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From Anonymous of ?, Washington on 11/6/2013.
From Anonymous of Everett, Washington on 5/31/2013.
Just Kegged this dark brown baby. Got it a bit fizzy and cooled down. First sip of all my beers are questionable. But what an even mouth fill and boosted alc. with the two cups of brown sugar in the boil. The OG was 1.060 and . . .
From Bill H of Marysville, California on 6/19/2012.
This my third time making Scuttlebutt Porter and it seems to get better everytime. Very nice chocolate overtones and full mouth flavor.This last time I added 1/8 stick of brewers licorice. It added a very suttle licorice smell . . .
From brian sweet of gustavus, Alaska on 3/14/2012.
great beer, only thing missing from kit was bottle caps***Editor's Note:With so many people kegging their beer, we don't put bottle caps in our Ingredient Kits. They do come in our Equipment Kits however, and are available . . .
From Bruce Everetts of Petersburg, Illinois on 11/29/2011.
This is the second time that I have brewed Scuttlebutt Porter. It turned out so well the first time and I gave a lot of it away to friends that were well received. I wanted to make it once again so that I could enjoy it this . . .
From Anonymous of Spangdahlem, Germany on 5/11/2011.
Received this kit as a xmas gift and had never tried a homebrew heaven brew kit before and upon opening the box I was immediately impressed with the care and obvious attention to detail that is given w/ these kits. After 4 weeks . . .
From Len of Maple Valley, Washington on 1/31/2011.
I have made 3 batches of Scuttlebutt Porter and a good friend has made 2 batches. The problem it seems to disappear really fast. It would be nice to be able to age some a couple of months. I add 1 cup of dark brown sugar at . . .
From Mark of North Bend, Washington on 1/22/2010.
Great Porter that gets better with age!
pretty darn tasty
From Jason of monroe, Washington on 12/5/2009.
very smooth. threw in some coffee grounds after boil was complete. nice beer
Excellent, even as I screwed up my first batch ever
From Anonymous of Houston, Texas on 5/3/2009.
Excellent beer, very dark & rich. Suggestions from a noobie that made his first ever two batches of this Porter: This is a "full-boil" kit, and before you try and boil 6 gallons of water, see if your stove is up to it. . . .
From Anonymous of omersworth, New Hampshire on 11/1/2007.
Absolutely delicious. First kit I've bought online since my local homebrew shop went out of business. Just kegged it tonight and it's awesome. Best porter I've ever drank. I'm going to order another kit now so I have something . . .
From Will of Everett, Washington on 3/16/2007.
This kit came with my homebrewing kit I got for christmas. It was easy enough to brew as a first batch, and delicious enough to boast about to my friends. I am making some more tonight!
From Dean of Pomeroy, Washington on 2/11/2006.
I made this for my first homebrew and it was great.
Gets even better with age
From Hugh of Pocatello, Idaho on 1/22/2006.
I initially thought it too smokey, but as it has aged a bit it is absolutely satisfying, especially on winter nights. My wife especially likes the "chewiness" of it(i.e. good body). The liquid yeast did superbly. Enjoy!
medium smoke flavor
From Larry of Granite Falls, Washington on 9/24/2005.
Beer is great, rich and dark but you have to like the smoke flavor to really enjoy.
Great beer period!
From Dennis of York, Pennsylvania on 8/5/2005.
I tried this recipe in early this past spring. While it was fermenting it was sitting in a cold room in the house and took almost three weeks to stop bubbling. I really thought there was a problem, but it turned out to be the . . .
From John Rivera of Springfield, Virginia on 4/22/2005.
Got this one for Christmas two years in a row. Yeah, its a bit smoky, but don't let the grains steep as long! A delicious porter, better with age. My entry took 2nd place in the local homebrew club so I must have done something . . .
Too Much Smoke
From Dave of Naperville, Illinois on 3/18/2005.
The kit discription does not say so, but this kit has a lot of smoke flavor added. If you like Rauch beer, then you will like this porter. I personally thought the smoke flavor detracted from an otherwise good porter.
From Jack Kuczynski of Ellensburg, Washington on 11/12/2004.
