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PSanderson
12-05-2004, 10:28 AM
Hi All,

I note that many of the recipes call for buckwheat honey - down here in Australia it does not exist.

Does anyone understand what this might equate too in Australia

OR

Can anyone describe the honey so I can try and find an appropriate substitute.

Cheers,
Peter

JamesP
12-05-2004, 11:08 AM
Buckwheat is dark with lots of nutrient in it - it is a natural form of nutrient for the yeast.

Maybe IronBark or a dark honey may(?) have nutrient in it. See if you can find info that might point to a honey having a higher nitrogen content.

You could try a handful of raisins per 3L as per Joe's Ancient Orange & Clove recipe to provide nutrient, or just use something from the brew shop (DAP or Fermaid).

PSanderson
12-05-2004, 01:32 PM
G’day James,

I have steered clear of any honey with eucalyptus in it as I am afraid of what tastes may surface.

The honey varieties (- eucalyptus) that I have ready access to are;
Lucerne,
orange blossom,
clover, and
meadow

They are all light(ish) and I'm not sure about nutrient levels.

I did search around and found some discussion in the Mead Lover's Digest #870, 21 September 2001 that suggested that eucalyptus derived honey could impart a bitter/nasty taste and should be avoided. . . .

I'll keep searching and see what dark flavoursome and nutritious honeys I can find.

Cheers,
Peter