Posts Tagged ‘honey’

Honey Wheat Pale Ale

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

beerWell I’ve never tried a wheat pale ale. Come to think of it I haven’t even heard of one with honey either. But it’s what you guys voted for, and it’s what I brewed. Right now it’s bubbling away in the primary. It turned out far darker then I intended though. So here is the recipe I used

7 lbs wheat dry extract
3 lbs honey
6 oz 40L crystal malt
2 oz 80L crystal malt
4 oz carapils malt
.5 oz chinook hops at 60 min
.5 oz amarillo hops at 20 min
.5 oz amarillo hops at 3 min
.5 oz cascade hops at 3 min

The alcohol for this is in the Imperial IPA range with the hops down in the American Pale Ale range. The reason I have it this way is that I’m worried the hops flavor may be to strong for the blank pallet of the wheat malt.

My First Mead

Friday, June 5th, 2009


It’s 1:45 am here and I just put the airlock on my first mead.

This is an experiment I’ve been wanting to brew for awhile. Randomly today while I was running errands I swung by a local natural foods store and picked up 12 pounds of honey. Foolishly I thought this was enough. Even though the 12 pounds wasn’t enough it was even interesting trying to get that much.

First I had to find a store employee, then I had to ask what size tubs they had in the back. Turns out they only carry 45 pound tubs…. That was way too much. Next I had to fill 4 containers full of the sticky stuff, and then carry it to the checkout. Of course I also had to swing by the beer isle. Apparently it’s not every day that someone walks through the checkout isle with this much honey. Every single store employee that came by had questions about what I was doing, how I was making it and the like. Ironically after finding out I was making mead they carded me. Not for the honey that would turn into mead, but for the beer. I just find it strange that we just get done talking about the alcohol I was gonna make and they card me for beer.

So when all is said and done I finally got around to making the must. But prior to finishing the must I decided to run the recipe through a mead calculator. Turns out 12 pounds wasn’t enough. Problem was that all the stores close by that carry honey in bulk were closed. Panicked I hopped on the bike and ran to Safeway where I got 5 more pounds for my must. I got the must made, the yeast pitched, and now I’m just finishing the movie I was watching before I head to bed.

Here are the totals for the honey

11 pounds clover honey
6 pounds unfiltered raw honey

That’s alot of honey