8/18/2013 – I want to make mango ginger wine but not sure what wine yeast to use? Or do I need to buy any other yeast or pectin or anything to make it? Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sounds like a wine I would enjoy! Haven't had it, unfortunately.Here is a recipe from Jack Keller for making a ONE gallon batch of mango wine. Scale up as needed, and simply add ginger to the mix. If it were me, I would use a Cote de Blancs wine yeast. Mango Wine3-4 lbs fresh mango 1 lb 13 oz lbs finely granulated sugar 7-1 . . .
7/24/2013 – I started my first batch ever of Raspberry Wine last night. The local brewing supply store steered me to Lalvin D47 yeast. I am reading now that it is recommended to add yeast nutrient to the must before fermentation begins. I did not. How critical was that and is it to late to add some? Thanks -Chris-
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a good idea, but certainly not critical. The nutrient helps to promote yeast cell growth, lessen the chance of a stuck fermentation, and results in a more complete fermentation (drier wine) with less sweetness.
11/29/2012 – i want to buy a pound of your super start yeast and a pound of yeast nutrient. I would like to know how much yeast and nutrient i would need to put into a 1 gallon jug to make a sugar/corn mash with the highest abv i could get. would i need to use some kind of clearing agent in it after it was done?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Here is a recipe for 5 gallons. You can scale it down as needed:To obtain 20% alcohol, you would need approx 14.5 lbs of sugar. For maximum alcohol production, it is probably best to add the sugar incrementally...that is, perhaps 5 lbs of it, then wait a while (maybe a week?) add another 5 lbs, another week and add the rest. This routine . . .
10/3/2012 – I recently purchased Montepulciano grape. They were very nice and had a 26brix. Someone suggested that I use Red Star Montrachet yeast which I have. It is fermenting but very slow and not very vigorously. Was this the wrong choice for a 'strong wine'? Is it too late for me to add another yeast?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Montrachet is a good yeast, but doesn't "attenuate" well. In other words, it may leave some sweetness in the finished wine.If you are after a drier version you could add some champagne yeast (even now). It should get you a lower ending gravity (less sweetness). A dab of yeast nutrient might help also.Be sure that your fermentation . . .
9/16/2012 – Do i need to add tannin to muscadine wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not. Tannin adds a little astringency, which usually not necessary with muscadine grapes.I WOULD add some pectic enzyme however to help break down the fruit and to better extract the natural sugars in the grapes. Here are a few recipes for muscadine wine:http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques15.asp
3/5/2012 – Do I have to buy the ingredients necessary to make the wine seperate from the wine base kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Other ingredients required are: acid blend, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, campden tablets or bisulfite, potassium sorbate and wine yeast.If you are after an "all-in-one" fruit wine kit, we have those too. See link below.
11/9/2011 – I ordered a large quantity of 2oz Yeast Nutrient nearly two years ago and still have a lot left. Does this product have an expiration?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, not really. As long as it's "powder like" (not exposed to water/moisture) it should be fine. If it's caked up and hardened I would avoid using it.
1/5/2011 – How much should i add of yeast nutrient,for a 20 gallon of wine must...Quantity per/gal.etc.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1-2 teaspoons per 5 gallons of wine
8/4/2010 – Will Amylase Enzyme Help the yeast do its job whem making Mead?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is used to help break starches into sugars in all-grain (beer) brewing. There are no appreciable starches in honey.Meads DO require a fair amount of yeast nutrient however, to help the yeast along.
7/20/2010 – I'm trying to reach 20% ABV through pure fermentation. I was planning on using the WYEAST STRAIN: 4347 | Eau de Vie™ . To do this, should I add sugar gradually, as opposed to all at once, so I don't stunt the yeast, or is it OK to just put in all the sugar at the beginning? Also should I add nutrients? If so, which ones? About how long will . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is best to add about 1/2 the sugar at the beginning, and then "feed" the rest of the sugar over the next week or so.Nutrients will also be necessary. More if it's just a plain "sugar wash", but less would be required if there is fruit juice or grains in it.The time it will take is unknown. It depends on many factors like temperature . . .
