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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.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Smashing Pumpkin Ale All Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1054 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.5 / 5.056 ReviewsSmashing Pumpkin Ale All Grain KitNot the exceptional quality I come to expect from NB. Had to buy additional ingredients. Found the instructions to be the same as most (not informative or detailed enough). Came at a pretty high price tag and in the end the brew wasn't very enjoyable. Partly us, but partly set to fail.November 4, 2015Response from Northern BrewerAlexander
I'm sorry to hear that the kit wasn't up to your expectations. We do leave the instructions for our all grain kits a bit vague on purpose as their are many ways to brew all grain and everyone's setup is a bit different. We are always here on the phones and email to answer any questions you may have about the process. We do also have a beer kit guarantee so if the kit is too disappointing give us a call at 1-800-681-2739 with the order number and we'd be happy to hook you up with a different kit of your choosing.
Northern BrewerNovember 21, 2016Northern Brewer NWhat Happened?I normally develop my own all grain recipes but received an email ad last year for NB AG Pumpkin Ale. I thought to myself why not? It turned out amazing and was a huge hit. So this year I bought it again. Followed my steps from LY EXACTLY and its a huge disappointment. Color isn't there, flavor and aroma both lacking. Next year I'll brew a pumpkin ale again but will use my own recipe.October 1, 2015Tried again...FAIL!NB was great when my first all grain kit was, for lack of a better word, sour! It really did not taste good. It tasted a bit like their Nut Brown Ale which I think is horrible. That's all just personal taste though. As always, NB came through and replaced the product, free of charge. I felt uncomfortable accepting the free replacement but it has never happened before so, okay! I just legged this and everything was dead on, O.G., F.G., ABV.... After force "carbing" I waited 4 days before sampling. I think this recipe is horrid. For one, it needs more pumpkin spice. The kit comes with 1 tsp. and I find no flavors from the spices. My friends agree but they could taste some of the spice. I think they need their taste buds checked out. It is very flavorless and non-aromatic. So, I wasted my time twice. It really does taste like a Nut Brown Ale...yuck! Thank you NB for replacing the kit but, in my opinion, the kit is a major fail! I will never waste my time with this again. I thought I would have a good 5 gallons for my upcoming Halloween bash. Unfortunately, and after wasting a lot of time, I have a sub par beer. I have never been disappointed by NB before but this all grain kit is bad! Happy Halloween to all and I am sorry NB but this is a horrible recipe!October 23, 2015TastyGood aroma and flavor. Added 3 cinnamon sticks and 3 cans of pumpkin to it and turned out greatOctober 3, 2015Very solid pumpkin aleBrewed up the extract kit of this last year and people loved it. This year I brewed up the AG version, which turned out great. I chopped up 4 pie pumpkins and coated them with brown sugar and cinnamon and roasted them for 1 hour at 350. I did not smash them up, just left them in small roasted pieces. I put two directly into the mash and the second two went in for the last 15 minutes of the boil. I stuck with the standard spice packet as I don't care for too much spicing in my pumpkin beers. This beer turned out great! This will be (albeit midly tweaked from year to year) in my yearly rotation.December 1, 2015Add a 750This 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.December 8, 2013NB comes through!I made this all grain and when I pitched the yeast it was darker than normal and smelled "off." It was bad. NB replaced the kit no questions asked. I originally gave this a 1 star. LET'S make it 5! Thank you all!September 14, 2015Like pumpkin pie!If you love pumpkin pie and love a smooth beer this will be perfectSeptember 28, 2016FermentingStill is the fermentor about a week out yet. Dis to brewSeptember 4, 2016Smells great - Happy HallloweenBrewed 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....November 4, 2013
Browse 7 questions Browse 7 questions and 13 answersDoes the All Grain kit need 2 additional pounds of 6 rahr to help with the pumpkin fermentability?BEST ANSWER: No. The base malts in the all-grain version will have enough diastatic power to help with converting the starches in the pumpkin without the additional 6-row as called for in the extract recipe.
Aaron F.What should the FG be?BEST ANSWER: We have brewed this All Grain kit twice. Both batches got @ 5 lbs. of pumpkin puree and 12 oz. of dark molasses added to the recipe. On the last batch, we had an initial gravity of 1.068 and a final gravity of 1.011. We used the WL007 dry yeast. The brew was lovely and dark, but for our next attempt we will increase the initial volume by at least half a gallon to accommodate the loss due to the pumpkin sludge. This should drop the ABV from our level of 7.47 down to a more reasonable 6+The only number I've been looking for with the all grain kit is the initial 170 degree mash water quantity. Did anyone deduce a solid amount from their experience with this particular kit? What was your final mash volume after sparging before the boil? (I'm guessing around 6-6.5 gallons.)
First time doing all grain so I just want to make sure I have my quantities down pat!BEST ANSWER: I'm new to all grain too. This was my third batch. These recipes don't give you a volume of strike water. What I read suggested to use somewhere between 1.25 - 2.00 gallons of water per pound of grain. So now I typically start with 1.5 quarts of strike water per pound of grain (so right at 4 gallons to start with for this recipe). My mash temp came in too low after mixing, so I had to quickly boil 1 extra gallon of water and add it in to bring the temp up to 152. No problems with my result!So I am upgrading from making 5 gallon batches to making 10 gallon batches. So I had to double check but can I use a 5 gallon kit for a 10 gallon batch or would I need double the grain and hops and the same amount of yeast?BEST ANSWER: Erik,
Thank you for your question. The easiest way to make a 10 gallon batch would be to buy 2 full kits.
Cheers!Has anyone else found this to be a unsuccessful kit?BEST ANSWER: not brewed it yet, will answer next monthWhat additional equipment is needed? What is the main differences between this recipe and the Smashing Pumpkin Ale Extract kit?BEST ANSWER: All grain brewing would need something similar to our all grain equipment starter kit and a kettle no smaller than 8 gallons. Extract brewing kits come with extract syrups that can just be boiled with hops...all grain kit come with 8-15 lbs of grain that needs to be mashed before the boil step. Check out our all grain brewing videos for more details!This brew is on my radar probably later this month .
I have a question regarding the all grain version when adding real pumpkin.
The all grain kit has 2 row base Malt. If you add 2 cans of pumpkin ( like in the video) , do you still have to add 2lb 6 row malt?
Please clarify. Thanks !BEST ANSWER: Yes
if you plan to use real pumpkin in the recipe I would recommend using some 6-row malt to aid with starch conversion and to help keep the mash less sticky.
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