Locally sourced honey from here in Washington. This
Non-Pasteurized honey is dispensed from a 55 gallon drum via Co2.
The honey variety available to us does vary from season to season
(sometimes blackberry-fireweed, raspberry clover, wildflower,
orange plum, berry blend, etc.) so please call if you want to know
the current blend/variety before you order. Order any
quantity you like, pricing is per pound (3 lb. minimum for mail
order). A very nice honey for making meads, adding to beer, or just
11/23/2014 – Could I use honey with Vintner's Harvest Elderberry fruit base puree instead of sugar? How much honey would you recommend if I plan to make a 3 gallon batch? Also, could a blend of honey and table sugar be used? If so, what amounts would you suggest for a 3 gallon batch? Thank you!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. Technically, it would then be considered a melomel (fruit mead).I would go with about 6 to 7 lbs of honey.Remember also, that your melomel with take considerably longer to ferment since honey is a more complex sugar for the yeast to break down.
12/29/2010 – I've already made a few of your beers and the best one so far was the Death By Barleywine. My wife got me the Diamond Knot IPA kit for x-mas. If I put 1 to 2 lbs of honey during the boil, will I ruin the taste? I like my beer with a little extra heat but I dont want to ruin the DK recipe. I added 2lbs to the DBBW and it was great.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No you won't ruin the Diamond Knot IPA. I wouldn't (personally) go any more than that amount, however. It's a really good IPA as it is.
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
4/30/2009 – Can I use honey as a primer instead of dextrose to use as a bottling sugar? What would the conversion be to honey for a 5 gallon batch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes you can, altho I see little reason to use it for that. Honeys vary quite a lot in sweetness and consistancy, but a "normal" amount is about one half cup per 5 gallons. I wouldn't exceed 3/4 cup, or you risk exploding bottles.Be sure you allow extra time for the carbonation to develop. Honey is a complex of sugars, and it needs . . .
2/7/2009 – I just put in an order for your famous DBBW and 6# of honey. I have heard that the honey makes this great drink even better. My question is: how much honey do I add to the wort and when?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I wouldn´t get too carried away with the honey. Perhaps a pound, maybe 2 at the most. I would add it after you see signs of fermentation (bubbling). Others would argue that, but hey....It's good honey, so use the rest in cooking, on toast etc etc
1/15/2009 – When using raw honey (non-pasturized) do we really need to boil it? If we do have to boil, will we lose flavor? Because, when I add honey to my beer, and I add it, when the first fermentation starts . By the way Nectar of the Gods is the Best!(I got lucky on it!!!, now I know why honeymoon came from Mead.)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You'll find lots of opinions on this issue. It's amazing the amount of controversy that this issue can generate.Personally, I believe you would be fine with not boiling. It makes sense to me, however, to pasteurize the honey/water mixture by bringing it to about 180 deg F for perhaps 15 or 20 minutes. Yes, boiling your honey causes . . .
11/18/2008 – I was researching mead and i stopped by a local meadery and he said for a five gallon batch that primary would probably take between 2-4 months and the entire process will take a year. is this true? Does leaving sit too long in primary damage it? Thank you i love the QnA pages
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Making mead takes patience, clearly, but putting a time on it like your local fellow is just not possible. How long will it take? It depends on the fermentation temperature, the amount and quality of the nutrients added to mixture, the amount and quality of the honey itself, the type and quantity of yeast, and probably 100 other factors. . . .
8/1/2008 – HI, I would like to try to make mead. Do I need to buy a "Beer Kit" and do you sell instructions for this? I have only made whiskey with a still. Beer and mead making is COMPLETELY NEW. Please help with some info and tell what I need to buy. Thank You,,,Paul
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A great way to get started in making mead is with these two products:Nectar of the Gods Mead Kithttp://store.homebrewheaven.com/Product550This is the ingredients, instructions etc to make a nice traditional mead. For the equipment, we recommend our 5 Gallon Complete Wine Making Kit. It has all the hardware...fermenter, test equipment . . .
