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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2010, 06:45:26 pm »
I've used it before in a 5gal batch. IIRC, I used about .25#, maybe even less. Was not over powering, but as far as tasting like a honey wheat, not so much.
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2010, 07:03:39 pm »
I tried some of this beer again tonight and the answer is ZERO! Its one of those malts I tried 5 or 6 years ago and forgot how much I don't like it. As soon as I tasted it, I remembered. Doesn't taste like honey AT ALL.

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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2010, 03:36:33 pm »
I have to disagree. It does have a sweetness which will remind one of honey. The flavor of the raw grain is pretty awful and acidic, but in beer it has a honey character. You won't perceive fresh comb or anything like that, but it will have that sort of sweetness. At one time I used a bunch of it, but now only for my Aye Corona recipe (which has nothing in common with Corona).
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2010, 09:43:54 am »
I've always thought that it did add a slight honey taste to the beer, but I really wonder how much of that is psychological.  I've done enough study of how preconceptions effect perception to be skeptical of my own tastings when it isn't done blind.  And I haven't done that with honey malt.
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2010, 08:32:26 pm »
I remember about 10 or 11 years ago I did a single malt mash- 5 galllon batch- with Honey Malt(supposedly it can convert itself to a fair degree). I'd have to dig up my notes what I used with hops and yeast but, I just remember the resulting beer tasting like burnt marshmallows. IIRC, I think it became drain cleaner.

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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2010, 05:20:32 am »
Yep, in very high quantities I have heard exactly the same thing...burnt marshmallows.
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2010, 07:15:06 am »
Welp - this beer doesn't taste like honey at all. AND I even put a fair amount of honey in at flame out. The Honey Malt does have a unique flavor but IMO it is not suited well for lighter style beers. Probably would be good in darker ales, however.

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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2010, 10:45:54 pm »
I think of Honey Malt as a "Super Munich" variety and like it when it is used sparingly along with other specialty grains.

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How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2023, 11:34:08 am »
Resurrecting an old thread: Last night, I tapped a Scottish 80/- and OMG …WAY TOO MUCH Honey malt. I only used 3% after the main mash for a 30 min hot steep in an effort to simulate the effect of boiling a portion of wort down to syrup but Holy Moly!

In an attempt to repair the damage, I added 1 oz Columbian instant coffee and 4 oz cacao nibs to counteract the sweetness. I just poured a pint to watch the Cowboys. 

No way was I going to be able to choke down a batch as originally brewed. Now, it’s at least a descent pint of Brown Ale.
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2023, 04:35:23 am »
Is it overt sweetness or is the beer too full on your palette?  If it’s too full or coating on your palette, then bumping up the sulfate content will help dry the mouthfeel. If you brew without sulfate in your brewing water, that could definitely be a contributor.
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2023, 05:16:29 am »
It was overtly sweet. Adding in the coffee and cacao helped tremendously.

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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2023, 06:07:14 pm »
Interesting. I love honey malt but I don’t brew a lot of malty beers. Sometimes I’ll swap it in for caramunich in darker lagers at small amounts.

I normally use it to get some color and malt in IPAs and sometimes light colored lagers. I rarely go above 5% with it. To me it’s a sweeter Munich malt
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #27 on: November 02, 2023, 06:37:55 am »
Welp - this beer doesn't taste like honey at all. AND I even put a fair amount of honey in at flame out. The Honey Malt does have a unique flavor but IMO it is not suited well for lighter style beers. Probably would be good in darker ales, however.

If you really want to preserve honey flavor from actual honey, I'd recommend minimizing the exposure to heat. Most mead-makers heat their honey only enough to get to flow.
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #28 on: November 02, 2023, 08:11:52 am »
Welp - this beer doesn't taste like honey at all. AND I even put a fair amount of honey in at flame out. The Honey Malt does have a unique flavor but IMO it is not suited well for lighter style beers. Probably would be good in darker ales, however.

If you really want to preserve honey flavor from actual honey, I'd recommend minimizing the exposure to heat. Most mead-makers heat their honey only enough to get to flow.
I used a pound of local honey at flameout in an Exportbier and was surprised at how much of it carried over to the finished beer
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Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2023, 08:17:56 am »
I liked the flavor provided by 3% honey malt. It was just too much of a good thing resulting in domination over the beer. I’m disappointed in the result. I’ll try again using maybe 1%.