Our West Coast Blonde Ale has a better body than most blondes.
It provides a good head with clean finish. When in doubt, don't
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From Katie Oconnor of Cincinnati, Ohio on 7/28/2015.
We really liked this the last time we brewed it. Went for 2 kits with the sale.
From Anonymous of Baltimore, Maryland on 6/23/2015.
Purchased as a gift for daughter and son in law. Tasted Great, would highly recommend for beginning brewers. Was easy to make with the deluxe brew kit also purchased at Homebrew heaven. Can't wait for the next batch.
From Mark of Baltimore, Maryland on 12/26/2014.
I purchased a deluxe brew kit along with the ingredients for the West Coast Blonde Ale as a Xmas gift for my doughter and son in law. They have not started their 1st brew yet but they were very excited about their gift and eager to get started. Dealing . . .
From Joe of Snohomish, Washington on 7/6/2014.
The kit is easy as the hops and Malt are pre-mixed. It is dry malt in this kit that gives great color and great flavor. People love this beer and it tastes great and is perfect for summer!
West Coast Blonde Ale
From Ted of South Bend, Indiana on 2/9/2014.
Am a first time brewer and found it easy to follow instructions. Looking forward to brewing some darker brands.
From hopsdawg of Everett, Washington on 11/13/2012.
This was a gift but the people working at home brew heaven are awesome they are very helpful and willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have in your hobby of brewing
From Anonymous of Corcoran, California on 7/30/2012.
This was my first attempt at home brewing. Directions were easy to follow and the result was fantastic.
Everyone Loved it
From Gramata of Huntington Beach, California on 6/16/2012.
Brewed this kit as my first batch on the Deluxe kit I bought from Homebrew Heaven. To this date, I think this is still everyone's favorite brew - I get requests all the time. Having bought kits since then from other retailers, I have to say the instructions . . .
From Frank Mezzacapo of Arlington, Washington on 11/29/2011.
A very nice & tasty Blonde Ale!
From Gregg Gremillion of Metairie, Louisiana on 8/15/2011.
Great beer! I added an apricot flavoring from a local brew shop and it worked perfectly. Floated the keg in just a few hours!
my first brew
From Jeff Greer of Quinton , Alabama on 6/7/2011.
I have to admit i was a little worried about my first brew but this one was very easy to follow and the results were great.if you like a good flavored beer with a great body this is it.I have already done some darker brews now but I will be making another . . .
From Eric_L of Port Charlotte, Florida on 3/26/2011.
This was my first recipe here, and is tied with Procrastinator as my favorite. If you have ANY apprehension about a first beer - fret no more and get this. I don't give 5 stars lightly. I had some finicky experienced tasters try it and some 'sensitive' . . .
A little twist
From corey treece of modesto, California on 11/8/2010.
This is my second time with this kit and I wanted to spice things up a bit. At 5 min to the end of the boil I added 2 lb of clover honey and 2 fresh ghost chiles stemmed and seeded to one 5 gal batch. got the alcohol up to 8% and a rich flavor with a . . .
From Jim Beidle of Arlington, Washington on 9/27/2009.
Like every HH kit I've tried, the clear directions and complete ingredients led to a beautiful, drinkable product. This brew vividly lives up to its description and is a wonderful "hot day" beverage.
From Shawn D of Monroe, Washington on 5/18/2009.
I typically brew all grain, but this beer has become a summer regular. I can count in it to come out great every time. I occasionally add a little honey and throw some hops in the secondary to "spice it up" a bit. It's always a crowd favorite.
From Tom Brooker of Mount Venon, Washington on 3/23/2009.
Love This Stuff!
From Anonymous of Boise, Idaho on 3/15/2009.
Great kit, superb beer! Easy brewing thanks to the directions. Great color.Great head.Great body. This is going to be my "go to" beer for this summer. Huckleberry ale, pumpkin ale.... Buy it.Brew it.Drink it.Can't go wrong!
A great tasting beer - light, but full flavored
From Gregg Boer of Kenmore, Washington on 2/10/2009.
This was my first batch of home brew. Very nervous about the results. I didn't need to worry, however, because turned out to be amazing light tasting, yet full bodied beer. It was so good that it was gone before I knew it ... now I have to brew another . . .
First Time - Great Results
From DougS of Normandy Park, Washington on 1/19/2009.
Brewed our first batch after Christmas and I was surprised how easy and fun it was. The anticipation was the most difficult part. Tried the first bottle 14 days after it was bottled and really enjoyed it. Great color, perfect head and it went down so . . .
