I'm brewing an Imperial IPA with 3lbs of Wild Honey. Do I add the Honey to the fermenter immediately, or wait after fermentation has started? QUOTE]
Don't want to sound like a know it all but I feel I have put this one to bed.I brewed a light wheat beer(1.037 S.G.) and let the main fermentation finish then added 3.5lbs. honey to the fermenter so that the primary ferm. didn't blow away the flavors and aromatics.The results were ROCKET FUEL!!The beer fermented down to 1.001 and tasted like yeast and alcohol.I did this as an experiment to see if honey flavor could make it into the finished beer.For me this proved that it does not add anything to beer except alcohol and I am done using it in anything except biscuits.
3 lbs of honey is too much for beer. if you do use that much , know that it will take at least 3 months to mellow out and be very careful with which yeast you use. i would ad the honey at flameout. if you make beer with honey, try using white labs "sweet mead yeast". also, add some yeast nutrient to help clean up the gnarly flavors. yeast can gas out from eating honey. they love it.