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Sign of the Bee - Honey Ale

Marshmallow Blue

NewBee
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Started a batch of Honey Ale to be ready for fourth of July a little over a week ago.

Units for 5 gallons:
Around 3.3 pounds of Extra Light Malt Extract (I used Muntons LME)
3.25 lbs Honey
2oz Hallertau Hops
Yeast : Muntons Standard Ale Yeast

Starting Gravity: 1.053

Process
I only boiled the LME with the hops. I did not want to ruin the honey aroma by cooking it off. I did a 45 minute boil with the following hop schedule.
1.25oz Hallertau at 45 min
0.75oz Hallertau at 7 min


I'll be checking the gravity tonight and again this weekend before I bottle (if the conditions are right). I expect this to be a bit on the drier/ crisper side as something to drink for 4th of July festivities.

One could Argue this as a Braggot, but I am treating more as a beer because of wort/ hops boiling, the use of beer yeast, and its not enough abv to be a hydromel.
 

Marshmallow Blue

NewBee
Registered Member
doesn't the apartment smell if you brew beer? also where in Boston can you get brewing supplies? ;D

or does the smell mark you as a brewer and therefore very popular with the college kids around you? ;D
1A. Yes the apartment smells great during primary Fermentation, unless its cider, that crap smells awful while fermenting.

1B-1. Modern Home-brew Emporium on Mass Ave in Cambridge
1B-2. I visit Salem / north shore a lot and theres a little hole in the wall called Bostin brewin' in Beverly.
1B-3. www.LabelPeelers.com because of the awesome prices and reasonable shipping

2. I tend to avoid talking to college folk because they are awfully full of themselves most of the time. I really need to move.
 

Marshmallow Blue

NewBee
Registered Member
Bottled this past weekend. Gravity held at 1.010, so the ABV of this is 5.6%.

Drinking flat out of the last bottle, that didn't get filled all the way. Its very very mild hops aroma / bitterness and fairly honey forward. Can't wait until this is carbed up and fridged to see how it really came out.
 

Chevette Girl

All around BAD EXAMPLE
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Huh, I should try something like this before summer's over... I even have the light DME just sitting there... although I think it'll be Saaz hops because that's what I've got.
 

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