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Old 09-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I have a recipe for a honey oatmeal stout that I want to brew. It calls for two pounds of buckwheat honey. I've never heard of this stuff before but did some research and learned a little about it. I also learned that it would cost me about $15 to get two pounds of this stuff shipped to me in FL. Could I substitute regular clover honey for this? If anyone out there has ever tried this please let me know if there is a big difference between it and clover honey.

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Old 09-30-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Buckwheat honey is pretty powerful stuff. I don't think you would need much of it. You could probably substitute Heather honey - that is also a powerful one.
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:09 AM   #3
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I don't have an answer, but I recently saw buckwheat honey in a Ukrainian ethnic market down the street from me. I'm not sure if there would be an equivalent in Florida but you might want to check a global foods store before buying online.
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:28 AM   #4
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Was it at rich's in Ukrainian village? That place has so much honey!
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:56 AM   #5
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if the recipe calls for buckwheat honey then definately don't use clover, it's just to light. Buckwheat honey doesn't even really look like honey... it is extremely dark and doesn't taste at all like the honey bear kind
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:14 AM   #6
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yeah there is nothig like buckwheat honey, it its the dry stout of honey
i am a bee keeper and have a few buddys that run bees on some hippys organic buckwheat crops , its good but i will tell you ,i brew stouts all the time and have access to buck wheat honey. i have never used bwh for a stout ,never thought about it and after reading this i still never would.
it would be just a waste.

it does make an fine mead thoe , taste like a crazy dark honey rum.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:19 AM   #7
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i have never used bwh for a stout ,never thought about it and after reading this i still never would.
it would be just a waste.
What are your reasons for not using it? Do you think it is too strong of a honey? Should I just omit the honey from the recipe, or try to substitute something else?

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Old 10-01-2009, 10:49 AM   #8
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I have used a buckwheat honey for a dunkelweizen (one of my very early brews), and it was quite nice. The raw honey has a bit of a barnyard aroma to it, but that doesn't carry through into the beer. It adds, as far as I can remember, a bit of "stout-ishness" that will work well in your beer. I'd say spring for it this once, and if you don't like how it turns out, well, lesson learned, eh?
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:26 PM   #9
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As mentioned, buckwheat honey is STRONG tasting stuff. Two pounds is an awful lot, but maybe it'll work just fine.

 
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:35 PM   #10
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Was it at rich's in Ukrainian village? That place has so much honey!
It was. That place is amazing for honey.
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