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    Default Honey in Beer

    OK, not mead but beer. I've got a few beer brews under my belt now and I want to brew a batch using honey. I know there are other home brewers out there, so let's see what we can come up with for a honey beer.

    The one I'm seriously looking at is from Sam Calagione's book, Extreme Brewing. It's called T'ej (pronounced "Ted-j") It's an Ethiopian honey wine, but this version has the addition of barley malt. It's pretty basic.

    Preboil: 6 gallons water
    Beginning of boil: 3.3 pounds light liquid malt extract
    8 pounds honey
    Fermentation: yeast: Wyeast 3632 Dry Mead or Wyeast 3184 Sweet Mead
    9.6 ounces Gesho (day 3)
    Grain Bag (day 3)
    Bottling: 5 ounces priming sugar

    SG: 1.080
    FG: 1.014
    ABV: 9.5 to 10%
    Regards, Barry

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    What's Gesho, and what'll be in the grainbag (oh, wait, Gesho?)?
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    Default Re: Honey in Beer

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamnus_prinoides

    "The bittering agent is ground, or shredded Gesho tree root, available through African specialty food suppliers."
    Regards, Barry

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    Any thoughts on brackett/braggot?

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    Actually there is a braggot recipe. Crandaddy Braggot

    Preboil: 3 gallons water
    Boil: 6.6 pounds light malt extract syrup
    1 ounce Hallertau hop pellets
    2 pounds dried cranberries
    32 ounces water
    1 teaspoon Irish Moss
    6 pounds unfiltered orange blossom honey
    Fermentation: 1 teaspoon pectic enzyme
    5 teaspoons yeast nutrient
    Pasteur Champagne yeast: Wyeast 3021
    Bottling: 5 ounces priming sugar

    SG: 1.082
    FG: 1.010
    Final ABV: 8.5%
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Honey in Beer

    I have a braggot that's hitting four years old that's really nice... definitely a winter warmer.
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    Default Re: Honey in Beer

    It can keep that long?

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    That and more for the right styles.
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    How is it that you still have it around four years later? My beer brews disappear pretty fast!
    Regards, Barry

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    It requires brewing or starting batches often enough that you're always ahead, storing them in a manner that they're not readily accessible, and for the big ones (like that braggot) that take extensive aging it's a little easier because they really are snifter-by-the-fireside beverages that you don't have after mowing the lawn. Honestly I forget I have some batches until I'm after something else and whoa! I still have a couple sixers of that one from forever ago! Wow, look, I never finished that keg of pyment from (whomever's) wedding! Now that they're divorced I suppose that had better be tapped at our next party!

    Like my Dad says: the great thing about being disorganized is you're constantly making exciting discoveries!
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    Default Re: Honey in Beer

    OK, I understand what you meant now. I read it another way. I'm brewing far more than I could drink. I like giving it away to family and friends. I plan to keep a six pack of each brew stored away so I can try them a few years down the road as well. Right now I have just one carboy for fermentation, but I plan to get another one so I can brew while I have another in process.
    Regards, Barry

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    Barry, my teachers always said, we couldn't unless we brought enough for everyone. So we will all be waiting for ours. And... I don't even drink. s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    OK, I understand what you meant now. I read it another way. I'm brewing far more than I could drink. I like giving it away to family and friends. I plan to keep a six pack of each brew stored away so I can try them a few years down the road as well. Right now I have just one carboy for fermentation, but I plan to get another one so I can brew while I have another in process.
    i dont suggest keeping a six pack. maybe a beer or two.
    i would also say for many styles a few years is just to long unless you are just meaning the high gravity stuff and then never mind, you better make it a 12 pack.

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    Default Re: Honey in Beer

    I have made a few batches using honey. Honey almost totally ferments. It is great for raising the alcohol % but doesn't add to taste (my opinion). I took my last batch to deer camp a few years ago. Do one got up to hunt the next AM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkansas Beekeeper View Post
    Do one got up to hunt the next AM
    Lost me ARK BEE...

    Are you saying you didn't get up?
    "Where wisdom is called for, force is of little use."
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    Default Re: Honey in Beer

    Quote Originally Posted by Arkansas Beekeeper View Post
    Honey almost totally ferments. It is great for raising the alcohol % but doesn't add to taste (my opinion).
    if you add the honey once the krausen starts to drop you will get more of a honey aroma/flavor. this is often explained as there is a lot less co2 to scrub out the honey aroma and since most of taste is derived from smell having more aroma will increase the honey flavor.

    i can say from my experiences that it works.

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