12/30/2013 – Can the malted barley be used in the making of scotch too?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutely! You might consider adding a small amount of peated malt as well. See links below.
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
10/26/2009 – What is the shelf life of whole grain? How about crushed grain?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on the conditions of your shelf, of course! Cool and dry conditions are best.From a practal standpoint, grains can be stored uncrushed, in unopened bags for a year or maybe even more at room temperature. If it is crushed, perhaps 1/2 of that.All grains should be stored away from moisture, sealed, and especialy protected . . .
9/8/2009 – how can i flavor moonshine after it has been distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell an entire line of essences for flavoring alcohol. These essences turn plain alcohol into whiskeys, rums, gin, brandy's etc etc. It works for commercial alcohol (legal) as well as moonshine (illegal in the U.S.). How you choose to use these essences is not our concern.Here is a link to that category
6/16/2009 – Specialty grain question: When the manufacturer recommends a percentage of grains to use (say, 5-10% of total grist) can you give me a good formula to use to help translate this for the extract brewers? --for example: making 5 gallons of beer using, maybe, 6lbs of extract...how much of a grain would 5-10% be? Thanks for the Q&A website lessons . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A GOOD formula? Not really...only approximations because all-grain brewing efficiency varies from brewer to brewer. There is no exact relationship between all-grain brewing, and extract brewing. BUT, having said that...Here is a rough approximation:It might take 10 pounds of 2-row grain to produce a gravity that is equivalent to . . .
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!
8/29/2007 – Where can I find a table that tells me which grains need to be mashed and which grains can just be soaked and rinsed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Best "table" I know of is our website categories. We put grains that need to be mashed in our "Brewing Grains" category, and those that only require steeping into our "Specialty Grains" category.
3/14/2007 – How long will cracked grains keep before their quality begins to diminish? For example, if I purchase them from you on Sunday, can I expect them to be perfectly fine to use the following Sunday? (I have some travel to do leading up to a brew day.)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Much longer than that, provided they are kept dry. Some breweries actually crush their grain weeks, or even months ahead of when they need it.
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
7/28/2006 – Does your activated stone carbon need to be washed with water before using it to filter alcohol? If so, what is the procedure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is more effective if you do. A good way is to put it into a tube with something like a coffee filter on the end to hold the carbon. A rubber band will do to hold it in place. Start pouring a little water into the tube. It will bubble at first, and then be absorbed by the carbon. Keep doing this until water trickles out the end of the tube. . . .
5/9/2006 – I have noticed that all grain recipes often call for specialty grains. Am I supposed to mash the specialty grains with the base grains or do I add them after the mashing prior to the boil using a grain bag as I would if I were brewing an extract recipe?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They should be mashed along with the base grains.
2/12/2006 – Can homebrewed wines be distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; most certainly. That is how brandy is made.The legality of doing so depends on where you are located and lots of other factors, however.
1/25/2006 – I want to know how to build a still for making whiskey or rum for personal use. what do I need to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a number of good books on this subject. Here are links to two of them:"Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual""Lore of Still Building"links are found belowOur Distillation Category (for equipment etc) is found here:Distillation Supplies & Alcohol FlavoringsThis is all assuming that you have researched . . .
10/2/2005 – Would the scottish peat malt be the same as use in scotch whisky, also do you ship this product to the UK?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is the same.Yes, we ship to the UK.
9/2/2005 – I am looking for whole grains with hull. Do you have this option available?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Each grain has an "option" for uncrushed or crushed grains. It is selectable on our website.
7/21/2005 – I see a reflux still in my future but!!! I have to know, Is it possible to distill with a corn wash and maybe "filter" the finished product through charcoal and then maybe let this sit in charred oak chips to give it a whiskeyish flavor ? I would rather flavor it myself than with extracts. Also, can you use an all grain fermentation to distill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Where it is legal to do so...yes, your can distill a corn wash, filter and flavor with oak. That has been done.You are also correct about doing an all-grain fermentation without hops and distilling to produce whiskey. Again, the legality of that depends on many factors. That is your responsibility, not ours. The books in our Distillation . . .
