Monday, September 8, 2014

A good pumpkin ale recipe

This is the first 6 gallon batch I have done in a long time, but I didn't know how much pumpkin I could stand!  I generally don't do fruit beers or use any additives or adjuncts, but I do love pumpkin now and then.  It was a fairly quick mash compared to my decoctions of late and a quick batch sparge but I still managed 75% efficiency.

Pumpkin Ale with fresh pumpkin and toasted pumpkin seeds

6.25 gallon primary
5.75 gallon secondary
13 lb Pale malt 2-row
1 lb Crystal 40
1 lb crystal 80
1.5 oz general bittering hops 5-10% AA ( I used home-grown, Cascade should work fine) for 60 min
90 minute mash at 155-160
60 minute sparge at 170 in 3 batches, 20 minutes each
2 lbs fresh pumpkin chunks, baked in oven at 350 for 1 hour and added to boil
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds, added to boil
60 minute boil
Add pumpkin from boil into fermenter
1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice added at bottling
Wyeast London Ale 1028
1.064
7%

Notes: Could have used a bit more spice.  I would bump it up to 3 tsp. Add a little extra sugar for bottling as this yeast needs a little help.

Update 1/28: After letting it age in my basement for 4 months. the flavor has definitely improved as well as the carbonation.  It is definitely on the light side, but I like it that way.  Very clear and good balance between malt and spices.

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