Honey Ale Recipe

Looking for a delicious and refreshing beer recipe to try out at home? Look no further than this Honey Ale recipe, which features a distinct honey character and a crisp, dry finish. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic equipment, you can brew up a batch of this delicious beer and enjoy it with friends and family.

Honey Ale

This delicious, strong, and refreshing ale has a crisp,dry finish. The honey imparts a dry rather than sweet flavour, yet still gives the beer a distinct honey character.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time28 days 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Larger
Keyword: HONEY ALE
Servings: 40 pints
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Large pot or kettle
  • 1 Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Fermentation vessel (e.g. carboy or bucket)
  • 1 Airlock and stopper for the fermentation vessel
  • 1 Hydrometer (for measuring specific gravity)
  • 1 Bottles or kegs for carbonating and storing the beer
  • 1 Auto-siphon or tubing for transferring the beer between vessels
  • 1 Bottle capper or kegging equipment (depending on how you plan to package the beer)
  • 1 Sanitizer (e.g. Star San) for sanitizing all equipment and surfaces during the brewing process.


For the Mash – Liquor 12.5 Litres (22 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°C (149°F)

  • 10 lb Pale malt Quantity 4.5 kg
  • 12 oz Biscuit malt Quantity 350 g
  • 9 oz Medium crystal malt Quantity 250 g

For the Boil – 24 Litres (47 1/2 Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 15 mins

  • 1/2 oz (Hops) Challenger 7% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 9.6)
  • 1/4 oz (Hops) Target 10.5% When to add – For last 1 min of boil (IBU 0.4)
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other -When to add -For last 15 min of boil
  • 500 g Honey Other – When to add – For last 5 min of boil

To Ferment -18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 4 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 Danstar Nottingham Dry Ale Yeast


  • In a large pot or kettle, bring 12.5 liters (22 pints) of water to a temperature of 65°C (149°F). Add 10 lbs of Pale malt, 12 oz of Biscuit malt, and 9 oz of Medium crystal malt to the pot and stir well.
  • Maintain the mash temperature at 65°C (149°F) for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • After 1 hour, remove the pot from heat and strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a separate container. This liquid is called the wort.
  • In a large pot or kettle, bring 24 liters (47.5 pints) of water to a boil. Add 1/2 oz of Challenger 7% hops to the pot and let it boil for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour of boiling, add 1/4 oz of Target 10.5% hops and 1 tsp of Protofloc to the pot and let it boil for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Add 500g of honey to the pot and let it boil for the last 5 minutes.
  • After the boil is complete, remove the pot from heat and let the wort cool to 18°C (64°F).
  • Transfer the cooled wort to a clean, sanitized fermentation vessel and add 1 packet of Danstar Nottingham Dry Ale Yeast.
  • Seal the vessel with an airlock and let the beer ferment for approximately 2 weeks at a temperature of 18°C (64°F).
  • After fermentation is complete, transfer the beer to a clean, sanitized secondary fermentation vessel and let it condition for 4 weeks at a temperature of 12°C (54°F).
  • After conditioning is complete, transfer the beer to clean, sanitized bottles or kegs and carbonate as desired.
  • The beer is now ready to drink! Enjoy your delicious Honey Ale.
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)5 Weeks6.2%10 IBU16.2 EBC

Flavorful and Refreshing Honey Ale Recipe

Looking for a beer recipe that is both flavorful and refreshing? This Honey Ale recipe is sure to impress. The combination of pale malt, biscuit malt, and medium crystal malt gives the beer a rich, complex flavor, while the honey provides a distinct sweetness that is not overpowering. The hops add just the right amount of bitterness and aroma to balance out the sweetness and create a crisp, dry finish.

Easy to Make at Home

Even if you are new to brewing, this Honey Ale recipe is easy to follow and requires only basic equipment. With just a few simple steps, you can brew up a batch of delicious Honey Ale that is perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Perfect for Any Occasion

Whether you are looking for a refreshing beer to enjoy on a hot summer day or a flavorful brew to serve at your next party, this Honey Ale recipe is a great choice. With its distinct honey character and crisp, dry finish, this beer is sure to impress. So why not give it a try today?

FAQ on Making this Honey Ale Recipe

What type of malt is used in this recipe, and how does each contribute to the flavor?

The recipe uses a combination of pale malt, biscuit malt, and medium crystal malt, each of which contributes to the beer’s rich, complex flavor.

What is the recommended mash time and temperature for brewing this Honey Ale?

The recommended mash time is 1 hour at a temperature of 65°C (149°F).

Can a different type of honey be used in this recipe, and how might it affect the flavor?

While the recipe calls for honey, it is possible to experiment with different types to create unique flavor profiles.

How long is the boil time, and what type of hops are used for bitterness and aroma?

The boil time is 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the hops used are Challenger for bitterness and Target for aroma.

What type of yeast is recommended for brewing this Honey Ale, and how does it impact the final product?

The recommended yeast is Danstar Nottingham Dry Ale Yeast, which contributes to the beer’s flavor and aroma.

How long does it take to ferment and condition the beer, and what is the expected ABV and bitterness rating?

The beer takes a total of 5 weeks to ferment and condition, with an expected ABV of 6.2% and a bitterness rating of 10 IBU.

Is there a recommended serving temperature for this Honey Ale, and what food pairings would complement it?

The recommended serving temperature is 12°C (54°F), and the beer pairs well with grilled meats, seafood, and spicy foods.

Can additional hops be added for a more bitter taste, and what is the recommended aging time for this beer?

It is possible to add additional hops for a more bitter taste, and the recommended aging time is 4 weeks.

What is the best type of water to use for brewing this Honey Ale, and can the recipe be adapted for all-grain brewing?

The best water to use is filtered or distilled, and the recipe can be adapted for all-grain brewing

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Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.