West Coast Blonde
From John Beurer of San Antonio, Texas on 8/9/2008.
A blonde that gives good head and has a great body...What more do you need?
From Jason of Jacksonville, Florida on 8/4/2008.
I've been making kit beers and my own recipes for a little while now. I myself and most of my guy friends love homebrew, but it seems the girls don't care for most of the stronger ales and lagers I brew. I thought it would be a little fun to make a . . .
How about a belgian Blonde?
From mark sell of lompoc, California on 4/21/2008.
I addad the following to West Coast Blonde.5 oz.coriander .5 oz. sweet orange peel and 1 gm. paradise seed at 2 min. to end of boil.use #3522 Belgian Ardennes Yeast.WOW what a great beer!! Cheers************Editor's Note: Sounds tasty! A good . . .
Very Tasty Ale!
From mark sell of lompoc, California on 3/3/2008.
This one may go down a little too easy!My wife is a big fan too.Cheers!
west coast blonde
From mike of Bonney Lk, Washington on 11/25/2007.
Best blonde I ever tasted. Going to taste her again and again. One bitchn blonde.
From Dave Banker of Flora, Illinois on 8/7/2007.
The West Coast Blonde was another great batch. As always, the longer it sits, the better it gets.
From John of Lompoc, California on 5/20/2007.
Beautiful color and goes down great. Definitely recommend the DME for carbonation, it adds a crisp taste to an already smooth beer. This will unfortunately disappear from my garage very quickly....
MMMMMM BEER ...
From JAMES DILLINGHAM of COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee on 5/9/2007.
I USED LIQUID EXTRACT OR A LONG TIME, THIS WAS MY FIRST ALL GRAIN , DRY EXTRACT RECIPE... DELICIOUS ... I DID ADD 12 OZ. OF HONEY TO THE SECONDARY FERMANTATION ... AND THE DME LIGHT TO CARBONATE IN THE BOTTLES ... ALSO THE LIQUID YEAST THAT WAS RECOMENDED . . .
Fantastic Ale - Brew this one
From Jim H of Aurora, Illinois on 5/7/2007.
This was my first brew and it hit the bullseye! The clean, light flavor makes you want more. It's easy to brew and the end result is awesome. Carbonating in bottles took a little longer than expected but that could have been environmental. I will . . .
A refreshing brew. Not watery crap beer!
From Julian Tejedor of Las Vegas, Nevada on 4/30/2007.
Nice subtle hops. Still has a little bit of strength behind it but nothing that will kick you in the butt immediately. Nice head on it too! A great beer for starting out.
A # 1
From Charles Peterson of Birdsnest, Virginia on 3/25/2007.
This West Coast Blonde Ale was my fist batch of beer that I had ever brewed, and it is some of the best beer that I have EVER tasted. Yes even better than any name brand beer. Thank you so much Homebrew Heaven. I could not be any happier almost wish that . . .
From John Seymour of Collierville, Tennessee on 2/28/2007.
This is a truly great ale. Very light hop flavor and nice bold malt characteristics. Added the brown sugar which slightly raised the Alc%, and a slight sweetness, which reminded me of several UK brews. This is an easy beer to make, but well worth the . . .
Absolutely Fantastic. Great Brew!
From Braz24 of Plainfield, Illinois on 2/20/2007.
What a great ale. I put this one into my corny keg and it was fantastic. Everyone who drank it loved it! Great taste, nice hoppy aroma and no aftertaste. A+
You gotta try it! She's sweet!
From Jeff Homan of Meridian, Mississippi on 11/24/2006.
Super brew, sipping on one right now!
Blondes do have more flavor!
From Ripness202 of Marysville, Washington on 11/23/2006.
Wow, for my first attempt at home brewing I am completely thrilled with the results; after consuming plenty of a local microbrewer's rendition of a blonde ale I settled on West Coast Blonde Ale and firmly believe that in a side by side taste test West . . .
Most Flavorfull I've Tasted!!!!!!
From Jack Haldeman of Dinuba, California on 9/25/2006.
This beer exceded my expectations, absolutely great!!!!
A Great Summer Brew
From Fast Eddie Eissmann of Snohomish, Washington on 6/6/2006.
Made by two of us so far in the brew club, and boy what a winner. I could (and probably will) drink this all summer. Even my wife liked it! Light, great after taste and not too hoppy (but just a nice hint). This will be a show off brew for me (right . . .
West Coast Blonde a celebrated success!
From Riddy of Santa Cruz, California on 6/1/2006.
