Wizard's Wheat is a tangy, refreshing wheat beer
to quaff all thirst on a hot summer day. Features Hallertauer hops
and dry Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast from Safale. For a true
German Hefe style beer with plenty clove and banana aromas
and flavors use the
Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan yeast culture
American Wheat fans should try using the
Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast or
Wyeast 1056 American Ale. which both lend more dry, crisp
characteristics without the clove and banana tones associated with
the Bavarian/German wheat yeasts.
Your choice of Dry, or
Liquid malt extracts with
Style Specifics: For IBU consistency, hop weight WILL vary due to Alpha Acid
From Anonymous of Msvl., Washington on 6/3/2016.
This was an easy beer to make. In about 1 1/2 weeks the conditioning will be over and I'll be tasting my beer.
Wow easy and good!
From Angel Olivas of Incirlik, Turkey on 2/2/2016.
This was my 1st time making a home brew. The directions were super easy and the beer came out freaking amazing! I was super worried it wasn't going to come out right but wow I sure was impressed! I am . . .
From David of Fresno, California on 9/1/2012.
This is a great summer beer! I'll definitely make it again!!!
From Gary of Ferndale, Washington on 7/27/2012.
I am new to brewing beer although I have extensive experience making wine and cider. This is my 2nd beer. The 1st was HH's Diamond Knot's IPA. Like the IPA kit, the instructions were very easy to follow. . . .
From Rick of Chicago, Illinois on 2/5/2011.
This was my first batch I ever made. Was nervous going into it, but it came out great. So great that I couldn't stop my buddies from drinking it!!! On to the next
Great Summer Beer
From Michael Powell of Sandy, Oregon on 8/31/2009.
Great Wheat beer for a hot summer day. Turned out great, everyone loves it.
First Batch came out Perfect!
From steve sawyer of aurora, Colorado on 5/15/2008.
My first batch came out Great ten days total ferment, (20 hours to carbonate in keg at 35psi chilled ) and drop down to 10 psi and ready to drink!
Wizard Wheat : Nice and clean
From Ed Williams of Colorado Springs, Colorado on 4/28/2008.
I love wheat beers. I purchased this kit with the recommended liquid yeast, and I also used DME to carbonate it at bottling. I probably wouldn't do the DME at bottling again on this particular batch . . .
From Anonymous of Reno, Nevada on 4/25/2008.
I brewed a batch of this beer using the dry yeast included in the package. The starting gravity was 1.050, three days later it was down to 1.010. I kegged the beer and tested it again 5 days later, and . . .
First brew turned out great!
From David M of huntsville, Alabama on 3/6/2008.
Wow. Made this as my first brew. Ready to drink in 3-4 weeks. Used the smak pak yeast. Bubbled furriously for about 1.5 weeks. Force carbonated in a corny keg and it lasted only a cpl of weeks. Neighbors . . .
From Jason of Jacksonville, Florida on 2/23/2008.
This is a great Wheat Beer! I added a little over a pound of honey into the primary after fermentation really got going. 6 hours later I heard a noise from my closet and found that my airlock had become . . .
From Darryl Stonecypher of Johnstown, Pennsylvania on 1/27/2008.
This was my first batch of home brew. After being stationed in germeny for several years back in the 80's I have dreamed of drinking just one more hefe with the great german taste. This is the beer... . . .
A real treat
From Kenneth Mayer of Cameron Park, California on 11/7/2007.
Your in for a exceptional treat. Buy the Wyeast #3068 it is well worth the few extra dollars. This will give the true German hefeweizen taste to your brew.
From Dave Banker of Flora, Illinois on 6/10/2007.
This is the best that we have brewed so far. Very drinkable and even my wife likes it. I think I'll try it again with honey or brown sugar added,to up the alcohol level a bit.
This is a KEEPER!
From Ed Jaro of Raeford, North Carolina on 10/17/2006.
I will definitely be making more of this one! This one beats the local microbrewery and imports by a long shot. I will be trying adding some fruit flavoring next :)
From Jeff Gricewich of Visalia, California on 7/14/2006.
This was the first beer i ever brewed...it came out great!!! Inexpensive, and from what I've been told, hard to screw up, it might be the best kit for beginners. I hadn't started keeping notes on my brews . . .
From Joseph G Leiby of Fremont, Ohio on 5/30/2006.
This was my first try at home brewing and I am extremely pleased with the results. It goes down smooth and tastes great. My friends love it.
Good beer to drink early
From Michelle of Pensacola, Florida on 5/21/2006.
Great freshing beer. The Wyeast really made the difference. Almost tasted like a belgium wit beer. The first few weeks really crisp and refreshing, however, as it ages seems to take on a sweeter, less . . .
