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Old 11-16-2008, 09:47 PM   #1
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Forgive me if this is old, but I found it interesting...

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Old 11-16-2008, 10:01 PM   #2
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As Suspected. Nothing new....pretty well confirms my suspicions. I am glad they ACTUALLY did this, I've been talking about it for months....a side by side with the same recipe...boiling one not the other.

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After reading about how the boiled batch seemed to have better body and flavor, but less aroma, I wonder about splitting it. Boil half, and then add the other half as it cools. Best of both worlds? Or would I just weaken it all around?

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After reading about how the boiled batch seemed to have better body and flavor, but less aroma, I wonder about splitting it. Boil half, and then add the other half as it cools. Best of both worlds? Or would I just weaken it all around?
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What about using a double-boiler method? Then its much easier to control the temp, the honey on the bottom cant get 'burnt', and the maximum temp would be 100 C. I have used this method a bit... the honey seems to be just fine afterwards...

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That would work fine, but the debate is about heating honey at all. Popular wisdom is that heating it causes you to lose aroma and/or flavor.

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