8/7/2013 – Please tell me all the ingredients I need to make wine. Is there a ready made mix I could use.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hi Gigi. Glad you found us. Gotta tell you that your question is a little vague. We're here to help, we just need a little more information. It's like someone who asks "all the ingredients to bake a cake, is there a ready made mix".... ? There are many ways to bake a cake, many different types of cake, and ways to go about it.SO, we . . .
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
5/2/2008 – I've brewed four of your beer kits with great success, thank you. I live in New York City, and with summer approaching I’m sure the temperatures will be well above 75. Is there a something, perhaps wine, that will ferment properly at higher temperatures? I’m predicting between 80 and 85 degrees. I’ve heard Mead might, but the one Mead . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes! Red wines and meads, especially, are fermented warm. Cabernets, Merlots, Pinot Noirs etc etc work out nicely. Meads too!Don't let the fact that your first (and only?) taste of mead was too sweet for your tastes. Mead can be made dry as well. With our Nectar of the Gods Mead Kit you actually sweeten to taste (if you like) AFTER fermentation. . . .
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!
4/11/2007 – With a good beer kit on hand, is all i need to make wine a test kit and a Cellar Classic kit. Or are there other items i should have. Also how much does that make.P.S. Love the web site!!!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our varietal wine kits, like this Cellar Classic kit is really quite complete, as far as ingredients. No test kit is really necessary. It does require some standard equipment, of course, like fermenter, siphon hoses etc. If you are making beer already, you probably have everything that is necessary except for perhaps a corker and some corks. . . .
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
6/16/2005 – my wife is korean and we are wanting to start making our wine. her mother taught her to just add sugar and let it age.is this one way of making it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not if you want good wine, no. Why not make GOOD wine? Use one of our varietal wine (ingredient) kits, like those that are offered with this equipment kit, and you will make good wine! We have a large selection, if there is a particular type of wine you enjoy, we probably have it.
4/9/2005 – Had a question about bottle aging--the kit (Chianti)says the wine is drinkable after 60 days but a friend of mine who makes wine from fresh grapes thought it would need a year or so to be appropriately aged. What do you think? Is there a difference between the kits and grape pressing in terms of bottle aging the wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our varietal kits do not require such long aging times. Often wine made from fresh grapes does, because of the additional tannins from stems, seeds etc. Varietal wine kits willl improve with age, but do not require it to be darn good!
1/30/2005 – This is first wine I've made using an oak infusion bag. Directions tell you when to put it in, but not when to take it out. I'm thinking when I first siphon the wine from the primary to the carboy when I discard the other sediment that should go also. Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a matter of taste, certainly, but about 2-8 weeks exposure time is about right for most people. How that works with your racking schedule I don't know. If your primary is only week or so, that might not be enough.
1/21/2005 – First, you guys are great and your website is one of the most functional I've dealt with. This winemaking business is good for the soul but now, some of my finnicky friends want organic wine. Do you have access to organic kits or packs so I don't have to wait for the local fruit season to roll around? I can't tell from the info on your . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks for your kind words. We work hard on our website.To answer your question, much depends on what you call "organic". To some, it means the fruit grown was without chemical fertilizers (unlikely), or sprays (again, unlikely) in the commercial wine grape growing world. Most people are more concerned about the level of sulfites added . . .
12/31/2004 – Do you have any kits smaller than 6 gallons? I am just worried that 6 gallons may be a bit much for the wife and I. i would like to be able to make a variety of wines and not have 30 bottles in the pantry.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No we don't. 30 bottles (6 gallons) may SOUND like a lot of wine, but most people find it easy to use that much, especially when given as gifts etc. Everyone appreciates a good bottle of wine. My cellar certainly was reduced this holiday season!Besides, you can make your wine for much less (per bottle cost), so why not have a little more . . .
12/28/2004 – I bought the Cru Select Limited Edition kits from you. I am getting ready to move to the stablizing and clearing stage but there is no mention of racking the wine between the secondary and stablizing steps. My question is do you still rack the wine between steps with this kit or just move to the next step like the directions tell you to do. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Racking at that stage is optional. I guess I would recommend it if you have a spare carboy, but if not, I would just go ahead with it as written. You may get a LITTLE clearer wine by racking again, but I doubt is you will see much difference.For a medium bodied red, I would go with one either the Cellar Classic Chianti, The Cellar Classic . . .
12/9/2004 – I am in the last 3 days of my 28 day kit. I have let the wine sit in the carboy for 5 now undisturbed. I noticed that there is the normal sediment on the bottom, but also a collection on the sides of the carboy, mostly on the collective ridges in the 5 gal. is this just sediment or is it a bacteria? towards the bottom it appears to be . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is just sediment. Just let it accumulate...no problem at all. By the way, 28 days is just a "rough" guide. I routinely let mine sit at least an extra week or three for just this reason (sediment fall-out). There is no harm in this, and in fact it will make your wine clearer. I know it's hard to wait, but you will be rewarded later.
