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Old 02-16-2013, 05:57 AM   #11
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It's made by the New Zealand honey company. Quite a strong smell and looks really good. After visiting 4 supermarkets I finally found a raw honey.

I'm very jealous of the selection I see on the American sites but hopefully I can make do with this.
Perhaps you could post a link to where you found the honey so I could see if I can find some along here ?

The problem with the honey market in the UK is that the "jar honey" market is controlled by a few big names and also that EU agriculture is less likely to be huge areas of monoculture like in the US and hence not having to use trains and trucks shipping big numbers of hives around for pollination. Resulting in much lower quantity of varietal honey.

That's not to suggest it isn't available just that its more likely to be sold locally in smaller amounts.

With a fewer number of varietals being sold by a tiny number of specialist dealers who are often apiary suppliers too (search for Paynes Southdowns Bee Farms. They're up the road from me and carry a few European varietals plus some slightly different ones from New Zealand etc).
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:59 AM   #12
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Good idea. Here's a link. I bought it from Asda but can't find it anywhere else online.

http://m.groceries.asda.com/asda-estore/catalog/sectionpagecontainer.jsp?skuId=910000205325&depart mentid=1214921923813&aisleid=1214921925201&startVa lue=&

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #13
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So, I've got all of the ingredients and I'm looking to set this off on Friday:

For 1 gallon

3.5lb wild forest honey
4oz ginger
Zest of 1 orange
25 raisins
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I intend to make a must from the honey and take it to about 180f for half an hour of skimming. I'm them going to set it off (with the zest, raisins and ginger) in the demijohn adding the activated yeast.

Hopefully after a few weeks the fermentation will have slowed and I can rack this to my secondary less the chunky stuff. At this point I was going to ascertain the sweetness and the strength if the ginger to see if I need to back sweeten or add more ginger.

As I have said, I'm still very much a newbie here so if anybody has anything they can suggest to enhance thus before I start I would really appreciate it.

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:59 PM   #14
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I wouldn't cook the honey myself.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:09 PM   #15
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At all?


Do you combine them cold or add it to warm water off the heat?

Thanks.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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"The heating of the honey and actually boiling had to do more with a way to remove impurities from raw honey. It is still a preferred method by many, plus some say this method reduces aging time. At least that is what I hace picked up along the way. Personally, I heat my water and dissolve my honey in the hot water, but I do not continue to heat the water." Saramc

I found the above in a different topic. This seems to be a preferred method. I will be making sure I sterilise everything thoroughly. Should this be sufficient to allow me not to heat?

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:39 AM   #17
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4 ounces, are you making this for little old ladies to sip on the porch? Chunk some ginger in there for a zinger! WVMJ

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So, I've got all of the ingredients and I'm looking to set this off on Friday:

For 1 gallon

3.5lb wild forest honey
4oz ginger
Zest of 1 orange
25 raisins
Tronozymol
Lalvin k1v1116

I intend to make a must from the honey and take it to about 180f for half an hour of skimming. I'm them going to set it off (with the zest, raisins and ginger) in the demijohn adding the activated yeast.

Hopefully after a few weeks the fermentation will have slowed and I can rack this to my secondary less the chunky stuff. At this point I was going to ascertain the sweetness and the strength if the ginger to see if I need to back sweeten or add more ginger.

As I have said, I'm still very much a newbie here so if anybody has anything they can suggest to enhance thus before I start I would really appreciate it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:40 AM   #18
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Bloke, the problem you guys have over there is you can only fit one small hive into your little cars at a time so you have to make a lot of trips back and forth just to move your apiary, you would spend more on gas then the honey is worth WVMJ

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Perhaps you could post a link to where you found the honey so I could see if I can find some along here ?

The problem with the honey market in the UK is that the "jar honey" market is controlled by a few big names and also that EU agriculture is less likely to be huge areas of monoculture like in the US and hence not having to use trains and trucks shipping big numbers of hives around for pollination. Resulting in much lower quantity of varietal honey.

That's not to suggest it isn't available just that its more likely to be sold locally in smaller amounts.

With a fewer number of varietals being sold by a tiny number of specialist dealers who are often apiary suppliers too (search for Paynes Southdowns Bee Farms. They're up the road from me and carry a few European varietals plus some slightly different ones from New Zealand etc).
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I dunno a little ginger goes a long way. I just finished a couple one gallon xperments and it was extremely gingery. Great in a year or two but whooooaaaaa. I like wvmj idea on simmering them tho.

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So how much ginger would you both use for a gallon? I've bought more but was using guidance from other recipes when considering 4oz. I want a strong ginger flavour without it being overpowered. I know this comes a lot down to taste but any personal preferences would be great.

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