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Old 07-10-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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Anyone ever tried adding honey to the primary fermenting vessel and then pouring in the cooled wort?

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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I've added honey immediately after putting cooled wort in the primary, so yes. It has the same effect as adding at flameout.

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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I always add honey, heated in some water to 180 for 15 mins to pasteurize, after fermentation has slowed. Fermentation will kickstart again for some time. Make sure to let it finish.

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Old 07-10-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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Is this a good solution to a FG reading that is higher than the target?
How much honey are we talking about?
Thanks!

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:34 PM   #5
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Yes and no (I know...sorry).

It may cause the yeast to munch on some more of the residual sugars. More likely they just eat the honey, which will raise ABV and "thin" out the beer, which in turn will TASTE/FEEL like it has attenuated more.

I have added anywhere from 0.5 lbs to 4 lbs honey to an ale.

Will not get much in the way of honey flavor and aroma, but will get a kick of ABV.

Similar to adding corn sugar, but a little different taste.

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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Is this a good solution to a FG reading that is higher than the target?
How much honey are we talking about?
Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:00 AM   #7
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I was going to add 1lb of honey to a porter recipe. If you add honey after fermentation has slowed how do you get the ABV of your beer?

 
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:12 AM   #8
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You would have to add the SG of the honey must to the OG of your wort.

 
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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My earlier question was wondering whether adding a sugar like honey could kick-start stalled fermentation. I recently brewed a batch which had a FG above what my target was. Could a sugar addition get those yeast going again?

 
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:49 PM   #10
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I answered your question above.

 
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