difference that properly oxygenated (not just "aerated") starters
and wort can make in your brewing. A must have for those brewing
higher gravity "imperial" or "double" beers. With Oxygenation
Systems you'll get faster starts and more vigorous, complete
fermentations. Oxygen cylinders for these Oxygenation systems are
available at many large hardware stores (in the brazing, welding
sections) or welding supply stores.
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
7/23/2008 – I have one of these aeration kits and I was curious if I could use it on a batch of wine. I added way too much sulfite to this batch (I'm at about 100ppm!) and thought I might try to use this to reduce the level a bit in addition to some splash racking. I could also see this as being a very bad idea. Any thoughts?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I see no harm in that, as long as the yeast has not been added (yet).
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!
10/31/2007 – I am brewing the Shamrock Stout with Wyeast and after 4 days, the fermentation has seemed to stop. The specific gravity is 1.022. Florida is hot and my house cant get any colder than 75 degrees. Is this interfering with fermentation? What can I do?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: First, make sure that you really have 5 gallons (volume). If you actually have less, then the reading is normal. Often, people don't account for what was lost to evaporation during the boil. It can easily be 1 gallon. It COULD be that the temperature is a problem, but unlikely. More likely is insufficient oxygenation before adding yeast. . . .
9/3/2007 – Looking into improving on the fermentation of my brews.On occasion I finish at a higher gravity then I think I should. I've thought of getting the oxygen bottle & stone, but was wondering how effective this product is,or if it affects the taste at all.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We find it VERY effective in reducing your ending gravity. Yeast cells just LOVE that boost of oxygen, and compete harder for available malt sugars. This means a "drier", or "cleaner" flavor as well as more alcohol that we like!
5/24/2007 – I recently purchased your oxygenation kit and I went to home depot and got a bernzomatic O2 cylinder. I read some of the warnings on the package and I am a little concerned that it says "do not inhale, this oxygen not certified for medical use" and "the contents of this cylinder and products of its combustion contain compounds known to the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You are correct. They are very different things. They have to put that warning on to keep people from using the cylinders for breathing purposes. My feeling is that it is entirely safe. If any compounds are produced (by COMBUSTION, which doesn't happen) then they would certainly be dissipated during the active fermentation cycle that you . . .
4/10/2007 – Deluxe Brewing and a Keg System. Do I need or just want to have the Oxygenation System Kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is a difference? Just kidding...We like the oxygenation system, but it is not essential for brewing or kegging. I would consider it only if you find that your beers have higher ending gravities (or sweetness) than you like. Most brewers do not use it. They simply aerate their wort as best they can by splashing, stirring etc.Another . . .
4/1/2007 – Is this the "oxygenator" from Liquid Bread, or some other product?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it is from Gulfstream Products. You'll get faster starts and more vigorous, complete fermentations.
3/14/2007 – i am thinking of trying your new canadian blonde ale but am questioning your instructions on aerating the wort. i thought the more air you introduce to your wort the more chance of introducing bacteria into your brew?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's easy to take the sanitation thing too far. Your wort needs some oxygen to get off to a healthy start. The yeast will reproduce faster that way, take over your wort, and actually PROTECT it from bacteria. A little air exposure is VERY unlikely to introduce bacteria. Unsanitary equipment will, but air? Not likely. It is also possible to . . .
1/16/2007 – I am going to be using a spigot with my new 9 gallon brew pot. What is the best way to screen the trub when transferring from the brew pot to the fermenter? Should I use a Kettle Screen? Will it fit in a 9 gallon pot? or would something else suffice? I was also wondering if there will be less aeration with the spigot and how can I keep my . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That's a LOT of questions. We don't mind, but sometimes we have to wait to get to them. It's often better to ask the questions separately. That way we can categorize them for others to read. Glad you like your kit!I like to use a Kettle Screen for straining trub in the brewpot, but even if you didn't strain, there is no harm. The Kettle . . .
2/18/2006 – I looked for the o2 bottles at my local Home Depot (Hawaii). The only ones I found were the red bernzomatic o2 bottles. I noticed the top of the label says "left hand threaded" are these compatable with your o2 system. I also looked at the bernzomatic website and these, that I mentioned, were the only o2 cans available. Thanks again!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No problem. Those are the ones you want. The Oxygenation kit regulators are left hand threads also. Clearly marked on the regulator.
1/26/2006 – I was wondering at what point in the entire brew process that the oxygenation is most beneficial. Would it be ok to oxgenate throughout the primary fermentaion at regular itervals. Is it recommended only twice due to contamination conscerns? My thought was to drill a hole in the bucket lid the same size as the air lock hole and grommet . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is most beneficial when added just prior to adding the yeast. It is NOT beneifical after fermentation has started.
4/21/2005 – I am planning on buying the deluxe kit this weekend, but I notice you are out of stock on the Oxygenation System Kit. Is there something else that I can get this weekend that will do the same thing without breaking the bank?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure. There are lots of ways to get oxygen into your cooled wort. Simply shaking and splashing will help. The Fermentap Spray Aereator is another very basic tool that you siphon thru, and it creates a "fan", helping it to absorb oxygen from the air (link below).
