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Old 11-22-2013, 12:32 PM   #11
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Thanks for the input. I think I will just go without the honey flavor at all. I find the pasteurization method to kill the yeast to be very scary. A friend of mine did a big mess doing this. Half of his bottles exploded. And for me it would not just be messy and sad for all the lost beer/cider, also my bottles are somewhat holy to me. They all have this plop-top opening/closing system and I've been collecting them for some time. So I'd rather avoid this procedure
Yeah, I understand the concern. The only time I tried it was with some rice wine I'd made (if interested see the HUGE thread here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f243/making-traditional-rice-wine-cheap-fun-different-361095/) and just laid the caps on the bottles loosely (didn't crimp 'em down until after the pasteurization.)
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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Yeah, I understand the concern. The only time I tried it was with some rice wine I'd made (if interested see the HUGE thread here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f243/making-traditional-rice-wine-cheap-fun-different-361095/) and just laid the caps on the bottles loosely (didn't crimp 'em down until after the pasteurization.)
But then you don't get the carbonation...
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:12 PM   #13
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But then you don't get the carbonation...
Exactly. I don't know what the answer is. Sorry, I'm too green and I quit bottling pretty early on, switching to kegs. Now I force-carb and only bottle for competition or gifts.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:58 PM   #14
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I might just have to do this as well. Thanks for your input! Would you add any hops to this, considering my planned outcome?
Your welcome.

I usually do add some hops to the malt portion of this recipe. Typically i end up in the low teens for IBUs. This last batch though I upped it to 30 IBUs with almost all of that at 60 minutes. My recipe shows a five minute addition, but I don't remember that...

I took a sample of it just this week, 3 weeks into primary with wlp001 and treetop apple juice (3 apple blend). It had sweetness that I enjoyed, and the apple flavor was quite apparent. I didn't particularly notice any hops, and my hydrometer broke so no gravity reading. My wife also thought it was great, and can't wait until she can drink it.
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