Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My Honey Kolsch

Well, its been awhile since I brewed my Honey Kolsch (April 5th). I have been both busy and waiting on a certain type of honey to use. I had hoped to have this bottled by now, but life has intervened. Meanwhile the kolsch has cleared up nicely and will get a wildflower honey put into the secondary, where it will lager a while longer (maybe 2-3 weeks). At that point I hope to bottle with a different type of honey, maybe blackberry? I decided to put the honey in the secondary, instead of the boil like last time, to see if there is a difference in taste, mouthfeel, aroma etc. It is the same honey and ingredients. Cheers,

I finally recently bought a book called "Radical Brewing" by Stan Mosher. I have to say that the book is very intertaining and motivating. It is probably the best "homebrewing" book I now have. If you feel you are lacking some creativity in your beer formulations, pick up this book!



Chemgeek said...

Do you need to worry about contamination from the honey?

How are you going to get it to dissolve? Are you worried about oxygenating the beer by stirring?

I'm intrigued by your plans. Keep us posted.

marcus said...

The protocol will be a 20' honey boil, this should take care of the nasties in the honey. I will add the honey to the secondary only after the transfer has been completed. I will lager for two weeks at 40F-44F range. Bottle in 2-3 weeks. We will see what happens.


P.S. Chemgeek how is your kolsch coming along?

The Bearded Brewer said...

Radical brewing is the best brewing book IMO. There are definitely far more technical books out there, but time and again I find myself going to that book as a reference to any wild idea I have about brewing. Chances are, Randy wrote about it!
Honey kolsch sounds excellent. Did you by the honey at a homebrew shop? They usually have pastuerized which I believe is ok to just throw in the secondary. I'm hoping so because thats the plan with my honey wheat.

marcus said...

No I bought the honey while I was in new hampshire. But, a boil for 15+ will take care of the nasties that reside in the honey.