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
4/23/2010 – What is the right 5 gallon mixture for Alltech super start distillers yeast. How much sugar & how much yeast to get 20% or more.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: To obtain 20% alcohol, you would need approx 14.5 lbs of sugar. For maximum alcohol production, it is probably best to add the sugar incrementally...that is, perhaps 5 lbs of it, then wait a while (maybe a week?) add another 5 lbs, another week and add the rest. This routine avoids "sugar shocking" the yeast. Use about an ounce of yeast . . .
8/13/2008 – 1) If a person from say Sweden wanted to ferment and distill a good drinkable alcohol, would your super start distiller's yeast be a good way to go?2) Why is so much cheaper than others?3) If it is not good for a beverage, what would you suggest to get a high alcohol content of the mash?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) Yes, it would be a good choice for many drinks. 2) It is bulk distilling yeast only, and does not contain nutrients. It is not a fast working TURBO yeast.3) Much depends on the mash. If it already is rich in nutrients, like grain mashes, this would be a good choice. If you are trying to ferment a sugar/water mash, then you will NEED . . .
7/30/2008 – I just bought a pound of your super start yeast and a pound of yeast nutrient. I have been reading the old post and to make a sugar water mash for ethanol in my fermenter bucket i would add 4oz of super start distillers yeast and 4oz of yeast nutrient to 6.5 gallons of water and 20 lbs of sugar, is that about right or did i miss something? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That sounds about right, but there are always people who do it a little differently. For maximum alcohol production, it is probably best to add the sugar incrementally...that is, perhaps 10 lbs of it, then wait a while (maybe a week?) add another 5 lbs, another week and add 5 more. This routine avoids "sugar shocking" the yeast.
5/8/2008 – what would be the best yeast for producing ethanol alcohol fuel using sugar and a beer keg pot still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would go with the Super Start Distiller's Yeast. Very inexpensive, and taste isn't a factor. Don't forget to use some nutrients also, however.Another alternative is one of the Turbo yeasts. They contain the nutrient and work very fast.
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!
12/15/2007 – When is the yeast nutrient added to the wort? Should it be disolved before-hand?Thanks for all the advice. Love this site!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It really shouldn't matter much when it is added, as long as it is available for the yeast when it is added. Personally, I would add the nutrient to the boil. This ensures that what you added is sterile and well mixed into the wort.
10/30/2007 – I am planning to make a cyser using apples from my tree (12 lbs) and local honey (12 lbs) in a total of 5 gallons. For a mead using your sweet mead yeast how much acid blend would you recommend? Thanks fo the help.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Try about 2.5 tablespoons acid blend, as well as about 3 teaspoons yeast nutrient, and perhaps 1 teaspoon tannin.Apples are primarily malic acid, so you might consider using that in place of acid blend.
9/26/2007 – What's actually in the yeast nutrient please? Because I've recently been using a Gervit product that seems to have various elements, whereas the "yeast nutrient" tablets I've found (produced by "Youngs") seem just to be vitamin B1 (Thiamin).I've read about a product, K Fermaid I think it was called, but haven't been able to locate any.This . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sorry, but we've run into the same issue. We are not the manufacturer, just the retailer. Most manufacturers don't list exactly what is in the package %-wise. The only one that gives a good listing is Wyeast brand nutrient. You could go to their website for more information on that.You are also correct in there is no consensus on what . . .
6/3/2007 – Am new to winemaking. I have a fairly nice crop of muscadines that I made jelly with last year. Would like to try wine. Is the five gallon kit good and can I use it to make smaller batches? Also what do I need besides kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can only eat so much jelly! Yes, this kit would work well for you, and can be used for smaller batches...altho more is better. As far as equipment, that is all that is required (except for a way of crushing the grapes, and bottles).Here is a typical recipe for Muscadine WineMUSCADINE GRAPE WINEMakes 5 gallons35 lbs ripe Muscadine . . .
