Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > How much honey malt for blonde ale?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-25-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
Grantman1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 353
Liked 35 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default How much honey malt for blonde ale?

I'm brewing a very light blonde ale with Saaz hops and would like a slight honey flavor to come through.

I understand you've got to be fairly delicate with it, and as of now I'm planning on honey malt making up 4% of the grist, along with 85% 2 row and 11% Vienna.

Am I using enough to get some of the flavor? I'd like it to come through almost as an afterthought. I'll be mashing at about 150.

__________________
Grantman1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
lucasdan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: US, NY
Posts: 1
Default

I would not go higher than 5% personally. sorry, I hate that malt. anyway, it's important not to overdo it =)

__________________

We borrowed golf from Scotland as we borrowed whiskey. Not because it is Scottish, but because it is good. ~Horace Hutchinson

lucasdan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
FullDraw
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
FullDraw's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: DuBoistown, PA
Posts: 318
Liked 21 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

I've used it twice. I did 1# both times (8% and 10% of grist). The honey perception does come through, but it's the sweetness you notice more. Almost like a light crystal malt. So if you want sweet with a honey overtone, do the 1#, otherwise adjust down based on sweetness.

__________________

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. - Steven Wright

FullDraw is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-25-2012, 06:32 PM   #4
Grantman1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 353
Liked 35 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

I'm hoping to balance the sweetness as much as possible, while leaving some of the honey flavor. Sounds like a tricky thing here. I definitely don't want an overly sweet beer. I'm probably going to be in the area of 20-20 IBUs.

Thanks for the insight.

__________________
Grantman1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
PGHBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 138
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I did an 5 gallon APA that had 0.5# of honey malt with the rest being base malt. This was way too much honey malt and made the beer too sweet. There's some honey taste I get from it but not as much as I was expecting.

Be careful with that malt is all I have to say.

__________________
PGHBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 03:56 PM   #6
Grantman1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 353
Liked 35 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 14

Default

I'm gonna just have to see what happens....test batch will be 3 gal batch with just under 1/4 lb of honey malt, or about 3.7% of grist, the rest being 2-row. I can't imagine that little would make the beer overly sweet, but I guess we'll see.

__________________
Grantman1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 04:19 PM   #7
MJDore
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Mt. Juliet, TN
Posts: 104
Default

I use 1/4 lb in several of my lower grav beers (3-4% of the bill). In my opinion, that's plenty.

__________________
MJDore is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 06:33 PM   #8
Calichusetts
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Calichusetts's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Plymouth, MA
Posts: 2,540
Liked 285 Times on 198 Posts
Likes Given: 765

Default

5% is often seen as the MAX amount you can add, so starting at around 2-3% can help you figure if you want more or less depending on your palette

__________________
Calichusetts is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 07:00 PM   #9
greatschmaltez
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 303
Liked 14 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I use .25 lbs in my pale ale and that is definitely enough. I tried .5 once and it was too much.

__________________
greatschmaltez is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MO, Honey Malt, Roasted Malt, Crystal 70L, Cascade, Citra, Centennial, Chinook. Tooshort Recipes/Ingredients 5 10-19-2011 04:53 AM
Input on Honey Malt Blonde DustBow Recipes/Ingredients 6 06-04-2011 12:49 PM
Honey Blonde Ale ChargersSB Recipes/Ingredients 5 06-03-2011 05:53 AM
Honey malt to replace C-20 in Blonde? Scroto Recipes/Ingredients 5 12-29-2010 05:23 AM
Adding honey malt to honey wheat beer? BK_BREWERY Recipes/Ingredients 5 10-03-2009 03:56 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS