Homebrew Compendium

Our company. Brewing your own beer. Making your own wine. Werewolves. This section covers three of those four subjects. Scroll around and get the info you need. You can even download documents outlining various topics.

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Is HomeBrew Den in Market Square?

HomeBrew Den is not in Market Square, but rather on Market Street. When exiting Market Square at the stoplight on Timberlane Road and Market Street, follow Market Street to the "Pavilions on Market Street," where all of the shops have blue awnings, all the people have satisfied expressions, and all the children are above average.

How long has HomeBrew Den been in The Market District?

HomeBrew Den joined The Market District in 2009. Previously, we operated locations in the Cottages at Lake Ella and Mahan Square.

Is there more than one HomeBrew Den?

Currently, this planet has one HomeBrew Den store location - on Market Street.

Is HomeBrew Den a chain or a franchise?

HomeBrew Den is a local, independently owned business and is not a franchise. The same owners have operated HomeBrew Den since 1993 A.D.

Can I order online and then pick it up in the store?

Yes, shoppers who are in the Tallahassee area can order online and pick up items in the store by choosing the "Pick Up In Store" shipping method during checkout.

How much money do I have to spend?

Getting into homebrewing doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Basic brewing kits from HomeBrew Den start as low as $69. Beer ingredients (recipes) range between $25 - $40 per batch, depending on what type of beer you like to drink. On average, the finished product is about $3 - $5 per six-pack.

How much does it make?

Most beer recipes yield five gallons of finished beer—approximately 48 - 53 12-ounce bottles. So, yeah, you'll be all set.

Why should I make my own beer?

There are 1,498 reasons you should brew your own beer. Homebrewing is fun, safe, natural, scientific, artistic and easy. You can make delicious, fresh beer, and you can impress your friends/family as well as save a few bucks. Most homebrewers successfully make beers comparable to the craft beers they buy in the store - for a fraction of the cost. There, we gave you 9 reasons. We'll cover the other 1,489 at a later date.

How long does it take?

On average, the brew-to-drink timeline is approximately four to five weeks. Some beers take less time; some take more. Individual brewers can use particular techniques during beer packaging to adjust these timelines.

Does it smell?

Making beer typically requires some sort of small-scale "cooking" phase in which ingredients are assembled and heat is applied. That process creates aromas indicative of the ingredients used—the sweetness of malt and the herb-like floral aromas of hops. Many brewers consider these aromas as inviting teasers of something delicious on its way. In other words, your olfactory glands will be rewarded, too.

How much space do I need? Can I do it outside?

The brewing process itself can happen in most home kitchens. When beer is bottled, it remains at room temperature for a couple of weeks during the carbonation process. You only need to refrigerate what you want to consume. Some brewers perform the brewing steps outside, but fermentation and storage is best when done indoors or at controlled temperatures.

Is homebrewing beer legal?

Who cares, just do it. Kidding. Making beer and wine at home for personal consumption is legal in most states. Home distilling of alcoholic beverages is not legal.

Do I have to do all-grain brewing?

Many methods of beer brewing will achieve good results. All-grain brewing is not required to make good beer. All-grain brewing does provide several advantages for many brewers, but they should be considered in context of a brewers' overall goals and dreams.

Can you really make wine at home?

Yes, making wine at home is easy, achievable and extremely cost-effective. It gets a little trickier when it's not your home, but yes.

Sure, but can you make good wine at home?

Yes, the home vintner can make fine wine—from oaked Chardonnays to rich spicy Zinfandel to luxurious ports and dessert wines—all in the convenience of home. Numerous products of pressed varietals juice from the world's finest estates are available to the home winemaker. With some solid techniques, and the ability to follow basic directions, you will impress your friends with wine that they thought you purchased. Then you can revel in their confusion when you tell them you made it.

How much money do I have to spend?

How much do you have? Just kidding. Beginning wine making kits from HomeBrew Den start as low as $89. Wine ingredient kits are available in a wide range of options to match anyone's budget. Most wines can be produced for approximately $2.50 - $5.00 per bottle.

How much does it make?

Most wine ingredient kits yield 6 gallons of finished wine—approximately 28 - 30 750 ml bottles.

What is the advantage to making your own wine?

Like brewing beer, making wine at home is surprisingly easy, safe, and lots of fun. Wines made at home can be made without adding additional sulphites, can be blended for a unique house wine, and can be packaged as beautifully as commercial wines. Your friends and family—even frenemies—will be impressed when they learn your wine is as good, if not better, than what they bought at the store. Home wine makers are making full-bodied, decadent wines for nominal cost.

How long does it take?

On average, the timeline from creation of your wine to packaging (bottling) is approximately six to eight weeks. After bottling, some wines will be ready to drink immediately. Other wines will need more aging. In general, most white wines will need 1-3 months of aging while red wines will need 3-6 months of aging. Some red wines and dessert wines will benefit from even longer aging.

Does it smell?

When preparing your wine for fermentation, it will smell like fruit—yummy, jammy fruit. The most common aroma identified by home winemakers is that of the sulfur byproducts created during fermentation. Those aromas often subside after a few days.

How much space do I need? Can I do it outside?

Most winemakers make their wine in their home kitchen. Due to the temperature needs of fermentation, wine fermentation is best when done indoors.

Is home winemaking legal?

Making beer and wine at home for personal consumption is legal in most states. Home distilling of alcoholic beverages is not legal. There are other things that aren't legal, too, but we don't have the space to list them all.

What is mead?

Mead is a fermented beverage created with honey. It shares many characteristics with wine, and it can be carbonated or non-carbonated in its finished form. In other words, it's an ingredient for deliciousness.

How much does it make?

Most mead recipes are typically designed to make either one gallon or five gallons of finished product. Individual mead-makers adjust their recipes and methods if different volumes are desired.

How much honey do I use for mead?

In general, 12-15 pounds of honey will yield five gallons of 12 - 14% alcohol by volume mead.

Does it matter what type of honey I use?

Numerous varieties of honey exist. Most honeys are reflective of native plant material in a particular geographic area. HomeBrew Den offers indigenous honey from local apiaries as well as occasional "visiting" honeys from across the county. Each variety of honey is different from another and will have its own unique flavor, aromas, textures and composition. Those characteristics will become part of the uniqueness of your mead. To that extent, mead makers use honeys that have characteristics that they enjoy. Most, if not all, honey can be used in mead making.

How long does it take?

Mead can test your patience, but it is well worth it. Although the basic process of fermentation may be complete after a month or two, mead benefits from long aging and is often consumed between one and two years after packaging.

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