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Old 04-09-2009, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Honey malt- too much?

I think the guy at my HB store may have steered me in the wrong direction. Just decided at the very last minute to brew on tuesday and made up a honey ale for the summer. I was just going to add some honey at the end of the boil but he talked me into steeping a pound of honey malt. Now I'm reading a pound is .....ALOT! What kind of taste will I be in store for? Is this something that will mellow with prolonged conditioning?

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Old 04-09-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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Honey malt imparts more of a "honey" flavor than honey does.

1# is a lot though. I would have probably stepped down to 1/2 or 3/4 of a lb.

I do use a lb. in my honey wheat, but when I first started using that malt, I started out at 4oz. and stepped it up over a series of batches to distinguish what character I really wanted.

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Old 04-09-2009, 09:10 PM   #3
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Eh, it'll be just fine. I used a pound in a batch, and really, I'm thinking it could use a bit more.

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Do you mean honey malt imparts an actual sweet honey flavor?

OP: If that's the case, then it will taste absolutely nothing like adding honey to beer. Honey is almost all fermentable, so what's left after fermentation is a lot of the acidic compounds that protected the honey in the first place, resulting in a noticable "tang." It's good, but it's not "honey" flavored.

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If you're referring to jmulligan's thread, she was also using a pound of crystal malt and a ton of base malt, in an IIPA she didn't want to be too sweet. Honey malt is fairly potent, but it could well be fine to use a full pound depending on the rest of the recipe and what your intentions are. Just remember that honey malt IS a crystal malt, if you're using it AND other crystals, they can add up.

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yeah, let's see the rest of your recipe and we'll figure this out

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Yeah, I saw it in several threads. Atleast in those threads, any more than 0.5lbs was a bad idea. I did not use any other crystal. Just 6 lbs of DME and 1 lb of honey malt. 1 oz of NB at start of boil and 1 oz of golding at end boil.

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Sounds tasty...I wouldn't worry about it. I'm one of the people that says honey malt is best in small quantities, but i think the lack of other grains will give it just the right amount of character.

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Agreed. It'll probably be noticable, but that's not a bad thing. Not too much else to make the beer overly sweet, and the late hop addition should help keep things in balance. Should be good.

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I feel better, , thanks.

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