5/2/2008 – I've brewed four of your beer kits with great success, thank you. I live in New York City, and with summer approaching I’m sure the temperatures will be well above 75. Is there a something, perhaps wine, that will ferment properly at higher temperatures? I’m predicting between 80 and 85 degrees. I’ve heard Mead might, but the one Mead . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes! Red wines and meads, especially, are fermented warm. Cabernets, Merlots, Pinot Noirs etc etc work out nicely. Meads too!Don't let the fact that your first (and only?) taste of mead was too sweet for your tastes. Mead can be made dry as well. With our Nectar of the Gods Mead Kit you actually sweeten to taste (if you like) AFTER fermentation. . . .
4/29/2008 – We tried this mead kit and loved it. Now we want to try a cyser. A lot of what I have been reading says to rack/bottle once it clears up. Do you have any guidelines for how long meads/cysers should ferment? Thanks for the help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In short, no.Here is the thing...MANY MANY MANY factors play into how long a fermentation will take. Here are just a few:Sugar (honey) concentrationStrain of yeast usedFermentation temperatureNutrient level presentType(s) of nutrientsTemperature variations during fermentationAmount of yeast usedMineral content of water . . .
2/19/2008 – I live some distance from the nearest homebrew store's.I do'nt have a lot of storage space.Therefor I would like to order the quinties I need for a batch of beer.One of my favorite beers is a honey stout,I only need 1.5lbs of honey.I think you should allow people to order any quinties they need as along as they order the entire recipe.THANK . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have no problem with doing that, but we have to put the honey into a container of some type for shipping, and that costs money. Our standard container holds about 7 lbs, but costs us a little over $1. To sell 1.5 lbs of honey, we would actually be losing money. If you are ordering bulk malt extract, and we can mix the honey into the extract . . .
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!
1/16/2008 – Hi, I just started homebrewing with a kit from your store. I just received my brown ale kit in the mail and was wondering your thoughts on adding honey to the recipe. Do you think it would be a good idea, if so how much, what type and how do I incorporate it? ...thank you very much
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Honey can be a nice addition, but it's easy to overdo it. It has the effect of:1) Lightening the color2) Raising the alcohol level3) Giving your beer a "dry" taste. It does NOT add sweetness4) Making your fermentation time somewhat longerMy recommendations are to add perhaps 1/2 to 1 lb to a 5 gallon batch, and see how you like . . .
4/13/2007 – You have said to add the honey right after the fermentation of the wort has begun. My question is simply; if I am fermenting in a closed fermentation system, how do I accomplish this? Should I allow the fermentation to begin, that is, after the white head has formed, hence protecting the wort from infection, and then dump the honey directly . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is one of the many things that brewers like to argue over...when, if and how to add honey. Not sure why that is, but they do. I can only recommend a particular way, and try to explain my rationale for doing so. Other brewers do it differently, and make fine beer, I will admit.Honey is a tasty complex of sugars and subtle aromatic . . .
3/15/2007 – I have reciently purchased three of your kits. I was wondering if it would cause any problems adding 16 ounces of honey to any of the kits during the boil,can the yeast handle this, or would it be best to upgrade the yeast? How would this affect my finished beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, that would not cause any problems. The yeast will do just fine. Personally, I like to add it to the primary fermenter rather than to the boil.Effects:About 1% more alcoholHigher starting gravityLonger fermentation timeSlightly more colorPossibly lower ending gravityAdding honey will NOT normally contribute sweetness, . . .
2/12/2007 – I read that you recommend honey to be added just after fermentation begins in the primary fermenter (beer). Does it need to be diluted in a bit of water, or stirred in to ensure propper fermentation, or can you just pour it in and let it do its thing?Thanks so much.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would take some fermenting beer/wine out of your primary fermenter and use this to dilute the honey before mixing it in. Water will work, of course, but why dilute? Yes, you could just drop the honey in, but it will take longer for the yeast to find it and break it down that way.
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
11/4/2006 – I am attempting to brew my first honey beer and am unsure of the quantity and time to add the honey to the brew . I have been brewing beer for about 7 years and i also would like to know if honey would add to the alcohol level as well as sugar?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a 5 gallon batch, try using 1 to 2 lbs of honey. I believe the best time to add your honey is right after fermentation has started. This prevents problems with contamination, and also allows the delicate honey flavors to come thru. Many people just add the honey to the boil, however.Yes, honey DOES add to the alcohol content of . . .
