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Keith M Williams
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Username: Grok

Post Number: 16
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 02:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Okay, time for my first real home brew question. My brother is an amature bee keeper and has about 20 lbs of honey that has started to spontaneously ferment. My guess is that the water content is to high, but I have not seen the honey. He is willing to give me the honey for free. My question is, can I do anything with it or should I save my fermenter space for something else?

Screaming Ducks
Making the easy Impossible
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 773
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 03:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have made perfectly good beer from fermenting malt extract ( it foams when disturbed). I suspect that if you boil it, it will be fine.


Dan Listermann
 

Roger Herpst
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Username: Roger456

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 03:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm in the honey business, and I can tell you from experience that if the honey is not in an advanced state of fermentation or excessively "wet" (ie the amount of booze-y vapors are not extreme and the honey is reasonably thick at room temperature) just warming it up to about 100 degrees F (using a double boiler) and maintaining that temp for a few hours (pot lid lightly on) and you will maintain many of the characteristics of a nice honey.
 

ELK
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Username: Elkski

Post Number: 1031
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 03:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roger, welcome and we look forword to many more posts. I understand the bees are having an awfull time in this country if not the world..I am worried in the end result of a beeless America.
 

Keith M Williams
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Username: Grok

Post Number: 17
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 02:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Roger, I'm going to pick the honey on Saterday. If it fits your discription, I'll take it home.

The next question is, should I make a mead or B52? I'd like to make B52, but I think I should use honey that is not questionable for my first try.

Screaming Ducks
Making the easy Impossible
 

PalerThanAle
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Username: Palerthanale

Post Number: 1281
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 04:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

First of all - never turn down free honey. Second of all - Make just a plain mead, to witness the beauty of a spontaneously fermenting honey. Third of all - Do rush the end product. Let it mature for a couple years before doing anything to "fix". Fourth of all - never start a post with "first of all" 'cause then you are stuck with making a list that is just stupid.

There are just my observations.

PTA
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