4/19/2005 – Do you have recipes for scotch, vodka, gin, etc?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, but all of the books that we sell have recipes in them. Here is a link to that category:
4/4/2005 – Whats the best place to buy grain by bulk. 50 or 55 lbs sacks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Right here. Follow these two links. Once is for specialty grains, and one is for brewing grains, like 2-row etc. 50 and 55 lb sacks are available. Pricing depends on quantity ordered.
2/6/2005 – what is an ideal temp.for distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you mean for ethanol alcohol, it begins to vaporize at 172 deg F. If you are after maximum alcohol content (this is not always the desired product!) temperature is typically maintained at 172-178 deg F. Obviously, if you are distilling water, or another substance, the temperature is range is much different.There is more to running . . .
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!
1/29/2005 – what is "lov"?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It stands for lovibond, a color rating scale. The higher the number, the darker the color.
11/15/2004 – I noticed in the specialty grain section that you recommend to remove grains from the wort (in extract brewing) around 170 degrees F. All the recipes I've followed have me boil the grains in the muslin bag for some time, then remove them. Any advice, reasons, knowledge know-how is greatly appreciated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are a lot of old, crappy recipes out there. Bad advice also.Boiling grains is a BAD idea. Temperatures above 170 deg F will extract tannins from the grain. Tannins are the astingent taste you get when you bite into a grape seed. Nasty, and it can affect your beer in the same way.You will never find a commercial brewery that boils . . .
10/9/2004 – Hi! I have brewed a few batches of beer, and all have turned out well. I'm ready to move onto a more intermediate level. I've been reading about using strainers and "sparging" the grains when they're done steeping. I have the concept I think, but I was wondering if this step is even necessary if I'm using a nylon straining bag for the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With a loose straining bag holding specialty grains, it is not necessary. Sparging is normally only done in all-grain brewing (without the use of extracts) to increase the extraction from the grains.
9/26/2004 – can you make brandys or schnapps and are they legal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you do it, where you live and how willing you are to do the paperwork...Mixing flavoring essences into purchased (commercial) vodka is legal. Making your own (for home use) by distillation is not legal in the U.S. In other countries, it is often legal.Of course, brandys and schnapps can be made commerically in the . . .
9/25/2004 – I have a recipe that calls for cracked black patent, it that the same as crushed black patent?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Exactly the same. We crush it for you if you like!
6/10/2004 – Since I am new to Homebrewing, what is the differnece between Light Crystal 20, 40, 60 etc? I assume that the 20, 40, 60 rankings mean the same for other styles as well like the medium crystal? Also, can you give me an example when you would want to use say the light crystal 40 instead of the 60.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: These are lovibond ratings that correlate to color, primarily. A low rating, like crystal 20 will add less color than a crystal 60, for instance. You can use these ratings to "fine tune" the color of your beer. Additionally, a higher rating means more carmelization of the grain, and the flavor changes as it gets darker. A dark crystal will . . .
5/5/2004 – The Price Of Gasoline Just Keeps Going Up !If I Became Good At Distilling And Ran A "Moderately" Efficient Distillation System:How Many Hundred Pounds Of Corn Would I Have To Distill Each Week To Make 20 Gallons Of Fuel Quality Alcohol For My Automobile?How Long Would It Take To Distill 20 Gallons Of 'Fuel Quality' Alcohol Using . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it does (the price, anyway)!The use of alcohol as a fuel, and economics of doing so is best described in this website:http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/manual_ToC.html
3/6/2004 – I have "Compleat Distiller" on my shopping list for general purposes. Do you know if this book covers the use of potatoes (versus grains) as the base for the fermentation stage, or do I need to search for additional "informational" materials?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This book is an excellent resource for the distillation part of the process, but it is a little "lean" on the fermentation portion. The Alaska Bootleggers Bible actually has better information on using potatoes, and even has a recipe for potato "wine".
