One thing that I am a fan of, though, is that some of the White House staff home-brews. That is cool.
Perhaps you remember that the White House emailed me (along with thousands of other home-brewers) two beer recipes (White House #HomeBrew Recipes). They are extract recipes, and if I am going to brew them, I would have to convert them to all-grain. I converted and posted an All-Grain Version of the White House Honey Porter back in September and am only now getting around to doing the Honey Ale.
I posted the recipe on SheppyBrew.com at Ale to the Chief: Honey Ale.
As I mentioned before, both White House recipes are a bit open to interpretation. For the Honey Ale, I came up with 1.064 OG and somewhere around 30 to 35 IBUs. I am thinking this results in about a 7% ABV.
I think I am less likely to brew this batch than the Honey Porter. I do not think I would like this beer as much. But who knows? Maybe someday I will get around to brewing it.
In case you don't want to follow the link above to the recipe ... here it is (at this point in time):
--------------------------------White House Honey Ale
|Style||Specialty Beer||Batch Size||5.50 gal|
|Type||All Grain||Boil Size||7.76 gal|
|Brewhouse Efficiency||75.00||Boil Time||90 minutes|
|Recipe Gravity||1.064 SG||Estimated FG||1.008 SG|
|Recipe Bitterness||35.8 IBUs (Rager)||Alcohol by Volume||7.4 %|
|BU : GU||0.560|
|Recipe Color||7.4 SRM||
|Measured OG:||Measured FG:|
|10 lbs||Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)||Grain||1||79.2 %|
|12.0 oz||Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)||Grain||2||5.9 %|
|10.0 oz||Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM)||Grain||3||5.0 %|
|2.00 tsp||Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Boil 60.0 mins)||Water Agent||4||-|
|1.75 oz||Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min||Hop||5||30.7 IBUs|
|1.75 oz||Fuggles [4.50 %] - Boil 1.0 min||Hop||6||5.1 IBUs|
|1.1 pkg||Windsor Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 ml]||Yeast||7||-|
|1 lbs 4.0 oz||Honey (1.0 SRM)||Sugar||8||9.9 %|
|Name||Description||Step Temperature||Step Time|
|Mash In||Add 14.22 qt of water at 159.1 F||148.0 F||75 min|
Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.69gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water
For the first flavoring, add the 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings and 2 tsp of gypsum. Boil for 45 minutes.
For the second flavoring, add the 1/2 oz Fuggles hop pellets at the last minute of the boil.
Add the honey and boil for 5 more minutes.
Add 2 gallons chilled sterile water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons. There is no need to strain.
Pitch yeast when wort temperature is between 70-80°. Fill airlock halfway with water.
Ferment at 68-72° for about seven days.
Rack to a secondary fermenter after five days and ferment for 14 more days.
To bottle, dissolve the corn sugar into 2 pints of boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap. Let sit for 2 to 3 weeks at 75°
Let me know in the comments below if you have questions or comments on my conversion.