Smashing Pumpkin Ale All Grain Kit

SKU: U0134
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Autumn, and a homebrewer's thoughts turn to capturing the sensory experience of the season ... crisp nights, colorful leaves, and ripe gourds being turned into pie. We're often asked for pumpkin ale recipes at this time of year, and it's easy to understand why: sipping this spiced amber ale is like drinking a slice of pie. Clean and sweetly malty with just enough hop bitterness to balance and no hop aroma to mask the spices. A dose at the shutdown of the boil imbues the beer with a complex, lingering spice profile full of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger that persists from the pour to the last swish in the pint glass. If you want to incorporate actual vegetables in this all grain pumpkin beer recipe, you'll need to provide your own 8 to 10 pound pumpkin (winter squash like butternut or acorn will work if pumpkin is out of season). Cut up the gourd, discard the innards, and roast or microwave the pieces until soft and cooked through, then peel. Mash the peeled, cooked pumpkin flesh with the included grains at 152°F for 1 hour.

Smashing Pumpkin Ale All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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Great taste, add more spice! Review by Mark G
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Second time brewing this. The first attempt was not quite as good because it was my first all grain attempt. One year of experience later and this is clearly a great beer. Added some canned pumpkin, but again not sure how much flavor or body that adds to the beer without a comparison. I increased the flameout additions to just under 3 teaspoons of pumpkin spice and a 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I think I will increase both when I brew again next year. There is a medium spice profile with that amount, but personally I want in your face spice! (Posted on 10/23/14)
Took time but well worth it Review by Robert
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This was my first foray into making a pumpkin ale. After buying three different commercial brands, I discovered huge differences....from spice only flavor, to no pumpkin flavor, to nicely balanced. So I decided to try it on my own. Home Brew magazine recipes all used canned pumpkin while only referring to using fresh pumpkin. Also read about many difficulties in making one, particularly stuck sparges. Here goes...I bought 11 1/2 lbs of pie pumpkins and followed Northern brewer instructions for preparing. I roasted. In the end, I had about 5 1/2 lbs. of cooked and cubed pumpkin. Followed NB instructions to the letter. The only difference was adding about 1/2 lb of rice hulls to mash. Hit all my numbers. A very active fermentation. 2 wks. primary. 2 wks. secondary. Bottled with corn sugar. OMG!! a well balanced flavor of pumpkin, beer and spice. ABV turned out at 5.3%. Fantastic brew. Thanks NB for a great kit. (Posted on 10/17/14)
Add a 750 Review by Gary
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This will be fourth time I have brewed this beer.
Every year someone would say, "man all this needs is some whipped cream on top. So alas I had an idea, I'm good for one of those from time to time. Into the bottling bucket went a 750 of whipped cream vodak. The outcome was nothing short of outstanding. If you like pumpkin pie with a whipped cream topping, give this a try. (Posted on 12/8/13)
5 weeks from brew day and pretty solid. Review by Mark
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The beer is still pretty young and just barely carbonated, but I'm always eager to give it a try. I added the pumpkin per the video and added a little extra spice based on other reviews. So far it has a pretty mild hint of both, but I'm hoping as it ages both will come out a little more in the overall flavor. The color is very mirky and not very appealing. A large part of that problem was because I did not have whirfloc tablets. Other kits I have received shipped whirfloc with them and this was my first from nothernbrewer. I wish I had known that before-hand, but ultimately I do not think the flavor has been affected. I hope, like every beer I've done, that it gets better with age, and so far it's pretty good. (Posted on 11/20/13)
Perfect Pumpkin Review by Jacob
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Added about 10 lbs roasted pumpkin and squash to the mash. Used whole sticks cinnamon in secondary. Great tasting! (Posted on 11/20/13)
Damn Good Pumpkin Beer Review by Jason
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This was probably the best All Grain I have made to date. I used 3 cans of Organic Pumpkin & put the spices in the secondary. Its hard to tell if you can actually taste the pumpkin or not but you can def taste the spices. They are a little more powerful than I would like and a little too sweet. I think next time I would use half the package at boil out and half in secondary. The color came out clear & beautiful. Enjoy! (Posted on 11/15/13)
3rd year brewing this kit Review by Brett L
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There are so many types of beers that I want to brew that i rarely brew the same beer twice. However, not this one. Due to popular demand, I have now brewed this kit 3 years in a row. Year 1 was extract, year 2 was a partial mash with 2-row, year 3 was all grain.

Makin' it a tradition. (Posted on 11/15/13)
Nice Review by Mark
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Just had one. Nice spice flavor. I will brew this kit again and try adding canned pumpkin. (Posted on 11/12/13)
Bottled 52 Bottles Today! Review by Paul
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Bottled 52 bottles of Smashing Pumpkin All Grain today. Smells wonderful.

I forgot to grab a final gravity, but I'm going to assume it's inline with what other brewers have received.

Bottles are in my basement to age. Will throw a few bottles in the fridge on Sunday, November 24th to see how the carbonation is. Should be ready to drink on Thanksgiving eve! (Posted on 11/10/13)
Smells great - Happy Hallloween Review by Marc
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Brewed this on Halloween night as the kiddies all came around for candy, I was having fun with my kettle. With only one hop addition at 60 mins, the malts really give out a great smell but when you add the spices at flame out, beware, it's a scream of goodness to your nose. Fermenting now.... (Posted on 11/4/13)

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