I loved this beer and so did all my friends and relatives. I just finished my last one and I wish I had another batch. Great dark beer with a smooth taste. I highly recommend it to all the beer gods, because it is the nectar . . .
My Scuttle-butt wants more
From Craig Bittner of Oswego, Illinois on 11/9/2004.
Knowing I love Porters my brother bought me this kit last year for x-mas. I brewed the next day, pour the 1st one a month later abd was in brew heaven. Now almost a year later, I had managed to stash a few away and it has only . . .
From Keith Temple of Black River, New York on 11/19/2003.
Very easy to make and good flavor. I also used one cup molasses in the boil to give it a little extra flavor. All my friends liked it.
A Porter Lovers Paradise
From Tony Snider of Arlington , Washington on 10/7/2003.
I started out with this Porter by purchasing growlers at the brewery. Since I discovered this kit I've brewed five batches over the last several years and each one has turned out perfect. Deep rich flavor and tight creamy head. . . .
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!
2/24/2014 – I am in the second day of my secondary fermentation of Scuttlebutt Porter. I have floaties in the fermenter. Is this normal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Your "floaties" are likely a bit of sediment that is being brought to the surface by a small amount of bubbling or out-gassing.
2/24/2014 – I am using your Scuttlebutt Porter mix. How long should the wort be in the secondary fermenter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All bubbling should cease, and sediment dropped to the bottom.Your ending gravity (as read on a hydrometer) should be 1.016 or lower when it is ready to bottle. Time is not a good indicator of when to bottle.Airlock activity is a fair indicator, but it is better to take a hydrometer reading.
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 . . .
11/12/2012 – I've never brewed before, and am about to purchase brewing equipment and a Scuttlebutt Porter kit. I just wanted to clarify, this recipe is for extract brewing right?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Correct. A delicious extract brew, with a small amount of specialty grains that are steeped in the water as it is heating up.
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. . . .
5/28/2009 – I was wondering if the Scuttlebutt Porter is similar to a Deschutes Black Butte Porter or a Terminator stout
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is very much like the Deschutes Black Butte Porter. Not like a stout at all.
3/16/2009 – Been reading most all the Q&A's. Great resource....never stop. Question: I brewed the Scuttlebutt Porter 16 FEB. Starting S.G.= 1.060 in Primary. Transferred to secondary 20 FEB. S.G.= 1.024. Today, 15 MAR my S.G.= 1.022. Activity was high in both stages. It has slowed considerably and temp has been a constant 68 degrees. Is temp . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 68 deg F is just fine. No reason to be concerned about trub flavors unless it is left for many months. I suspect your actual volume is a little less than 5 gallons, causing your hydrometer readings to be on the high side. If it is, you could add a little water at this point.I would wait a little longer. If you get the same hydrometer reading . . .
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 . . .
2/12/2008 – Hi,I'm a happy Home Brew Heaven customer. I tasted a maple porter last year that was absolutely awsome and I want to try and reproduce it. Do you have a flavoring extract for this? If not, can I use the real thing and should this be boiled in the wort? Should I reduce malt extract to compensate for the extra sugar of the syrup? Should . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Here is a recipe that was adapted (improved) from a BYO recipe:Ingredients: 7.25 lbs. light dry malt extract 4 oz black patent malt 8 oz roasted barley8 oz. chocolate malt 12 oz caramel (crystal) malt, 60° Lovibond 1.5 oz. Northern Brewer hops 16 oz. maple syrup (try to use the real thing!)Wyeast 10981.5 cup dry malt . . .
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!
9/27/2007 – I am brewing the porter. My fermentation had a slow start but eventually got going. After about a week and a half the S.G. went from 1.040 to 1.020, so I racked it to a secondary. The fermentation continued to slow, but then recently(day 17 of fermentation)the activity has picked up bubbling about once every 20 seconds. Does this mean . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as you have the airlock on it, there is no need to worry. These things sometimes happen, and really, it is a good thing. Yeast cells just don't follow schedules! They don't know Day 17 from Day 24,394. Just let it finish.
