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Old 08-03-2011, 05:45 PM   #11
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If you heat honey above 100F you might as well just use sugar or DME. You do NOT need to heat honey AT ALL. It is 100% safe without ANY heating.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:49 PM   #12
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I always just put it in the fermenter before I added the cooled wort. Put a gallon or two of wort onto the honey, shake it violently to get it to dissolve, then add the rest of the wort. It does dry out the beer, but you can taste honey flavor with as little as 1 or 2 pounds of honey in 5 gallons of beer.

I will likely use honey malt in the future, though, as it didn't give enough honey flavor for me. And high quality honey is expensive.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:39 PM   #13
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The darker the honey the stronger the honey flavor - typically. Clover is a pretty light honey, you might want to look for a buckwheat or alphalpha or a wild flower honey from a hot state like TX, NM, AZ.

Become friends with a local bee keeper, or if you want to raise bees send me a message. The cool thing about honey is it takes on flavors from the plants the bees worked. This is how you end up with a true orange(citirus), watermelon (vine fruit) or my favorite and super expensive (to the consumer ) mesquite honey.

If your looking for the best (imo) brewing honey around, go with raw goldenrod honey. It stinks..bad.. but has a lower amount of fructose giving you a drier brew, but the taste really comes through since its not completely consumed by the yeast. The smell dies after a while.

I hear that holly honey is just as good if not better than goldenrod, but i dont have any growing around my apiary.

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:35 PM   #14
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To all the nay sayers I had to back off the honey as it was overpowering, again a tried & well tested recipe that has been posted since 2007 on NB forum.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f70/pant...-wheat-151570/

High grade honey, low hops, ferment cold, clean yeast and it works every time.
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As per earlier comments, my understanding is that honey adds little in terms of flavor/aroma, but I'm brewing a honey kolsch next and adding in some real honey seems the appropriate thing to do. Some report that a quality honey at FO is detectable and I'm wondering if others have experience with this. I'm posting my recipe below. The honey portion will be to boost from 5 to 6% abv. Kolsch is thin enough to begin with though, so I will be adding some dextrin malt to maintain a balanced mouthfeel. Appreciate any feedback, especially your experiences with honey and if it adds to flavor or aroma in any way.

HONEY KOLSCH (5.5 gal / 1.055 / 24 IBU)
78% 2 Row
8% Vienna
8% Clover honey @ 0 (100F)
3% Honey Malt
3% Carapils
1 oz Hallertauer Trad @ 60 & 10 *
0.5 oz Hallertauer Trad @ 0 *
WY 2565 Kolsch

* I opted to increase Kolsch hopping rates to work with the higher than average abv.

 
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:24 PM   #16
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How many pounds does honey add per pound? I have an OG of 1.040 I want to adjust to 1.050

 
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How many pounds does honey add per pound? I have an OG of 1.040 I want to adjust to 1.050
About 0.008 points, or 0.75% alcohol. This calculator is a great tool for figuring amounts out:
https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebr...pe/calculator/

EDIT: forgot to say my above calculation assumes 5.5 gallons. Lefou's post made me realize this omission.

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How many gravity points does one pound of honey add?
That depends on the type of honey, the specific gravity and amount of liquid it's mixed with.
If you mix one lb. of honey into one gallon of water it would yield a gain of approximately 40 gravity points and 4% ABV. If you want 10 points of gravity, about 4oz. of honey/gallon of water would work and should give you approximately 1% ABV boost. Yeast and temperature will make a difference on FG, but the calculator will give you a general idea.

Any online calculator can help crunch numbers for you. I typically use Brewer's Friend for my baseline recipes.
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About 0.008 points, or 0.75% alcohol. This calculator is a great tool for figuring amounts out:
https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebr...pe/calculator/

EDIT: forgot to say my above calculation assumes 5.5 gallons. Lefou's post made me realize this omission.
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How many gravity points does one pound of honey add?
That depends on the type of honey, the specific gravity and amount of liquid it's mixed with.
If you mix one lb. of honey into one gallon of water it would yield a gain of approximately 40 gravity points and 4% ABV. If you want 10 points of gravity, about 4oz. of honey/gallon of water would work and should give you approximately 1% ABV boost. Yeast and temperature will make a difference on FG, but the calculator will give you a general idea.

Any online calculator can help crunch numbers for you. I typically use Brewer's Friend for my baseline recipes.
I will check out brewers friend, but for quick reference, is it 16oz = 40 points or 16oz = 8 points?

 
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Let's assume you start out with one gallon of water - SG of 1.000. Add 16oz. of generic honey and you'd expect a jump to 1.040 or thereabouts. It's really an estimate, but using a hydrometer to verify is good insurance.
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