As this was my first attempt at homebrewing, I was a bit concerned how it would all turn out. If my future brews turn out half as well as the West Coast Blonde did , I will be doing back flips like a olympic gymnast! Had a group of friends over for . . .
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!
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 . . .
7/24/2012 – With the West Coast Blonde kit, how can I up the ABV to about 7% with out changing the taste?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The quick response is that you can't. Taste will always change with higher alcohol levels...BUTRaising the alcohol by 1% is a decent compromise. Simply add an additional pound of corn sugar to the boil. It will lighten the color slightly and not change the flavor that much. Using DME (dry malt extract) with do much the same, but adds a . . .
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. . . .
1/31/2012 – Why don't you list the ingriedents of your kits? I like to know what I'm getting.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For several reasons, we limit the information we post on our website.1) Competitors have simply copied our time-proven recipes and call them their own2) Some micro breweries have wanted to scale-up our recipes and sell the beer. Again, they would simply change the name at sell it as their own3) With some of the recipes, we have written . . .
6/27/2011 – Hello, I live in sunny Southern California and am going to be making a batch of the West Coast Blonde. All the places I have to ferment are in the mid-70's, in some cases as high as 77. I was wondering if 1) the yeast in the kit will work well at those temps, or 2) if I should get the Wyeast Belgian Saison Yeast (Liquid) since it seems to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You should be fine at that temperature with either one of the yeasts you mentioned. There are several "tricks" you can use to lower the temperature...like putting your fermenter into a picnic cooler of cool water, adding some ice periodically, and/or covering it with a wet t-shirt and putting a fan to blow on it. All of these will get . . .
1/8/2011 – Is your West Coast Blonde a full grain kit or from extract?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is primarily an extract kit with dry malt extract BUT it has specialty grains that you steep as well. A grain bag, yeast, instructions, hops etc are all provided.
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. . . .
5/4/2009 – I am brewing my second batch of beer - West Coast Blond. After one week in primary fermenter, it was still bubbling at one bubble per 30 seconds. Two days later (9 total days), it was nearly stopped. I transferred it to the carboy. Starting gravity 1.045, and when I transferred it to the carboy, the gravity was down to 1.012, which is in . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No problem at all. While you may not see any bubbling, it is likely still "outgassing" (shedding any dissolved CO2 from the fermentation). This will help to protect your beer until you are read to bottle.
4/20/2009 – Question about kegging your blonde ale. Should I start off at a higher psi like 25-lbs for a couple of days, and then dropping it to say 5-lbs to dispense? Or should I leave it on say 13-lbs at all times? --By the way, you have the most informative web site I've ever seen on this subject. And that's enough reason for me to make you my local . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There are lots of ways to force carbonate your beer. It's a pretty simple thing to do, but people tend to complicate it. You can go as far as calculating the pressure and time, for a given diameter and length of hose vs temperature of the beer if you like. Personally, anything that takes away from the FUN of making/drinking beer is going too . . .
3/11/2009 – Hi, I recent got your West Coast Blond Ale and your blueberry flavoring. I have 2 questions about making a blueberry beer.1) When do I add the blueberry flavoring? Is it the first or second fermentor? 2) If I also wanted to add real blueberries to the beer on top of the flavoring I will be adding to the beer what is the process involved . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) We like to add the flavorings incrementally at the very end of the process...just before bottling or kegging. It's easy that way to take a taste, and determine if you added enough/too much. They contain no sugars, so there is no risk of re-fermentation.2) With real fruit like blueberries, we suggest freezing and then thawing to make it . . .
8/27/2008 – How much priming sugar comes with the kits? 2lbs? I have a bunch of packets sitting around from your kits and want to use it for other things but I don't have a accurate scale. P.S. I love your West Coast Blonde kit and plan to order more very soon.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The priming sugar packets contain just a little over 5 oz each (about 1/3 pound). By volume, it is about 7/8 of a cup.We like a nice Blonde too!
8/11/2008 – I missed the five gallon mark in the primary. So, I am going to add extra water to secondary. Should the water be boiled? Also, after the secondary is done will it give proper hydrometer readings?Is it ok to have 5 gallons of wort in a 6 gallon secondary?thanks for your time
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can boil that water if you LIKE, but I never would. Our water is quite good...I would even add it to the primary, as long as there is room.Yes, after all fermentation is complete, you should be able to get good hydrometer readings.I see no problem with using a 6 gallon secondary for a 5 gallon batch. Particularly so if there is . . .
