hist-brewing: eucalyptus honey

jpbrew jpbrew at pinn.net
Thu Jun 27 19:58:31 PDT 2002

Okay guys, I'm going to try to make something useful from this eucalyptus
honey. Should be something different from the honey I get here in Virginia.
Last question though, this honey is very dark and strong, any tips as to
whether or not use some type of fruit in it?

Barony of Marinus
Kingdom of Altantia

----- Original Message -----
From: Jones, Craig <Craig.Jones at airservices.gov.au>
To: hist brew list <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 8:02 PM
Subject: RE: hist-brewing: eucalyptus honey

> >
> > I have to say that I disagree with that despite what I've heard as
> > The one I did turned out wonderfully light in flavor with a hint of
> > eucalyptus 'twang'.
> Living in Australia I use Eucalyptus honey in beer and meads alla
> They come out fine, even after 18 months fermenting/secondarying/bulk
> aging
> Tom Smit

Also being an Australian brewer (mainly mead) I would have to disagree
slightly with Tom.  I find that if you are planning a brew, the milder
honeys are much better.  I found that some varieties of Eucalyptus make
for very objectionable mead which need extensive aging:

Good Varieties:
Red River Gum,
Mallee Gum,
Woolly and Stringy Bark.

Heavy Varieties requiring Aging:
Blue Gum,
all the boxes, ESPECIALLY Yellow Box.

Just my Opinion,


Ps.  Patterson's Curse and Canola (although not eucalyptus) make good
mead, as does Leatherwood (but I alone in that regard...)

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