your Inner Irish!
Stout kit is a traditional irish styled stout. Full bodied with
amazing roasted notes with a very clean finish. A must have for a
cold day or to celebrate St.Patrick's Day. This beer is BLACK. How
black? Well--it's blacker than the inside of a cow with the eyes
closed and the tail down!
PDF bottle labels of this kit can be found
Turned out great
From Joseph Johnson of Williamsburt, Virginia on 7/30/2016.
The materials and instructions were first rate and I had no trouble making some delicious Irish Stout. My friends and myself will enjoy it very much.
From Jennifer of Alton, Illinois on 12/27/2012.
The packaging was very plain but sufficient, and the shipment went out extremely fast. I ordered and a half hour later received an e-mail confirming shipment with a personal note from a member of the company. The rapid service and personalization impressed . . .
From Trevor of Rapid City, South Dakota on 11/22/2012.
turned out awesome aside from the blow off but very tasty and deffinately leaded
From Anonymous of sioux falls, South Dakota on 9/5/2012.
excellent beer. much better than any other homebrewed stout i've ever had. only issue i had is the amber dme made for a darker head, but tastes delicious.
Shamrock Stout- A Great Beer
From Anonymous of Evergreen, Colorado on 7/10/2012.
Have been making this for over 9 years. It is my favorite beer. A 10 out 0f 10.
Outstanding Irish Stout!
From Tim Foss of Everett, Washington on 5/1/2012.
I love this kit! It makes a great Irish Stout every time! Even my light beer loving friends enjoy this tasty treat!
Just like in the pub at Westport, County Mayo
From Jack of Bradenton, Florida on 3/23/2012.
While the final bottled results are still carbonating, samples of the finished ale before bottling indicate that this will be the best stout I've ever made. The waiting for the final result is almost over...
From Tom D of bradenton, Florida on 1/30/2012.
I made this as an oatmeal stout. It is quite possibly the best stout I've ever made in 15 years of homebrewing!!
From VonSchimpffenstein of Lake Stevens, Washington on 12/26/2011.
Back from a 15 year hiatus from homebrewing, I decided to go easy on myself and start with some kits. Off to a great start with this one. This was number 2 of 4 in the "cooker." Brewed 6 weeks ago and in the keg for 2, I barely made the Xmas party deadline . . .
From bigbirdmode of lake stevens, Washington on 4/29/2010.
Excellent stout!! I added about 10 shot of espresso to the primary and some cocoa to the secondary. excellent beer!!! just like all their kits..
Super Dark Stout!
From Jason of Jacksonville, Florida on 4/22/2008.
I brewed this awhile ago and it turned out great. I used the Wyeast, added a pound of brown sugar to the boil and carbonated with DME. It was good after three weeks, but its even better after two and a half months as I'm sipping on one now. Good and . . .
From Chris of Marietta, Georgia on 1/9/2008.
Very full of flavor, a great beer for a cold night.
My first try at brewing
From Michael Griffin of Brandon, Florida on 11/27/2007.
I've never tried brewing before and was told Stout was not the style for a newbie. Thankfully, I ignored that advice and went for the Shamrock Stout. It turned out great! Perfect flavor. Perfect carbonation. Success!!!! The only thing I changed was I . . .
A Fine Stout
From Richard Craig of Seattle, Washington on 10/16/2007.
I added 1 lb of brewer's sugar and am glad I did. While waiting for the wort to cool to pitching temp, I added approx. 3/4 cup of "freshly ground" Vivace coffee and let it steep. Now, that's a fine stout!
Excellent Stout!! Highly recomended!
From Walter Livaudais of Slidell, Louisiana on 9/29/2007.
My first batch and it is delicious. I used the wyeast, brown sugar, corny keg, forced carbonation and I honestly don't know how it could be any better tasting. Brewing my 2nd batch this afternoon and I'm going to add some oats to the grains and see if . . .
From Jeff Shumway of N Las Vegas, Nevada on 9/11/2007.
Excellent Stout! Has a great chocolate tone, very tasty beer. 2 small reasons it got 4 stars rather than 5, I like a little more body in my stout, and a little better head retention. Of course, this also could be because I kegged the beer and force . . .
Great, Great Beer!