9/6/2007 – i would like to add some kona coffee to the end of the boil for a kona coffee porter. Do you think that would work well for this porter kit? Have you ever tried adding coffe to a porter? Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Coffee works well in porters as well as stouts. DON'T add it to the boil, however. Boiling coffee makes it bitter. To use it effectively, make a pot of coffee, and add it to the fermenter AFTER the boil!
8/20/2007 – I'm brewing my first batch now (Scuttlebutt porter) and transferred to the carboy yesterday was bubbling at 1 per min, it was fermenting great but appears to have stopped right after the transfer (no more bubbles).. tested gravity today (1.5 days later) and still 1.020. I think I mixed the sanitizer a little strong for the carboy..did I kill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you didn't kill the yeast. No worries. I would wait a few more days, and test again. If the reading stays stable at 1.020, and it has cleared, I would go ahead and bottle. Sometimes the gravity just ends up a little higher (particularly if you have less than 5 gallons in there).
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 . . .
3/12/2007 – About to brew the scuttlebutt porter,with changes.1)I plan on adding 2 cups of brown sugar to the boil.At what point during the boil & is the c&h pure cane brown ok? 2)I want to add a pot of brewed coffee. Add it prior to pitching the yeast in primary? 3)Shooting for a coffee/mocha type porter so I was thinkin 2-4 tbs of the dry hersheys . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Any time during the boil is fine for adding brown sugar. Yes, C&H will work.2) Correct. DON'T add it to the boil. Cool it off to room temperature also.3) Correct. Make sure it has no oils or fats added.4) Yes, I think licorice would be too much with the above additions. Personal choice, of course. I have made licorice porters too . . .
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. . . .
12/1/2006 – After a couple of decades off, I brewed the Scuttlebutt Porter from your kit. After four days in the primary fermentor and 8 in the secondary fermenter, I decided it was time to bottle.Unfortunately, I got so wrapped up in the bottling process that I didn't take a final hydrometer reading until I'd finished. The final reading was 1.130 and . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I'm guess that reading was really 1.013. If so, there should be no problems at all.
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
9/7/2006 – I brewed my Scuttlebutt Porter a few days ago and I'm about to siphon it into the carboy. To age this or other beers should I do so in the carboy of after I have bottled the beer. Also what temp. should I be aging the beer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Aging can take place in either the carboy OR the bottles. It doesn't seem to make much difference which is used. Aging will procede more quickly at room temperature. If you refrigerate, be sure to leave your beer at about room temperature for about 2 weeks before refrigerating it. This allows the ale yeast a chance to carbonate your beer. . . .
9/4/2006 – I am currently brewing the Scuttlebutt Porter. The wort was boiled in a 6 gallon 18/0 Stainless Steel pot and I followed all of the instructions. Primary fermentation was vigorous and lasted about five days. When I racked it 3 days ago it had a metalic taste. Today I noticed that the airlock actually has a vacuum on it. Is this normal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Stainless certainly won't impart a metallic flavor. Not sure what you are experiencing there.As far as negative pressure, that is very common when fermenation is complete, and there is either a weather change (pressure decrease) or a temperature shift. No worries on that account.
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. . . .
2/20/2006 – I bought the Scuttlebutt Porter Kit and decided I wanted to make a Mocha Porter. Is the possible to do by adapting the kit and if so, what other supplies/ brewing instructions would I need? Thanks a lot.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that by using 2-4 tablespoons of the dry, unsweetened Herseys cocoa powder. Be sure it's the dry powder stuff, without oils, etc. Put that into the end of the boil.
2/4/2006 – My finished gravity was 1.020, am I in the ballpark?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It could be. Take readings for 3 consequetive days, and if there is no change, go ahead and bottle.
1/10/2006 – I made a few mistakes when I brewed this one. I mis-read the directions after steeping the grain. Once the grains reached 170 degrees instead of bringing the wort to a boil and adding the DME. I added the DME and THEN brought it to a boil. Had a slight boil over (basically lost some of the hops) then added the finishing hops 10 minutes early. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely. I would call all of this drama minor, actually. You CANNOT use too much yeast.
