White House Honey Ale

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In the early spring of 2012, President Obama purchased a homebrew starter kit and directed the White House kitchen to brew a beer for St. Patrick’s Day. The beer was served as part of the St Pat’s celebration. More recently, he directed the staff to brew another brew using honey from the White House bee hives. With the help of a local brewmaster, the following recipe was developed and brewed; makes five gallons.



In a 2 qt pot, steep the grains in a hop bag in 1 1/2 gallons of sterile water at 155 degrees for half an hour. Remove the grains.

Add the 2 cans of the malt extract and the DME and bring to a boil.

For the first flavoring hop addition, add the 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings and 2 tsp of gypsum. Boil for 45 minutes.

For the second addition of flavoring hops, add the 1/2 oz Fuggles hop pellets at the last minute of the boil. Add the honey and boil for 5 more minutes.

Cool the wort and then 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˚ and 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˚.

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