From WVUFANATIC of St. Albans, West Virginia on 7/29/2007.
Love this beer. Actually made a mistake and didn't brew with enough water. Started with 5 gallons and not 6-6.3 gallons. Just left it alone and "suffered" the consequences. Turned out as the best beer I have ever had. Used DME as primer and the head . . .
From Anonymous of apple valley, California on 7/1/2007.
This is incredible! I used the lb of dark brown sugar, as well as the live yeast...smoothest beer I have tasted!Indescribable....need to make more!!
From Paul of Jacksonville, Florida on 1/25/2007.
I made this kit just after christmas. i used the wyeast,1cup brown sugar and oatmeal. i tried splitting the priming sugar half corn sugar half LDME. seems to be working well. after aging only 3 weeks this beer is excellent tasting and has a nice head. . . .
Add the "extras"
From Anonymous of Lynnwood, Washington on 5/22/2006.
This was my first brew after a several year hiatus. I must first congratulate the author(s) of this kit for their attention to detail and ease of use of this kit. Time to add hops? Open the bag and dump them in- no extra measuring on your part (unlike . . .
From kenneth lemenze of mohegan lake, New York on 11/10/2005.
We have brewed quite a few of your beers already ,my wifes loves the kangaroo ale as do most of my friends,cant' wait till u get more, however this is by far the best stout I have ever had in my life! wow! I had one of my brewhead buddies come over last . . .
From Lynn Roberts of Modesto, California on 9/2/2005.
Awesome flavor and gets better and better with age!
Black as Midnight
From Bill of Marysville, California on 8/15/2005.
I love real Guniess beer (not the same as we buy in the USA) and this kit comes very close. I've also added 1 lb. brewer's brown sugar and raised the starting gravity so that it resembles a real Trappist Ale but, a little sweet.
If I had not made this, I would be searching the world for a supply of it
From T Reed of Memphis, Tennessee on 6/4/2005.
This may be the best beer I ever drank. Ordering another kit right away. My daughter may lose her room to the Stout Brewery.
Just got my kit
From allstarposse of Largo, Florida on 3/6/2005.
I just got my deluxe brewkit with Shamrock Stout. It was easy to brew but i added 1 pound of dark brown sugar to the dry malt. My starting gravity is 1.068. Does this mean I should et a higher alcohol content? I will return with my taste results when . . .
More tasty than Guiness!!
From Erin & Tim Mecum of Jackson Hole, Wyoming on 9/16/2004.
We were spoiled by this one. Tim isn't even a stout drinker. VERY yummy!
From Nick Morrison of S Pasadena, California on 8/26/2004.
These guys aren't kidding. I took a maglite, put it behind the back of the carboy, and couldn't see a thing on the other side. The beer is tasty, and the head has a great dark look to it. This is one to impress the boys with my friends. Thanks again to . . .
Great First batch!!
From Mike Romeo of Whitesboro, New York on 2/23/2004.
I thought I messed it up on three different occasions, but continued with my "noble experiment". Boy am I glad I did (and so are my friends)! This was perhaps the best beer I have ever had. I added one half pound of oatmeal to the grains for an oatmeal . . .
From William Courtney of Papillion, Nebraska on 6/18/2003.
This was my second batch of home brew, it turned out great. You might experience my dilemna, you want people to try it and tell you how good it tastes but you already know its great and want to keep it all for yourself!
From Tom of North Creek, New York on 6/11/2003.
What a great beer! Definately add the pound of brown sugar! My new favorite.
From Thomas McCary of Mobile, Alabama on 5/16/2003.
This is my favorite beer. Smoother & more flavorful than Guinness.
Good Guinness-like dry stout
From Anonymous of Longview, Washington on 5/2/2003.
Nice kit for a good Guinness style beer. Using the Wyeast Irish Ale liquid yeast and a fermentation temp of 72 degrees F, the finished product was very Guinness like with some nice apricot esters.
Very Highly Recommended
From Tom of Minneapolis, Minnesota on 4/13/2003.
This was the first beer I ever brewed. I bought my first brewing equipment from homebrew heaven and it was the easiest batch I have ever brewed. I had absolutely NO CLUE what I was doing. The equipment (I think I bought the intermediate kit) was more . . .
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!
