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 How much honey should I add to my beer? At what point do I add the honey?

How much honey should I add to my beer? At what point do I add the honey?

Adding Honey to Wort and Beer

Honey can be used throughout the brewing process for many reasons. Adding honey to the boil can increase the final alcohol content, add a light honey flavor, or lighten the body of a beer if used as a replacement for malt. If added to the end of primary fermentation it can increase the alcohol content and add a more intense honey flavor and aroma. Honey can also be used to bottle condition and carbonate beer. You can add up to 50% of your total fermentable sugars as honey; it all depends on how much honey character you want in your beer.

Adding honey to the boil

  • Adding it to the beginning of the boil will add fermentable sugar to the wort but no flavor
  • Adding it to the middle of the boil will fermentable sugar and a light honey note
  • Adding it to the end of the boil will add a stronger honey flavor and aroma
  • Adding Honey to the Fermentor

    Warm your honey to make it easy to pour by placing the container in hot water for 20 minutes. Add the honey directly to your fermentor and stir gently, expect a renewed fermentation within a day or two. This will leave more residual sweetness and a more intense honey character in your beer.

    Carbonating Your Beer with honey

    Use 1 cup of honey per 5 gallon batch to replace the priming sugar, follow the same procedure to prime your beer and bottle. Boil the honey in 8-16 oz. of water and pour it into the bottom of your bottling bucket and rack your beer on top.

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