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Old 06-19-2011, 06:19 AM   #1
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Default My first beer

So I started making beer technically the other day but I have helped one of my friends a few times.
So here is some of the stuff i threw together let me know if you guys think it will be alright

1 LB Crystal Malt 10
6 LBS LME (PALE)

1.5 oz Cascade 60 minutes
0.5 oz Cascade 5 minutes

6.0 oz Organic Honey 15 minutes
6.0 oz Organic Honey 0 minutes

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i pitched @ 72

and my OG is 1.052

I was alittle worried since it started a bit late but its bubbling now...

and instead of corn sugar i might use half a lb of honey again... I am excited on my first beer i will update in a few weeks

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:13 AM   #2
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It looks good. The honey is an interesting addition. I would suggest sticking to the corn sugar, however, for the sake of predictability of carbonation.

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:39 AM   #3
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Yeah, I wouldn't fool with honey to carbonate yet. It may be harder to get the level right.

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Thanks for the comments, its still bubbling strong. I probably should have researched it prior but I read somewhere I should of added the honey to the primary or even rack it to a secondary rather in the boil since the taste it probably going to be lost but hey how would i ever learn...

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I've used honey to carbonate with. If you weigh it, and aim for a decent level (around the middle for the style) you'll get good results. I would use one of the online calculation tools to figure out how much to actually ad though. Don't just wing it. Actually, don't wing it even with white, ultra-processed, sugars (which I've never used to carbonate a batch with).

If you REALLY want good flavors of honey, use honey malt in a batch. You could combine that with actual honey, if you really wanted to... I used 1# of honey malt in my wee heavy and people always ask me (if I don't tell them ahead of time) how much honey I used in it (or what kind)... So if you don't care about getting a specific type of honey flavor in the batch, use honey malt. Otherwise, add the honey once fermentation has slowed down. Once you heat it past 110F, you're losing a lot of what gives it the flavors. At that point, it will just ferment out, giving you a lower FG than if you used malt...

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Thanks for the advice, I live in Hawaii and they make this delicious white honey and that is what I want to use to carbonate but still undecided.

http://www.volcanoislandhoney.com/cg...tion&key=110K8

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Thanks for the advice, I live in Hawaii and they make this delicious white honey and that is what I want to use to carbonate but still undecided.

http://www.volcanoislandhoney.com/cg...tion&key=110K8
Aloha from the West Side, Wai`anae. I guess you've found our only LHBS down in Mapunapuna Indst. Area. I find it's best to buy everything from him due to shipping costs from mainland suppliers.

If you can plan ahead enough you can save on dry yeast and I'd think hops which are both light. I've been buying from MidWest and I add things to the shopping cart until the price for shipping using USPS Priority Mail changes. I bought 4 packs of S04 yeast and even w/the shipping I was able to get one Munich Yeast for less than buying the 4 from the local shop. Probably could have gotten a few more in the envelope if I played it right.
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Aloha,

I did find our only one, you figured they would be a few more in Hawaii but shipping is just atrocious, I was originally going to buy everything for MidWest but the shipping was more than 50% of everything I wanted. I am moving in September so I am going to have to find a new supplier in Germany.

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I read somewhere I should of added the honey to the primary or even rack it to a secondary rather in the boil since the taste it probably going to be lost but hey how would i ever learn...
I've learned if you cover your pot when adding honey at the end of the boil, you retain much of the aroma and flavor. The key is to watch your fermentation carefully. Don't let it ferment all the way out, or you will lose the honey characteristics. You want to leave some residual sweetness.
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I've learned if you cover your pot when adding honey at the end of the boil, you retain much of the aroma and flavor. The key is to watch your fermentation carefully. Don't let it ferment all the way out, or you will lose the honey characteristics. You want to leave some residual sweetness.
Ill try next time.... Thanks
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