3/16/2013 – Could I get the recipe for shamrock stout so I can bye it in bulk? I have tried lots of other recipes but that box of shamrock stands out.Thank you a loyal customer
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hi Steve. We think the Shamrock Stout is outstanding too.We have a long-standing policy of not revealing our HH recipes, however. In the past we have had competitor shops, non-customers, as well as breweries who simply want the information to duplicate them. We consider them proprietary to Homebrew Heaven. That said, we are happy to . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
12/20/2011 – Hello, I am ordering the Shamrock Stout kit and wish to add some flaked oats.Can you tell me how much oats to add by weight to yield nice traditional oatmeal stout? Also is it correct that the oats are simply added to the grains bag and included in the initial heating of the water?Thanks, Bill Costa
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Try using about 1/2 lb of flaked oats per 5 gallon batch. Correct, simply add to your grain bag during the initial heating of the water.Enjoy!
6/8/2011 – I noticed that you shared some recipes from Rogue Brewery. Is this the same yeast used in the Chocolate Stout you make? And will you share that recipe too. Thank you.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Some time ago Rogue introduced these recipes that were scaled down for home brewers. The PacMan yeast is featured prominently.Our Homebrew Heaven Shamrock Stout recipe has been developed/perfected over many years, and is proprietary to Homebrew Heaven only. We DO offer the PacMan yeast as an option to this kit, however, and it makes a . . .
7/2/2010 – I have made DBB several times, like it a lot. my wife says it reminds her of Guinness and wants it to have a creamier head like Guinness. first, is there some kind of nitrogen keg kit I can use? second, is there a kit that tastes like DBB, but has lower alcohol so she can drink more than 1 beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Dispensing with mixed gas (nitrogen/CO2) is possible, but it does require a special tap for that. I don't find it necessary myself.It sounds like our Shamrock Stout Kit is one for her! Creamy head, tastes VERY much like Guiness and has lower alcohol. No need for a special nitro tap with this one! Here is a link to that product
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
4/13/2010 – Im about to brew the Shamrock Stout with Irish ale 1084. I got this kit and yeast because I wanted a guinness like taste. Well, I want to change it up a bit. I was thinking of adding some chocolate. My question is how much and what type of chocolate should I add during the boil? and how much would the chocolate increase the alcohol. Thx guys . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Chocolate can be a nice addition to porters and stouts, but you have to be careful about how you do it.First off, DON'T use sweet, buttery chocolate(like we like to eat). The oils in that type of sweet will kill the head of your beer, and the preservatives (if any) can interfere with the fermention of your beer.To add a touch of chocolate . . .
1/9/2010 – I recently purchased a Shamrock Stout kit and was wondering what the best way to store the different ingredients is until I'm ready to brew. I've heard that I can freeze the hops but was unsure of what to do with the grains and malt. I'll probably be brewing in 2-3 weeks.ThanksAndrew Weaver
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our ingredient kits are really quite stable, 2-3 wrks at room temp would cause no harm.The BEST storage would be in a freezer, except for the liquid yeast. Simply refrigerate that if you are using it.
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. . . .
6/20/2009 – Started this batch out with a specific gravity of 1.063. My ending gravity is sitting at 1.018. Its been pretty consistent the last three days, starting at 1.020 and now it is at 1.018. Do you think that the higher starting gravity will result in a higher ending gravity? I'm just wanting to bottle as soon as possible because I have an . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wihout a doubt, your volume is less than 5 gallons. That is why your gravity (both initial and final) is higher than expected.It is also ready to bottle. If you like, you can add about 1/2 gallon of water before doing so. If not, your beer will be consideraby stronger (but less beer than you expected).
11/30/2008 – wanting to try another coffee stout brew, and was wondering about adding to 2ndary. Instead of brewing/cooling 48oz, how about just grinding 4oz of beans and suspending them muzlin bag in your 2ndary for a day or two?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Have never tried doing it that way, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work. Give it a go!
7/12/2008 – What could i use to give my beer a better head?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We like to use dry malt extract in place of corn sugar, especially for a stout! Creamier head that way. If you mean MORE of a head/carbonation, use MORE priming sugar or DME. In a 5 gallon batch you should be able go as high as 1.25 cup corn sugar, or 1.75 cups DME.Stouts, however are traditionally lower in carbonation.ALSO...if . . .
