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Old 12-08-2005, 04:04 AM   #1
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I have a batch of Honey Brown Ale that was brewed on 11/25. I moved it to the secondary about on or around Dec 2nd. I have 2 questions:

1. What should the temp be for the secondary? It has been sitting in my storage area where the temp is between 61-64. Is this too cold?

2. I took out a sample today to taste and it seems to missing something, not sure what. What would happen if I were to add some honey (not sure how much) or what would be the effect if I added a vanilla bean? Any suggestions to as if this is a good idea or not?

This is to be a Christmas gift for some relatives so I want it to be good.
Thanks for the advice.

 
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Old 12-08-2005, 04:06 AM   #2
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I ferment all my ales between 68-74 degrees. No higher.
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:33 PM   #3
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Anything you add to the secondary MUST be sanitised, by either boiling in about 1/2 pint of water or soaking in vodka for a few hours.

What's the taste like? I assume you were looking for a sweet honey "twang" in the taste?
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Old 12-08-2005, 01:08 PM   #4
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I was looking for more of that honey taste, it's not there yet, maybe a another 2 weeks in the secondary will do. It just tastes a little off, doesn't taste bad, just not what I was expecting

What would be the advantage of adding Malto Dextrin

 
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #5
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Malto Dextrin adds mouthfeel or body to your beer without adding sweetness.
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:28 PM   #6
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I would add to the bottling stage correct? If so how much? Where can I get it? Can I get from Northern Brewer?

 
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:49 PM   #7
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I would add to the bottling stage correct? If so how much? Where can I get it? Can I get from Northern Brewer?
I've never heard of it being added at bottling...I always boil it with the wort. But, it's unfermentable, so I guess there wouldn't be any reason why you couldn't boil some with your priming sugar and add it to the bottling bucket.

For a honey brown tho, I'm not sure if you really need it...the samples always seem thin and weak before carbonation. If you were to try some, I wouldn't use over 4 ounces, and I would imagine that adding this late could cause some clarity problems, if that's an issue for you.

Yes, you can get it from Northern Brewer.
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Old 12-08-2005, 04:12 PM   #8
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Vanilla is normally a good addition to a Brown, but I think it would clash with the honey. I suppose you could use honey for priming.
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Anything you add to the secondary MUST be sanitised, by either boiling in about 1/2 pint of water or soaking in vodka for a few hours.
Except for hops, right?
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Old 12-08-2005, 04:55 PM   #10
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right. hops can just be tossed into the fermenter, straight out of the package.

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