7/28/2008 – Thinking of tweaking the Blonde Ale a bit by using either a lager yeast or a wheat yeast (that I have on hand). Was curious if this would ruin rather than change the product.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We often think of our beers as children. Love them all the same! If one was dressed differently, would we love him/her less? Of course not! It's the same with beer...if it was ME, it try the wheat yeast. I like the flavors they deliver.
4/29/2008 – I would like to make a blueberry beer for this summer and was thinking I would use to West Coast Blonde kit to do so. Do you recommend any other kit to use? I have been researching the best way to make a blueberry beer and have come across a couple different variations as to when to add the blueberries during the process. Do you have any . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, our West Coast Blonde Kit would be an excellent base for a fruit beer. If you like wheat beers, our Wizard's Wheat is also a nice choice.As far as fruit flavors, there are really two options for making a fruit beer: artificial flavorings and natural fruit. Using artificial flavorings is actually a pretty good way to go. They are . . .
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 . . .
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!
10/13/2007 – my beers that i have made have not had alot of carbonation, i'm using your kits and making sure that i use the priming sugar. is there anything that i can do to make sure that the beer is fully carbonated.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Be sure to leave your bottles at room temperature (or a little higher) for at least 10 days before you try one. Make that about 14-17 days if it is a lager. It needs this time AND temperature to develop full carbonation.
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 . . .
2/25/2007 – I just made my first batch of beer yesterday "West Coast Blond" It's in the primary fermentor and its only been in there for about 15 hours and I am getting a bubble every 2 to 3 seconds is this normal to have bubbles so close to each other at first?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that is entirely normal.
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. . . .
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
11/2/2006 – My question pertains to the West Coast Blonde kit. I added 1 lb brown sugar to the boil. How much effect should that have on color? She's definately a brunette now. I used a full 6 gallon boil for just over an hour, perhaps I scorched the wort as well? PS, you guys rock, keep up the excellent work!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will definately have SOME extra color, but I wouldn't expect a brunette. Remember, a beer always looks darker in the carboy than in the glass. It's pretty hard to scorch too, as long as you are using a 6 gallon boil. I'd say you'll have a blonde with dark roots!Thanks!
10/9/2006 – If I were to add a fruit extract to the West Coast Blonde Ale, for example raspberry, at what point during the brewing process should it be added?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it it OUR fruit flavorings, you add it just before bottling. It contains no ferentable sugars, so they can be used in this way. This is convenient, because you can adjust the amount used "to taste".OTHER extracts often contain sugars and preservatives which will either cause refermentation, or prevent carbonation altogether.
9/17/2006 – What difference will I see between the dry yeast that is included in your packages and the optional yeast(s) that are listed?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Liquid yeasts are very pure, selected strains that are used to provide authentic flavors/aromas that are not available with dry yeasts. Dry yeasts are are very good, but there isn't the variety that we have with the liquid cultures. If you are trying to "clone" a particular commercial beer, you will come much closer if you use the actual strain . . .
8/24/2006 – Will my beer be harmed if I have a higher SG than what is listed in the instructions? If so, is there anything I can do to reduce it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I will assume here, that you mean at your initial reading (before fermentation). Harmed? No. It WILL be stronger and darker than expected, however. The only way this could happen is if your actual volume is lower than 5 U.S. gallons. This often happens if you start with 5 gallons in the boil. The boiling process will cause you to lose . . .
7/23/2006 – I now have West Coast Blonde in my plastic primary.I pitched the yeast 2 weeks ago and it has been fermenting for about a week and a half.The temp has been a constant 70 degrees.The bubbles are every 9 seconds now.My local brewshop advised me to use a 5 gallon primary with a blow off tube,Then transfer when the foam is gone.That seems to . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The type of CO2 release mechanism (blow-off tube, airlock etc) has nothing to do with the rate of fermentation. It may "seem" to go faster, but it just isn't so.Using a 5 gallon primary means that you will lose some volume due the natural foaming during fermentation. We advise using a larger primary for this and several other reasons. . . .
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. . . .
2/28/2006 – I have recently purchased your west coast blonde and a package of the liquid yeast. Unfortunately I didn't read the directions on the pouch of yeast and didnt store it in the fridge. It (yeast)sat one week in room temperature, but luckily didn't explode. The yeast was still active, for it fermented or burped for 2-3 days, afterward I was . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would agree completely. It is done. No harm done to the yeast by the week of room temps.If you want to transfer it to a secondary fermenter for a week or two, you will get more clarity. No need for additional yeast. There are no residual sugars left to ferment.
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.
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.
12/9/2004 – 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 . . .
10/8/2004 – 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.
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.
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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