8/24/2006 – I am looking for a receipe for a Honey Brown Ale. Could you add honey to Brewnet Brown Ale? How much would you recommend and when would I add it to the beer. I want to keep the flavor and not increase the alcohol level of the beer. I"ve read that it is possoble to add honey to the primary after diluting it in water. Any advice would be greatly . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely, you can use it, but honey is a sugar, and any sugar will ferment out to provide more alcohol. Yes, adding it to the primary fermenter will provide more honey flavor and aroma, but it will still raise the alcohol level.I would use no more than about 1.5 lbs of honey.
7/21/2006 – I am a first time brewer and pretty new to all of this. I have ordered the wizard wheat recipe and have this question. When do I add the honey and does that change my intial readings because of the change in alcohol content?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Honey can be added at the very end of the boil, or even directly to the primary fermenter after fermentation starts. Both will work just fine. Adding it to the boil, of course, sanitizes the honey which is good, if your honey is "raw" or unpasteurized. If it is pasteurized, I like to add it to the fermenter after fermentation starts. The . . .
6/17/2006 – i am new to brewing (i have helped a friend some) but we have a micro brewery in town (the friend owns) an he made a honey blonde that was great and i am tring to find something close to make may own it was a light wheat with honey do you have ant kits someone could try? p.s. he will not give his recipe but i do know 500 gallon of beer has . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Try our Wizards Wheat, and add about 1 lb of honey. The honey can be added to the last 2-3 minutes of the boil, or directly into the primary fermenter after it begins to ferment (I believe this is the best way!).
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!
1/13/2005 – at what point do you add the honey?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To what, to your toast? If you are making beer with it, we recommend adding it to the primary fermenter just AFTER fermentation starts. For mead, wine etc...at the beginning.
10/28/2004 – can any type of honey be used in beer making?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, as far as I know. I would caution you about using too MUCH honey, however. Using about 1-1.5 lbs in a 5 gallon batch is good. Using 4 or more pounds is probably way too much.
10/11/2004 – I've made a pyment (mead with fruit) using homegrown grapes. The grape concentrate was added to the honey-water mixture towards the end just long enough to pasturize. Mead nutrient was also added at that time. Once the mixture was forced cool (75-80 degrees F), the Wyeast Sweet Mead Yeast Package was added. It had been swelling for about . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Mead is nothing like beer, it is often SLOW SLOW SLOW to ferment. It sounds like it is working, just slowly. Get used to it. It may continue like this for months. Repitching won't help, but more nutrients may.
7/26/2004 – Can you estimate the equivalent weight of a 5 gallon bucket of honey?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It comes in at 60 lbs of honey, + a little for the bucket.
5/22/2004 – Is your clover honey raw?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on your definition of "raw". Our honey has been screened (for impurities) and heated. It is probably more "raw" than what you get in a grocery store, but not completely unprocessed.
3/17/2004 – what is mead???
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A drink made from fermented honey. Yum! It has a long, interesting history.
3/16/2004 – How much honey should you add to a batch of beer to create good flavor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on the type of beer. In a lighter beer, maybe 3/4 lb-1 lb in a 5 gallon batch. In a heavier one, perhaps double that.
3/10/2004 – What is the difference between a dry mead yeast and a sweet mead yeast?? Also if you make mead with a basic wine yeast will it turn out ok?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both mead yeasts are actually liquid cultures. The dry mead yeast finishes out with a less residual sugar, so it is less sweet than the sweet mead yeast.Yes, many fine meads are made with wine yeasts. The true mead yeasts, however, seem to accentuate the honey flavor more than the wine yeasts do.
2/16/2004 – It has been about 4 days since I mixed the ingrediants and put the mead into my primary fermentor and I have not seen any evidence of fermentation. It is rather cold where I live (50-60 degrees) and the mead is in my shed. Will this ruin the mead or just take a really long time to ferment before I can transfer it to the carboy?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is no harm to the mead, but yes, it will take a very long time to ferment. Mead likes it warmer than that. We have a supplemental brew heat pad that would work nicely for applications like this. Link is below
2/4/2004 – About how long will I have to wait before I can drink my mead?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Mead is one of those drinks that just gets better with age. Figure 6-8 weeks to ferment it. After that, we recommend at least 3 months aging...BUT if you can stand to wait a year it is much better. Try putting a few bottles aside from each batch so that you always have some well aged mead on hand!
