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Northern Brewer's White House Honey Ale 1 Gallon Recipe Kit


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White House Honey Ale

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An original recipe brewed by White House staff and shared with the world as a Northern Brewer kit. Built on a big foundation of malt with strong tones of biscuit and toffee, White House Honey Ale plays down hop bitterness and plays up the fruity and caramelly aspect of English malt and yeast. A late addition of pure honey is the signature calling card of this recipe, imbuing a floral aroma and lightening the body. Ale to the chief!
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield1 Gallon
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Northern Brewer's White House Honey Ale 1 Gallon Recipe Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original GravityNo
Total Time to MakeNo
4.0 / 5.0
25 Reviews
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Unexpected but quite tasty
This was my first foray into brewing, and I don't really have the space or time to go all grain, so this was a great way to start with a simple extract kit. No problems with the very concise and easy to follow instructions. My house is quite chilly however, so my fermentation may have conked out early. The resultant beer was more like a Belgian abbey dubbel than what I expected. Coppery brown, sweet, caramelly and fruity with a yeasty bite. Very active carbonation too. Not sure this was what the beer was supposed to be like but it was quite good, if a little edgy and unbalanced. Will give it more time in the cellar to see if it improves and dries out a bit.
February 8, 2014
4th batch brewed, and by far the best. Once I upgrade to a 5 gallon setup, this will definitely be what I go with. I did read a few reviews in regards to using more honey and I did, probably double the amount, couldn't tell you since I didn't measure, but couldn't really tell it was there except a light after tone of it. I was concerned how it would turn out since I was rushed during the cooling process and didn't get it all the way down to temp, and added too much of the yeast, but still turned out great. Highly recommend this for all brewers.
October 7, 2016
Got the 1 gallon kit to test before trying a 5. Brewed as per instructions. Bottle conditioned 3 weeks and it evaporated after it hit the fridge. Will brew a 5 gallon kit soon.
March 21, 2013
Give it time to mature.
Just finished my last bottle, after almost 6 mos of conditioning, and this is definitely my family's favorite. Brewed per instruction you will get just a faint aroma and taste of the honey, so maybe double the honey would be better, just worried about excessive blow off with the extra sugars, as the original had a very active ferment that I caught just before it got out of control.
September 18, 2014
Became better with age...
My review is really a 4 star review but I wanted to balance out my original 3 star review. We cracked open the rest of the bottles just before Christmas. The additional 4 weeks really helped (total of 8 weeks). It really smoothed out the flavor and gave it a much better finish. Still no hint of honey but it became a much more drinkable brew and will brew it again. Many of the NB kits are like this (German blonde and the Saison) in that they benefit from a three to four months of aging.
January 6, 2014
Not a bad start!
Experimented a bit from the original recipe to make it my own and have had great results! I recommend using a raw honey and cane sugar priming solution for bottling instead of the tablet for better carbonation and taming the heavy aftertaste!
December 8, 2013
Pretty good!
First ever batch. The instructions were super simple.The only complaint is the same as everyone else... Not enough honey flavor. The supplied honey is a very small container.Also, same as others, my beer came out much darker than the photo.Would brew it again!
January 21, 2015
The package came in a
The package came in a timely fashion. Haven't used it yet as it is a gift for someone but I would purchase again.
December 21, 2015
Love It
Im new at this whole home brewing stuff but Northern Brewer makes its easy, your a phone call away, my order gets here fast, I am always shocked.
April 28, 2016
Delicious brew, only wish I had made it in a 5 gallon!
January 21, 2014
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So, I made this kit (my first homebrew attempt!) and after 2 weeks in fermentation and 2.5 weeks in the bottle I tried my first one. However, when i tried it it was EXTREMELY carbonated. Like a beer-flavored soda. Super gross. Thoughts on why this happened? (I didn't take OG and FG readings. I maybe should have, but since I'm only making it in one gallon I feel like that takes away a pretty significant portion of my final output after just a few readings.)
C A on May 8, 2016

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! That is more than likely because the beer wasn't finished fermenting prior to bottling so the yeast continued to ferment while in the bottle. So with those extra sugars, and the priming sugar, the yeast were able to produce more carbonation than you would want in that beer. I hope that this helps!
At what point is the hunny added? I missed that somewhere.
A shopper on Apr 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can add hunny 5 to 1 minutes before flame out to retain the hunny flavor.

Others had given me suggest to use hunny for priming the beer but I haven't tried. They said this is the best way to retain hunny flavor.
How long are the ingredients good for? In a nut shell I receive a 1 gallon kit last year and forgot about it. The yeast has been in a refrigerator for this whole time.
A shopper on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'd go ahead and brew it up, there's little to lose! It's older than we'd like, but not as old as some kits that people have brewed up! It will be fine to use, the yeast will be fine, it's just that the grain would be a little stale, but it's a very small part of the kit, really. I'd go for it! Brew it up!
Has anyone had carbonation issues with this beer? I did primary for 2 weeks, bottle condition for two weeks and the beer looks way darker than the image online and is very flat.
A shopper on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I ran into something similar. Ended up using 1.5 sugar drops/bottle, and let it sit 3-4 weeks in the bottles. Turned out much more carbonated. The darkness could be caused by your yeast/fermentation going screwy - temperatures, etc.
Why only half the yeast packet?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The amount of yeast needed for a one gallon recipe is not as much as for a 5 gallon, which uses 3 full packets. You don't want to start with too much yeast.
Dumb question but can I use three 1 gallon kits for a 3 gallon carboy?
F C on Sep 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You could do this...might make more sense to look up the recipe and determine if you can buy larger containers of the malts and save some money possibly...it would also only need one packet of yeast.

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