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Old 09-02-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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to the primary after a week or so, should the wort be stirred when the honey is added, or should the honey just be poured in and left alone?


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You'll get a lot of different answers. My 2cents are:

I add honey at flame out (and a ton of it) OR
I let it ferment out, boil honey in little water add to secondary and rack on top of it.
If I added right to primary (which i've not done), I'd not stir it. But I'd still boil it with some water and bring to room temp and dump in.

You'll see a nice little fermentation with the added sugar which will get it all mixed up like you want.

Lastly...that's not wort anymore. that's officially beer in your primary.


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OK, how about when should I add the honey? Its been a week since brew day. The way I do it, is leave it in a 5 gallon bucket for a few weeks, then bottle and leave that for a few weeks. Doing it that way, when do you recommend I add the honey?
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OK, how about when should I add the honey? Its been a week since brew day. The way I do it, is leave it in a 5 gallon bucket for a few weeks, then bottle and leave that for a few weeks. Doing it that way, when do you recommend I add the honey?
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1: at least 1 week before bottling to make sure it has time to ferment out
2: replace your priming sugar with honey and add it just before bottling. there is a chart somewhere that converts all the different fermentables you can prime your beer with.
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When brewing an all grain recipe, is it still necessary to use a priming sugar right before bottling?
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When brewing an all grain recipe, is it still necessary to use a priming sugar right before bottling?
Yes, you still need the priming sugar (or honey as mentioned in this thread) to create carbonation in the bottles.
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My recipes back when doing extract brewing always had me boil priming sugar with a little water right before bottling, dumping into the bucket, stirring a little and then racking to the bottles.

Is the stirring a good idea? The more I read, I keep seeing that after the yeast has been added, you should try to avoid introducing any oxygen to the beer?
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My recipes back when doing extract brewing always had me boil priming sugar with a little water right before bottling, dumping into the bucket, stirring a little and then racking to the bottles.
The process for priming is exactly the same for extract, PM or AG. If you keg you can use a little less sugar.

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Is the stirring a good idea? The more I read, I keep seeing that after the yeast has been added, you should try to avoid introducing any oxygen to the beer?
Stirring is OK as long as you don't get crazy like making whip cream, shouldn't be necessary if you follow your first procedure above. I usually give the bucket one swirling round with a sanitary brew spoon.
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You really should boil the honey before you add it. Especially if it's the raw from the hive style honey from farmers. That stuff is known to have wax/insect particles etc in it and you don't want to introduce the bacteria. You'll also want it thin when you add it to the fermenter so it doesn't drop to the bottom and become useless sludge in your dormant yeast.
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What about if I boil the honey and add it now to the fermenter. Leave that for a couple weeks. Then, right before bottling, boiling a little more of the honey as the priming sugar? Work?


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