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Old 04-05-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone- I'm relatively new to brewing, I've done about 6 batches and always follow the recipe kit exactly. This time i'm making the Liberty Cream Ale from MW and I want to up the ABV a little so I was planning to add 1 lb of honey, is this a good idea?

Any advice appreciated!

Also if anyone has made this kit before, what did you think of it and is the flavor good? I don't want a super light beer, so if I need to add extra hops what should I add?

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:15 PM   #2
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I just finished drinking the batch I made. Made it following the instructions, probably my favorite beer I've brewed. Not really hoppy, but not too light.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:56 AM   #3
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I just finished drinking the batch I made. Made it following the instructions, probably my favorite beer I've brewed. Not really hoppy, but not too light.
+1 I added an extra pound of sugar towards the end of boil, turned out great.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:57 AM   #4
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+1 I added an extra pound of sugar towards the end of boil, turned out great.
Corn or table sugar?
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:05 AM   #5
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I have been adding 2lbs of honey to my octoberfests, and they have turned out GREAT (Almost Belgian Quad tasting in a way)

I currently added 4 lbs of honey to the 3 crops cream ale (That one isnt done), 2 at boil and 2 to the secondary. It seems to be coming out really nice.

Long story short.. it adds ABV, a bit of dryness and a sweet fruity back flavor to the beer.

As you can tell by my signature.. I'm a fan.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:09 PM   #6
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I have always added 1# of clover honey 5 minutes before flameout at the end of the boil for my cream ales. They come out wonderful in the end for me. Alcohol is usually 6.5%. Most of my BMC friends love this ale.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:08 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! Sounds like I can't go too wrong with honey or sugar. I appreciate the responses!

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:08 PM   #8
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I have always added 1# of clover honey 5 minutes before flameout at the end of the boil for my cream ales. They come out wonderful in the end for me. Alcohol is usually 6.5%. Most of my BMC friends love this ale.
I think I'll try this!

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:09 PM   #9
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+1 I added an extra pound of sugar towards the end of boil, turned out great.
Corn or cane sugar?

 
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