I CAN'T TELL YA!!!
From Michael C. DeStories of Wantage, New Jersey on 3/23/2006.
This beer kit was the first brew I ever brewed and when it came time for the first taste, boy was I sorry I made SO MANY PROMISES to my friends! It is and will be an awesome summer brew! I just ordered . . .
This beer goes with everything
From EricM of Dickinson, North Dakota on 2/6/2006.
I have brewed this beer five or six times. It is a perfect beer for friends that think Coors is a little too dark. Excellent for adding a fruit extract to also.
From Nat Reeder of North Augusta, South Carolina on 9/28/2005.
Great kit! I added 2lbs of Honey at the end of the boil, left great a great lighter color and a little extra kick:) A crowd favorite.
Love that wheat beer.
From Travis Ball of Half Moon Bay, California on 6/14/2005.
I took a bottle of this beer to our local brew master and he gave me very high marks. Tasted as good as his.
From Jeffrey of Rochester, New York on 6/7/2005.
First-time homebrewer and it turned out great! The instructions make it virtually foolproof. An awesome introduction to beermaking that has me hooked. I'll definitely be making more!
Make more kits!
From Travis Ball of Half Moon Bay, California on 4/10/2005.
Like you say, put in a slice of lemon , that really makes it. When will you have more kits? I need another .*****Editor's Note:They are now back in stock!
From Mike of Marysville, Washington on 3/11/2005.
Awesome 1st batch. Will definitely do another batch!
Killer first brew
From Calvin Lindsey of Mission Viejo, California on 2/23/2005.
This was the first brew my wife and I did. She really likes hefe's and she love this brew. We used the 3068 yeast and a pound of honey at the end of boil and it came out great. The only problem is it . . .
From Doug Sharp of Pagosa Springs, Colorado on 9/15/2004.
Amazing!! I won first place in the county fair and first place in the State Fair with this beer. I only started brewing this year and do everything wrong and it still comes out good. I do use the reccommended . . .
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!
1/1/2014 – I'm finally getting started with brewing, and I'm looking at getting this ingredient kit (Wizard's Wheat), a brewpot, and the deluxe brewing equipment kit. I have enough bottles and caps.What else would I need to make beer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not much...some water, and a way to heat (boil) that beer comes to mind. Do you have a HOT cooker? Some kitchen stoves are pretty wimpy. If you are going to be brewing regularly you might want to invest in an outdoor (propane) cooker. They speed up the process considerably and allow you to take the everything outside. Wives like that... . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
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
3/15/2010 – I just brewed Wizard Wheat. The yeast took right off... about 3 hours after pitching. (That is a record for my homebrews.) My question is this: Do I need to put the wheat beer in a secondary fermentor? I want the beer to be cloudy and I usually don't put my ales or lagers in the secondary fermentor. Is a wheat beer any different? Is the . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wheat beers are no different to ales or lagers in that respect. You WILL however, have more cloudiness due to the proteins in the wheat. In time that can settle to the bottom of your bottles. If you prefer a more clear beer, carefully pour off your beer. If you prefer a cloudy wheat beer, gently swirl your beer to pick up that sediment, and . . .
1/8/2010 – I am currently brewing my first batch of beer --wizard's wheat- and I have a question about adding honey. I see that it's OK to add during the boil and in the primary fermentor, but I'm ready to move it to the secondary because it's been about 3 days and the bubbles are few and far between. Is it still OK to add honey at this stage? If so . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can still add honey BUT remember...you are adding more fermentable sugars (in the honey) and they will require more time to ferment out. This causes more bubbling and sediment as well, and prolongs the time before you can drink your beer.From my perspective, I wouldn't add more honey to the secondary. Next time, just add it to . . .
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. . . .
10/14/2009 – Hey, I've been reading the quesions and a good book to get educated before I get a brewing kit. You guys have a really nice setup, nice site. I will probably want to brew an unfiltered wheat beer first. What is the process for keeping the yeast and wheat? If you actually keep both.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thank you!The process for making an unfiltered wheat beer is no diferent than any other beer. The wheat in the Wizard's Wheat kit has proteins that don't settle out completely. Some special yeasts llike Wyeast 3068 will accentuate the cloudiness a litle more if that is what you like.
8/20/2009 – I just got back from a trip to Evensville, where my brother in law took to me to a brewery. He got me to try a Hefeweizen. While i am more of a liquor man,i can now say i love a beer.I would like to come as close to this as i can.It was a very cloudy "unfiltered" spicy and slightly fruity beer.I am going to purchase the Wizards Wheat with . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Good! As we say, there is a beer for everyone. A tasty Hefeweisen is truly one of summer's pleasures.1) Force carbonating a hefe is just fine. No different than bottling as far as taste is concerned. If some yeast falls out of suspension, it is easy to invert the keg (or bottle) to put more yeast flavor (and cloudiness) into your beer.2) . . .
