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Ale to the Chief: Honey Porter

  If you follow my blog or SheppyBrew's Facebook page, you may have caught that the White House emailed me two home-brew recipes (see White House #HomeBrew Recipes on my blog).

Both recipes were extract batches, and to this point I have not seen all-grain versions posted. They may be out there, I just have not seen them. I decided to convert the recipes to all-grain.

There is some important missing information on the recipes (OG and IBUs), but I went ahead and plugged the recipe in, making a few assumptions based on what I would have done. I also designed for 5.5 gallons into the fermentor and a 90 minute boil, as is my customary process. The resulting all-grain recipe for the White House Honey Porter is listed below.

I actually don't know if I'll make this recipe. I will probably brew it sometime, but with all the other beers I "have" to make, who knows when I would be able to get around to it.

Feel free to leave comments about the recipe below. As I mentioned, I made assumptions on OG / ABV and boil volumes that are probably not right. If you have better information (or even have speculations on this stuff), I would love to hear it.

You can find what else I wrote about "Obama Beer" on my blog:

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
Recipe Notes

Based on White House Honey Porter recipe  converted to all-grain.
The White House did not publish their OG / FG or IBUs, so I am sort of guessing on those.
I adjusted the boil time on the first bittering addition as 17% AA doesn't convert well to 10 HBU. I think it should be about the same IBU, and even at 45 minutes there was not much flavor.
I also went with a 90 minute total boil as that is my usual process.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:

Strike Temp:

Mash Temps:

Pre-boil OG
(1.041 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
(7.99 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency

Pitch Temp


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