8/27/2012 – I am interested in recommendations for CLEANING a glass (5-gal) carboy. Overall, the carboy is in great shape (no films, build ups etc), it's in good enough condition I would consider it "new". I have SanStar for sanitizing it, but I haven't done an initial cleaning. What should i use? I read about 10:1 bleach cleaning (10 parts water) I've . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Both Super Grunge Remover and One-Step are great for cleaning glass carboys. See links belowI would NOT use bleach for that or any other purpose related to brewing. It's an effective sanitizer, but not that great of a cleaner. 10:1 ratio is also WAY too much bleach. We've smelled/tasted too many beers ruined by the use of bleach. Just . . .
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
2/27/2007 – On the last question of this post dated 7/1/2003 you say to use 1 tsp. of grunge per gallon but the instructions I got says to add 1 tbsp.Was the answer just a typo?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Use one tablespoon.
12/24/2006 – i'm saving wine bottles of commercial wines we've drunk to refill with my own wine. what is the quickest, easiest and safest method for removing the labels? i know there are a variety of adhesives used on labels and have no idea what would work well for all of them.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best product we know of is our Super Grunge Remover. Fill a bucket with hot water and Super Grunge, sink the bottles and let them soak overnight. Usually after that, they will either be floating in the water, of they will slide right off.Another product that we have is called a Labelnator. Link is below.
1/11/2006 – Is this stuff safe to get on your skin. I have used PBW in the past and not really been very concerned with getting it on my hands, depite what the label says. Do you wear gloves when you use it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is essentially the same stuff as PBW. No more or less caustic. No, I don't wear gloves when using it.
8/25/2005 – I have 7 cases of bottles available for use. They all have labels on them.Do you have blank labels to put over them or will the dishwasher take them off?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is best to remove labels before applying new ones.Dishwashers typically don't do a very good job at removing labels, but it may work. Try running them thru withOUT the drying cycle (maybe twice). Whether or not they come off depends on the type of label and the glue used. Be sure to rinse well regardless.We do sell a product called . . .
5/2/2005 – What is the difference between sanitizing and Cleaning?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: BIG difference. Cleaning is the removal of any grime, oils, residue etc. Sanitizing is the removal of bacteria, molds etc. that can affect your brewing. It is possible to have a surface that is clean, but not sanitized, for instance (and visa versa).
4/23/2005 – I remember reading somewhere that a good way to get labels off of bottles is to add some ammonia to a sink full of water. I tried it and noticed a white haze on the bottles after they were done soaking. Is this normal/safe? Should I just rinse the haze off with water? Is this method OK for removing labels?Thanks!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I don't know, sorry. Have never done it that way.We like to use Super Grunger Remover for that purpose. Just soak the bottles overnight, and they usually slide right off. Here is a link to that product:
3/7/2005 – What are your thoughts on using bleach to sanitize things???
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We don't like it, having tasted too many beers that were ruined by using too much bleach, or by insufficient rinsing. People often bring in a sample of their beer, and ask "what's wrong". I hate telling them it's their sanitizing BLEACH. Ugh. If it's all you HAVE, by all means use it temporarily in VERY VERY small amounts, but Iodophor . . .
2/6/2005 – I have a lot of Fischer e z cap bottles, which have been in storage for a few years, some have traces of dried water / beer in them. How can I clean these, or would you recommend starting off with new bottles?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Those are nice bottles. We recommend soaking them overnight in Super Grunge Remover. Here is a link to that product:Follow that with rinsing and sanitizing with Iodophor. If any of the gaskets are cracked, we have replacements.
1/21/2005 – What method would you recommend to remove old labels from wine bottles?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Soaking overnight in a solution of Super Grnge Remover works well. Often you will find the labels float on top, or they easily slide off the bottles. Here is a link to that product:
12/25/2004 – Super Grunge Remover is safe for glass i assume? How about stainless steel?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely safe for both!
9/22/2004 – Okay, do you have to be able to perform magic in order to get the inside of a siphon hose dry? I know that if you don't keep your siphon hose clean it is the most likely to develop bacteria. Which in turn can do your body some damage, what my friends and I like to call, "screaming Apache butt piss." I clean my siphon hose exceptionally well . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Well...the only time this hose has to be sanitary is just before you use it. A little moisture, as long as it's clean, shouldn't be an issue. Before use, however, it makes sense to run a little sanitizer thru the tubing so that it is clean AND sanitized. After using, give it a rinse and forget it. Mornings with the wife should be reserved . . .
4/3/2004 – I keep reading about a product called "powdered brewery wash." Supposedly this product removes the invisible residue that builds up batch after batch, which regular cleaning cannot remove. Do you offer this product?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we call it Super Grunge Remover. Very much the same thing. Powdered brewery wash is just a brand name (PBW).
3/4/2004 – Regarding cleaning bottles: is using a bottle washer a replacement for a bottle brush? We have been rinsing (after inital pour), soaking, scrubbing then sanitizing before bottling. Can we just bottle wash, sanitize then bottle?? Thanks for answering you've got a great supply website.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds like you do way more than I do. Frankly, I have never had a problem with a bottle that was rinsed after being used, and then sanitized before filling. As long as your bottles don't accumulate a lot of "crud" between uses, I see no reason for all that scrubbing. I'm sure you will find people who disagree with my approach, . . .
12/22/2003 – Will the grunge remover remove glued on labels and glue from store bought wine bottles without using a razorblade or scraper?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Typically yes. It works best if you soak the bottles in hot water, and allowing them to soak at least 12 hours. Longer is better. There are a few persistant labels labels that don't come off, but usually they just slide right off. Often they will be floating on top of the water the next day.
12/1/2003 – Hello,Just getting back into it after a few years off. In any case I find being sanitary the largest pain in the arse during the process. I am so consumed about sanitation it bugs me. So I have the following questions. After sanitizing my equipment, like the funnel, siphon hoses, fermenter etc, how long can they sit in the open air before . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wow. You ARE consumed about sanitation. I believe you've taken it too far. Making beer is really no different than making soup, and common kitchen practices are usually sufficient for brewing. I have never had an infection, and after working in a brewship for 10 years, I have only "heard" of a few from customers. Yes, things like fermenters . . .
11/19/2003 – After a long hiatus (about 10 years), I am returning to the homebrewing world. Is it a good idea to replace my plastic equipment (fermenters, tubing, etc.) or will a good dose of sanitizer bring it back into safe, usable condition?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would keep the fermenters. As long as they are not too crusty, and a good cleaning will restore them. Cleaning is different than sanitizing, of course, so after a thorough cleaning, use something like Iodophor to make sure it has been sanitized as well.Siphon hose is known to harbor bacteria, however, and is inexpensive to replace. I . . .
7/1/2003 – How much does this make; does it require any scrubbing?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You use 1 tsp. per gallon of water, so if makes quite a lot...maybe 20 gallons or so (?). Not sure exactly.Super Grunge is an all purpose cleaner that is very effective on fermentation "crud". Usually, even dried-on gunk requires no scrubbing if you soak overnight. If you have rock hard "grunge", it will probably require a little scrubbing.
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