5/14/2007 – I've recently found a watermelon wine recipe online for three gallons but I currently have a 6 gallon carboy. I was wondering if I could double the recipe for 6 gallons instead of 3 gallons. I've bought all my brewing supplies from your website and will continue!!! Wonderful Products!!!!! Here is the recipe! Will you please let me know if . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, that is entirely possible. No problem with doubling the recipe.
4/12/2007 – When would you add this yeast nutrient?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Ideally, prior to adding the yeast. For beer, it is normally added to the boil. For wine, mead etc, just prior to adding the yeast.
12/26/2006 – I have a bunch of Pinot Noir grapes (about enough to make 5 gallons) and am looking for a recipe to make some decent wine. The grapes are pressed flash pasturized, and ready for winemaking. I did a huge search online in the search engines and didn't find anything worthwhile. I would like something very drinkable with a few tannins to add some . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It sounds like what you have is equivalent to fresh juice of some kind. The quality of the resulting wine depends very much on the quality of that juice, not on some "recipe"; altho I included one below (actually it is for 23 liters, or 6 U.S. gallons). If the juice has tannins, the wine likely will too. You can add some of course, but . . .
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
10/24/2005 – Hi just wondering what you would recomend be the best nutrient package to get the most out of your superstart distillers yeast? thanx John
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Just regular yeast nutrient for most things you can ferment. The Wyeast brand nutrient is very good too.
6/21/2005 – I'am looking to purchase a wine making kit of sorts. I have a huge Mulberry tree in my yard and it will be ready to pick within the next 2 weeks. What is it that I will need to purchase and probably have to ship a.s.a.p.Also do you have any suggestions for Mulberry wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This Kit (Complete Wine Making Equipment Kit - 5 Gallon) will serve you very nicely. You would only need to add the acid blend, pectic enzyme, yeast nutrient and Bordeaux yeast.Here is a recipe for 5 gallons:TEXAS MULBERRY WINE30 lb. Texas mulberries 12-1/2 lb. granulated sugar 5 lb. raisins 3 3/4 tsp. acid blend 2 1/2 tsp. . . .
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!
4/30/2004 – The Yeast Nutrient is sold by the ounce, but does not say how many tsp's per ounce. Could you tell me the conversion?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I doubt if there is an exact conversion, but it probably has 5-7 tsp (just a guess) per oz. It is about the consistancy of flour, if that helps.
4/27/2004 – Is your L20 product considered a "turbo" product? What percentage level of alcohol will most likely be produced? What nutrients would be necessary and how much do you need and do you have those also? How many liters would this one pound produce?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, it is not considered a turbo yeast, and it contains only yeast (no nutrients). This yeast is used at the rate of 1-2 lbs per 1000 gallons. This is equivalent to about 3500 liters.The % alcohol produced is dependant on a number of factors. Sugar content from the grain, fruit or whatever is a limiting factor.The addition of nutrients . . .
12/18/2003 – What exactly is the yeast nutrient made of (simple sugars, amino acids, proteins,etc.)?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Think of it as a "vitamin pill" for your yeast. It contains diammonium phosphate, essential vitamins (mostly B complex), nitrogen (amino acids, proteins, peptides), and minerals.
10/25/2003 – I read tablespoon rather than teaspoon when adding my yeast nutrient....and after adding to the cider just realized this....how will a much larger amount of this product affect my hard cider??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Probably not at all. The yeast will metabolize only what they need, and the rest will just fall to the bottom.
7/18/2003 – If I buy the bulk distillers yeast, how many ounces of nutrients and yeast would I use? I will also be using 20lbs of cane suger in 6.5 U.S. gallons of water.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For maximum alcohol production, try using some citric acid to arrive at a pH of about 4.2. After that, try using about 120 grams (4-5 ounces of dry yeast)and 4-6 ounces of nutrient. Please understand that this is just a starting point, and you should determine what works best with your setup.
7/15/2003 – How much to use per 5 Gal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is usually used "per recipe". In other words, it depends on what you are making. With wines, some fruits are low in nutrients, and other are high. Beers rarely need nutrients.
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