7/5/2009 – I just put my Wizard Wheat in the primary fermentor. I really like the cloudy/unfilterd type Hefe's, will the original procedures make it this way or is there anything type modification I can do to make it more like a unfiltered style?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will be somewhat cloudy...wheat does that to a beer. If you did NOT use the irish moss clarifier, that would add a little more. It's a little late at this stage, but some yeasts "flocculate" (settle) more or less than others. If you use the Wyeast #3068, that typically leaves a beer more cloudy.
6/11/2009 – 2 1/2 weeks ago I brewed the Diamond Knot IPA, but realized after going over my notes today that I had not wrote down the name of the dry yeast that came with the kit (tht's what I used). Could you tell me which one it is. I'm trying keep good notes as a beginning brewer. I just brewed and transferred to my primary fermenter the wizard . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For dry yeast we use the Nottingham Ale Yeast in that kit. A very good one, by the way.Yes, the Wyeast #3068 really gets with the program!
11/19/2008 – I'm interested in buying the Wizard Wheat but I have a question being that it will be only my 3rd batch ever made. It is suggested to get the 3068 yeast for a more german style taste. My question is do i add the 3068 yeast in addition to the yeast that comes with the kit or do i substitute it in place of?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our Homebrew Heaven recipe kits are sent with a packet of dry yeast. If you order the #3068 liquid yeast with the kit, I would use just that. Save the dry yeast for another batch! Why not?
11/18/2008 – I brewed up two recipes the diamond knot IPA and the Wizard Wheat. For the Diamond Knot, I used the 1028 London Ale Yeast.My starting gravities 1.062 6 days later transferred to a secondary with readings of 1.020. I added about 1/2 a gallon of water and am getting the 1 bubble/3min mark about 6 days later took gravities and am at 1.010 . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, your Diamond Knot is ready to bottle. Time doesn't mean a thing, hydrometer readings do. There is absolutely NO harm, however, in letting it wait a while longer if you like. It's just getting better.Yes, your Wizard is also ready to bottle if you like. As I say, hydrometers don't lie. If you want additional clarity, then I would say . . .
7/13/2008 – I recently brewed a batch of Wizard's Wheat. Now I have 2 questions. 1) When I did the yeast (Wyeast 3068), i broke the inner pouch, but didn't wait at all to add. Is this ok? The ending specific gravity is 1.010. 2) I've been super busy and left the batch in the secondary fermenter for almost 2 months now. It appears to have white dots . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Yes, it obviously did work, because your beer fermented out all the way. Your ending specific gravity tells me this.2) The white dots are likely harmless. When you go to bottle your beer, simply siphon from the bottom into another container, carefully avoiding those "dots". Then add the priming sugar and bottle away. I'm betting it will . . .
5/31/2008 – I brewed a Wizard's Wheat 8 days ago and took my final gravity reading - 1.008!! Is that right?!? - how did I end up that low? The OG was a little high 1.045 and I did a partial boil so it's not as golden colored as I would have liked. Tastes great though and that's what counts around here! I'm considering bottling it today instead of . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That is entirely possible. A good, healthy fermentation will do that. 10-14 days is just a VERY rough guide. I would go ahead and bottle, if clarity isn't an issue for you. A few days or a week in a secondary fermenter will give you that, but in a wheat beer, cloudiness is expected.
5/13/2008 – i have try three batchs of extact they didnt come out so good. i would like to use all dme. i plan on makeing a wheat ale. i saw the wheat and barey mix dme you have. can i brew just that dme with sp grains and hops to make a 5 gallon batch? i believe that they didnt come out so good because of old self life and bad yeast (from another shop). . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you can use our wheat/barley mix DME to make a nice batch of wheat ale. We have no idea why you have had problems in the past. I will say, however, that it takes quality ingredients to make a quality beer. Old, expired ingredients are sometimes sold my other shops. Not here at Homebrew Heaven.I'd like to recommend our Wizard's . . .
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 . . .
3/31/2008 – I'm looking at purchasing your Wizard's Wheat beer kit. Several of the reviews for the beer, recommend adding honey to the boil. A blow off tube is also suggested. Now my questions:1. What type of yeast do you recommend for this kit?2. How much honey would you suggest and at what point of the boil is it added?3. What size blow . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1. We like the Wyeast #3056 or the #3068 (if you want more of a banana-clove "hefeweizen" style wheat beer.2. No more than one to two pounds, added to the last minute or so of the boil. Better yet, add the honey to the primary fermenter after you see signs of bubbling.3. The standard 5/16" ID hose (siphon hose) that comes with the equipment . . .
