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Old 02-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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What is the preferred method of adding honey? I did a search and there is a lot of old out dated threads in this. What is your recommendation? Flame out, add to secondary, to the bottle, need some clarification. Also will 1 pound be enough? I am doing a White House honey ale pieced together from my LHBS. Also what is the best kind of honey to buy? Thanks!

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I just did a Honey Cream Ale weekend before last and added the honey at flame out. Northern Brewer who markets a White house honey ale recommends 1 lb 5 mins before flame out.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/docume...seHoneyAle.pdf

Adding honey tends to make the beer finish a little dryer. I only did 1/2 a lb in my cream ale after reading of too many people not happy with the outcome of adding too much honey.

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Honey is nearly 100% fermentable. It will completely dry out your beer. If you want that honey sweet flavor, do what the pros do and use honey malt. It has non-fermentable sugars in it that will impart that flavor you're looking for without drying out the beer.

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Honey is nearly 100% fermentable. It will completely dry out your beer. If you want that honey sweet flavor, do what the pros do and use honey malt. It has non-fermentable sugars in it that will impart that flavor you're looking for without drying out the beer.
What's the process using malt?
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It's a specialty grain that you can steep (or mash if you're ag). I usually use .5 lbs in recipes and get a decent honey flavor.

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It's a specialty grain that you can steep (or mash if you're ag). I usually use .5 lbs in recipes and get a decent honey flavor.
It's probably a bit cheaper too. Do you steep with the other grains or steep seperate?
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You can steep it with your other grains, no problem.

And yes, $1.89/lb for Gambrinus Honey Malt v $4.99 for the 1 lb of El Cheapo Brand Honey at the grocery store.

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