10/18/2011 – I'm interested in brewing Sake. I love your conicals, especially the 42 gallon! How can I control the temperature to stay at 50 degrees F? I think I read a question on the website and the answer was the temperature was controlled by the room temp.... But, I can't have a room at 50 degrees unless it's a walk in cooler or something. Suggestions? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It can be done using an upright freezer and a temperature controller, believe it or not. Even the 42 Gallon Fermenator! The temperature controller allows the freezer to maintain 50 deg F (or whatever temp you choose).I would make sure that the upright freezer you choose is large enough (inside) to accomodate whatever size Fermenator . . .
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
1/26/2008 – 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!
6/3/2007 – Do you think a ranco thermostat would work to control an air conditioner mounted inside a well insulated wooden box instead of a refrigerator/freezer? It seems like it would be cheaper and more efficient to make and insulate a wooden box the right size and shape for a carboy and mount an air conditioner to it rather than buying a whole refrigerator . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sure, it would do that. Whether it's cheaper or more efficient I am not sure. I have seen FREE refrigerators.
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
10/25/2006 – Great site and products. I started brewing about 2yrs ago and have always bottled. Not that cleaning all the bottles, sanitizing, filling, and capping isn't alot of fun, I think I'm ready to begin kegging. My question is that some time ago I built a bar and left a considerable space to house a chest freezer for which I intended to use as . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Chest freezers are excellent for that purpose. You simply need a Ranco temperature controller to control the temperature of your beer (above the usual freezer operating temp). It installs in minutes. We have them.The beer line leading to the tap can be insulated, of course. If it is a long line, you can use neoprene pipe insulating material . . .
7/25/2006 – Id like to put the beer into a keg instead of bottles, but was wondering if i could do this WITHOUT force carbonating with a CO2 tank. Can the beer naturally carbonate in the keg?what would i have to add for this, more yeast or sugar?Would this effect the "shelf life" of the keg?thanks for the help! AWESOME WEBSITE!!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. Use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of corn sugar to carbonate in the keg. You will still need the CO2 to "push" the beer from the keg, however. The beer is drawn from the bottom of the keg up to the spigot. It needs a little "push" to get it there.No, there is no affect on shelf life.Thanks for the kind words about our . . .
1/18/2006 – it's hard to keep my carboy at ideal fermenting temps in my home because of the poor heating. would i be able to use this temp control with a heating pad and where would you sugest where i put the temp sensor. could it be submerged int he wort during fermentation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it could be used that way, but don't immerse the sensor. I would just tape it to the side of the carboy.Common household heating pads are not particularly safe around liquids. Another product might be a better choice, the Brew Heat Pad. It is made for carboys, and adds a little supplemental heat. Below is a link to that product.While . . .
8/3/2005 – I understand the Ranco ETC controller will turn the power back on to your refrigerator once the temperature reaches the set number; however, how far below this setting will the power remain on, i.e. what is the temperature variance?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The variance (called "swing temperature") is also progammable with this unit. You tell it how much variance you want to maintain, for instance +/- 3 deg F.
6/25/2005 – Could you please tell me what to buy to setup a refrigerator as a "kegerator"? I've heard of using a freezer, how is that done? Do you just turn the thermostat to it's warmest setting? I don't currently have anything, keg, tap, co2, etc... I'm thinking about getting a new frig, so my older one maybe be sacrificed to the beer gods. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For a freezer, turning it to "warm" doesn't work. It's still too cold and will freeze. You will need a Ranco Refrigerator Controller to run it at warmer temperatures. Here is a link to that product. A refrigerator would not need that.For the hardware (keg, C02 bottle, regulator, fittings etc) we have a Complete Kegging System. Here is . . .
6/23/2005 – I just purchased the Ranco Controller. I can not find any refrigerators without an ice box, which would be wasted space. so I'm looking at a 7cu ft freezer. Can the controller be used on a freezer without causing it to burn out or otherwise have a short life?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. That is what the Ranco unit is most commonly used for. I rigged one up, and it works great.
6/20/2005 – Is the ranco you have advertised a dual controller heat/cool or single? I need the dual.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will control either a heating or a cooling device, but only one can be plugged in at a time. I guess you would call that a single.
