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automatauntaun 10-20-2012 01:07 AM

priming with honey, got some questions.
SO, i started this pumpkin ale on 08/28/12, i put it in secondary on
the end abv is about here


so low end, around 4 maybe under i think. didn't do the math
1.044 was my start? first time so was looking for some help with that.
my main question is i am botteling tonight and bought some local honey.
For 5 gallons of beer how much honey should i use and does my ABV play a role in determining this since mine is low?

Also since i let it sit more a week or two past the recipes six weeks ( i should have bottled it last wee or the week before.)
Is their anything i can do to have it ready in one week less honey? more honey? ECT. i need it for next weekend. Or is that not doable. if not i can just give it away with a best by date. It's just for a shindig with friends.
First batch still! so thanks in advanced for the help!

automatauntaun 10-20-2012 01:16 AM

so if i did this math right my end reading is 1.012? so 1.044 and 1.012 give me an abv of 4.2?
I did not controle the temps so not 100 percent but i knew it would be low. does this sound right?

jonmohno 10-20-2012 01:35 AM

About yes, but technically 4.1%. Thats a good finish,but not really that low. I would consider that a good finish for a pumpkin ale. That finish should get it some flavor for a smaller abv beer. Your abv doesnt matter with how much priming sugar, how much priming sugar = how much carbonation you want.
As for how much honey: Use 4.7 oz for exactly 5 gallons of volume.It is equivelent to using 4 oz of corn sugar per 5 gallons which is about normal.
Although Ive read mostly that corn sugar is quicker(est) to carb up compared to dme or honey. If you want to impress them you really should wait a few weeks more,thats where kegging would be good- to drink it sooner. It may not even fully carb up by a week.Just try to keep them room temp 70's to help that timeline.You should chill them down a few days also when you want to drink them. You may want to test one before you decide to share them.
Looks like you have some nice clarity there.

Calder 10-20-2012 01:48 AM

Everyone says minimum 3 weeks to get decent carbonation. I think you can do better than that.

First, don't prime with honey. Honey is slow to ferment. Just use simple sugar. Honey is OK to prime with, and you would use the same amount as you would corn sugar; it just takes longer to be done.

Use plain table sugar. 4 ozs in 5 gallons is a decent amount. To do it right, look up a priming calculator. As normal, dissolve in water and mix with beer in bottling bucket.

To reduce priming time, you need to keep the bottles warm. Somewhere around 80 F would be good - no guarantees.

jonmohno 10-20-2012 01:52 AM

Try twisting the botttles after a few days to try and stimulate it a little also.

automatauntaun 10-20-2012 04:13 AM

Awesome! Thanks so much everyone! I am gonna stick with honey cause i buy locale honey and want to see what it does. I will just give them out with a best by date. And I will tell everyone when they are good to drink.
Thanks do much for all the help!!

Wayneh 10-20-2012 04:24 AM

Your beer is at 4.26% That's a good Pumpkin Ale. I just bottled a pumpkin last night it came in at 6.3% That's about as high as I like to go for a pumpkin ale

automatauntaun 10-20-2012 04:29 AM

Thanks Wayne! Sounds good.

sculpin 10-20-2012 06:00 AM


Originally Posted by jonmohno (Post 4515444)
You may want to test one before you decide to share them.

I would highly recommend that too, unless you know that you make good beer every time, but even then I would taste it myself first before serving it to someone else.

Oh well, advices are asked only not to be followed anyways.

automatauntaun 10-21-2012 05:51 AM

No! I will be following this advice!

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