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Old 10-05-2006, 04:00 PM   #1
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I was thinking, I want to pour honey in my wort for some reason. I found this recipe dougjones31 posted and was wondering if adding honey would make it taste like poop, pee, diarreah or a mix of them... If not, how much honey would be good? Would it taste like I was drinking honey once it finished? Will it effect the OG? Oh and if I do add honey, which honey is good? Any honey or must it be some organic honey?

Thanks everyone! (brewing tonight, btw )

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6 oz. chocolate malt
4 oz. black patent malt
8 oz. honey malt
8 oz. 10L crystal malt
4 oz. toasted barley (buy it pre-toasted, or DIY @ 350 deg./10minutes)

8 oz. malto-dextrin
6 lbs. Light malt extract syrup
1 lb. Light dry malt extract

1 1/2 oz. Galena hops (60 min. bittering)
1 oz. Cascade hops (1/2 hour bittering/finishing)
1 oz. Tettnanger hops (5 min. aroma)

Wyeast #1338 European Ale yeast or White Labs #WLP011 European Ale

2 tsp. Burton Water Salts

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I would put the honey into the primary so you get more of its character coming through

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unsterilized? you mean put it into my fermentor without boiling it? can that contaminate it?

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you'll get a higher ABV, bit of a honey flavor and a longer ferment / conditioning time. Any honey should work it just depends on exactly what type of honey flavor you are looking for. (I was shocked how many differnt types of honey are out there) IIRC no honey is organic /shurg I dunno why. Personally I would throw it in the last minute or 2 of the boil but that just personal preference and I dont think I would use more then 1lbs - 1.5lbs, but it depends how much you want the ABV to be I guess.

Get wild, have fun, hell I just bottled a braggot that was 10lbs of malt and 10lbs of honey

I'd plug it into promash for ya but brewing ATM and need to go check my mash

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Thanks a lot buddy, I'm going to try it out!!

Concidentally, a chihuahua lives at my house (make no mistake, it is not my dog, I hate that little thing...) and its name is "Honey"

I'm going to boil honey in the brewpot tonight! haha

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I love mexican lagers, never had a mexican porter however...

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Ive been adding honey at 5 minutes after flameout. It gives a really nice aroma

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One issue to keep in mind is that the co2 produced in fermentation scrubs out aromatics of all kind. That is part of the reason you dry hop later. The same is true with fruit and honey. Later additions, when fermentation has guieted down, will allow greater aroma. When I do my roasted green chile beer I add the roasted chiles to the secondary so I retain more of their essence. I often treat honey the same.

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Thanks Pastor, good point.

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do I have to boil the honey first to sanitize it?

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