6/13/2005 – How much power can be put through the controller? Will it handle a hot plate?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is a temperature control unit, for switching on/off electrical devices based on your selected temperature. It doesn't carry (much of) a load itself, it simply acts as a thermostat for motors, heaters etc. Maximum load of your device is 16 amps.SPECIFICATIONS:SETPOINT TEMPERATURE RANGE -30?:F to 220?:F DIFFERENTIAL ADJUSTMENT . . .
4/9/2005 – Will a cornelius keg fit into any half height refrigerator? Or better yet, if I were looking for a new refrigerator but didn't want to buy a full size or a expensive kegerator, what are my options?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are so many different 'fridges that it is best to measure (twice) and drink once. For reference, the new cornelius keg itself measures about 22" high, and 9" in diameter. Many half-height 'fridges have a freezer section in the top that interferes with the keg, but some do not. Measure, measure. Certainly a full size 'fridge will . . .
3/23/2005 – What is the temperature differental on this model and is it adjustible?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is claimed to be 1 deg F, but 2 deg F is probably more realistic. Yes, it is adjustable.
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.
2/11/2005 – Could this system be used to 'warm up' a freezer interior to the required temperature for brewing lager style beers?If so, how does it work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that is how it is most commonly used!It works by overriding the freezer thermostat, in other words, you plug your freezer into this device which only turns the freezer on when the temperature exceeds say, 45 deg F (or whatever temp you choose). It turns the freezer OFF at say 43 deg F, so that a temperature of 43-45 deg is maintained. . . .
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!
12/21/2004 – Hello! Where i live it can get VERY hot most of the year, it can even go up to a 120 in summer. Is Homebrewing possible in this hot areas? What part of the process do I need to change to obtain a good batch? I don't want to buy the kit to find out I can only brew during december and january.Your site is great, the help you give is wonderful! . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The fermentation temperature for ales is best kept below about 85 deg F., if that is possible. Often, brewers place their fermenter in a water bath, put a t-shirt on it, and allow a fan to blow air onto the wet t-shirt. This usually provides enough evaporative cooling to do the trick.Another option is to find an old 'fridge or freezer . . .
12/20/2004 – If you are kegging after the secondary fermentation and allowing the beer to condition or age does the keg need to be in the fridge or is it alright to store it in a cool dark place until you are ready to tap it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it does not need to be refrigerated. Storing can be done most in any cool spot. No need for darkness...light won't penetrate that keg!Assuming you like COLD beer, you'll need to refrigerate before drink/tapping it tho!
10/9/2004 – What is the best method to fill bottles from a keg system? How do you reduce the foam and ensure that the beer does not go flat??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The BEST way to fill bottles from a cornelius keg system is using a counterpressure bottle filler. It purges and fills your bottles in an all CO2 enviroment, and fills them from the bottom to minimize foaming. See below for a link to this item:If you don't have a counterpressure filler, you can attach a piece of 3/8" ID tubing (about 10" . . .
10/9/2004 – I LOVE reading all the questions and answers! Now I have one. I am going to be purchasing a kegging system as a gift. Here is what I know I want (I think): I want to have a keg inside of a converted fridge (don't have the fridge yet) and need to know what I would need to set this up, from the keg (corney?) to the fitted tap out the door... . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear our site is useful!To start, you would order a Complete Kegging System. When you click on "Options" it will allow you to select either a single keg setup or a double. To set it up for a 'fridge, all you need to do is add a Refridgerator Tap (or two). All of this assumes you have a standard size 'fridge. Most of them . . .
9/26/2004 – On your keg systems, are the kegs reconditoned? Have all the o-rings been replaced or do I have to do that. I like your site. You are the only one I have seen that has the multiple systems for sale. A friend of mine has been kegging for a few yrs now. He has a double regulater on his so he can run different pressures on the tanks. Is this . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, the kegs are not reconditioned, but we supply the o-ring kits to do that if you want. It's very easy, and the kegs are in good condition anyway. I see no need for two regulators either, as long as the kegs are about the same distance to the tap.Yes, you can carbonate two kegs to 25 psi at the same time. No problem.Yes, you . . .