7/5/2008 – I have done several of your kits and was setting up to do the shamrock stout and age till winter. My question was if I could add brown sugar or molasses to the mix without overcarbonating or wrecking it, and at what point in the boiling process I would do it? Thanks, Bret.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: As long as it's added to the boil, you won't over carbonate your beer. It gets fermented out that way, and adds to the alcohol level. Don't add it when you bottle, is all. And keep it to a reasonable level, like 1-2 lbs.
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. . . .
3/7/2008 – I brewed up the Shamrock Stout yesterday and today it's bubbling away nicely. I do have what seems like a lot of...well...gunk (trub?) in my primary. As of this morning it was settled down to about the 2 gallon mark. Is this something I should worry about? Or will that settle down enough so I don't lose half my beer to the sediment trolls? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No worries. As the bubbling subsides, the sediment will compact down and settle on the bottom. After that, you siphon off the good stuff to the secondary fermenter (carboy) and get the rest of it out.
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 . . .
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 – Im fairly new to brewing. Have my 2nd batch in the secondary now and have the Shamrock stout kit ready to brew as soon as its finished. I was recently talking to a buddy of mine, (bar owner), about beer, (natrually) and he mentioned that guinness is dispensed with a 70%/30% nitrogen Co2 mix and thats what gives it it's unique head.So . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To do it the same as Guiness (which I don't find necessary) requires mixed gas, a special regulator and a special tap. I suggest trying your Shamrock Stout without all that nonsense and see how you like it. It comes out very close to Guiness, and if you use DME to prime it, it has a nice creamy head as well. The beer itself is carbonated . . .
9/5/2007 – What do you recommend as serving temperature for the Shamrock Stout? I am kegging the beer and will be force carbonating, but need to know what temperature to dial in my fridge. A related question, I also have the Brewnet Brown fermenting currently, and will likely be put in the beer fridge along with the Stout next week. I believe I have . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To me, much of the fun in homebrewing comes from making the beer that I like, and serving the way that I like it. In other words, make yourSELF happy. Personally, I like my beer COLD. Very cold. Yes, I know that stouts are often served warmer than other styles, but I drink it cold. Not much help, am I?I am certain that 52 deg will be just . . .
8/21/2007 – what's in the 'clarifier tablet' needed to clear the beer and how does it work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is called a Whirlfloc tablet, and it contains irish moss, a special type of seaweed. Irish moss is also called carageenan, and is used in lots of foods, like ice cream. It works in the kettle by causing proteins to attach themselves to it, and to settle out in your brewpot and/or fermenter.
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 . . .
6/6/2007 – Hi, I am considering ordering your Shamrock Stout, however I have brewed it before (it was really good!) and I want to try something different. I have been reading about adjuncts on your website, and I was thinking about buying lactose and flaked oats for a "milk (sweet) and oatmeal" flavor on top of the regular Shamrock ingredients. Furthermore . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Heck yes! About 1/2 lb of each (lactose and oatmeal) makes for a nice sweet oatmeal stout. The Wyeast Irish Ale #1084 would be a good choice for this brew. It is the Guiness strain of yeast. The light DME for priming will also add a creaminess to your brew, which just seems right for this beer. Use about 1 to 1.25 cup in 5 gallons for . . .
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 . . .
3/26/2007 – I usually purchase the liquid yeast with my kits. Is it to any benefit or harm to add the dry yeast which comes with the kit along with the liquid yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well for my money, and I pay extra for a liquid yeast culture, I like to USE it. These cultures are carefully selected for that particular beer style. In the case of our Shamrock Stout, the recommended liquid yeast strain is #1084, the same strain as used in Guiness. There is no HARM in using a dry yeast along with it, but the benefits . . .
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. . . .
12/8/2006 – i orderd the shamrock stout and i was wondering if i could set aside 1.25cups of DME from the kit to prime the bottles. or do i need to add the whole package to the boil. thanks dave
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You could do that, but be sure you don't get any hop pellets mixed into your priming DME. Frankly, I would just get some additional DME for priming purposes.
