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BoatmanTom 11-17-2012 10:52 PM

Help with adding honey
 
Hello,
I've made countless hard cider batches ranging from plain apple cider to adding whole raspberries to adding cinnamon sticks. Never added honey before. Here's my plan:
5 gallons apple cider(Musselmans)
5 teaspoons of yeast nutrient
4 teaspoons of acid blend
2.5 teaspoons of pectic enzyme
2 pounds of clover honey
5 grams of Nottingham ale yeast
10 sticks of cinnamon(half sticks)

Boil 5 sticks of cinnamon with 1 cup of water until water reduces by half.
Bring honey up to 175F for 20 minutes, let cool.
Put both, sticks and water into carboy after it cools.
Add 2 gallons of cider and add all the 'chemicals' (acid blend, pectic enzyme, nutrient).
Add 3 more gallons of cider and give a good shake or two.
Pitch yeast and add airlock.

What do you think?
Tom

meadmazer 11-18-2012 06:16 AM

I put honey in everything. Picked up almost 5 gallons of apple juice today for my first cider. Gonna throw a couple pounds of honey in. It is just another form of sugar.

roadymi 11-18-2012 02:37 PM

Sounds fine except no reason to heat honey. It is naturally antiseptic. I warm it just enough to make it pour and mix easily. I just sit the bucket in a sink full of hot water. Overheating drives off the desireable aromas of the honey.

BoatmanTom 11-19-2012 12:58 PM

This my first time dealing with honey. A friend suggested heaing it up to kill any wild yeast from bee pollen. Plus makes it easier to pour. Its been 36 hours and it's roaring like crazy. :D

Tom


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