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Old 08-28-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default Critique my recipe please

I'm trying to come up with a honey porter. Since real honey will mostly ferment out I'm going to use honey malt but I'm not sure how much to use so it is not overpowering. Any comments would be welcome.

Batch size: 5 1/2 Gal.

Fermentables:

3.3 lb. light LME
2.0 lb. light DME
1.0 lb. Crystal 60
10.0 oz honey malt ???
4.0 black patent
2.0 oz
Also 8.0 oz malto-dextrin for texture and mouth feel.

Hops schedule:

1.5 oz Kent Goldings @ 60 min.
0.5 Fuggles flameout

Yeast:

Wyeast London Ale 1028

Expected results (according to Brew Pal) OG = 1.047, FG = 1.012, ABV = 4.6%, IBU = 24.

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Old 08-28-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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8-10oz is the perfect place to be.

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Old 08-29-2013, 06:30 AM   #3
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I used actual honey rather than malt, one pound worth and it turned out pretty good!

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Old 08-29-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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I find that straight honey while upping the ABV does not lend a lot of flavor. Honeymalt on the other hand, tends to add a lot of honey flavor without adding much in the way of ABV.

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Old 08-30-2013, 12:59 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the input.

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Old 08-30-2013, 02:47 PM   #6
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Along with the honey malt you could also prime with honey. That way some actual honey gets in there somewhere

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Old 08-30-2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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The honey would simply be converted by the yeast. Same thing that happens in the regular fermentation vessel

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Old 08-31-2013, 01:37 AM   #8
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The honey would simply be converted by the yeast. Same thing that happens in the regular fermentation vessel
Right. My suggestion was simply a way to get some actual honey somewhere in the recipe, not that it would impart great honey flavor. Personally, if I'm going to name a beer after a particular ingredient I prefer to have the actual ingredient in there somewhere. Just my preference, though.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:26 PM   #9
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Gotcha! Mis-read what you meant.

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Old 09-01-2013, 03:53 PM   #10
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Good idea, Sheldonsteen. This batch is going into the keg. How do I figure out the correct amount of honey to use? I'm using BrewPal but it doesn't have a calculation for using honey as priming sugar.

Thanks again for the response everyone.

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