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    Default Honey in Beer?

    I've made one batch of Honey Kolsh and while it was a good beer there was relatively little honey flavor in it. I even added extra to get a stronger flavor and simply ended up adding more fermenting and ending with a stronger end product...not really complaining about that.

    I'm just wondering if there might be a trick in getting a stronger honey flavor without the fermentables in some way. I can add grains to add sweetness, but that is a grain sweetness, not honey.

    Any ideas?

    ~Matt

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    Default Re: Honey in Beer?

    Generally, the earlier in the brewing process that you add then honey the less flavor you'll get. All the flavor is driven off during the boil. So try adding your honey late in the boil, or at knockout. You might also consider priming your bottles/keg with honey instead of using malt extract or sugar.

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    Default Re: Honey in Beer?

    Honey ferments completely out, so having honey character persist is difficult. To address this, creative maltsters have developed honey malt, which requires mashing (all-grain brewing or at least a minimash) which leaves a honeylike character in the beer. It's actually pretty good, but it's not really honey.
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    Default Re: Honey in Beer?

    I'll have to try both of those suggestions the next time I brew this.

    Add the honey later in the brew and add a bit of the honey malt. The brew was quite good already, just personally would like a bit of a stronger honey taste.

    ~Matt

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    Default Re: Honey in Beer?

    How about brewing the beer. Pasturizing your honey in some water and back sweeten in the secondary with the pasturized honey water and add sorbate to stop the fermenation. Then force carbonate

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    Default Re: Honey in Beer?

    Why couldn't you just stabilize with sorbate and sulfite, add the honey to taste and force carbonate? The honey taste would change but it wouldn't get fermented away.

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