11/16/2006 – I am going to buy your Shamrock Stout in a few days. If I use DME in place of priming sugar for a creamier head, how much longer on average will it take to carbonate?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks at room temperature.
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 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
7/17/2006 – I just ordered the Shamrock Stout. I'm limited where I live to beer supplies and am wondering are bottle caps included?Also, is there a way of tweaking the recipe to more of a Russian Imperial?Add more brown sugar for extra 'buzz' and that's it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, sorry, bottle caps are not included with the Shamrock Stout. Just the ingredients. Many people keg their beer, and have no need for bottle caps.For an imperial stout, I would add about 1 lb. of additional dry malt extract, and perhaps another 1/2 ounce of hops as well. If you like it kind of "creamy" you can add about 1/2 lb of oatmeal . . .
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 . . .
5/4/2006 – With your beer ingredient kits (like the shamrock stout for example) can you leave out a few things that I already have plenty of? Such as irish moss and priming sugar? And of course I mean leave it out and reduce the price, not just "sure I'll pay for it, I just don't want it"! ;)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. The kits are pre-assembled, and ready to go. The cost of those items is insignificant anyway.
4/30/2006 – Just made a batch of your shamrock stout last thersday morning. On the second day the air lock was going off like a percolator. Saterday it slowd to a bubble every minute and a half. So I transford it to my secondary fermentor and it only bubbled for about 12 hours. This is Sunday three days later, did I kill my yeast? Should I go ahead and . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The most common question we get is:"My beer/wine is not fermenting (according to the 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. My . . .
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. . . .
3/19/2006 – When should you add oatmeal to the Shamrock Stout and how? Does it go in the grain bag or into the water with the malt? Does it go in at the begining, middle or end?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It goes in the grain bag with the other grains that come in the kit.Put the grains into the cheesecloth grainbag and tie a knot at the top of the bag (leave some room for the grains to "swish around" within the bag). Add water to your brewpot and throw the grainbag into the water. We like to start with about 6 gallons of water. This allows . . .
11/5/2005 – The instructions for the Shamrock Irish Stout suggest using 1.25 cups of DME when priming instead of sugar. Can I put aside this amount of the DME (which has hops added) that comes with the kit and use that for priming? Or do I have to order aditional DME for this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can do that. Just make sure the DME that you use to prime doesn't contain any hop pellets (sift thru).
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!
9/15/2005 – I tried something called milk stout once and liked it alot. I am wondering what exactly "milk stout" is, and how would I go about making some? Would I be able to modify one of your kits somehow?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A milk stout actually has some milk sugar (lactose) in it! You can easily modify our Shamrock Stout kit by adding about 8 oz (more or less) of lactose to the boil. Here is a link to that product.
8/31/2005 – I have had your shamrock stout kit in the primary fermentor for one day. I can't keep the airlock on because the rubber stopper keeps on getting blown off every time I put it on. There is foam spilling out on the lid as well. What is causing this, and has the beer been contaminated, as I have had to remove the lid to clean it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds like you have an active, healthy fermentation going. The stopper gets blown off? You should have an airlock going thru the stopper. It needs to relieve the pressure. If the airlock is filling with foam, no worries, you can just push a length of siphon hose thru the stopper, and put the open end into some water. This will allow the . . .
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 . . .
7/1/2005 – I got your Deluxe Kit for Father's Day, its great. I am working on my first batch of beer, Shamrock Stout, and I have some concerns. When I transferred to the carboy, I seem to be a little low on liquid, maybe a half a gallon. Will that be a problem and could I make up for it when I do the priming, by using a little more water than . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, if you are 1/2 gallon short you can always add water to get to 5 gallons either before or after you bottle, preferably before. Your tap water is usually o.k. Personally I would either buy some drinking water to make sure there is no chlorine in the water(can cause off flavors), or boil your 1/2 gallon of water wich will drive off any . . .
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 . . .
6/4/2005 – I just ordered your Shamrock Stout Kit, but would really like to try making an oatmeal stout. I see that you sell the flaked oats on HBH online, but I forgot to order them with the beer kit. Can I use rolled oats from the grocery store or do I need to use "flaked oats", and what is the diference, if any? Thanks HBH!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There is absolutely no difference. Rolled oats from the grocery store are the same thing. If you want to include some on your order, we can do it, however. Just let us know!For an oatmeal stout, we recommend about 1/2 pound of rolled oats, steeped with the specialty grains.
