Homebrew Recipe: WH Honey Ale

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Like the White House honey Porter, I decided to brew this beer with the hope that I could use the opportunity to repeat “FOUR MORE BEERS!!!” over and over again. Needless to say, that got pretty old pretty quickly.20130116_185714

The original recipes (including the one posted below) can be found at the White House Blog. The recipe itself is relatively straight-forward, but as I was working with a dealine on my brew day, my brain went into auto-pilot mode, and I included certain ingredients – namely, the honey – in the wrong order. The original recipe – pictured below – calls for the inclusion of honey near the end of the boil (in the last five minutes. I presume that this gives the beer a more lasting sweetness, and enduring honey-flavor. Of course, unless I make it again, I won’t know what it’s SUPPOSED to taste like, as I dumped the honey in with the rest of the extract… and THEN read the reast of the instructions.

Oh well; my version of the brew turned out to be pretty damn tasty.

Here it is:

Grains: (Steep for 30 minutes in 3 gallons of water at 150 degrees)

  • 8 oz Crystal 40
  • 8 oz Crystal 60
  • 4 oz Crystal 80

Fermentables:

  • 6.5 lbs Light LME
  • 1 lb. Light DME
  • 1 lb. Wildflower Honey

Hops:

  • 1.5 oz Goldings (@ boil)
  • 1.5 oz Fuggles (@ 5 minutes left)

Yeast:

  • Windsor Dry Ale Yeast

Unlike the porter, I would certainly make this beer again. It has a nice amber color, a balanced maltyness, it’s not too sweet, but still has a lingering hint of honey, and the

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