How to brew the White House Honey Porter at home?

Nov.19, 2018

By Guangxin


We may brew the White House Honey Brown Ale by Angel yeast CS31 at home, as Barack Obama does at the White House.

Barack Obama, the former President of the United States, is the first president of the USA who brews beer at the White House. He has brewed three kinds of craft beer, since he purchased a set of micro-beer equipment at 2011. Those are the White House Honey Brown Ale, the White House Honey Porter, and the White House Honey Blonde Ale. Fortunately, two of them has been published, and today we share you how to brew the White House Honey Brown Ale with Angel beer yeast CS31 at home. 


White House Honey Porter by Angel yeast


Prepare the ingredients of the White House Honey Porter according to the table below.

Tab. 1 Ingredients






light malt extract

 3.3 lb(2 cans)



Munich Malt

3/4 lb



crystal malt

1 lb



black malt

6 oz



chocolate malt

3 oz



White House Honey

1 lb



bittering hops

10 HBUs

Homebrew Bitter Units


Hallertaur Aroma hops

1/2 oz



dry yeast Angel-CN36


1 pkg


corn sugar for bottling


3/4 cup



B. Directions

B.1 Saccharification

In a 12 qt pot, steep the grains in a hop bag in 1.5 gallons of sterile water at 155°Ffor half an hour. Remove the grains.

B.2 Boiling

Add the 2 cans of the malt extract and the dried extract and bring to a boil.

B.3 Adding hops

For the first flavoring, add the 1.5 oz Kent Goldings and 2 tsp of gypsum. Boil for 45 minutes. For the second flavoring, add the 1.5 oz Fuggles hop pellets at the last minute of the boil.
B.3 Adding honey

Add the honey and boil for 5 more minutes.

B.4 Cooling

Add 2 gallons chilled sterile water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons. There is no need to strain.

B.5 Vaccination

Pitch yeast Angel-CS31when wort temperature is between 70°F-80°F. Fill airlock halfway with water. 

v  CS31 is an excellent ale yeast to help produce ales of fruit aroma.

v  Vigorous fermentation, high attenuation and middle flocculation.

v  Quick start to fermentation, which can be finished in 4~5 days at 18℃.

v  High alcohol tolerance, suitable for higher concentration of beer , 14%(v/v) above.

v  Displays abundant ester and fruity aroma if properly handled.

6 Cooling

Place 2 gallons of chilled water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons if necessary. Place into an ice bath to cool down to 70-80°F.

7 Vaccination

Activate dry yeast Angel-CN36 in 1 cup of sterilized water at 75-90°Ffor fifteen minutes. Pitch yeast into the fermenter. Fill airlock halfway with water.

Characters of Angel-CN36

CN36 is an excellent ale yeast to help produce varieties of the common ale styles.

high flocculation.

high attenuation:80~92%

Quick start to fermentation and reaching a final gravity during 4 days at 18℃.

Suitable for high concentration of beer, 12%(v/v).

Displays slight ester aroma without any unpleased smell if properly handled.

Help to taste soft and present a clear and bright body

B.6 Fermentation

Ferment at 68°F-72°F for about seven days. Rack to a secondary fermenter after five days and ferment for 14 more days.

B.7 Bottling

To bottle, dissolve the corn sugar into 2 pints of boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap.

B.8 Carbonization

Let sit for 2 to 3 weeks at 75°F.

C. Tasting

Have a taste at 46°F~50°F, and enjoy it with your friends.

Here are some tips to help you to convert the Unit.

A qt = 0.946 L;
1 pint = 0.55 L;
1 lb = 453.6 g;
1 oz = 28.3 g;
1 gallon = 3.8 liters;
°C= ( °F -32) x 5 / 9;


Angel can provide brewing yeasts, ingredients and related technical services for the production of wine, beer, and other brewing liquor. All our products are natural, safe, and of high quality. With the current energy shortages around the world, the production of fuel ethanol through yeast fermentation has become an inevitable trend.
About Angel:
Angel Yeast Company is a high-tech listed company specializing in yeast and biotech. Product business covers Yeast and Baking, Yeast Extract-Savoury, Nutrition & Health and Biotechnology fields. It is one of the world's leading companies in the yeast industry. Angel has 12 holding subsidiaries and provides products and services for more than 150 countries and regions.

Published by Guangxin liu
Senior technical engineer 
Angel Distilled spirits and Biofuels Division


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