Honey question? - Adding it to the Primary - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Honey question? - Adding it to the Primary

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-03-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
WheaYaAt
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana
Posts: 205


i had been reading that if you pasteurize honey in the oven by holding it at 175F for 2 hours then diluting it with cooled boiled water. you can add it slowly to the primary, when fermentation is at it's peak. and it will have a more honey taste, rather than just putting it in the boil. has anyone tried this? Basically i am trying to keep somewhat of a honey taste, not the sweetness but the taste. ya know. i understand that honey ferments out 95%. can anyone give me a little info on wha you've done with honey in the past. thank you much !! God Bless -Lee

this is where i read it BYO - Brewing with Honey
__________________
Na Listen, you two make me loose count again, I'ma' shoot me a motha' F$%#a' and we gonna be splitin' this thang foe' ways HEA? -Kirby

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2008, 06:39 PM   #2
Brewmando
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Fort Madison, IA (SE)
Posts: 317
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


You can add honey at any point in the brewing process from during the boil to using it to prime your batch at bottling. It does not need to be pasteurized by any means. Honey does not spoil! I usually add it at flame out. Have you looked at using some Honey Malt? It will add a honey like flavor without drying your beer out which honey can do.
__________________
"OUR LIBERTIES WE PRIZE AND OUR RIGHTS WE WILL MAINTAIN" Iowa Motto

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2008, 07:55 PM   #3
Grinder12000
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Grinder12000's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Columbus WI
Posts: 2,995
Liked 41 Times on 34 Posts


Honey consist of about 95% fermentable sugars but does not contain essential nitrogen nutrients needed by yeast so you should add some yeast nutrient when using honey.

Honey is tricky but the National Honey Board recommends the following process.

Quote:
1. Dilute your honey to the gravity of your wort with water.
2. Conduct a hold for 2.5 hours at 176 degrees
3. Add this preparation directly to the fermenting beer at high kraeusen
The say DO NOT - add unpasteurized honey directly to your cooled wort because honey has many many impurities that can contribute a distinct flavor and aroma to a beer.

Never tried honey - just repeating.
__________________
Grinders Island Brewery - Pipeline

145 batches and counting

West Coast Blaster #4 almost go and on tap and a Dbl Chocolate Stout aging/carbing. Brewing East India Porter #4


 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2008, 07:58 PM   #4
BigKahuna
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
BigKahuna's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Eastern Colorado
Posts: 5,971
Liked 52 Times on 45 Posts


Not to be a link nazzi:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/addi...stopped-77193/

and Please...PLEASE Don't heat your honey! For the love of all that is good in this world...DON'T HEAT THE DAMN HONEY!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grinder12000 View Post
The say DO NOT - add unpasteurized honey directly to your cooled wort because honey has many many impurities that can contribute a distinct flavor and aroma to a beer.
That is what we call HONEY FLAVOR! If you are going to heat your honey to 170+ you might as well use table sugar and save the money. Any bee keeper will tell you that if it's too hot for your fingers, it's too hot for his honey!
__________________
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
It's Not The Size Of Your Rig That Counts....It's How Often You Use It.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
WheaYaAt
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana
Posts: 205

hmmm? Ok soooo I guess I ain't gonna pasteurize the honey. Thanks gents!
__________________
Na Listen, you two make me loose count again, I'ma' shoot me a motha' F$%#a' and we gonna be splitin' this thang foe' ways HEA? -Kirby

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2008, 08:46 PM   #6
Grinder12000
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Grinder12000's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Columbus WI
Posts: 2,995
Liked 41 Times on 34 Posts


Just going by what "Designing Great Beer " and the National Honey Board said. Don't shoot the messenger.
__________________
Grinders Island Brewery - Pipeline

145 batches and counting

West Coast Blaster #4 almost go and on tap and a Dbl Chocolate Stout aging/carbing. Brewing East India Porter #4

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 07:25 AM   #7
WheaYaAt
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana
Posts: 205

sounds good man!! thanks
__________________
Na Listen, you two make me loose count again, I'ma' shoot me a motha' F$%#a' and we gonna be splitin' this thang foe' ways HEA? -Kirby

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2008, 08:30 AM   #8
EvilTOJ
 
EvilTOJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Portland, OR, Oregon
Posts: 6,401
Liked 50 Times on 35 Posts


If you want honey flavor, 1/4 lb of honey malt will add the actual flavor of honey without actually adding the flavor. Also keep in mind that honey takes longer to ferment than normal sugar, so be prepared to keep it in the primary a few weeks.

And don't heat the honey!
__________________
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can I calculate OG after adding honey in primary? muenchk Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 06-30-2009 04:28 PM
Adding Wort to Primary Question SevenFields Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 06-07-2009 03:02 AM
Question about adding honey Don5153 Recipes/Ingredients 1 11-21-2008 12:53 AM
First time adding fruit/berries to primary (Question) BADS197 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 08-10-2008 04:46 PM
Quick Question about adding Honey... BrewProject Extract Brewing 7 06-20-2008 08:35 PM


Forum Jump