hist-brewing: Preservative effects of Honey

bjm10 at cornell.edu bjm10 at cornell.edu
Mon Mar 2 08:20:37 PST 1998

On Mon, 2 Mar 1998, Samuel Mize wrote:

> manus at bcgrizzly.com ("Andrew") wrote:
> > Does anyone know what kind of preservative effect honey has on ale?
> Almost none.  In natural form, it's too concentrated a sugar solution
> for bacteria or yeast to do well in.  Diluted, they find it yummy, if
> lacking in some nutrients.  However, the malt should provide those.

However, if it ferments along with the malt, it provides extra gravity, 
which means extra alcohol (if the yeast can handle it).

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