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Smashing Pumpkin Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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Delight and impress your friends with this perfect brew for fall. 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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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
Additional Information
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
4.7 / 5.0
237 Reviews
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No spice or pumpkin flavor.
This one was a miss for me. The kit was fine easy to follow but my resulting beer was nothing like what I was expecting for a pumpkin beer. The description says "complex, lingering spice profile full of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger that persists from the pour to the last swish in the glass". This is not my experience. Maybe I got old spices? I had seen reviews talking about low spice levels so i added additional spices and pumpkin. To be fair it tasted great going in to the fermenter but by the time it was going in to the keg the spices were gone, never to be heard from again. And indeed I can't find them in my glass. The beer itself is pretty decent if kind of heavily hopped for the style. I can imagine if the spice levels were right the extra happiness would fit fight in. As it stands it's a drinkable malty ale, but I don't think anyone would identify it as pumpkin beer
If it were to make it again I would go with 5-6x the spice, and just go a little back on the hops. I don't usually like the idea of flavoring extracts but maybe they need something like that to bring out the flavor in the long term.
November 16, 2017
2 months ago
Maybe with more pumpkin
Good seasonal blend, just not my fave. Try it with a cooked pumpkin add and it might be better. It was in the recipe, but I was lazy. Don't be lazy!
October 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
Just brewed this past Sunday, so can't wait to crack one open in mid-November!
October 2, 2017
2 months ago
Good pumpkin!
I didnt see the part about canned pumpkin and 6 row until it was too late. But the beer is almost ready for kegging now. I added 2 tbs of pumpkin spice to the secondary. The taste is awesome and right where I want it to be! All in all A+
September 26, 2017
2 months ago
Nice Brew
The recipe is simple and easy to follow, since it is 3 time a make this brew and in all i have been satisfied, the taste is pleasant just follow the recipe with either fresh or canned pumpkin.Thank You Cervezero del Norte.
Pumkin Brew
Fast pitch
April 23, 2017
7 months ago
Best pumpkin brew
I brew this with 3lbs additional grains and 2 cans of pumpkin. This is fun to brew because you get to do a little more than an extract kit and a little less than all grain brewing. I usually make mine 6 months before I want it. The flavor is very well balanced and not overpowering. I use all of the spice pack. Age is really the key to this one.
March 3, 2017
8 months ago
Needed more spice, but good
Very good recipe. But, I used quite a but more spice than it called for and STILL felt like it needed more.
January 21, 2017
1 year ago
I made 8 cases of this last year for my daughters wedding everyone loved it still getting praise from friends on it
December 29, 2016
over 2 years ago
Delicious, a real crowd pleaser! Warn the friends that this one is high proof!
December 26, 2016
1 year ago
Add Candy Roaster Squash and give it time!
This is a good beer by itself. I baked a 9lb Candy Roaster squash. Put it in the boil. 3.5 months later it tastes amazing. Very smooth with a pleasant gourd flavor.
December 22, 2016
1 year ago
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Why do I need to move to a second fermenter rather than simply leaving in my original fermenter after 1-2 weeks for the next 2 weeks?
Bret B on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Whether or not to use secondary fermentation is a hotly debated topic amongst homebrewers. Some believe it helps clarify the yeast out of the beer.

I have never noticed any appreciable amount of yeast sink to the bottom of my beers during secondary fermentation. Therefore, I stopped doing it many brews ago and haven't regretted it. Your bottles or kegs serve the same function as a secondary fermenter, so unless you're planning on aging the beer with fruit, oak chips, hops, etc., then I think your plan to bottle/keg after 1-2 weeks in primary should be fine.
Hi, for the one gallon kit we would like to use real pumpkin and then need the additional pale 6 row. I see that if 1 lb pumpkin and 1 lb pale 6 row is steeped for an hour, it raises the abv versus not adding the pumpkin at all as the original recipe states. If you were to add 2 lb pumpkin and 2 lb pale 6 row while steeping, the abc increases even more. How much pumpkin do you recommend adding for a 1 gallon batch? We would like to get a nice pumpkin flavor but are worried too much and the yeast will be overworking with the amount of sugar in the wort. Thanks!
A shopper on Feb 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use 2 lbs for a five gallon batch and get some mild pumpkin flavor. Don't worry about the yeast being able to handle the sugar. It can. Pumpkin itself does not impart very strong flavors. It's usually the pumpkin spice you are tasting in pumpkin beers. However, the owner of a brewery near me who prefers his pumpkin ale to have a natural pumpkin flavor instead of pumpkin spice flavor tole me that he adds his pumpkin at the end of his BOIL. He claims adding pumpkin during the mash dilutes the pumpkin flavor too much. I've tried both methods and couldn't tell much difference. Pumpkin just isn't a strong flavor. Start with 2 lbs in the mash as the recipe instructs and see how you like it and adjust from there!
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

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 get it you either hate or love pumpkin flavored things in the fall (if you dont like it good for you) I made this hoping it would have a in your face pumpkin flavor like southern tiers PumKing... although this beer was incredible smooth & great tasting beer, it was missing the one thing I bought it for, the pumpkin flavor (I did the kit as it comes).
Does anyone know if putting 2 table spoons of the pumpkin flavor, would be enough to give it some pumpkin flavor? I'd really like as close to a southern tier PumKing knock off as possible (gravity isn't as important as the flavor).
A shopper on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Adding real fruit or pumpkin flavors won't get you what your looking for. I've read that they add graham cracker extract. For that pie crust flavor. Don't remember where I read it. You can always add more flavorings, fruit spice, whatever, to the secondary and sneak the occasional sample

