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White House Honey Ale (Official Recipe)

199 calories
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Method: Extract
Style: American Amber Ale
Boil Time: 50 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 3 gallons
Efficiency: 30% (steeping grains only)
Source: The White House
Calories: 199 calories (Per 12oz)
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Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
6.6 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Light6.6 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Light 35 4 67%
1 lb Dry Malt Extract - Light1 lb Dry Malt Extract - Light 42 4 10.2%
1 lb Honey 1 lb Honey - (late addition) 42 2 10.2%
8.6 lb Total      
Steeping Grains
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
0.75 lbAmerican - Caramel / Crystal 40L34407.6%
0.5 lbBelgian - Biscuit35235.1%
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU
1.5 oz Kent Goldings1.5 oz Kent Goldings Hops Pellet 5 Boil 50 min
1.5 oz Fuggles1.5 oz Fuggles Hops Pellet 4.5 Boil 5 min
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
2 tsp Gypsum Water Agt Boil 45 min.
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
64 - 70 °F
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Method: Dextrose       Amount: 3/4 Cup      
Add 2 tsp of Gypsum to water, based off starting with DC water.

The recipe released from the White House has an error, they mention 1.5 oz of Fuggle in the list of ingredients, but then only 0.5 oz in the instructions. I went with 1.5 oz here.

The instructions are also a little weird in terms of the boil times. They say 'add the honey and boil for 5 more minutes'. So, actually it is a 50 minute boil, not a 45 minute boil.

Other than that, it is a straight forward extract batch.

To get it to qualify as an Amber Ale, had to set the IBU equation to Rager, and the SRM equation to Daniels. I'm open to suggestions on the style (haven't tasted it).
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Last Updated: 2013-06-13 05:50 UTC
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kiwirevo 09/02/2012 at 08:45pm
Why is it 5.5 Gallons on your recipe but only 5 on the white house one?

System Account 09/02/2012 at 09:37pm
Leave room for trub losses.

System Account 09/04/2012 at 07:04pm
Any reason why you wouldn't Prime with more honey? I'm just curious because I've had great success with this.

System Account 09/04/2012 at 11:05pm
I'm sure you could. That is actually a new idea to me. Does it impact the flavor much?

System Account 09/07/2012 at 02:49pm
Which is a lot nicer than the way they do it at the White House. The video they put out said they topped off the secondary after transfer with water! It knocks out the O2 headspace, but the better solution would be starting out with 5.5 Gallons instead of diluting it.

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