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Old 03-10-2007, 05:18 AM   #1
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Just wanted every one to know that I started my first batch tonight. It was a Honey Amber Ale. It had two pounds of honey. The directions said to add the honey for the last 30 minutes for a mild honey flavor, or for the last 10 minutes for a more aromatic results. My problem is that from every thing that I've heard here, you should add the honey at flame out. So... What did I do? I added half at 30 minutes, and added the other half at flame out. Will this give me any strange results

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Old 03-10-2007, 05:20 AM   #2
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You're fine. I've made brews with honey added directly to the fermenter and not in the kettle. Personally, I don't think honey adds a whole lot of flavor, but it's a great way to jump up the alcohol content and add a little sweetness.

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Old 03-10-2007, 05:20 AM   #3
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Just wanted every one to know that I started my first batch tonight. It was a Honey Amber Ale. It had two pounds of honey. The directions said to add the honey for the last 30 minutes for a mild honey flavor, or for the last 10 minutes for a more aromatic results. My problem is that from every thing that I've heard here, you should add the honey at flame out. So... What did I do? I added half at 30 minutes, and added the other half at flame out. Will this give me any strange results


Probably not, although I've never brewed with honey.


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Old 03-10-2007, 10:24 AM   #4
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I just made the same one tonight. I put all 2lbs in at 30minutes.

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Old 03-15-2007, 10:42 PM   #5
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I'll be brewing the same one on Saturday. Let me know how yours turns out.

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Old 03-15-2007, 11:01 PM   #6
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Racked to secondary today, smells good. Seems a little light in color than I thought it might be though.

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Old 03-15-2007, 11:03 PM   #7
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only problem I see is you are going to be chomping at the bit to drink this, and the honey will need time to age and mellow out (like at least a month after bottling). If you don't wait I bet you'll find yourself disliking the sharp alcohol taste....

I would have done something quick and easy that can be downed immediately like this belgian wit or an light IPA.

At any rate, congrats on getting it going!!

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Old 03-15-2007, 11:35 PM   #8
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Congrats on jumping head first in! i've never brewed with honey... yet. keep us informed on how it turns out!

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