11/4/2004 – I'm going to purchase a wine starter kit and a Cellar Classics kit for my sister's wedding gift. She won't be starting it until the middle of January. Will the kit(Cellar Classics - Cabernet / Syrah / Zinfandel) last that long in the box, or should I wait until a couple weeks before to purchase it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will last that long. It is considered shelf stable for at least 6 months.
9/22/2004 – My neighbor and I have decided we are going to attempt to make our own homemade wine. We both enjoy red wine. Will you please recommend which wine we should try to make first and which wine making kit we should purchase to begin.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of the varietal wine kits are made in the same way, so if you like to drink Merlot, for instance, make Merlot! Using these varietal kits is a great way to get started. All of them are easy, so just pick one in your price range.We recommend using the 6 gallon Complete Winemaking Kit with the varietal wine kits.
8/5/2004 – How much does the Cellar Classic Cabernet kit make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our varietal wine kits make 6 U.S. Gallons, or about 30 standard wine bottles.
6/21/2004 – I am getting married in December and my fiance' and i thought homemade wine would make great favors. I have never made wine before but would like to crush my own grapes if at all possible. Is it advisable for a first time wine maker to use fresh juice instead of concentrate and if so is 6 months enough time to brew 12 gallons of wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations! I've heard of homemade wine used in this way, and it worked out well. Using your own grapes takes more equipment and more time to make, so for this batch I would recommend making it from a varietal kit. It assures that you have a great wine, and gets you started in the right way. Later on, if you like, you can step up . . .
3/4/2004 – OK, now what? If I buy the complete kit what else do I need to start making great wine? I don't want to wait to get the kit and have to read the book and then find I have to order other things and then have to wait. Tell me all the things I should order now so when it all comes I can pick up your book and read and make. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Complete Wine Equipment Kit (6 Gallon) is really quite complete...just select a type of wine (ingredients) that you like to go with it (from Varietal Wine Kits, either red or white as you prefer). Yes, there is a book included, but many people just charge ahead using the instruction sheet supplied with the ingredients. They are really . . .
1/6/2004 – how much wine does the kit make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It makes 6 U.S. gallons, or about 30 standard bottles of wine.
1/6/2004 – I have the equipment, so does the kit do it, or do i need the kit and other ingredients? And do the kits come with directions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you have the equipment, this is all you need (and a little water). This kit comes with the juice, concentrate, yeast, clarifiers, etc. Yes, all of our kits come with complete instructions.Enjoy!
12/8/2003 – If I purchase a winemaking kit, does that include bottles and everything that I would need? If not, what else do I need to purchase. This would be a gift.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Wine Making Equipment Kits contain all the hardware necessary (fermenters, corker, siphon equipment, test equipment etc) except for wine bottles. Often, people save and re-use the bottles, and they won't be needed for about 30 days in any case. We sell them if you need them.The ingredients, like the varietal wine kits, contain all . . .
11/1/2003 – I am interested in getting my boyfriend a wine-making kit for Christmas. Can you tell me exactly what I would need to purchase in the way of wine kits and equipment kits? I am unclear as to exactly what he would need to get started. I am interested in the 6 gallon size.Thank you-Stacy
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is pretty much it! It contains the necessary hardware.You may want to consider getting a Varietal Wine Kit (the ingredients) as well, so he can get started right away.About the only thing we don't include in the Equipment Kit is bottles. We have them, but they are easy to obtain by saving your empties, or by other means (locally). . . .
11/1/2003 – i want to make wine but don't know the first thing about how. i looked at your wine making kits and don't see any boiling apparatus. isn't wine making similar to beer making where a wort is boiled to eliminate contamination. my basic question is, along with the kit you advertise, what else do i need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine is different from beer in that it does NOT need to be boiled. Wine develops sufficient alcohol to protect it from bacteria. Also, boiling would prevent it from clearing properly.To answer your question, about the only other thing you need is the ingredients (a Varietal Wine Kit is a good way to go!) and some bottles. Bottles are easily . . .
9/24/2003 – How will I know which equipment to purchase and can I do it now when ordering my wine kits?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For these kits, like the Cellar Classic series, we recommend the 6 Gallon Complete Wine Equipment Kit. It is shown in the category above in the "Winemaking Equipment Kits" category. Just add what you need to your "shopping cart" and proceed to checkout. Very easy.
9/24/2003 – What is the lifespan of the wine made from these kits?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That depends on how fast you drink it! Just kidding...Using good technioques (clean, sanitized bottles, stabilizers that come in the kit, etc) and reasonable storage conditions, the wine can be expected to last for at least a year, and five years is not unreasonable. Probably much more, but we use it faster than that!
9/17/2003 – How much wine do each of the wine kits make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Each of the kits, regardless of brand name, are designed to make 6 gallons (30 botttles) of great wine. The only exceptions are the Ice Wine, and Port style kits, which make 3 gallons.
8/11/2003 – Do these wine kits include all additives, bottle corks, etc or will these have to be bought seperately?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The varietal wine kits, like the Cellar Classic, Vido del Vida lines etc contain all the ingredients i.e. juice yeast and additives (except water!) necessary to make wine. They do NOT include corks or any equipment.
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