I have put back 5 pounds of a dark rich honey collected from my bees. I have been planning to make a beer utilizing my honey but haven’t made the time, until now. I asked my Honey for input, as we tend to like different styles….this beer is for her! In her cute way of saying it….A “Honey Ale”, I have translated that to a “Honey Blonde Ale”. Now comes the daunting part….selecting a recipe. There are so many choices!
This will be an all grain batch targeting an IBU number of around 20…..again, this is for my Honey and she prefers beers on the lower end of the IBU scale.
The challenge is add the honey in such a way as to not completely lose it’s flavor completely. Obviously, it should be added at or near the end of the boil. Research also shows opportunities to add some honey to the secondary….Hmmmmm – I continue to do my home work.
I have a bit of time to plan…I won’t brew this batch until the eye doctor give me permission to lift loads heavier than 20 pounds. I am having cataract surgery in a couple of days and would hate to lift a 5 gallon fermenter and have the implanted lens pop out….. Maybe I can draft my eldest son, a little over 6’5″ and now outweighs me and has the benefit of stupid young man strength, to help me out! PS – after challenging me to arm wrestle on his 21st birthday and losing badly – I still maintain a bit of a fear factor over him…it keeps him in line! He is now 25 and hasn’t asked for a rematch. Brew date is toward the end of the week of September 14.
Brewing notes will be forth coming, in less than a fortnight!
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