12/11/2005 – Two questions. The Scuttlebut Porter is my first homebrew. I was a little conservative in my transfers and have ended up with only about 3.5 gallons of out of 5 in my secondary. First do I need to worry about oxidation in my secondary with this much head space (it is bubbling at 1/2.5 minutes), and do I need to reduce my priming sugar when . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can go two ways with this. Oxidation isn't really an issue as long as it is still bubbling. No problem there.1) Add water to bring the volume up to 5 gallons. Regular tap water will do. This is what I would do. After all, most of the malt is still in there, as well as the hop bitterness, so there is little harm in doing this. It will . . .
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!
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!
3/10/2005 – Can you recommend a good beer kit or recipe that would benefit from aging 2 months in the secondary? I will not be able to attend to it and wanted to take advantage of the time. I have read some of the darker beers need a month plus. Thanks, I have learned a lot from your web site.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Shamrock Stout or Scuttlebutt Porter would be good if you like ales.
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.
12/13/2004 – I have a few friends that got a home brewing kit and have ranted and raved about how good the beer they make is. I haven't gotten to try any since the live a ways away from me, but it got me interested. I was thinking about getting the Delux brewing kit right off the bat, so I didn't have to buy any more equipment for a while. Besides a pot . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As far as hardware, that is about it. One other item you will need within a few weeks is bottles, however. Due to the cost of shipping them, we encourage people to obtain them locally. Usually, they can be had by visiting a recycling center, or a tavern, or just saving your empties. If you like we can send them too, but most people can find . . .
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 . . .
10/23/2004 – I am currently brewing a batch of scuttlebutt porter and the beer is sitting in the secondary fermenter. It has only been a total of six days since the beer was brewed but there is no longer any activity in the air lock. Should I wait longer or bottle it now? Is it possible that the yeast will die if it sits in the secondary fermenter too . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Your ending gravity (as read on a hydrometer) should be 1.016 or lower when it is ready to bottle. Airlock activity is a good indicator, but it is better to take a reading.No, yeast will not "die" by sitting in the bottom of the fermenter, it just goes "dormant" until it sees more sugars.
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.
9/22/2004 – I am fairly new to the homebrewing process, so do not really know how to solve this one. My favorite beer is a type of cream stout that has a very distinct coffee/chocolate taste. It looks like one of your porter/stout kits has the chocolate taste I am looking for, but not the coffee. Can I add coffee beans to my boil to achieve this flavor . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The coffee flavor is easy to add, but don't add coffee beans to the boil! The best way is to make a pot of coffee (or espresso) and add THAT to the fermenter in place of some water. Boiling coffee beans or grounds, for that matter, adds a bitterness that I don't think you would like.
9/21/2004 – i will be brewing a batch of this and be adding about 1.5 cup of brown suger to the mix, what should i expect for the starting and ending gravities? or will they be relatively in the same range?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Very little change, actually. You can assume that 1 POUND of sugar will raise the alcohol level by about 1%, so 1.5 cup isn't really very much.
9/16/2004 – I started a patch of the Scuttlebutt Porter and it was in the primary fermentor (6.5 gallon bucket) for 8 days. When it got down to a bubble or less per minute I moved it to a carboy to begin the second fermenation. It has now been 4 days and I'm not seeing any bubbles like I did in the first process even though the conditions are the same . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not ruined at all! This is entirely normal.What you are looking for here is a "settling out" of crud, not more bubbling. Most of the malt sugars have now been consumed by the yeast, and their work is (almost) done. It sounds like you are close to bottling.
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!
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 . . .
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.
12/13/2003 – I am interested in buying your deluxe beer making kit.I am also interested in kegging my home made beer.I have a few guestions:Can I get the deluxe kit with out the bench capper and caps?What is a racking cane and clips and do I need if kegging or useing your flip top caps?What will the cost be for the kit with out the caooer, caps . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we can assemble a DeLuxe Kit with a kegging system instead of a capper & caps. We don't offer that on our website, but perhaps we should. For now, it would be best to call in your order for that option.A racking cane and clip are used to help siphon your beer, so yes, you will still need them.Yes, we offer everything you need . . .
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 . . .
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