12/28/2003 – Hi, I recently received a "Nectar of the Gods" kit. I'm planning to make the mead in the next day or two. In going over the kit components I noticed that there are two packets of dry yeast (both the same). Do I use both packets even though the label says one packet is sufficient for 5 gallons?Thanks for your assistance!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, go ahead and use both packets. Mead is slow to ferment, and this extra addtion helps somewhat.
10/24/2003 – I just like to say that I enjoy making your mead kits. I have made "gallons" of it and it never last long. My friends drool over it. The best thing that I found out is to disolve the honey in all the water or juice before I put it my fermenter.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks for the kind words about our kit. We like it too!
10/21/2003 – I have recently started my first batch of mead using the Wyeast Sweet Mead Yeast. After combining the Honey,water and mead blend and allowing the mixture to cool to 75 degrees I pitched the yeast. Unfortunately there seems to be little or no sign of fermentation after 7 days. Is the reaction less obvious than when brewing beer or is my fermentation . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Mead is known to ferment very very slowly, and especially so when using the liquid yeasts. The fermentation is nothing like beer at all. It may be fermenting, but if it's in a bucket, it may be giving off CO2 at about the same rate that the bucket leaks. Hard to say.The mead blend actually contains a little bit of Epsom salts, but there . . .
10/18/2003 – If I wanted to make a cyser, and used your Nectar of the gods mead making kit, how much Apple Fruit Wine Base would I need? If I don't need the full 9.5 lbs., could I divide it between batches?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would use about half of it. You could use the whole can, but you can expect your cyser to be very strong, and sweet if you do. If you divide the fruit base, be sure to seal up and refrigerate the unused portion.
10/16/2003 – What equipment do i need besides the mead kit to make mead?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you want to make a traditional (still, non-carbonated) mead, we recommend the Wine Making Equipment Kit. If you are looking to make a carbonated mead, the Complete Equipment (Beer) Brewing Kit is a better choice.
8/5/2003 – I'm attempting my first batch of mead (or anything for that matter), and am having a great time, but have a few questions. When I'm ready to bottle my mead, is it better to cork it into wine bottles or can I cap it into 12oz. bottles? In either case, how much head space should I leave in the bottle? Do I need to do anything else before or . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear you're having fun with it. So do we!A traditional mead (like our Nectar Kit) is treated like a wine...corked into wine bottles. You CAN however put it into beer bottles if you like, however. If you are making a sparkling (carbonated) mead, I would definately use strong beer bottles and caps. For corks, leave about 2"-2.5" headspace . . .
6/30/2003 – I am a novice home brewer and recently purchased a Mead Kit. I followed the directions and everything looks to be ok. Within 8 hours, I could hear the CO coming out. My only question is: Right now, all the honey has settled tot he bottom. Is this correct or is there something I chould be doing to get it off the bottom?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is correct. Don't worry, the yeast will "seek out" the honey and go to work on it. It takes some time, is all.
6/25/2003 – I am a novice when it comes to wine making. I am about to get started however, and need some advice before placing my order.I plan to make "Mead" for my first batch. Other than Item "H24" in your catalog, do I need to order the Mead Blend or Mead Yeast, and if so, which yeast. I will also be ordering complete kit. I believe the mead . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would probably go with the 5 gallon wine equipment kit and when you want to make the 6 gallon wine kits, get a 6 gallon carboy at that time.The H24 Mead kit has everything you need (including the mead blend) to make it.Sometime it can take a few months, especially in cooler weather, for the mead to ferment out. So when your mead is in . . .
6/11/2003 – Since I've had a few successful batches of wine made (my friends think so) I was wanting to know does this kit come complete or is there any other additional equipment or ingredients I need to purchase for this..Thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This kit provides all the ingredients, as well as instructions, for making a great mead. It does NOT contain any equipment, or bottles. If you have been making wine, you probably have the necessary equipment.
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