White Labs Brewing the White House Beer

After seeing the news story about the White House brewing beer at home, we were struck by the fact they were A) homebrewing (how cool is that?) B) using dry yeast C) using a yeast made outside of the USA.  I guess they don’t know there are companies in this country that specialize in making liquid yeast cultures for beer, and in particular, one that is named WHITE Labs :)

As such, we decided it would be fun to clone this recipe, dry yeast and all.  Of course we couldn’t resist turning it into one of our tasting room experiments, so a couple of weeks ago, I brewed 2 batches of the White House Honey Ale (all-grain) on our brew sculpture.  I split up these up and used four different yeast strains – Windsor dry yeast (which the original recipe used),WLP001 California Ale Yeast, WLP005 British Ale Yeast, WLP039 East Midlands Yeast. 

I started the first batch at 8am on a Friday, then realized I forgot to pick up any Biscuit Malt, which was part of the recipe!  I had to make do for this one