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. . . .
3/5/2008 – Hi there... i do know you get this question alot (having read your q and a sections intheir entirety), however i have a different spin on my question. I just finished a vanilla weisen batch, which i had made before and loved!! i decided this time to add a bit of vanilla bean paste to the final two minutes of the boil (1 tbsp). the brew . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not sure what vanilla bean paste is. Never used it. I hope it doesn't contain preservatives, like potassium sorbate or sulfite. Those could cause a problem.A liquid yeast that is that old should just be discarded. You did the right thing by adding a dry yeast.Old yeast can be a problem alright, particularly if it has gotten hot in . . .
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 . . .
1/29/2008 – hey guys short question for you. Looking to make a real light "cherry" beer. Something very summer and very refreshing. wanting to have a cherry flavor to it similar to sam adams cherrywheat and wondering what kit i should buy from you . Yours in brewing Ryan
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A good way to go is to buy the Wizard's Wheat Kit as a "base". To that, you can either add real cherries in the fermenter, OR use out natural fruit flavorings when you bottle. This is REAL easy, and makes a nice cherry beer. The benefit of this product is that you can taste it and adjust if necessary before you bottle.Here are links 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!
9/23/2007 – I ordered your Wizard wheat kit with the Wyeast 3068 yeast culture. I didnt really seem to find alot of info on using the culture in the instructions. And this is my first time using a culture. I am looking for the basic steps, Starting the culture 24 hours in advance? Does it need to be at room temp or cool when started?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Alright. This applies to any Wyeast "smack pack" product:Take the liquid yeast pack, and feel around inside a bit. You will find there is a smaller, inner pouch inside of the larger one. The idea is to rupture that inner pouch. I do it by place the pack on a table, and the whacking it with the bottom of my fist. Other people do it differently . . .
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 . . .
3/15/2007 – I just bought the Wizard wheat kit and brewed it in a 5 1/2 gallon (full capacity) carboy. The fermenting process bubbled and popped the airlock and plug out. I re capped it and it continued to ferment?? Is my container to small or did I do something wrong? This has never happened in a 6 gallon bucket i have been using?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You have two things going here:1) You are now using a smaller fermenter, which doesn't leave much room for an active fermentation. If it was one of our buckets, it is actually more like 6.5 gallon capacity. You now have about a gallon less room.2) You HAVE an active fermentation caused by GOOD factors (lots of fresh happy yeast, favorable . . .
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 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
7/21/2006 – I am a first time brewer and pretty new to all of this. I have ordered the wizard wheat recipe and have this question. When do I add the honey and does that change my intial readings because of the change in alcohol content?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Honey can be added at the very end of the boil, or even directly to the primary fermenter after fermentation starts. Both will work just fine. Adding it to the boil, of course, sanitizes the honey which is good, if your honey is "raw" or unpasteurized. If it is pasteurized, I like to add it to the fermenter after fermentation starts. The . . .
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 . . .
6/17/2006 – i am new to brewing (i have helped a friend some) but we have a micro brewery in town (the friend owns) an he made a honey blonde that was great and i am tring to find something close to make may own it was a light wheat with honey do you have ant kits someone could try? p.s. he will not give his recipe but i do know 500 gallon of beer has . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Try our Wizards Wheat, and add about 1 lb of honey. The honey can be added to the last 2-3 minutes of the boil, or directly into the primary fermenter after it begins to ferment (I believe this is the best way!).
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.
4/8/2006 – What type of yeast do you recommend for the wizard wheat kit? What yeast option do i get if I order the deluxe brewing kit with the wizard wheat?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It really depends on your tastes. The dry yeast that comes with the kit makes an excellent wheat beer. I would call this an American style wheat beer. If you want the more pronounced banana-clove flavor or a true German style hefeweizen, then go for the Wyeast #3068 liquid yeast culture.If you order the Wizard's Wheat with the Deluxe Brewing . . .
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. . . .
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!
9/6/2005 – I have read a few recipes that mention adding honey to the end of the boil. Aside from flavor and increase alcohol content can honey be added to most recipes???
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. I wouldn't exceed about 2-3 lbs in 5 gallons, however.
8/31/2005 – will the liquid yeast survive shipping cross-country? when i've shopped at a local store, they've always given me my liquid yeast on ice. just curious...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will make it. If you are concerned, you can order a frozen gel pack to go with it. Our (Wyeast) XL cultures are much more stable than some other brands.