5/27/2005 – About 6 months back, I made your Scuttlebutt Porter and added espresso to the secondary fermentor, which really made for a nice brew. I was wondering, however, if there is anyway to boost the chocolate flavor in darker beers? I am getting ready to make a batch of your Stout, and would really like to intensify the chocolate taste. I have . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can add a distinct chocolate flavor using the powdered, unsweetened baking cocoa. Try using two large tablespoons added to the end of the boil.
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.
4/21/2005 – I ordered the stout kit as my second try at homebrew ( the first is conditioning, and I am going stir-crazy). Will adding 1/2 pound of Lactose and 1/2 pound of maltodextrin make a lot of difference? I also plan on conditioning with DME. I should have enough beer from the first kit to give me the patience to wait this through.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, the lactose will make it a bit sweeter, and the maltodextrin will give it more body. The Shamrock Stout already has a lot of body, so it probably doesn't need the malto.
3/19/2005 – Our stout is currently in the secondary fermenter (glass carboy). It is taking a while to finish fermenting and a LOT of sediment has collected at the bottom. Probably at least a couple inches.Since I have another glass carboy that is currently empty, I was thinking of siphoning the stout into it to get it away from all the trub and allow . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That would be a GOOD thing to do. No harm at all!
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.
2/4/2005 – tomorrow i plan on brewing some shamrock stout .1)i will be using the liquid yeast should i activate it tonite?2)in the product descriptions they say 5 gallons or more.if i wanted to have an end product of 7 gallons and used the appropriate 8 gallon boil would this have any adverse effect on alcohol content or taste?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1)Yes, activate it tonight.2)Yes, your beer will be "watered down" by approx 30%, so your alcohol level will be lower. It will still taste just fine, however. To maintain the same alcohol level, you would need to add more dry malt extract (maybe a pound) to the boil.
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 . . .
12/30/2004 – I purchased your deluxe brew kit and the shamrock stout. I've done exactly what the dvd and book said to do. The starting specific gravity was at 1.052. I did add about a half a pound of brown sugar to boost the alchool content. I started with 6 gallons to allow for evaporation, and I waited to until the the air bubbles slowed to once a minute . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, I would add that 3/4 gallon of water. That will lower the specific gravity considerably. After adding, let it sit for (at least) a few days, and you should be fine for bottling. No worries.
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 . . .
11/10/2004 – I was looking at buying one of your kits, but I was wondering how the stout beer comes out using the bottles, seeing that guinness uses some kind of nitrogen cartridge in their bottles, would the keg system be better?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well, we think it's an excellent stout, and many others do too. It has won several competitions in stout category. Nitrogen is a nice way to produce a creamy head to the beer but we believe that properly formulation is the key, and Shamorock Stout certainly has been a great seller. If you find that you would like to keg your beer later . . .
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 . . .
10/8/2004 – I finally got my Shamrock Stout to ferment after my liquid yeast blunder.(Not letting the pack swell). My question is about final gravity and ABV. I added 2 lbs. of brown sugar and 1 lb. of flaked oats to my 10 gallon batch. My starting gravity was 1.061 after temperature correction, the bubbling has stopped after 7 days and I checked the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Make sure you actually have 5 gallons. Quite often, when people report a high ending gravity, it is because they actually have 4 or 4.5 gallons instead of 5 in the secondary fermenter. It makes a big difference to the ending readings. If indeed it IS high, then yes, it will mean a lower ABV.To improve on this (next time):1) Use a . . .
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.
6/22/2004 – I recently brewed the Shamrock Stout, today I noticed it wasn't bubbling much from the air lock so I transfered from my primary to a carboy. I took the specific gravity wich was pretty high 1.032, so I no there is still plenty of sugar to be femented. I also left behind most of the settled out yeast, would you expect fermentation to pick . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would expect it to pick up some, but to remain slow for a while longer. No worries! You have not botched it. Time is never a very good indicator for when a beer is "done". There are way too many factors, like temperature, nutrient levels, yeast used, actual volume in the fermenter and many others. A dark beer like this is just getting . . .
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 . . .
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