From Billy of Tucson, Arizona on 5/31/2012.
I only used it once on a 10 gallon hd cooler. I adjusted the flow rate to be just fast enough to rotate the arm. I'm not sure that was slow enough but it seemed ok. The brew is in the fermenter now . . .
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
2/20/2009 – Can I use this sparge arm with your 15 gallon brew pot. I currently have your 15 gallon pot with tempeture gauge, false bottom, & spigot and was thinking I could use this as my mash tun and then buy another pot setup so I can drain to new pot and brew away?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will work just fine. You will have to add a small 'extension' to the plastic 'base' that the central pivot goes thru is all, so that it will reach all the way across the large pot. Very easy.
7/27/2008 – Love your store! Just finished my first all grain 5gal batch. My setup is all homemade. Picnic coolers and a copper manifold with slots cut in it. Long story short my sparge(4gal) took almost 4hrs! Did I mill my grain too much? Maybe it always takes that long, I mashed with 3gal, sparged with 4gal and wound up with 4gal of wort. My s.g. was . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that sounds like it could be the problem. Either that, or poor flow thru your slotted manifold/valve. You should crush your grains so that the husks are just barely cracked. Don't turn it into flour!A normal sparge should take perhaps an hour, maybe 1.5.
5/16/2008 – I'm thinking about trying my first all grain brew after a couple of extract batches which were delicious! I want to make sure that I have all the proper equipment. Currently I have a 7.5 gal brewpot with the spigot. I have all the necessary fermenting equipment, but what else do I need? False bottom, kettle screen, tubing? Can you set me up . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For all-grain brewing you will need a large brewpot, a false bottom/spigot arrangement for mashing the grains, and another brewpot to collect the sweet wort at the end of the mash for boiling. You will also need a means of sparging, i.e. applying hot water to the top of the grains in order to "rinse thru" the grains. In a nutshell that is . . .
4/19/2008 – I am looking for a good book to help answer some of the questions I have related to getting into all grain brewing. I have not yet acquired any equipment and was hoping I would find a book that would guide me into getting the "best" equipment necessary. There are a few titles I found on Chapters and Amazon, but wanted to check with you guys . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We like "How to Brew" by Palmer, or The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Papazian
4/1/2008 – I am looking to begin homebrewing and I plan on doing both extract and grain brewing. I would rather not have to invest in some stuff now and then have to "upgrade" later, so my question is what would you recommend as the optimal setup and how much would it cost? For example, should I get a brewpot with a spigot? Thanks! Your site is really . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The question "optimal setup" is a tough one to answer. It can be different for every brewer. Things like desired budget, batch size and desired beer styles make a single answer impossible.Stepping up to all-grain requires some equipment, most likely a larger brewpot. To ME (maybe not to you!), it is easier and more productive to make 10 . . .
1/30/2008 – 2- Part question: In all grain brewing, do both the brewing grains (2-row malt) and the specialty grains go into the mash tun? and, if thats the case, do you just add the hops to the brew kettle after you've collected the wort?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes and yes! I like the easy questions!!
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!
2/20/2007 – our 75 quart brewpot is 18" in diameter. will the 10.75" length sparge arm be too small for the pot (assuming we modify the platform to keep it on top of the pot)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it should work just fine.
1/28/2007 – Can I use this jumbo straining bag to put in my brew pot during the steeping process to hold all of the grains for an all-grain brew and then to sparge just pull it up above the water and pour the sparging water through the grains so that the water just runs in with the rest of the water in the pot to continue from there? or is there a different . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this simple method can be used, but there are drawbacks you should be aware of.First, your mash water/grains will be VERY hot, say 150 deg F, which is much hotter than you can pick up with your bare hands. It will also be very heavy, so you need plan accordingly.Second, once the grain is in the straining bag, stirring is not easy . . .
12/3/2006 – I just purchased the deluxe brewing equipment kit. Assuming I have nothing else, what will I need for all grain brewing?
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
8/20/2006 – I am looking at getting into all grain brewing and want to start with a stainless steel mash/lauter tun. I currently brew 5 gallon batches, but may want to increase to 10 gallon batches. If I purchase your 15 gallon brewpot with a brewmometer and spigot would this work for both 5 and 10 gallon batches?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly; but most brewers find that for the same amount of time, you might as well brew 10 (or more) gallons. Temperature control is also easier, due to the larger thermal mass (less temperature swing). Beside...who can't use MORE beer?
7/5/2005 – I have been making 5 gallon extract kits for some time now and have all of the necessary equipment. However, I want to begin all grain brewing (5 gallons at a time). What additional equipment would you recommend? I have a three hundred dollar budget and I don't want to buy additional equipment in the future.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would invest in at least one more brew pot, preferably two, one with a false bottom. Bigger is better.see below
2/26/2005 – What is the length of the platform and what is the length of the rotating arm? Also, is the plastic tubing capable of 170-degree water?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The platform is 15.75" long, and the rotating arm is 10.75". The tubing is 5/15" inside diameter, and is capable of 170 deg F water.
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!
12/2/2004 – What keeps the hose from twisting?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The pivot point is not on the vertical shaft, it is on the horizontal "arm".
8/22/2003 – Will this sparge arm fit inside a converted Sanke keg?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: On our kegs, yes. If you are using one that someone else "converted", it's hard to say. The sparge arm itself measures about 12" long, and can be put in at an angle then straightened out while inside the keg. Hard to explain, but easy to do.
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