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Old 11-29-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, looking for some input as I've never attempted this before or seen it done. I'm going to be brewing a Holiday inspired ale that beersmith has listed at like a 4.2% ABV. (Recipe is http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/first-brew-207902/) I think either brown sugar or honey would be a good addition, not only for partial flavoring, but to up the ABV, but I'm just not sure when to add. Any input?
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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At flameout is fine. Don't go overboard though, the recipe was designed to taste good without it. If you want a bigger beer, find a bigger recipe.

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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You wont get much flavor from either the brown sugar or the honey. All they will do is cause your beer to ferment out a little dryer and raise the alcohol content.

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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Beginner also, I think I'm having the hardest time learning the lingo, acronyms, vernacular...

What part of the process does "flameout" refer to? End of boiling?

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Old 11-29-2010, 07:45 PM   #5
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Yes, flameout is when the boil time has been completed. What do you guys/girls, the ones that responded, think of the recipe? I know, I should have brewed it in Sept or Oct to have it ready for the holidays, but I just got the wild hair to give it a try (once the wort chiller is finished).

I didn't think that the brown sugar or honey would give to much flavor, but I had to ask because I've never used either before. Thanks for the input!

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Old 11-29-2010, 08:41 PM   #6
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In the olden days, brown sugar was cane sugar that was less-than-fully refined. Nowadays, they just add molasses into white (usually beet) sugar. In beer, you get a bit of molasses flavor, if that is what you want. Honey leaves less behind, though I have heard that buckwheat honey (the really dark stuff) has a stronger flavor. Haven't tried it though.

If you have the urge to try either one, by all means go for it. It all depends on what you want from your beer, no one else can make that call.

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I posted some info about using honey, here;

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/all-...7/#post2422295

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