I'd like to say I have searched but still have a question.
I just brewed a honey amber ale (extract & grain recipe) and followed the instructions exactly. The problem is that they instructed me to add honey with the malt extract at the beginning of the boil... i then boiled total mixture for nearly another hour (with the hops). After searching on here, it sounds like i surely boiled out the flavors and aromas of the honey since i boiled at the beginning and for much longer than 10 minutes.
Since the honey was the ingredient i was most excited about tasting in the beer, i am scratching my head about what to do next, so here are my questions.
Did i boil out all of the flavors and aromas of honey?
Is it worth adding additional honey when i rack to the secondary? The directions also call out that i add water to the secondary to fill the volume up (will yeild 5 gallons). I am thinking that i could add diluted honey in the water when i add the water to the secondary. Any tips on this? Any idea on how much honey to add along at this phase? What are the odds that this additional step would ruin the beer? My honey is grade A supermarket honey.
I would be adding the honey/water mixture on top of the beer.. any problems with that?
How about adding a diluted honey mixture in the keg during the kegging phase? I would intend on following the same procedure just in the keg rather than the secondary. One option better than the other?
FWIW - the OG of this beer turned out to be 1.061 (without temp correction); recipe called out an OG of 1.055.
Thanks in advance!
Edit: If I am fighting an uphill battle that has a slim chance of changing anything for the better, then let me know and i will just leave it as is and put my faith in the recipe.