Hi, Never brewed with honey before, and was thinking about trying the basic recipe for Rocky Raccoon Crystal Honey Lager thats in The Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian. There's a modification to it to add ginger when you start the boil (calld Linda's Lovely Light Honey Lager).
Has anyone ever done this with orange blossom honey rather than clover (which it calls for)? How'd it turn out?
I'm still a new homebrewer (on 8th batch with my BF) so I'm no expert, but I didn't want to follow the recipe to a T - want to be a little creative. I bought the ingredients (no grains required), but now I'm reading other recipes I like better that call for adding the honey and/or ginger at different times.
Recipe: 3.5# LME, 2.5# honey, 1.5 oz cascade (at boil) and 2-4 oz ginger - all going in at the start of the 60 min boil. Then .5 oz cascade to finish it off.
Should I try adding the honey at intervals? Read it adds more flavor if its added later. Should I add the ginger at intervals too? Or just stick to the recipe. Also read about adding orange peel to enhance the organge flavor of the honey...
So many options!