2/28/2004 – Is it illegal to produce ethanol for a use other than human consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on where you live, but in general, it is not illegal to produce ethanol for use as a fuel, for instance. A permit, however, may be required. The Feds even offer tax credits for producing alcohol as alternative fuel.We are not lawyers of course, and you should always be sure of your own legal position.
2/23/2004 – Do you know of any websites or books that have instructions on making a still from scratch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most of the books we sell shown how to build a simple still. See link below for a link to our distillation section
1/2/2004 – How do I order grains in multiples less than a pound? ( i.e. 3/4lb, 12oz etc)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We've now fixed our website. Click on "Options" and then you can select either pounds OR ounces! Remember, 1 pound = 16 ounces
1/1/2004 – How long does it take to make a liquor with a still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It involves two separate operations:1) Fermentation 2) DistillationStep 1) depends very much on what is being fermented, temperature, nutrients, yeast and many other factors. A general timeframe may be say... 7-10 days. This is entirely legal in most countries/states.Step 2) takes perhaps 4-6 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
12/3/2003 – I can't drink alcohol. Is it possible to remove most of the alcohol of a liquor like Tequila and somehow maintain the flavor by evaporation or any other means? (So that N.A. Margaritas can be made)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, BUT...we have alcohol flavorings (essences) that are normally added to vodka to make them into rum, tequila, whiskey etc that should work just fine. They contain no alcohol themselves, and a very small amount can be added to make N.A. drinks.
11/9/2003 – So after someone builds a still what would be a good book to really get in to learning about distillation, recipes, tips, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best book I know of is the "Compleat Distiller".See link below:
9/20/2003 – i have done some research i have found that in 1984 was a bill signed that made it legal to make 100gal per year for legal age person that resides at that address for personal use and not for sale. please tell me if something has changed.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume the law you are referring to (actually in 1978 by the Feds, altho some states took longer) legalized beer and wine making only, not home distillation. Beer and winemaking involves production of alcohol through the normal, natural processes of yeast fermentation; and that is typically the legal distinction. The deliberate CONCENTRATION . . .
9/15/2003 – Is it illegal to make moonshine for personal use in the U.S?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If by moonshine, you mean distilled alcohol that is produced at home for consumption as a beverage without paying taxes, YES!We do not encourage, and will not be responsible, for the illegal use of equipment purchased from Homebrew Heaven. If you intend to do that, we don't want to know.In many other countries, it is legal (New Zealand . . .
9/10/2003 – new zealand has become propaganderised as a non-drinkers heaven. tax is raised by the communist govt. on real beer(4.5%+)and on spirits! The 'average class' new zealander prime minister asked live on tv why beer drinkers do not drink lite beer. The country shook to its' core when about 400,000 real men and 200,000 sheilas started stomping . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I sympathize with you. Please understand that we don't have it so good either. At leastin NZ it's not illegal to distill at home. I'm of the opinion that anything I choose to do at home is MY damn business. Land of the free? I think not. By the way, in this state, blood alcohol limit was .10; now it is 0.08 and I'll bet in a year or two, we'll . . .
7/17/2003 – How do you package grain for shipment?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Typically, we heat seal it into clear plastic bags. If needed they are "double bagged" just in case.You can have it crushed, or uncrushed. We can either mix the grains together or package them separately. These are the "options" you see on the right side of the screen.
6/14/2003 – Is it legal for an individual in the US to distill spirits for individual consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is not.In some other countries, like New Zealand, Sweden and others, it is. There are at least two reasons advanced for this:1) Taxation. No incentive for the government to make it legal.2) Liqour industry. A highly profitable industry would take a hit. The feds support their industry, and the industry supports the feds. . . .
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