Brewing Project #3: The Meg Whyte Ale

Posted on June 11th, 2010

We here at Beeriety love to write about beer and we certainly love to drink it, but that’s not all we do. We’re also aspiring homebrewers ourselves, and we recently opened our latest brew project and first all-grain brew, the Meg Whyte ale. Here’s a quick look of what we made and how we did it.

This spring marked the debut of Sam Adams’ new spring seasonal beer the Noble Pils, which replaced the White Ale. While I personally enjoy the new Noble Pils, a lot of people are upset that Sam Adams has bumped the popular White Ale from the seasonal rotation, making it available only in mixed 12-packs. One such disappointed devotee of the White Ale is good friend of Beeriety, the lovely Meghan Whyte. In order to pay tribute to our dear friend and try to make up for the now scarce White Ale we decided to brew our own “Whyte” Ale. It turned out extremely well, and enjoying it has been a great way to ring in the summer months.

As the name might suggest, we brewed our latest beer in the white ale style. White ales are great for the late spring/ early summer because of their crisp body, spicy aroma and light fruityness. While the beer we brewed up was hardly an exact replica of the Sam Adams White Ale we feel that it does capture the spirit of both the beer and our friend so we are very pleased with it. Overall the Meg Whyte ale is light and spicy, although it could have perhaps a bit more body, we are very pleased with how it turned out.

Brewing it was not easy, but well worth it in the end. We brewed it through the all-grain method, which is basically like homebrewing from scratch. Instead of using malt extract for our beer we started with actual grains, mashing and extracting the sugar ourselves.  While much more time consuming, “all grain brewing” allows for a great deal more control over the final product and a higher quality taste than an extract brew. It took all day to brew, but the beer turned out great and we think it was well worth it. We’ll have much more on extract and all-grain homebrewing in the weeks to come. In the meantime we’ll be enjoying plenty of Meg White Ale and raising a glass to our good friend.

Meg Whyte Ale Recipe:

Fermentables:

  • 4 lbs. wheat
  • 1 lbs. dark wheat
  • 1 lbs. oatmeal
  • 5 lbs. two row
  • 1/2 lbs. maltodextrin

Hops:

  • 1 oz. centennial (bittering)
  • 1 oz. hallertau (flavor)
  • 1/2 oz. cascade (aroma)

Spices:

  • .5 oz. coriander
  • .5 oz. juniper berries
  • .5 oz. bitter orange peal
  • .1 oz. cardamom
  • .1 oz. grains of paradise
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
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  • daddio

    Its awesome in taste………thanks from daddio

  • chinweoma

    i what to be part of this work

  • chinweoma

    i want to be part of this work

  • Sam Dodd

    How do I buy this?