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Postby beer buddah » Sat Aug 26, 2017 13:06

hi guys.
I'm brewing a red ale and want to add honey. I think steralizing honey and adding to secondary might give best results. Possibly using manuka honey as i have read it gives the floral notes im aiming for. Any taughts ?
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Re: Honey

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 23:03

Jesus - manuka honey, you must have money to burn. Try googling for a local honey 'farm' and you'll get the best stuff.

When we did a honey beer at the brewery I used to work at, we mixed the honey at 80C with boiled water then to the FV. Got plenty of honey flavour and aroma.
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Re: Honey

Postby oldbloke » Sun Aug 27, 2017 01:30

You shouldn't really need to sterilise it (you probably meant pasteurise anyway)
It's practically an antiseptic in its own right
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Re: Honey

Postby robwalker » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:14

Brewing a braggot right now, dumped the honey in straight from the jar, no infection but very thick.
Add to secondary, adding in primary will blast off a lot of aroma.
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Re: Honey

Postby mark1964 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 13:46

shove half of it in the boil last 10 mins then the other half 4 to 5 days into ferment. Don't forget adding honey increases abv so you will need to adjust your recipe accordingly
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Re: Honey

Postby beer buddah » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:15

cool good stuff to work with. I didn't check the price of the manual honey I was looking for a honey with allot floral auroma and that seemed to be the one. Might go with something else as crazy price. Cheers.
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Re: Honey

Postby demig » Tue Aug 29, 2017 23:22

Heather honey would be lovely but is also expensive unless you're in a heather area and know a beekeeper who might want to swap some honey for beer! That said it's still precious stuff as it's not easy to produce. A chestnut honey might also be an interesting addition and is strong so could go a long way.
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Re: Honey

Postby beer buddah » Wed Aug 30, 2017 08:31

As it's my first try probably better to use cheape4 option as most likely do something wrong other than the honey and go from there. I used red X malt and for colour this time. It's at end of primary fermentation so heated up 1kg bone valley honey to pasteurise and waited to it cooled to ferment temp and added.
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