Smashing Pumpkin Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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The perfect brew for fall, our Smashing Pumpkin Ale recipe is clean and sweetly malty, with just enough hop bitterness to balance. A dose of select spices at the end 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 glass.

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Smashing Pumpkin Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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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 beer 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. Smashing Pumpkin Ale is 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 pumpkin beer recipe, you'll need to purchase an additional 2 or 3 pounds of Rahr 6-row (#G002) and 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 6-row and the included grains at 152°F for 1 hour before sparging and proceeding with the boil.

Smashing Pumpkin Ale Recipe - Ingredient List & Instructions
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Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Smashing Pumpkin Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1054
Total Time to Make6 weeks
Reviews
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Ridiculously Taisty
Mashed the suggest 2# of two row with 3 cans of pure organic pumpkin. OG went up to 1.073 with the grain and gourd sugar addition. Fermented with Wyeast 1.056 Starter at 66-685 degrees for 14 days. Racked to secondary for 2 weeks then bottled, with an additional 2 weeks of bottle conditioning for carbonation. Cracked the first one last night and was blown away from the oh so subtle pumpkin flavor and the deceivingly non-boozy flavor of this 8% ABV brew. Will brew again and i am likely to keep this one around off season - its that smooth and delicious.
October 8, 2016
This was one of my best brews i did
I landed out adding a can of Libby's pumpkin pie filling to the boil. I put it in with 30 mins left. so glad i did, you tasted everything and everyone that tryed loved it. I will do this one again
May 25, 2013
Beer
Beer good, taste good. Make happy
September 13, 2016
Great kit to tweek
I have brewed the kit twice. It is a great kit to tweek to get the exact Pumpkin beer you are looking for.
September 30, 2013
Awesome!
I just tried this brew last night to make sure it would be ok to share with my family on Thanksgiving. I will have to say that I am pretty proud of this brew. I added one more teaspoon of pumpkin spice and racked to secondary, and it is very good. I cant wait to see what my family thinks. I Definitely recommend for this time of year!
November 27, 2013
Great aroma and color; yeast
Great aroma and color; yeast was very active! Looking forward to trying in a month.
September 10, 2016
#1 go to brew
I always have the pumpkinator in my keg...year round. You better do the same!
May 28, 2016
what a hit!
i made this as a second keg for my wedding, my friends are the typical timid bud light an miller light drinkers. After they tried it, the 5gal went fast, i was proud to see that my home brew was such a hit. now i am here buying another kit to bottle for safe keeping, lol
April 13, 2011
A real hit
This brew went smoothly and guest on the weekend really loved it. The spiced flavors are there but not at all overpowering in the nicely balanced Ale.
October 26, 2015
Pumpkin
Great brew.. Taste great I love northern Brewer!
October 13, 2015
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I want to use canned pumpkin. How many cans, or does it depend on my taste, and how much extra malt do I use?
H O on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I didn't use pumpkin.
I just made this for friends and kept it simple.
Sorry I wasn't able to help.
What's up with the reviews for this kit? No new ones have shown up for 4 months, including one I wrote a month or two ago.
J P on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I brewed the kit with extra pumpkin (two pounds of fresh baked pumpkin; steeped for 45 minutes with the last 25 minutes with specialty grains). The kit turned out great. I will brew it again next fall.
Can I used canned pumpkin instead of roasting my own? What amount of canned pumpkin is needed? Should I still add the 6-row malt?
B R on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes

you can use canned pumpkin instead of roasting your own. In our video on the product page

we use about 30 oz of canned pumpkin with two pounds of six row. If you plan on using any real pumpkin at all

we do recommend picking up a couple pounds of six-row as the high husk content will help prevent things from getting to sticky

and the higher enzyme content will aid in conversion of the starches in the pumpkin.
I've watched the video about using real pumpkin and 6 row malt as a variation to the original extract recipe. My question was sort of already answered, but I want to be clear. My question is, do I use only the 2lbs. of 6 Row malt, or do I use both the 2 lbs of 6 row AND the specialty grains that come with the kit when steeping for an hour? I really want to try this recipe using the real pumpkin, but it's the end of August, and I want to get it right the first time since fall is right around the corner and the kit should arrive within a week.
T F on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would use both the 6 row and the steeping grains. The 6 row adds enzymes that will break down the starches in the pumpkin and make it fermentable.
When adding canned pumpkin,can I use 2 row base malts instead of 6 row
Joe S on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can! 6-row is more powerful so better ensures full conversion but 2-row is well modified and especially if fresh can do the job as well. We recommend 6row as the superior grain for this task though.
How long will this beer last? I would have thought that the lack of dependence on hops would mean you can keep it for longer periods, but want to make sure. I want to make this for a bunch of people for Christmas, and need to time the brew correctly.
O S on Aug 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The kit ingredients will stay fresh for 4-5 months. Once bottled or kegged, the beer would stay fresh for 3-4 moths.
In this kit is 2 different yeast options. What is the difference??? Thanks
J O on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: With most all beer kits, you have a choice of a dry yeast or a liquid yeast. The dry yeast is easier to use and is safer to ship in warm weather; liquid yeast should be kept cool and refrigerated until it's needed. Liquid yeast is available in more varieties, and in some cases it's important to the beer style. Dry yeast is a good choice in the summer like this, and in this kit the dry and liquid yeasts are near identical, so the dry yeast would be a fine choice for this particular kit. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
What is the IBU rating of this beer please ?
S K on Sep 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The IBU's on this beer will come in right around 26.
I'm confused on the directions if brewing with the canned pumpkin + extra 2 lbs Rahr 6-row grains. Do I steep the included grain, 2 lbs Rhar, and pumpkin for 1 hour, and then after removing those, add the first 3.15 amber malt (continuing the boil for another hour and following the normal directions along the way)?
C B on Aug 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you steep the pumpkin and all grains before the boil. Once that is done, proceed as you normally would (Step 4). Bring the liquid to a boil and add the other ingredients as directed.

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