Monday, November 12, 2012

All-Grain Version of the White House Honey Ale

I am disappointed with the results of the recent presidential election. I am not a fan of the president's policies, and I think the country would be better off with a change of leadership.

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 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
Specialty Beer
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
Boil Time
90 minutes
Recipe Characteristics
Recipe Gravity
1.064 SG
Estimated FG
1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness
35.8 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
7.4 %

Recipe Color
7.4 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:


Measured ABV:

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
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 %
Mash Profile
Mash Steps
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

Recipe Notes

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°


It is, of course, possible that I will make modifications to the recipe, and those will be on the SheppyBrew website at Ale to the Chief: Honey Ale.

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

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, what a great President to bring Home Brew to the Nation's Home.