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Old 06-01-2011, 02:25 AM   #1
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I'm planning on adding honey to a cream ale. Do I put the honey in during the boil or in the secondary or add it at another time.



 
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:38 AM   #2
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I would add it in the last 5 minutes of the boil



 
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:46 AM   #3
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I just recently did a honey lager and the recipe had the honey go in at the beginning
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:48 AM   #4
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i have a honey ale on tap right now. 15 minutes was boil-time for me. sterilizes it, and still keeps the honey essence
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:49 AM   #5
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I would add it in the last 5 minutes of the boil
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Or the end of the boil.

 
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:50 AM   #6
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I add honey at flameout. Boiling honey isn't particularly conducive to adding honey flavor. I used to do it at 10 mins, but saw a thread on here suggesting flameout and I can get the same amount of flavor with about 1/3 less honey this way.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:39 PM   #7
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Thanks for your help

 
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:43 PM   #8

You won't get much honey character IMO if you add it before fermentation but you will get a drier beer. I've tried this in the past and hated the results.

If what you are looking for is honey character then add honey malt to your grain bill.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:34 PM   #9
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I think of honey kind-of like hops. The later the addition to the boil, the stronger the aroma and flavor. Earlier additions lend a less potent flavor and more of a background flavor. I've never added it to the secondary but I'd be sure to pastuerize it before adding (hold at 160 for 15 minutes or so).

 
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:42 PM   #10
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You won't get much honey character IMO if you add it before fermentation but you will get a drier beer. I've tried this in the past and hated the results.

If what you are looking for is honey character then add honey malt to your grain bill.
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I had the exact same experience. I added the honey at flameout and ended up with a fizzy dry pale ale with little or no honey aroma or flavor. Like os said, the best honey beers use honey malt, not honey.


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