Friday, September 14, 2012

All-Grain Version of the White House Honey Porter

In White House #HomeBrew Recipes, I told you that the White House had emailed me two beer recipes. Of course, they were extract recipes, and if I am going to brew one or both, I need all-grain versions.

I have not seen any all-grain versions of the recipes posted on the inter-webs, yet. So, I decided to go ahead and convert them. Of the two, I am more likely to brew the Honey Porter, so I started with that one. Chances are, I'll convert the other one soon.

You can look at the details of the recipe at Ale to the Chief: Honey Porter.

The published recipes from the White House leave out some pretty important information. They don't mention original gravity of the wort or the target alcohol by volume. Of course you can get a general idea based on ingredients, but generally speaking, if you are sharing a beer recipe, these stats are important so that people with slightly different equipment and processes can adjust.

I came up with an 1.058 beer which should end up around 6% ABV. Based on the White House recipe, my IBUs are probably a little high, but I probably like a little more bitterness than our current Commander in Chief.

In case you are too lazy to follow the link I gave you above ... here is the recipe:

Ale to the Porter --- batch 1
Robust Porter
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.99 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes
Recipe Characteristics
Recipe Gravity
1.057 SG
Estimated FG
1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness
34.0 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.8 %

Recipe Color
23.5 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:


Measured ABV:

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7 lbs 12.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 67.8 %
1 lbs 2.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 2 9.8 %
14.0 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 3 7.7 %
8.0 oz Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.4 %
3.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 5 1.6 %
0.38 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 6 21.7 IBUs
0.38 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 12.3 IBUs
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 8 -
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 10 -
5.00 ml Clarity-Ferm (Primary 2.0 weeks) Fining 11 -
1 lbs Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 12 8.7 %
Mash Profile
Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.04 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.99gal, 3.99gal) of 168.0 F water

Note: it is very likely that I will continue to work on this recipe. The version here is a snapshot of my first pass. Any changes will be updated at Ale to the Chief: Honey Porter on the SheppyBrew website.

Let me know in the comment below if you have questions or comments on my conversion.


  1. I have tried a similar brew - a bit difficult to compare since you use some strange measuring units - my brew ended up as a very good porter.

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment, Harald. By "some strange measuring units" do you mean ounces and pounds? It really is not that hard to convert to grams and kilograms ...

    I am glad you liked your brew.

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