, as long as you keep them refrigerated. Shouldn't be a problem.
1/4/2005 – I am making a fruit pale ale. I have 2 questions. I am wondering what to add to my wort? Should it be real fruit, extract, puree, or anything else I have neglected. Also I have read in "The Joy of Homebrewing" that the Krausen, if not removed, from the primary fermenter can create a bitter taste. Is it worth exposing my beer to the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Fruit should not be boiled, but puree or raw fruit can be added to the primary fermenter. Alternatively, you can add extract flavoring after all fermentation is complete. This allows you to "add to taste" just prior to bottling or kegging. Below is a link to the flavorings: 2) We do not advocate removing krausen, unless it makes you . . .
10/19/2004 – I am already planning on making a beer for Christmas and flavoring it with cinnamon and nutmeg. However, if I wanted to use grated ginger in a beer recipe, would it be a good match with something like a Canadian Ale? I want something light and crisp that would be further enhanced by the spice of ginger.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we think ginger makes a nice addition, cinnamon too! HOWEVER...our advice is to be careful with nutmeg. The nutmeg seems to get more intense over time. Even a small amount seems to be too much, so use with caution.
9/17/2004 – i currently have a plum wine racking right now.can i add a flavoring to it that will make it a little more like plum? if so where or what flavor do i add?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can add flavorings, and we now have a plum flavor. Other flavors that might be good with it are raspberry and cherry.
8/6/2004 – I am interested in making fruit flavored meads. However, I do not want to make 5 gal of each at a time. Can I make a generic batch of mead and use the flavors? In addition, do the flavors added at the end impart the flavor quality when fresh fruit or fruit juices are used?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can certainly do that. Yes, when added at the end, they impart a fruit flavor (and aroma) regardless of whether additional fruit juices are used.
7/5/2004 – what flavor would add to a dewberry wine? Can it be added just before you bottle it, and would it start fermenting again?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a matter of taste, of course, but I would think that a flavor like strawberry or raspberry would be nice. These flavorings are added just before bottling, and do not cause re-fermentation (they do not contain any sugar).
1/31/2004 – when are flavorings added to wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Usually, just before bottling (or kegging).
1/8/2004 – Do you have a flavor that can be added to an extract of apple?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. See link below for that product
7/22/2003 – What is the brand name of the flavorings that you carry?Do you carry the CellarPro brand?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we stock the CellarPro brand of flavorings.
6/17/2003 – Can you add these beer flavorings to priming sugar when bottling and is there a significant amount of sugar in these that may affect carbonation? Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you may add them when bottling. We find this is the best time, because you can judge how much to use "by taste". These flavorings contain no sugars, and do not affect carbonation level.
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