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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 4 to 6 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 3 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Smashing Pumpkin BIAB Recipe Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1054 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.3 / 5.04 ReviewsGood StuffThis batch went fast. Will brew again next year.December 31, 2015November 10, 2015Response from Northern BrewerThanks for the review!November 21, 2016Northern BrewerDeceivingI have made this twice. The 2nd time kegged, not bottled. Even though the recipe said not to use all the spices I did anyway. I still get zero "pumpkin" flavor. However.....the beer has turned out again to be a quality Octoberfest style. Very smooth, malt forward,almost creamy. Very easy to drink any time of year. BIAB is the way to go.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it really isn't a Pumpkin beer.March 26, 2017Purchased
11 months agoA little short on wortFrom my understanding, with BIAB, you are not supposed to have to add water... Starting with 4.5 gallons of water and after boil was left with 1.5 gallons. I'm assuming the amount in the recipe is not correct. Should have started with at least 5.5 gallons.July 1, 2016Response from Northern BrewerYou may need to adjust your starting water volumes based on your boil-off rate. This rate is different for every stove or burner.November 21, 2016Northern Brewer
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 10 answersIf I try brewing this before fresh pumpkins are available, would canned pumpkin pie filling work in my mash?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it actually works quite well - especially if you roast it in the oven for about an hour on 350 to get the sugars to caramelize. Use about 1 lb per 5 gallons minimum and spread it thin if you decide to cook it (and you definitely should). Other squash like butternut or crookneck also work well as do sweet potatoes. Have fun!The instructions say to add "additions as specified by the recipe" but I can't see on the recipe anywhere that says at what times to add the hops and the spices. Any suggestions?BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you have some questions about the additions. By that do you mean the hops and the spice? It does say on the recipe in the left column that the hops are added at the beginning of the 60 boil and the 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice is added at flame out. Cheers!