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polamalu43 03-31-2008 09:23 PM

Is Honey Important in a Wit?
I was thinking of making a Belgian wit as well. How crucial is honey as an ingredient? Iím leaning towards the AHS kit (which has no honey at all), and Iím hoping to brew something that comes as close to Hoegaarden as possible. Should I order the kit and get some clover honey with it?

DeathBrewer 03-31-2008 09:29 PM

i didn't think most wits had honey in them. coriander, orange peel, wheat, barley...no honey.

Beerrific 03-31-2008 09:31 PM

If I had to guess, I would say that Hoegaarden has no honey in it.

BierMuncher 03-31-2008 09:32 PM

Don't do the honey. It'll take an eternity to ferment and isn't true to style.

bradsul 03-31-2008 09:36 PM

I would imagine any 'light notes of honey and/or vanilla' (as per BJCP) are flavours resulting from the yeast. This would be similar to the peat character of scottish ales (which have no actual peated malt in them).

Aspera 04-01-2008 12:03 AM

A pound or two pounds of honey is nice in a Witte. It may cause you to loose some of the grassy/wheaty flavors. Just be careful not to push th O.G. too high. Also, my experience is that honey has no more of an effect on fermentation time than candy, delmara, rice syrup or cane sugar.

Yuri_Rage 04-01-2008 12:06 AM

Honey is not important as an ingredient, and it will likely not leave much residual honey flavor. The honey flavor comes from a combination of the yeast, grain, and spice content. It's not a bad idea, but it's certainly not crucial, and it will have minimal effect on the end product.

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