In the last month I’ve brewed all-grain versions of both of the White House beer recipes: Honey Ale and Honey Porter. No, I’m not on a “honey” kick… it was the result of a bad guess on my part.
Every March there is an auction (the “Youth Auction”) at our church. The auction raises funds for youth activities and it is a popular event. People donate items or services to be auctioned off and the proceeds fund things like trips for the Appalachian Service Project or the youth gathering in New Orleans. This year I donated a case of empty beer bottles. The winner of the bidding for these bottles was told to contact me and I would fill those bottles with homebrew beer for them for free.
I offered the winning bidder two initial choices – the Honey Ale or Honey Porter. Anticipating that they would chose the ale I brewed that in advance. Oops, they chose the porter! That’s okay – too much beer is not a bad problem to have.
The recipe for both beers includes a pound of honey in a five gallon batch. The ale is all orange blossom honey while the porter is half orange blossom and half clover. The orange blossom honey adds an gentle, intriguing citrus aroma and the ale is very tasty! It’s not done carbonating though so I’m waiting, impatiently, for it to be ready. It’s about 5.8% ABV and was well attenuated. The porter appears to have finished fermenting and I’ll be bottling it sometime in the next week.