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 . . .
5/21/2005 – I am brewing Wizards Wheat and it is currently in the primary fermentation phase. I tested w/a hydrometer roughly 11 hours into fermentation to check progress and it has reached finishing gravity. I have watched the temperature closely. Is this unusual? Can I start secondary fermentation? Love the site, ya'll are runnin a great business.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a little unusual, but it happens. You must have provided a friendly enviroment for the yeast. Finishing quickly is a GOOD thing!If the specific gravity is down below about 1.013, I would go ahead and put it into the secondary fermenter. You can expect some more "crud" to fall out, and that too is good. I would let it sit for 4-10 . . .
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.
2/4/2005 – I am making wizard's wheat with the liquid yeast and the wort/young beer has been in the primary fermenter for 6 days now. As I stated in an earlier post, during the first 24 hours the fermentation was incredibly explosive and left a very dense head of foam on top of my "young beer". Ever since then, the bubbling began to subside from once . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Again, this sounds normal enough. Those clumps will eventually settle out themselves, either in the primary fermenter or in the secondary. It's almost like they are "social", grouping together into colonies. When there is no more sugar to consume, they will die off and fall to the bottom on their own.
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!
2/1/2005 – Some friends and I cooked up a batch of your wizards wheat. About 24 hours later( after we put it in the primary) it started to foam out of the air lock and all over the place, it even blew off the top two peices of the air lock. Every time I put the airlock back on, it would just blow off from all the foam. The only thing I could think of . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is the result of good fresh healthy yeast, and an ideal fermentation environment (a GOOD thing!). Your beer will finish sooner, and it will ferment more completely. There is no reason to worry about infection; after all, everything is blowing OUT, not in. You did the right thing. This happens quite a bit when using the Wyeast 3068 . . .
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 . . .
10/21/2004 – I am new to home brewing but would like to attempt a Blue Moon Hefenweizen kind of beer. Could you direct me to something similar?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Try our Wizard's Wheat.I'm told that Blue Moon uses a small amount of coriander seed in the last part of the boil. You could try that!
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.
8/19/2004 – I have just moved my wizard's wheat from the primary after 36 hours. The bubbles were just over a minute apart before I moved it. Now 4 hours later they are almost 3 minutes apart. Should I expect more activity than that? If not would it be too soon to bottle only a day or so after moving to the secondary...?This is my first attempt . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds like you are right on track. No need to worry!The idea is to make sure your fermentation is completely done, it doesn't matter if it's 3 days or 3 weeks. Yeast cell don't wear watches.When the specific gravity is approximately 1.016 (or lower) THEN it is time to bottle.You are correct, home brewing is FUN, and it's easy . . .
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!
3/26/2004 – I would like to buy your Wizard Wheat kit. I already have some fresh yeast at home in my fridge. My friend bought a kit at a local brew shop, and inadvertantly bought two containers of yeast He gave one to me (lucky me). Can I buy this kit with out the yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nope; sorry. They are all pre-assembled with everything, including yeast. There is no harm in adding both packets, however, or saving one for your next batch. When someone orders a liquid yeast with this kit, we leave the dry yeast in anyway.
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 . . .
3/14/2004 – This is my first beer brew. I have all of the items in the kit in order to brew. How much and when should I add fruit such as blackberries or cranberries in order to liven up the brew?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: A good time is during the primary fermentation. Just wait for it to start bubbling, and add the fruit. This ensures that it has enough time to ferment out all the sugars from the fruit.How much?? That's a tough question, and a matter of personal taste as well. It also depends on the fruit itself. For blackberries, I would start with maybe . . .
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 . . .
2/29/2004 – We are preparing to start our Wizard's Wheat. We'd like to give it a citrus flare. How can we introduce citrus to the batch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would just add the juice of a lemon or lime, maybe two?, to the wort after the boil, and after the wort has cooled to room temperature. Sounds good to me!
2/24/2004 – My order arrived in 5 days (Oklahoma). I was really impressed with the packaging and instructions included with the Wizard Wheat kit. It's still fermenting!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Glad to hear you like the looks and delivery of our Wizard's Wheat. It's an excellent beer!
2/14/2004 – I brewed wizards wheat 2 weeks ago today. Move it from the primary on day 5 and when I checked for air bubble through the airlock its just under 1 minute 30 seconds. I've had out of the sunlight at around 65 -65 degrees. I was thinking it was ready to bottle but seems like I have a way to go. Is this typical for this beer? This is my . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This sounds very normal, and like it is almost ready to bottle. The way to know for SURE, however, is by taking a hydrometer reading. When it is appoximately 1.014, it is ready to bottle.
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.
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