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Old 11-28-2012, 12:05 PM   #701
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This is an American beer, but I could see doing it English style like the President's staff did. They just don't understand the basics of beer styles, and it is to be expected of noobs.
Styles are meant to be broken. I went another direction. I tried to reproduce their recipe exactly, including brewing the extract version. I wanted to drink the same beer as the President and the Medal of Honor winner.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:07 PM   #702
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My favorite part of the whole experience was seeing the picture of the President and a guy drinking a glass on the White House lawn. That guy was a Medal of Honor winner. How cool is that? It is time that our veterans get the recognition they have always deserved.
Hear hear.

I didn't vote for him, but nonetheless it would be an incredible honor to sit on that lawn and have a homebrew with the man. I can't even imagine it.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #703
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I ruined mine because I added WAY too much gypsum to the mash (3 TBS). Entirely my fault. Otherwise, this would have been a great beer. The excessive sulphates gave it a terrible phenolic taste. I had to dump it after drinking about half a gallon. I will definitely do this again, and use S-05 as before. This is an American beer, but I could see doing it English style like the President's staff did. They just don't understand the basics of beer styles, and it is to be expected of noobs.
My favorite part of the whole experience was seeing the picture of the President and a guy drinking a glass on the White House lawn. That guy was a Medal of Honor winner. How cool is that? It is time that our veterans get the recognition they have always deserved.
I made it with S-04 and didn't add any gypsum. I didn't have the high alcohol level that seatbelt123 had. I used about 11 lbs of malt and a lb of honey for 5.2% abv. It turned out pretty tasty.

And I agree about the MOH recipient and the Prez.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:31 PM   #704
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I ruined mine because I added WAY too much gypsum to the mash (3 TBS). Entirely my fault. Otherwise, this would have been a great beer. The excessive sulphates gave it a terrible phenolic taste. I had to dump it after drinking about half a gallon. I will definitely do this again, and use S-05 as before. This is an American beer, but I could see doing it English style like the President's staff did. They just don't understand the basics of beer styles, and it is to be expected of noobs.
My favorite part of the whole experience was seeing the picture of the President and a guy drinking a glass on the White House lawn. That guy was a Medal of Honor winner. How cool is that? It is time that our veterans get the recognition they have always deserved.
Yes, I (and I suspect many others) "Americanized" the beer, using Am. 2-row instead of MO and US hop varieties (Cascade and Willamette) rather than British. I did use an English yeast (WLP007), just because it's my favorite ale yeast and I wanted to start with that as a benchmark, though I may try US-05 next time if I brew it again.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:37 PM   #705
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Styles are meant to be broken. I went another direction. I tried to reproduce their recipe exactly, including brewing the extract version. I wanted to drink the same beer as the President and the Medal of Honor winner.
I definitely agree that styles should not be carved in stone. If I had done mine as an English, though (and that recipe IS English), I'd have called it that.
My all grain translation included All American ingredients. American 2-Row, American Hops, and American yeast.
I am a big fan of the English styles, too. I might try the exact recipe like keehar.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:04 PM   #706
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I'm reading a lot of reviews regarding the whitehouse honey ale-- has anyone brewed or tried the honey porter?

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Old 11-29-2012, 12:51 PM   #707
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Would Tettnanger and Willamete hops work for this? I have plenty on hand

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I'll be getting to the porter soon. Would have brewed it first but SWMBO wanted the lighter one. Have to keep her happy--she doesn't complain about all the money I spend, so I brew enough SWMBO-friendly beers to keep her supplied. Works out well.

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:46 PM   #709
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I'll be getting to the porter soon. Would have brewed it first but SWMBO wanted the lighter one. Have to keep her happy--she doesn't complain about all the money I spend, so I brew enough SWMBO-friendly beers to keep her supplied. Works out well.
I understand that's why I have a pale ale fermenting vs a brown ale. But the honey porter is my next on deck beer I think.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:05 PM   #710
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I'm the one that misread the recipe and missed 3.3 pounds of malt and substituted it with 1.5 pounds of brown sugar. bottled today and i have no real complaints. the alcohol taste wasn't to bad it was overrun by some serious sweetness from the honey and brown sugar, not much malty taste to it however. I'll be back in a couple of weeks to give the final tasting notes. Thanks to those providing insight to my mistake.

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