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Ale to the Chief: Honey Ale

Brewed: 02/21/2015   Kegged: 03/07/2015

If you followed my blog or SheppyBrew's Facebook page in the autumn of 2012, 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 as of the time that I entered this recipe, I had not seen all-grain versions posted. They may have been out there, I just had not seen them. I decided to convert the recipes to all-grain.

I had already posted the Honey Porter recipe back in September. I only got around to the Honey Ale recipe in November. The recipe that the White House sent out left some room for interpretation, but taking some liberties, I came up with in an all-grain conversion.

When I first converted this one, I didn't think I'd ever brew it, but finally in February of 2015, I decided to give this a try. I did resize my batch by about half to a Mr. Beer Sized batch.

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:


White House Honey Ale --- Batch 1

Specialty Beer
Batch Size
2.40 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   3.30 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.063 SG
Estimated FG
1.011 SG
Recipe Bitterness
32.0 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
6.8 %
BU : GU   0.506        
Recipe Color
7.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.064
  Measured FG:    1.018
ADF:   72
  Measured ABV:    6.1


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 12.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 81.8 %
5.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2 5.4 %
4.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.3 %
1.00 tsp Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Boil 60.0 mins) Water Agent 4 -
0.750 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.30 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 5 26.9 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
0.750 oz Fuggles [4.40 %] - Boil 1.0 min Hop 7 5.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg Windsor Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 8 -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 9 -
8.0 oz Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 10 8.6 %

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 6.64 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.75gal, 1.77gal) 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°

Brewing Record

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Pre-boil OG   (1.045 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (3.30 gal)
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Brewing Notes:
02/20/2015 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Should brew this weekend.
02/23/2015 esheppy
Brewed Saturday. Been going well. Lots of trub in this batch.
03/07/2015 esheppy
Bottled today. 2oz of table sugar. FG higher than I expected at 1.018. 5.8%abv. Sample was pretty good. Lots of yummy fuggle flavor. Will probably let these condition more than just the typical 2 week carbonation period.
03/07/2015 esheppy
Ack ... sorry 6.1 on the abv.
03/31/2015 esheppy
Put on labels. Also put 6 12oz bottles and the PET in the fridge. Will probably try this weekend.
04/02/2015 esheppy
Tried the liter bottle. Pretty good. This is the type of beer the Beer Model will probably like more than I do.
04/26/2015 esheppy
Inconsistent carbonation is the only real issue with this beer.
05/27/2015 esheppy
Had a bomber. Tasting good tonight. GoBlackhawks!
06/13/2015 esheppy
Had what I think is my last bomber. Good. Lets go Blackhawks.
08/11/2015 esheppy
I thought I had some of this, but I think it is gone. Won't make this again.
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