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Ale to the Chief! This original recipe, first customized and brewed by the White House kitchen staff, is now available by popular demand as a Northern Brewer kit. Built on a big foundation of malt with strong tones of biscuit and toffee, the Honey Ale plays up the fruity, caramel aspects of English malt and yeast. But much like the Founding Fathers would have spiced up traditional style ales with homegrown ingredients, a late addition of pure honey adds a revolutionary twist. Declare your independence from mediocre beers with this historic White House Homebrew!
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click here for Northern Brewer White House Honey Ale Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1062 Total Time to Make 4 weeks
4.7 / 5.066 ReviewsHawaiian AleI started with the blonde ale kit, I had a can of pineapple and a cup of coconut 15 minutes into the boil. Add a cup of honey towards the end. Ended up with a 1.078 specific gravity and a final ABV of 8.9%. It's one of the best beers I've ever hadOctober 1, 2015AwsomeThis beer was great 2weeks in the primary 2 weeks secondary and one week in a keg it was gone in one night everyone loved it thanks nbFebruary 23, 2016Great brewA very delicious and easy to brew beer. I'd recommend this beer for anyone.December 3, 2016Great beer!This is the second batch I've done and will be on my regular rotationJune 26, 2016Just brew itJust starting to pop the caps on a few. Fantastic! But let it sit in the bottle for min of 4 weeks to truly let it mature. Good stuff.May 18, 2015Hit a very high ABVThis was my very first brew at home ever. I used the Wyeast 1332 and a starter, being the honey lover I am I brought the gravity up to around 1.075... Within the first couple hours it really took off and it got to the point I had to use the blowoff tube with my kit. Even after I transferred to the secondary after 2 weeks. The fermentation seemed to take off again, it was strange. After a week in the secondary I cold crashed for a day and then bottled. After 2 weeks in the bottle I cracked the first bottle and the flavor was very strange I got a little worried. After 8 weeks in the bottle the beer became the best beer I have ever had just amazing. Finished gravity was 1.008 giving this beer a massive 8.7% ABV.So what did I learn from my first homebrew? When you hit such a high ABV you have to really let the yeast clean up after themselves. Also, I probably bottled too early but luckily they finished they're business in the bottle after 8 weeks and made a amazing beer. It disappeared way too fast. Off to the Oak barrel porter next!May 21, 2015most liked of all Ive brewedmost liked of all Ive brewed from those who have tasted my home brewsOctober 13, 2016Excellent Beer2nd kit brewed.. fantastic beer. Has a nice flavor and was very crisp with a slight honey finish. Would buy again!January 31, 2014Happy Happy Happy!Amazing! very easy! im a first time brewer and i am hooked for life! i was left with a 6.2%. one week primary and 2 weeks secondary with 2 weeks in the bottle.November 24, 2013a really nice kitas soon as this kit came out, i wanted to brew it and have it ready for election day. mission accomplished. and to the beer..... nice and malty up front with a nice balanced hop bite and notes of honey. when i brewed this, i swapped out the honey enclosed in the kit with some locally sourced wildflower honey and got a bit heavy handed with it and ended up with a 7.5% beer. even at that, the alcohol is very well hidden. a very nice beer with a story that is a piece of history. you should try it. i,m looking forward to brewing the honey brown next.January 14, 2013
Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 9 answersHow many bags of specialty grains is there in this kit?BEST ANSWER: Just one bag. This is one of my favorite kits, I have made it about 5 times and in two weeks I will be bottling another! :)Hi, i recently brewed this beer, currently sitting in secondary fermenter for about 4 days, have following questions:
1. How many more days shall i give it in secondary fermentation ?
2. If I keg it, what should be the
3. last time I kegged, apricot blonde, i had to throw whole batch because it gave me metallic flavors, what can I do to avoid it this time ?
4. Shall I get CO2 refilled, its been long time I haven't used my keg and co2 , what should i make sure
Thanks very much for supporting your customers. best customer service ever.BEST ANSWER: Hi Gaurav,
Thanks for contacting us. To answer your questions:
1. That's up to you, but I'd recommend another 10 days
2a. 38 degrees
2b. You'll want to force carbonate at roughly 20 psi for 2 days and then lower to 8 psi for serving
2c. see 2b.
3. While a metallic flavor can arise from fermentation being too warm or from exposure to rusted metals, this is probably just a result of the apricot extract. You shouldn't have that issue with this beer.
4. The CO2 itself should be fine, but you may want to refill for fresh gas to ensure a full tank.I brewed this using the dry yeast (Danstar Windsor Ale). It says in the instructions that the optimum temperature for that yeast is 64-70°F, but later on that the optimum fermentation temperature is 60–72º F. Which is it, and why the difference in ranges?BEST ANSWER: Denny, I did not use that yeast. I probably used SafeAle, since that is what I often use when I go with the dry yeast. However, my experience is that the pitching temperature and the fermentation temp may vary slightly. I have never been very exact in that regard, and I have been making extract ales for a number of years, using safeale, wyeast, and some other yeasts. I have not once had a problem. The truth is they are pretty accommodating. Ale yeast basically operates best at room temperature, and a few degrees one way or the other does not seem to matter that much. At least that has been my experience.Having brewed your 1 gallon version of this recipe with the Ames Farm single source honey ( which I doubled), I am considering ordering the 5 gallon recipe kit to go with my newly up sized system. My question is what variety of honey comes with this kit, as I may want to double the honey again?BEST ANSWER: This kit comes with light amber honeyIs the White House honey ale (5gal.) available in all grain?BEST ANSWER: No, it is only available in 5g and 1g extract kits.What is the shelf life of this kit? I like to buy this but I'm not ready to brew again for awile.BEST ANSWER: These kits will last for about 4-6 months if stored cool and dry. I hope this helps!what is the shelf of this kit?BEST ANSWER: It depends on how the ingredients are stored. Keeping the hops, yeast, and LME refrigerated will help, while the DME and grains should be kept sealed and dry.These are food items, so they will stale eventually, but they should be good to use up to 3 months or so.How will the taste be affected if I add an additional pound of honey? Am looking for a little fuller bodied taste. Maybe additional hops?
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