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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 / 5.071 ReviewsBe patient and you will be rewardedThis was my first homebrew and it turned out amazing. Four weeks in primary. No secondary. Three weeks bottle condition. I tried one after 2 weeks of conditioning and it still had some off flavors and an after taste that I was not a fan off. Was really worried that I was going to have a batch that was not drinkable. Waited another week and those off flavors disappeared and this beer was very delicious. Don't give up on this one. Gets better with time.September 17, 2017Purchased
8 months agoQuality control issuesOg of 1.052 when it should have been 1.062 so what went wrong crystallized sugar I'm incredibly disappointed I have done tones of batches from NB so I expected the Quality control to be on point but I was incredibly disappointed and let down this isn't a cheap kit they should watch out for these things I really hope they read this and make it rightJuly 30, 2017Purchased
8 months agoWHHA!I have made this kit 5 times over the last 4 years and I love it!July 30, 2017Purchased
9 months agoA Fantastic Sweet AleDespite a few screw-ups along the way, this brew turned out fantastic. Although it was a little on the sweet side for my tastes, that should be expected of a honey ale. Adding time to the bottle fermentation cut down on the sweetness a bit.
The extract kit ships with more hops than the recipe calls for because they only package the hops in certain size bags, so be sure and measure out the hops according to the recipe instead of just emptying all of them in. For the honey, I would suggest warming the bottle in hot water just as you would your liquid malt to encourage it out of the bottle. Also, using a knife or strong scissor to cut the entire top off makes it easier to coax out.
When dumping the kettle into my fermenter, I accidentally dumped the entire kettle, including the "hop sludge" that accumulated at the bottom so I was concerned about the sludge contributing off-flavors.
For the first 10 days I used the "swamp cooling" technique to keep the wort between 65-68.5F. This required keeping a box fan on high, blowing on the fermenter inside my Florida home. My wife grew tired of the noise of the box-fan and suggested I get a fridge to keep in the garage - a request to which I was happy to oblige!
I purchased an old fridge off Craigslist and an Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller to maintain a proper temperature. I kept the temperature at 66-68F for the next 8 days, then dropped to 60-62F for the final 10 days to help guard against off flavors that the "hop sludge" may have contributed. I only had a single fermentation vessel, so I left the beer in my primary for the entire 4 week fermentation period.
The drop in temp and full 4-week fermentation period seemed to do the trick! When bottling there was only about an inch of sludge concentrated to the bottom of the vessel, and the brew came out very clear.
I popped the cap on my first bottle after 2 weeks of bottle fermentation. I handed the pour to my wife without telling her it was my own brew and she didn't even realize it wasn't a store-bought craft beer! The reviews from friends and family were also stellar.Boil them beautiful hops!May 22, 2017Purchased
1 year agoThis was my third homebrew kit that I have done and by far my favorite one so far. This was a great beer to sit and watch a game and share with friends. I will be making this kit again for sure!May 19, 2017awesome beersecond production of this recipe.... awesome beerApril 5, 2017Purchased
1 year agoVery good beerMy first time brewing and I couldn't be happier. 1 week in primary, 2 weeks in secondary, and 2 weeks in bottles then into the fridge. Drank one the day I put them in the fridge and it was great. Busted them out at a party 2 weeks later and they were even better. Brewed with my brother who has been using NB for about a year and we added an extra pound of honey. Made me a fan and I bought my own starter kit. I've got the Block Party Amber going in the fridge tomorrow.January 28, 2017Purchased
1 year agoGreat brewA very delicious and easy to brew beer. I'd recommend this beer for anyone.December 3, 2016most liked of all Ive brewedmost liked of all Ive brewed from those who have tasted my home brewsOctober 13, 2016Accuracy of instructionsThe instructions in the kit were not specific to the beer ordered. It was asking to put in 3.6 pounds of Malt but the container in the kit had a total of less than that so for people that are not experienced like us, it could be very confusing. Otherwise the kit was great.July 3, 2016
- Browse 17 questions Browse 17 questions and 17 answersWhat methods would change if put in key instead of bottling?BEST ANSWER: When kegging you only have to sanitize 1 container as compared to 50 bottles. I now keg and much easier and less time. You can do either priming sugar added to keg, or force carb. Depends on how much time you want to spend bottling.How 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 want to use wyeast for this brew, which one should I use?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, we recommend Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale with this kit. Cheers!Any change in directions for doing a full boil - besides starting with correct amount of water - ? Also, what is normally expected FG?BEST ANSWER: If you change boil volume, you will affect hop extraction. This may result in a overly bitter, unbalanced beer. You can’t avoid this if you use a beer brewing calculator, to adjust hopping rate. For example beersmith or brewers friend.I got two packs of Danstar Windson dry yeast, how many grams I have to pitch to have best result?BEST ANSWER: That is a fairly high-gravity kit, it would be fine to use both packs of the yeast on it. One would probably do the job, but it would be totally fine to use both, so you ensure there's plenty of good, strong yeast available to complete the fermentation.Just opened my kit and see it came with 2oz of each type of hops but the directions say to use 1.5oz of each. So I guess I need to messure out the proper amount?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the smallest size we package hops is the 1oz size. If you just eyeball that in half it will work just fine.What style of beer is this considered?BEST ANSWER: I would classify this as an amber ale with medium hoppy flavor, around 40 I would guess. It's is a great tasting beer and have brewed it 4-5 times. Friends really like it as wellHow will the taste be affected if I add an additional pound of honey? Am looking for a little fuller bodied taste. Maybe additional hops?BEST ANSWER: This WHHA is one of my favorites! The only Northern kit I have modified so far is Petite Orange, and it turned out great! As for extra honey in the Honey Ale, it would hurt but I wouldn't add anything else but that is up to you. Happy brewing and drinking!! :)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 much priming sugar to use?
What is the final gravity?I brewed this beer on 11 Nov with exactly same the instructions but with two packs of dry yeast, starting from second day until now (11th in primary) the beer have 3 layers of colors dark in the top of fermenter then it’s go lighter as we go down of fermenter. This is first time I saw fermentation like this!, is my beer OK? and what does that mean? do I have wait to become one color before transferring to secondary?I used Danstar Windsor and followed instructions. I ramped up the ferm temp from 65 to 70 over 8 days. OG was 1.062, FG was 1.016. Secondary for 1 week. Added Gelatin and cold crashed to 36 degrees for 5 days now. Should I expect it to clear eventually or is this expected to be cloudy? Thanks. PS, I keg.
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