When to add honey in brewing

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Brewing is a science. And, adding honey to the process allows for experimentation.

The sweetness of honey in beer depends on four major factors: the type of beer, the quantity of honey used, the type of honey used and the stage of the brewing process at which the honey is added.

Before brewing with honey, here are some tips for adding the ingredient during different stages of brewing:

The Boil:

Since honey is 95% fermentable, most of the sweetness in honey will be lost unless added at later stages in the boil. If you want a subtle honey flavor, add honey between 10 to 30 minutes left in the boil. To best preserve the aromatics of honey and obtain a stronger honey flavor, add it at the end of the kettle boil so it is exposed to high temperatures for a minimal amount of time.

Cooling or Primary Fermentation:

The benefits of adding honey during these brewing stages includes a stronger honey flavor and a boost in gravity. Honey also will help lighten the body of the brew and raise the ABV.

High Krausen:

Honey added at this stage will provide a strong honey flavor and help soften any bitter notes in the beer.


Honey will provide carbonation after bottling, and also impart a strong honey flavor.

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