Pumpkin Beer

PumpkinBeer_18Ost2011_DSCF0084The image on the left is of roasted pumpkin puree and I used for my Pumpkin Ale.  I really have no idea why I am making a pumpkin beer as I really do not like pumpkin, fruit beer, and spiced beer.  I think I see this as more of a simply odd thing to do. 

The brewing process went fairly well, though because of the mass of pumpkin puree, I had a stuck sparge – twice.  The only way I could continue the process was to blow into my mash tun from the bottom.  It worked, but with the constant stirring and such I was surprised that my wort was so clear.  There was very little sediment when I racked to my primary after my boil.  This should be an interesting experiment that I hope is drinkable in the end.

Recipe:

Boil Size:  7 gallons
Batch Size:  5.5 gallons
IBU’s:  13.4

Grain:

69.6% – 10 lbs Brewers Malt (2 row)
9.1 % -  1 lbs 4.8 oz. Caramel Malt – 40L
7.0 %  – 1 lbs Rice Hulls
7.0 %  – 1 lbs Biscuit Malt

Hops:

1.00 oz. Hallertauer Hersbrucker – (pellet – 11.2 IBU’s) – 60 Minutes
1.00 oz. Hallertauer Hersbrucker – (pellet – 2.2 IBU’s) – 5 Minutes 

Other:

2 – 29 oz. Cans Libby’s Pumpkin Puree – in mash for 60 minutes. 
2 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice* – Flameout
1 lbs Brown Sugar (grain 7.0%) – 60 minutes   

Yeast

1 pkg – Wyeast Labs #1056 – American Ale – 2L Starter

* Pumpkin Pie Spice:

1  Tbsp ground cinnamon
2  tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/16 tsp ground cardamom

The process was mash at 154, sparge with 168 gallons of water.  A 90 minute boil.  I added the starter afterPumpkinBeer_18Ost2011_DSCF0082 cooling and racking, and two hours later there was activity.  For those that think that yeast is somehow weak – I made the starter 3 weeks ago as I planned to brew this recipe two weeks ago.  It has been sitting in my refrigerator for two weeks waiting patiently for me, and it worked well when needed.  I have done this a few times, when brewing was interrupted by life.  I have never had any issues with my yeast or the resultant beer.  I will post an update when I taste this beer.

The picture on the right is of my brew prep.  This makes sure I have all of my ingredients.

And for the chickens, the image below left is their reward – grain with pumpkin puree – plumping them up for egg laying, or soup if they don’t start laying eggs faster!

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