“Nice Pumpkins” Ale
Brew Date: 11/21/11
- 0.5lb Chocolate Malt
- 0.5lb CaraMunich Malt
- 6.0lb Light DME
- 10.0lb Roasted Pumpkin, cubed
- 1.0oz Willamette hops, pellets, 60min
- 1.5oz Cinnamon
- 1.5oz Nutmeg
- 0.75tbsp Gelatin (fining)
- 1 vial each WLP002 and WLP051 yeasts
- Scoop seeds and “insides” out of the pumpkin. Carve into 1″x1″ cubes, or as close to that size as possible, including the skin.
- Roast at 350F for 1 hour.
- Fill pot with 3.0 (~9L) gallons of clean water.
- Raise the temperature to 150F. Add the pumpkin cubes and steep for 30 minutes.
- Add the specialty grains in a muslin bag, and steep for another 30 minutes with the pumpkin still in the kettle.
- Remove pumpkin with a sanitized strainer and sparge grains with ~1L water. Raise wort to a boil.
- At boil, add bittering hops. Continue boiling for 60 minutes.
- In the last 5 minutes, add spices.
- At 0 minutes, drop in wort chiller to boil for 1 minutes and flame out. Run the wort chiller until the temperature has dropped to 75F.
- Whirlpool the wort with a sanitized spoon and strain out cold-break material from center of kettle.
- Add to 2.0 gallons of cold clean water to a sanitized glass carboy.
- Decant liquor from the brewpot into the carboy, being careful to leave any remaining cold-break and hop matter in the kettle. Fill carboy to 5.0gal.
- Pitch yeast at room temperature directly into the carboy.
- After 2 weeks fermentation, reconstitute gelatin finings in 1cup of hot ~180F water. Add directly to carboy.
Primary Date: 11/21/11
Package Type: 5-gal pin-lock keg
Fermentation Temp: 62-64 F
Final ABV: 6.1%
Aroma: Nice light caramel malt aroma, with nutmeg and allspice coming off the top. Probably could have used more cinnamon.
Appearance: Beer-bottle brown and crystal clear off the tap. Head is an off-white color with good formation and lasts a bit. No lacing on the glass.
Taste: Moderately strong malt flavor with a rich texture – probably from the roasted pumpkin. Spice comes off the back with a cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. Next time, add a little vanilla extract to create a more warming sensation. Good fermentation qualities, no phenolic or fruity characteristics, very even profile.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and velvet smooth, without being too rich. Addition of roasted pumpkin really did a great thing for this beer.