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Old 09-13-2011, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default Honey Beer - Some Ideas Needed

Here's my "barebones" recipe so far. I'm a Partial Mash brewer - this is a 2.5G batch.

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Golden Honey Ale
Brew Type: Extract Date: 10/09/2011
Style: Blonde Ale Brewer:
Batch Size: 2.50 gal Assistant Brewer:
Boil Volume: 2.86 gal Boil Time: 60 min
Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating (50 possible points): 35.0

Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
2.00 lb Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 66.7 %
0.75 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50%] (60 min) Hops 52.3 IBU
0.25 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50%] (15 min) Hops 8.6 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50%] (5 min) Hops 4.5 IBU
1.00 lb Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 33.3 %
1 Pkgs German Ale/Kolsch (White Labs #WLP029) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.049 SG (1.038-1.054 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.055 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.012 SG (1.008-1.013 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
Estimated Color: 5.6 SRM (3.0-6.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 65.4 IBU (15.0-28.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 3.4 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 4.8 % (3.8-5.5 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 5.3 %
Actual Calories: 246 cal/pint
Sadly I just found out that Honey Malt is impossible to get in the UK, which made up 0.5lb of additional malt originally. I'm stuck for any extras, but I would like this to be unique - smooth (as in not sharp,) light and sweet. So here's what I need figuring, or need to figure, out;

- Is 1lb of Honey too much and should I look for other options to add a sweet flavour?
- What other malts or adjuncts would suit this type of beer?
- How do I prime using Honey/Golden Syrup? I'd imagine it needs mixing with water a little, but how do I get the right quantity? I'd also like to steep something in for flavour or "nose" at this point, like you do with ginger etc - what would work?
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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Oh and, here is a list of malts that I have easy access to

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British Caramalt
Carahell
Caramunch
Carapils
Crystal Malt
Crystal Malt (Dark)
Crystal Malt (Light)
Special B
Imperial Malt
British Lager
Munich
Pilsner
Vienna
Belgium Pale Ale
Golden Promise
Maris Otter
Mild Ale
Optic
Chocolate Wheat
Amber Malt
Belgian Diastatic Amber Malt
Black Malt
Brown Malt
Carafa 1 (de-husked Chocolate Malt)
Carafa 3 (de-husked Black Malt)
Chocolate Malt
Chocolate Malt Pale
Wheat Malt (Dark)
Roasted Wheat Malt (dark)
Wheat Malt (Pale)
Acid Malt
Aromatic Malt
Bavarian Smoked Malt
Malted Oats
Melanoidin Malt
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All of the honey sweetness and flavor will ferment out. The more honey added the more potentially dry the beer could be. May try adding lactose (milk sugar) or back sweeten with splenda. I would also lower the ibu s if you want to take the "sharpness out".

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Yeah, I'm looking at around 12 ibu's for something really mild...

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