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I generally get this magazine when I can and was looking through the recipe's and Scott Vincent from Matilda Bay has an AG honey ale recipe in this issue.
The reason why I bring this up is that his mash schedule is :

1.1 kg Pale
1.1 kg Wheat
1.1 kg Honey
.01kg Roasted Barley

Mash in @ 50 for 10 mins
Raise to 65 for 10 mins
Raise to 72 for 10 mins
Raise to 77 for 5 mins

To me it seems like when ever I drop my mash time below 45 mins I generally lose Efficiency, has any one else had a mash regime anything like this and has it impacted on your efficiency and attenuation?

Cheers Cam
 

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Keep in mind most of your conversion with happen in those first 20minutes.

But yes I try to mash a bit longer (75 - 90mins) if I am not pressed for time nowadays.

In that recipe, I would be tempted to increase your 65deg to 20mins, and 72 deg up to say 30min+

Last beer I brewed I achieved a higher efficiency with a 90min mash, but I was using Best Pils Malt which is a new grain for me.
 

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And for the record. 1.1kg of honey in a single batch is an enormous amount. I did a blonde with a kilo of honey and the honey taste was WAY stronger than any commercial honey beer like Beez Neez etc.
 

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Yeh I suppose the fact is that he would never give out a recipe that was even close to his own other wise everyone would be cloning it.... As for the mash regime if I cant generally allow even 45 mins for the mash I will put it off until I can, as I believe it makes a substantial difference in the general quality of the beer, head retention as well as helping with attenuation.
 

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And for the record. 1.1kg of honey in a single batch is an enormous amount. I did a blonde with a kilo of honey and the honey taste was WAY stronger than any commercial honey beer like Beez Neez etc.
i disagree
beez neez isnt a honey beer imo. its pathetic. a kilo is ok if your wanting a proper honey beer (as a genreal rule).

however in your particular circumstance, looking at your particular grain bill, its pretty light on and a 1/3 of the fermentables comes from honey it might be a bit much if you dont like/want a solid honey flavour
in saying that, i'd be inclined to brew it
 

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30% honey?

Yuk. That beer will be watery twang. Honey is like 95% fructose.
 

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