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Old 12-03-2012, 06:32 PM   #731
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I'm not sure what all the excitement is about. Politics is not an ingredient in beer.
I think its remarkable that, in a person's lifetime, we have gone from prohibition to the White House Chefs making homemade beer. I call that progress (and exciting).
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #732
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I think its remarkable that, in a person's lifetime, we have gone from prohibition to the White House Chefs making homemade beer. I call that progress (and exciting).
Yup, not much more to it than that. Plus, it's cool to brew the same beer as someone famous, politician or no. If you found out Sir Sean Connery brewed his own wee heavy, are you telling me you wouldn't be interested in trying out his recipe? Or if historians unearthed the Wright bros' secret family recipe for Windy Day Porter*? I don't think it says much about peoples' politics that they're interested, just that they're interested in beer.

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #733
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slight variation on the above: the recipes have become a collective experience, as illustrated by the 74 pages of this thread (and numerous other threads, on this board and elsewhere). it's fin to think that people across this country (and likely around the world) are brewing these recipes. even non-brewers have asked me if i've brewed the white house beer, so word is getting out.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #734
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For as much press as it's gotten, oddly enough, the couple people I talked to in my homebrew club hadn't heard about it.

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Old 12-04-2012, 12:02 AM   #735
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yeah i know kinda sad isn't it. Beer is beer is beer, no added politics necessary.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #736
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Lol you smile at such a comment when you were like the first one to 'go there.' Wow hehe....
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:48 PM   #737
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I'm reading a lot of reviews regarding the whitehouse honey ale-- has anyone brewed or tried the honey porter?
Oh yes the honey porter was a huge hit at Thanksgiving. It needs time in the bottle. After 2 weeks of conditioning I detected a bitterness in the finish that has diminished with time. Thanksgiving, 5 weeks, was fine. Lovely chocolate notes though I couldn't detect much honey (added at 30 mins.).

The bitterness may have been my over-hopping. The recipe called for 3/4 ounce of hops. I said "what the heck" and put in my full ounce packet.

Will brew again.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:11 AM   #738
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After 3 weeks, I am calling my honey ale finished. It is very sweet with honey flavor, but not cloying. The finish is bitter, but it also brings the floral quality of the honey out in a pleasant way. This beer is rich, probably the most full bodied one I've brewed. I am glad I chose local wildflower honey as it really showcases the flavors from the honey. I will probably never use Windsor again as it is about impossible to keep out of the pour without leaving a considerable amount of beer in the bottle. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this brew.

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Old 12-08-2012, 02:02 PM   #739
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. . .I will probably never use Windsor again as it is about impossible to keep out of the pour without leaving a considerable amount of beer in the bottle. . .
Glad you're enjoying the beer. Just wanted to add my two-cents that Windsor is generally a pretty good flocculater and my experience is that it forms a nice compact and stable cake. There are lots of variables, though, which could explain why my experience with Windsor is different than yours.
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Glad you're enjoying the beer. Just wanted to add my two-cents that Windsor is generally a pretty good flocculater and my experience is that it forms a nice compact and stable cake. There are lots of variables, though, which could explain why my experience with Windsor is different than yours.
I've used Windsor for this beer and this beer only, but i know other English yeasts (Wyeast West Yorkshire comes to mind) that are normally great flocculaters sometimes refuse to drop out
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