Every beer is different and so is everyone's tastes. This recipe is meant as a guide on how to brew a quick and simple honey beer using a malt extract as a base. I recommend reading the instructions for the malt extract that you use and make changes based on the provided instructions.
This recipe is based on 1.7kg of Black Rock - American Pale Ale malt extract. Substitute for any malt extract to your liking.
Makes around 25 litres.
Yeast (sometimes included with the malt extract)
20L Water, preferably from a spring so it doesn't contain chlorine.
±2.5Kg Honey, try to find a local beekeeper
25gram Hops, optional
Make sure all your equipment is properly cleaned. You will need a 25L fermenter with an airlock. Warm up the malt extract before use so it becomes easier to pour.
Poor the 20L of water in the fermenter.
Dissolve all of the malt extract in the water
Add some off the honey. Use the hydrometer to bring it up to the specific gravity you would like for your beer. Adding honey will increase the specific gravity and the potential alcohol.
4% - SG 1.040
5% - SG 1.050
6% - SG 1.060
7% - SG 1.070
8% - SG 1.080
optionally add some 25gr of hops for an extra hoppy flavoured beer
Add the yeast when the mixture is 22°C or less.
Close fermenter and place it in a location where the temperature doesn't fluctuate too much.
Leave to ferment for around two weeks or until the must reaches the preferred Alcohol By Volume (ABV).
Bottle, for additional carbonation add between 5 and 10ml honey to the bottle.