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Old 11-29-2012, 07:31 PM   #711
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I'm reading a lot of reviews regarding the whitehouse honey ale-- has anyone brewed or tried the honey porter?
Just bottled it last night (did both the ale and the porter) and it doesn't look like any porter I've ever seen. It's more brownish reddish than black like a porter. Tried both right before bottling and not a huge difference. The ale had more honey for sure. I will post reviews and pictures side by side in a couple weeks when I crack them open.


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Old 11-30-2012, 02:44 AM   #712
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Just bottled it last night (did both the ale and the porter) and it doesn't look like any porter I've ever seen. It's more brownish reddish than black like a porter. Tried both right before bottling and not a huge difference. The ale had more honey for sure. I will post reviews and pictures side by side in a couple weeks when I crack them open.
Thank you awaiting the pic and review


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Old 11-30-2012, 04:18 AM   #713
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Hey all. So I bottled my honey ale last night but before I did I did a taste test. There was a hint of honey but very bitter. Does this sound right to anyone?
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:55 AM   #714
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Just finished the honey ale 30 min ago. Hit all my numbers on the mark. I've now got 5.5 gal at 1.068 sitting in the fermentation fridge. Made a 1L starter of Windsor and hit it with 2 min of O2 after pitch. So far-so good.
It was a good brew day over all but made some last min adjustments. Added all 1.5 oz Fuggles at 10 min and added the honey at flame out. I used beer smith to convert to a 5.5 gallon all-grain brew with 2row brewers malt as the base malt. Due to the full boil increased hop utilization I used only 1 oz of the EKG for bittering.
So far so good... Can't wait to see how it turns out.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:56 AM   #715
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Hey all. So I bottled my honey ale last night but before I did I did a taste test. There was a hint of honey but very bitter. Does this sound right to anyone?
It sounds like you might have mixed up your hop additions. It is supposed to be a very mild beer.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:24 AM   #716
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I'm reading a lot of reviews regarding the whitehouse honey ale-- has anyone brewed or tried the honey porter?
See signature. I was going to bottle it tomorrow, actually, but then More Beer put their bottle trees on sale, so now I'll wait for that to get in.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:11 PM   #717
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Im going to be ordering the northern brewer 1 gallon kits of the ale and porter.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:41 PM   #718
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Boy, Windsor is a sprinter, eh?

Hour 10 I had to hook up the blow off. I know it's not a very good attenuator, but it sure took off like a bat out of hell...
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:35 PM   #719
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I bottled my WH Ale on 11/11/12. I just cracked one open after letting it sit in the fridge for couple days, and I can't say I'm very pleased. And yes, I realize that at 3 weeks it can still be considered green, but it's got a bitter taste that my tongue can't reconcile. I think it might the gypsum. This is the first recipe I've done using gypsum, and I put the stated 2 tbsp. of it in. Having tasted this I now think that's too much for not only a partial boil (which I did), but perhaps also my local NoVA tapwater profile. (It was after this brew that I began experimenting with bottled water to improve tastes).

All in all, it's not particularly pleasant to drink. I'm half tempted to throw it all out, but then the rational part of me kicks in and says to keep it and check back on it in a few weeks. Only time will tell if it gets any better.

So much for blindly following a recipe...

Guess it's all part of the learning process, though.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:58 PM   #720
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This is the first recipe I've done using gypsum, and I put the stated 2 tbsp. of it in.
EDIT: 2 tsp. The rest of it stands.


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