3/15/2005 – I would like to filter hops, fruit etc. while I siphon into my fermenter. Would any of your screens work well when attached to a siphon hose? Do you have any other suggestions outside of a tapped kettle connected to a bazooka screen?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The real problem will be getting the stuff thru your siphon hose. If you are willing to pour the wort:In our Brewing Accessories category we have a variety of straining bags that might well serve this purpose.There are also funnels with straining screens that can be used.
2/14/2005 – How do I adjust the oxygen flow rate? Just a small area of bubbles? or do I want it to look like it is at a rolling boil?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Adjust so that the bubbles barely break the surface. No need for a rolling boil, this is just oxygen escaping, instead of going into solution.
2/6/2005 – Regarding oxygenaton of wort: why is it that the pouring of the wort into the primary (bucket style) isn't enough to airate it sufficiently?Is there a oxygen testing kit to aid in the determination of dissolved O2, or is it a "hope this is enough" kind of deal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It may be enough, but it may not, too. It is better to have more oxygen at that stage than too little. Remember, all that boiling of your wort drives off oxygen like crazy.Testing for dissovled O2 can be done, but the equipment is rather expensive. Yes, for home brewers it is typically a "hope this is enough" kind o deal.
1/27/2005 – Concerning the oxygenation system. When I sterilize the stone and vinyl tube, do I have sanitize the inside of the tube as well? Also, I have heard that it is best to boil the stone in order to sanitize it. If so, do I have to take it out of the tube and plop into a container with boiling water? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I don't see a need to sterilze the inside of the tube. Only pure oxygen passes thru it. To sterilize the Stone, I like to just use Iodophor. That way you can immerse the Stone and the tubing in the solution and sterilize them both at the same time. Very quick and easy.
1/12/2005 – I live in a downtown basement apartment where I assume doesn't get a whole lot of "fresh" airflow because there are no windows. I understand that yeast like a lot of oxygen(at first). Do you think that this will be a problem,If so what can be done? thoughts, tips?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not a problem. Air contains about 20% oxygen, and the yeast certainly don't care if it's fresh! Just aerate your wort (beer) prior to adding the yeast. You can do this by shaking, whipping it into a foam, splashing etc...or if you want to get high tech, we have an oxygenation system available that will infuse your wort with PLENTY of 100% . . .
1/9/2005 – A friend of mine raves about the impact of oxygenating his wort prior to fementation. I've been looking locally to see if I can find oxygen canisters that are compatible with your system. Does this canister (available at Lowe's)work with your Oxygenation Kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, I am a believer in the benefits of oxygenation as well.Yes, the Lowe's cyclinder is a Bernzomatic type and will work with our Kit.
12/27/2004 – As someone new to homebrewing, I have made quite a few batches with my small kit that was given as a gift, and I am hooked. I have always loved beer and never thought I would be able to make it myself, until now. I want the deluxe kit, but could you tell me everything I need to make great beer? Your kit seems pretty complete but I know . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We think the DeLuxe is quite complete as it is. You will only need something to cook it in, like a large stock pot, and some bottles.There are lots of "convenience" items that some people like (for example, a handle for the carboy) but don't necessarily make for better beer. At some point, you may want to start kegging your beer, but again . . .
6/9/2004 – How much of a difference does this really make? Can I get almost the same improvement using the Fermentap spray aeriator (I'm sure I misspelled that)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The spray type aerator works well, but it is "pulling in" only air, which is only about 20% oxygen. The oxygen system uses 100% oxygen, and more completely oxygenates your wort. The dissolved O2 levels will be considerably higher, and your beers will ferment faster, and more completely (lower ending gravities).
1/24/2004 – Could you explain exactly how this system is used? Are there sanitation issues? Approximately how much oxygen do you use and about how much are the canisters? I am trying to determine if this will be worth the expense.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To use, you drop the "stone" into your cooled wort and allow O2 to bubble thru for about 30 seconds. Yes, you must sanitize the stone and plastic gas line prior to using. Iodophor works well for this. Oxygen canisters run about $10-15 and should last for at least a dozen batches. Whether or not is worth doing is a judgement call, but vitually . . .
11/21/2003 – What size stone is in the kit? .5 micron? And is the kit in stock?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is 0.5 micron. Yes, we do have it in stock!
10/8/2003 – I supply a common Benz-?? What is a Benz? Thank you.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Ooops. It should read Benzomatic disposable oxygen cylinder. They are commonly used for brazing. I have seen them at Sears.
10/3/2003 – I have just started making my first batch of Homebrew. Shaking a 6 1/2 gallon carboy to add more oxygen,before adding the yeast, doesn't seem to very effective. Can a CO2 stone be used to add more O2 to the wort. Thank you very much.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. We have an oxygenation setup for that purpose. It is a stainless steel stone, and oxygen regulator. You screw the regulator into a Benzomatic (disposable) oxygen cylinder, and "bubble" pure oxygen thru your wort for maybe 20 seconds. This provides LOTS of oxygen.Here is a link to the oxygen system (see below)
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