DetailsCan't wait a year for mead? Then try this light crisp and refreshing ale. A unique addition to the Midwest line up. This light ale can be brewed for any special occasion regardless of what time of year it is.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 5 lbs. Domestic 2-Row base malt, 3 lb. Minnesota clover honey, 8 oz. Carapils® specialty grains, 2 oz. of hops, yeast, priming sugar, and a grain bag.
- Details & Instructions
4.6 / 5.016 ReviewsOkWhile this is a decent beer, the instructions are all wrong.Instead of actually boiling the honey as instructed, I would recommend adding the honey during your cool down phase at about 165 degrees (tops)._x000D__x000D_Brewed kits both ways. Adding honey during cool down was much much better.April 11, 2010A summertime favorite!The Honey Bee Ale all-grain kit works great and this homebrew disappeared quickly and was greatly appreciated by my friends and family. The honey boosted the ABV to 7%. It had excellent head retention and was crisp and clean, with floral notes of honey and a hint of clover -- perfect on a hot summer day I will be brewing this ale again!!April 9, 2018Purchased
over 2 years agothumbs up!This is an easy drinking honey ale with just the right amount of subtle hops. I always get compliments on this when its around .. unfortunately it never lasts very long!December 18, 2009Hands-down best of show!I've been brewing for a little over five years now and this beer is, by far, the one who's keg gets drained the fastest and the single most requested recipe that I've ever made. When I know certain friends are coming over I'm always sure to have some Honey Bee on hand. I'm military so I've brewed Honey Bee everywhere from Alaska to South Korea, Missouri to Louisiana and it's a hit no matter where I make it!August 30, 2010Goodness!!!This is my 7th ALL-GRAIN kit I've brewed and I decided to add an Apricot puree after fermentation in my secondary on this batch. WOW, After 4 weeks in the bottle this BEER rocks. Beer is going fast......drink up and enjoy! THX Midwest for another kit of goodness!June 13, 2011Was gone in a weekTurned out great, fermented in my stainless steel conical for 13 days and then kegged the batch. First glass or two was a bit sour after the first day of tapping the sour after taste went away and everyone who tried it loved it (I have a lot of can beer drinkers for friends if its not bud or bud light its no good) will be brewing again.July 9, 2011Crisp, Wonderful FlavorI hit the high end of the starting SG range, 1.048. I boiled a gallon less than normal, and added one gallon of hibiscus tea at the end to give it a nice flavor, so I still had five gallons in the primary. I fermented in the primary for a week, and the secondary for two. My final gravity was right at 1.000! The instruction sheet puts the final gravity higher, but this number made sense to me since about half of the fermentable sugar comes from the honey, and whenever I've made mead it finished below 1.000. I'm waiting on it to carbonate in the keg, but even warm and flat it tasted great!September 4, 2012Great AleJust tried my finished and kegged honey ale and i must say it came out amazing_x000D__x000D_I ordered an extra 5 lbs of grain to boost the alcohol looking back was a smart idea topped out at 7.8% great for the long winter nights _x000D__x000D_added honey for last 15 min of boil which added the right amount of aroma and great flavor_x000D__x000D_def go with better yeastJanuary 3, 2013Finished different than estimateI recently brewed a batch of this and ended up with OG: 1.050 and FG: .98 Still tasted great upon testing, bu had more of a mead taste to it.January 12, 2013honey beeI agree with the other writer...add honey to the primary AFTER the vigorous ferm starts to settle. You will get a lot more flavor that way. I did so, and the beer was awesome! INCREDIBLE honey flavor without being too dry. LOVE IT!May 30, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 1 question Browse 1 question and 3 answersWhat is the difference in the choice of crushed or unmilled grain kit? I am ordering the Honey Bee Recipe Kit and crushed is the default chosen. Do I use this or choose the other option? Also which yeast should I choose, options there also? Thank you.BEST ANSWER: Hey Lynn- I have made this multiple times and I get crushed grain because I do not have a grain mill, but also crushed allows for the mash to do it’s magic! The grains are the exact same- crushed also need to be used more quickly as they do not stay fresh as long. As for the yeast, I use 2 packages of Safale 05. I have spoken to many brewers and they agree that an OG of 1.050 or higher needs more yeast. Also, I use a ration of 1.5 qts/pound or 1.75 so my mash isn’t so thick. It also allows me to get closer to my 5 gallon target. Hope that helps!