Q: I am looking at ordering the Hop Slam clone. In the ordering form it asks for "yeast" selection. Is that not included in the kit? Are caps included, or are they included? Thanks! John
A: YEast and bottles caps are not included in the kit cost and would need to be added from the drop-down menus to add to the order
Q: When should I switch from the primary fermenter to the secondary?
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Q: Is this extract or all grain?
A: This version would be extract with steeping grains. The all grain version can be found on item ID ag99-3496N
Q: Can this kit be purchased without the honey included?
A: a copy of the recipe can be sent to order the other ingredients a la cart, but if ordering the entire kit, the honey would be included and shipped along with the rest of the ingredients
Q: I ordered this hopslam recipe kit but I do not see a recipe book/directions for making it. Is it supposed to come with that?
A: The instruction sheet is normally sealed within the bag containing the steeping grains. If the shipping team did miss adding this in, we can be reached at [email protected] with a quick E-mail to attach a pdf copy to send back over
Q: How long does this beer need to stay in the secondary fermenter?
A: 1-2 weeks in secondary would be reccomended
Q: Is the honey added in with the fermentables?
A: Yes, there is 2lbs of honey that will be added into the wort with the fermentables.
Q: Recommended yeast for hopslam?
A: An American Ale Strain would be best. Either WLP001, Wyeast 1056 or Dry S-05
Q: Do instructions come with this kit?
A: Yes, A full set of instructions will be shipped out with the kit
Q: My kit calls for 2oz of Chinook for dry hops, but instead I received 2oz of Simcoe. Is that a typo, or did I get the wrong hops?
A: We have done some updates to our online recipe sheets, and you may have been sent the older format. The newer version does call for Simcoe, so this should be correct.
Q: Just a little confused on abv%.. the descriptions says 9.2%, but the expected og/fg numbers work out to 7.7% , the "real" hopslam brew is 10%. I understand it's a clone and not completely the same. But will if I add an extra lb of dextrose to your ingredients to bump up the abv change the flavor of final product?
A: The beer as brewed will be about 9.2% We were working on a new recipe format at the time the information was updated and the addition of the 2lbs of Honey did not make it into the fermentables. We apologize for any confusion
Q: If I steep the specialty gains separately, what volume of water should I start out with for a full volume boil?
A: Ir you are doing a full wort boil, I would use the full volume of liquid. This allows the color and flavor of the grains to homogenize with the full amount of water up front, and wont dilute it down when extra water is added for your boil.
Q: Can I have you subtract 1 lb. of honey from the order? I've done the recipe a couple times now and I'd like to try it with only 1 lb. of honey.
A: The honey is calculated into the price of the recipe, unfortunately our site does not offer the option to leave only 1 pound out.
Q: I recently bought and made this recipe and it was delicious. But, I was wondering, if I pour this on my garden, will it help my plants grow stronger? You know, because of all the hops.
A: Hi Zach, Thanks for the question! We're not too sure if they'll grow better because of the hops in the beer. The plants will probably be happier because of the alcohol. That being said, we don't recommend wasting beer. Cheers!
Q: Is there an option to use a yeast smack pack vs. making a starter?
A: The Wyeast 1056 is a yeast option in the yeast options add on.
Q: You mention double pitching White Labs yeast. Is it liquid? In other words, do I need to buy an ice pack?
A: White Labs Yeast are liquid strains, so an Ice Pack can be a good insurance policy to help ensure yeast gets delivered safely. Double pitching liquid yeast is a great alternative to building a starter, if you don't have the time or equipment to build one.
Q: Have this in primary right now (my 2nd batch ever). What do you recommend for bottling? My first kit (Brewer's Best Porter) was 3.5 oz of sugar, assume the same for this?
A: A good catch all for priming purposes is 5 oz of dextrose per 5 gallon batch. Each style of beer ideally uses different volumes of CO2 for optimum carbonation, 5 oz gets most brews in a good range.
Q: Do you add both packages of yeast at the same time?
A: If you select 2 yeast instead of a yeast starter you will add them at the same time.
Q: Is there honey included with this kit? All the recipes I have seen take a lot of honey
A: This recipe comes with 2 pounds of honey.
Q: What else is necessary for the Hopslam Clone recipe kit? I want to purchase for my husband. This will be his first batch, so I want to make sure he has everything to begin. Do i need to purchase yeast, irish moss, hop bags, priming sugar, etc. The directions suggest a yeast starter...is that available for purchase? Thank you so much :)
A: If this is your husbands first batch I would purchase two yeast vials ( select add a second yeast from the drop down menu ) and bypass building a starter. Make sure you at purchase priming sugar for bottling and a hop bag for the dry hop. He may need bottle caps and cleaner/sanitizer ( if he doesn't already have some ) so don't forget those either. Irish moss is a clarifying agent that some use, and is truly personal preference.