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when is the best time to add honey?

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deepsouth:
i'm rushing to brew two beers in a short amount of time (the first one i did yesterday).  i've switched to all grain, but i'm doing these extracts so i can have shorter brew days due to the fact that my wife could go into labor any day.....

i'm wanting to do an ipa brewed with honey.  i have 48oz. of fresh local honey and i'll be brewing this weekend.  is there a best time to add it in order to get some of the honey taste in the flavor profile a'la hopslam?  i'll be using safale-05 as my yeast since i don't have enough time to make a starter with liquid yeast.

i'm going to be using about 10-12 lbs of extract in the beer.

thanks in advance.


(i'll be doing a full boil if that matters.)

hokerer:
Common wisdom I've always heard is to add it after the vigorous part of fermentation is complete.  Idea being that the crazy part of fermentation will blow off a lot of your honey character.  That said, someone on here, I forget who, says they have good luck adding just after flameout.

deepsouth:
is any sterilization of the honey necessary adding it in post fermentation? 

kgs:

--- Quote from: hokerer on May 27, 2010, 09:33:33 AM ---Common wisdom I've always heard is to add it after the vigorous part of fermentation is complete.  Idea being that the crazy part of fermentation will blow off a lot of your honey character.  That said, someone on here, I forget who, says they have good luck adding just after flameout.

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It was uthristy:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=2176.msg26484#msg26484

brewmonkeys:
I have had the best luck adding during high krausen but I have also added during whirlpool with good effect.  In an IPA not sure it would matter much as the flavor will be only be a hint in the background.  So i would just add in the whirlpool for ease. An aside, don't know the gravity of your IPA but wouldn't make honey more than 20% of grist as you start to get mead-like alcohol flavor above this IMO.

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