If you do go the extract route I'd be very careful I made a few maple beers that taste like terrible from the extract. Maybe soak a few real crackers in vodka
I kicked this kit off about a little more than a week ago with 3 lbs 6-row and 3 cans pumpkin and sprinkled a little Pumpkin Pie Spice. I expected a bit more of the flavors to pull threw but I just tasted the sample I used for testing and it doesn't really have much flavor. Will this flavor develop further as stuff ferments or is there anything I can add when transferring to secondary that may bring out some of the flavors? Was thinking of adding more pumpkin pie spice. I definitely think either way it will be a great beer. So far has great coloring and smooth flavor just based off the sample. Looking forward to it.
Joshua B on Aug 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The spice flavor will only fade with time. I've been trying to figure out how to make spice flavor last longer for 2 years now. Adding additional spice during secondary after primary fermentation is complete will help. Boil a decent amount of pumpkin spice (how much is up to you, everyone has different preferences on how much spice they like) for 5 minutes. Boil with 1 cup of water. The boiling is merely for sanitation purposes. Let it cool, and add directly to secondary. If it's still not enough, you can continue to add pumpkin spice "tea" until you're happy. Be careful not to oxygenate your beer if you choose to stir the spice tea into your beer.
I kicked this kit off about a little more than a week ago with 3 lbs 6-row and 3 cans pumpkin and sprinkled a little Pumpkin Pie Spice. I expected a bit more of the flavors to pull threw but I just tasted the sample I used for testing and it doesn't really have much flavor. Will this flavor develop further as stuff ferments or is there anything I can add when transferring to secondary that may bring out some of the flavors? Was thinking of adding more pumpkin pie spice. I definitely think either way it will be a great beer. So far has great coloring and smooth flavor just based off the sample. Looking forward to it.
A shopper on Aug 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've made this extract kit a few times with additions similar to yours. Yes, the flavor deepens and gets smoother as a few months go by. This isn't a pumpking pie beer though. I think the pumpkin flavor is just slightly more than subtle (good with me!).
If I used canned pumpkin along with 6 row grains, do I still use the grains that come in the kit as well?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: id look at the all grain receipt. But me. I'd add the grains and pumpkin. And leave out the extract if replacing it with 6 Row. I've done similar trying to find what works best. Let's us know how it worked
Anyone brewed this without the pumpkin? If so, can compare it to anything else?
Brandon B on Jul 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Without the pumpkin the included pumpkin spice pack does not add much flavor I would at least triple it or look into a pumpkin extract and add it at the end of fermentation a little at a time until you get the desired flavor or you could just serve it as is as a very very lightly spiced ale ad is
When adding canned pumpkin,can I use 2 row base malts instead of 6 row
Joseph 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 much hop bitterness dose this beer have?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Very minimum. If I recall correctly, it only has 1 once of hops. It’s a very drinkable mild amber
How can increase the volume of alcohol in this recipe?
Humberto H on Jan 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: with in the actual recipe you can't If you increase the amount of LME you will get a higher OG and eventually high abv but that can also change the taste
What is the ABV for the smashing pumpkin ale extract kit?
Humberto H on Jan 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Using gravity calculations, I estimated mine at about 5.5%
do i need to mix the 2 or 3 lb of Rahr-6 with 0.1 Briess Caramel 40 togeter??
A shopper on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did put them both in one steeping bag it really won't make a difference either way
I want to use canned pumpkin. How many cans, or does it depend on my taste, and how much extra malt do I use?
Lisa R on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If using canned pumpkin, we typically recommend two cans. Happy fermenting!
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.
Jeremiah S 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.
What is the IBU rating of this beer please ?
S K on Sep 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Depending on the alpha value of the Cluster hops you receive it will be between 11 and 27 IBU.
I brewed the Smashing Pumpkin Ale a few days ago. I would like to know if moving the 2 gallon brew to a secondary will help the flavor. Instructions say - straight to bottle conditioning. What do you think?
A shopper on Oct 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Moving to a secondary always improves the flavor, in my opinion.
So i did not use the brewmaster filter bag will that change anything for the final product?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, if you mean for the fresh pumpkin, it’ll just have more sediment. Will clog a plate chiller though.
is the pumpkin added durring the primary fermentation for an extract brew or eo you wait until the secondary fermentation?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I roasted it with brown sugar then let rest at 152 degrees for an hour with 6lbs of rahr malt. If you click on Additional Information on the beer page, you can access the recipe.
If I do this extract kit with the 6-row and pumpkin mash to yield 3 gallons to begin my boil, do I still add the Amber LME and Pilsen DME?
Gerald M on Aug 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Once you have mashed your grains and pumpkin you would then continue with adding the Liquid malt extract, boiling, and adding hops.
What is the ideal temperature for fermenting this brew? the basement temperature is 72 f.
Humberto H on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ideal temperature for the dry yeast is 59-75. Cheers!
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.
Timothy 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.
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.
Oren 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
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.
I have a brewdemon and I just made this kit. I am wanting to put the beer in a secondary fermenter (a Mr. Beer keg). I use a primary and secondary when making 5 gallons - I think the transfer mixes the liquid and brings out and evens out flavors better. So can I do the same with a 2 gallon brew?
Mark B on Oct 26, 2017
I am getting ready to bottle my Smashing Pumpkin. I brewed with the with roasted pumpkin and additional grains. Do I need to make any additional consideration when I measure out my priming sugar or can I just use the standard amount for this style? I use the basic corn sugar for my priming sugar. Thanks
Philip P on Oct 13, 2017

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