9/23/2004 – I own a standard 15.5 CO2 keg system and would like to use the CO2 tank and regulator with a cornelius tank. Would my the hoses be consistent with the fittings on cornelius keg with Quick Disconnect fittings?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably. Most systems use a 1/4" ID line, and that will work fine with cornelius kegs. It's possible that you have a different size, but unlikely.
9/14/2004 – I am wanting to set up a system that will allow me to have both a commercially bought keg (like bud light) and my homebrew in it. So far I have bought a chest freezer (14.8 cu ft). I have a couple questions about the rest of the system..one - do I need a CO2 regulator that will send two different pressures to my two kegs since they will . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) No. One regulator will do the trick. You can "branch off" the CO2 line as needed, to the different kegs. A CO2 gas manifold with shutoffs is a nice way to go for this.2) Yes. we have it all. We have helped people set up this kind of system many times. The one issue that comes up often, however, is the connection to the commercial keg. . . .
8/31/2004 – I have a kegerator that has a CO2 tank to carbonate the beer. I plan to use 5 gallon soda kegs for the final fermetation and serving of the beer. Do I need to add the sugar at the end, or will the CO2 carbonate the beer for me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can do it either way. Personally, I like to force carbonate it with CO2. This avoids re-carbonation in the keg, and eliminates sediment from that recarbonation. It also makes my beer carbonated in a DAY, instead of waiting 7-10 days for the carbonation to develop (using the corn sugar method). More beer sooner!
4/17/2004 – Hi. I want to start kegging my beer, but I dont have any refrigerator to convert, whats your recommendation, to get a regular refrigerator or to get a kegerator that is ready for kegs? are there any kegerators out there that you would recommend?thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To me, it's a matter of cost. There are kegerators out there, but they run about $800 plus shipping (which is high). You can often find an old refrigerator or freezer for under $100. If you just put it into a garage, appearance isn't an issue. Converting one of these is easy, and runs much less. We have everything you need to do it.
4/9/2004 – Is it ok to take my keg out of the fridge for a while? Should the beer get stale or skunky if I keep the corny keg pressured up? I need room in my fridge for about 2 weeks until I get my keg fridge...Also, is a temperature regulator completely necessary to use a fridge to ferment Lagers? Have you ever had success controling the temperature . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Your beer will be just fine as long as it is pressurized with CO2. No problem.Most refrigerators only run in the range of about 33-38 deg F., and that is pretty cold for lagering. It can be done, of course, but it will be a LONG fermentation time. 46-58 deg F is considered ideal for the fermentation period...so I would recommend a temperature . . .
3/18/2004 – I was wanting to know if you could give me any advice on choosing between a ball lock and a pin lock keg. I have read that on ball lock kegs it is easey to mix up the gas and beer fittings and that they can be easily put on the wrong side and that you may never get them back off. Is this true or are they marked somehow. Also if I decide . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the fittings are marked "in" and "out" on ball lock kegs. It is possible to put the wrong fittings on, but I've never heard of them getting stuck. Interchangability may be more of an issue...the ball lock style is much more common. We have LOTS on hand, but as far as I know, we only have one pin-lock style.Yes, we carry the CO2 injectors . . .
2/25/2004 – hi! just wondering if alcohol production, conditioning, or fullness of a beer would suffer as a result of kegging opposed to bottling. Just want to brew each beer to full potential!! THANX
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely not. In fact, kegging has many advantages over bottling. Less oxygen is introduced, dry hopping in the keg is a great way to do it, and many others.The factors you bring up (fullness, alcohol production etc) are determined by the recipe formulation and brewing process/techniques. Kegged beer will condition exactly the same as . . .
2/24/2004 – Once a Corny keg is carbonated can it be taken off and stored without being conected to the CO2? Is there a time limit, is temp a factor?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it can be stored off the CO2. Just like kegged commercial beer. Kegged beer can last a LONG time...maybe a year or more if temperatures are moderate. It never NEEDS to last longer than that at MY house!I would try not to store it at temperatures over about 90 deg. F, but otherwise it is quite stable.Remember, that long ago the . . .
