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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 / 5.059 ReviewsGreat Pumpkin BeerDid the partial grain kit. Results were great. I added 3lb of canned pumpkin instead of 2 and got a strong pumpkin flavor. Thought the spices were a little weak, so dry hopped dashes of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla during second fermentation. Much more traditional pumpkin ale flavor afterwards.
More hop flavor than usual Pumpkin recipes, which goes well with the other flavors. Will do again.October 29, 2017Smashing Pumpkin All Grain KitThe recipe is right on the money. I did a extract version last year and it was really good, The all grain version seems pretty decent too. I might just start trying a few of your other receipes.October 9, 2017Purchased
5 months agoI like the titleGreat kit. The beer tasted awesome going into the fermenter. I ended up adding an additional tsp of the spice mixture, my wife likes the beer with a stronger spice profile. HeyOctober 2, 2017Purchased
5 months agoFirst All Grain for me...Wonderful!I love the kit. Simple, easy to follow instructions, and a great product at the end. My friends love it esp. with the addition of 10 lbs of pumpkin in the mash. Will be buying this one again!October 7, 2016Like pumpkin pie!If you love pumpkin pie and love a smooth beer this will be perfectSeptember 28, 2016September 8, 2016FermentingStill is the fermentor about a week out yet. Dis to brewSeptember 4, 2016Solid all grain seasonalThis came out rock solid. Second time running this batch and just used the canned pumpkin this go round. Honestly the pumpkin addition and seasoning packet don't play much of a role so if you're looking for a lot of nutmeg/cinnamon hint or punch, I'd just dump your own into the kettle at the end. Regardless, we were super light on quantity at the end but it made for a delicious 5.8% ABV smashing pumpkin ale that had a beautiful body, effervescence, and taste. Great stuff. No secondary was necessary and had it ready for consumption in 4 weeks flat.December 12, 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, 2015Smashing 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
- 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!Are specific mash and sparge instructions includes with recipe kits?BEST ANSWER: On the product page, below the photo, under the additional info tab is a link to the instructions included with the kit.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!What 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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