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Old 02-07-2009, 03:52 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried using this type of honey ,

if so:

What flavors were present in the raw


What flavors did it impart at the end of fermentation/bottling


I have found a source for local honey

Raw local Honey and Huckleberry Honey Available


just wondering if this is useable honey


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Old 02-07-2009, 04:11 AM   #2
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I have not used this type of honey. I have to admit that it seems difficult to imagine how the beekeeper could have utilized a sparsely growing, wild shrub exclusively for the honey. I would be interested in knowing more about the process of making it.

I have also, really, really, missed huckleberries since I moved to the midwest. I am planning a huckleberry melomel post-haste.

 
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:35 AM   #3
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We have feilds of huckleberries out here and this place had hives places in the middle of these feilds

I use it for tea it is great stuff I am wondering if it has a use in mead.

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Old 02-07-2009, 06:25 AM   #4
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If it is honey, it has a use in mead.

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If it is honey, it has a use in mead.
A nice thought, but not always practical. Unfortunately, there are a few honeys that produce a disgusting (use the adjective of your choice) mead - I believe eucalyptus is one of them.

I'm not saying huckleberry is a bad choice, but it's helpful to understand that there are limits to the notion that "all honey makes a good mead".


 
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
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We have feilds of huckleberries out here and this place had hives places in the middle of these feilds

I use it for tea it is great stuff I am wondering if it has a use in mead.

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They have domesticated the huckleberry?

Do you have the name of the apiary? I'd love to have my folks pick some up.


 
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Noisy123 click on the craigslist link

I get apples and fresh cider from that area every year

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Sorry. Just had my coffee. Thanks for the link. This stuff might make a great braggot too.


 
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I emailed the apiary. They do not use huckleberry flowers for the source of the honey. They add pureed huckleberries to it. I think you might be safer to use a light honey and then add the huckleberries for a melomel. This would reduce the chances of contamination from the fruit.

 
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