2/18/2004 – I am interested in getting the the complete Draft Kegging System for my husband's birthday. However, we do not need the keg but I would like to get whatever else necessary to complete the "Kegerator" setup he has been wanting. What do I need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends...We can send you the Complete Kegging System without the keg if that is what you want; no problem. We deduct the cost of the keg.If you are looking for a "kegerator" setup with a tap on the OUTside of your 'fridge, we can do that too by substituting a few items.It would probably be best to give us a call for either . . .
2/15/2004 – Once the kegs are filled, do they need to be kept cold? If not, what is the "shelf life" of a keg of beer if kept at room temperature? Can room temp. beer be run thru a copper coil bathed in ice, in a cooler for example, to make a portable system that does not require you to keep multiple kegs cold?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No; as long as the beer is kept free of oxygen, it will store just fine at room temperature.Yes, the beer can be run thru a coil arrangment like you descibe. It is called a draft box, usually a stainless coil inside of a portable picnic cooler. You can mount a refrigerator tap(s) on the front, and just fill with ice when you want to dispense. . . .
2/5/2004 – I'm brewing my first batch of homebrew and have the Shamrock Stout in my primary fermentor. I have a keg fridge with a CO2 bottle that I'm going to use instead of bottles. Do I need to prime at all for carbonation, and if not will it affect the taste of the beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you can "force carbonate" your beer by putting it into the keg, refrigerating it, and turning up the pressure to about 25-30 psi. Let it sit overnight, shake it a bit, and the CO2 will go into solution. Just be sure to turn the pressure down to perhaps 6-8 psi (and relieve the pressure on the keg) before dispensing your beer. There is . . .
1/24/2004 – I am thinking about starting to homebrew. I have a kegerator that will fit two cornelius kegs. I am wanting to get a kit, and then keg the beer instead of bottling. Is there a kit specifically for this? as I would not require any bottling equipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can do it!--altho there isn't anything specifically set up on the website (yet).For now, you can just order the full equipment kit, and when you check out, just make a comment that you don't need the bottling stuff (capper, caps)and that you would like a credit for it. That will work. OR..........just call us to place the order (800) . . .
1/1/2004 – What is a "Cornelius keg"? Does it have a ball tap like I am used to, and will fit my present system? Does it have an opening for internal cleaning and how big. I realize that these questions are basic, so thank you for your patience.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A cornelius keg is a stainless steel keg that was commonly used to
dispense soda pop, but they work beautifully for homebrew beer. It
has an oval opening in the top (sealed by an o-ring) that allows
easy cleaning. Here is a picture of an individual cornelius keg:
has . . .
11/30/2003 – I have a 4 keg system that I purchased from you. (System works great! thank you) How do you plumb the counter pressure bottle filler into that system and what additional fittings, tubing or equipment is needed? Also is it possible to retro-fit to fill bottles other than 12 oz type ie wide mouth growlers, could the upper stopper be removed . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear your like our kegging system!You can easily install the counter pressure bottle filler by unscrewing the gas-in connector and then pushing the tubing onto the CP filler. For the beer side, just do the same from your beer line. Nothing else is really needed. I suppose, if you wanted to get real fancy, and have the CP filler always . . .
11/16/2003 – Right now I bottle my beer after primary then seconday fermantation. I understand with a keg I do not have to add bottling sugar to carbonate but in some of the other responses you say that kegs can be carbonated overnight. My question is what about the clearing that takes place in the bottles? When does this happen when you keg? If the sediment . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: First off, you might want to revise your brewing procedures. Your beer should be clear by the time you bottle it. It shouldn't have to "clear" in the bottle. Whether you bottle or keg your beer, you should leave as much sediment behind as possible. Whether this takes 2 days or 10 weeks is not important. The bottling process itself will . . .
10/1/2003 – Do you need just one CO2 tank and one regulater for multiple kegs? How does that work? If you order the "triple" complete draft kegging system are all the necessary parts included to carbonate the 3 kegs at the same time?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you only need one CO2 tank and one regulator for multiple kegs. The CO2 line is cut, and a "T" fitting is put in, allowing more kegs to be connected simultaneously. If you order the Triple, all necessary parts are included to carbonate 3 kegs at the same time. Correct!
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