If you enjoyed Pumpkin Ale, you'll love this kit!
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.
|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||Amber Ale,Spice or Fruit Beer|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
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If you are like me you gotta have a pumpkin beer in the fall? This batch is pretty good. I followed the directions but... added a larger can of pumpkin and all of the supplied spices. I just keg'd it and force carbonated and so far so good. Next year I will try the pumpkin pie can that is the already pre-made in a can stuff (I checked the ingredients and I think it will work).
This will satisfy, but you have to add a pumpkin, or at least have one in the room...
This was one of our best brews. There are people who don’t appreciate a pumpkin beer. This beer converted our beer snobs! I added some spice and pumpkin which increased the abv. I hope this kit remains a staple in Midwest inventory.
Not a difficult brew to complete but I wish there was just a hint more of nutmeg. I would but this kit again in the future and try adding a few things for a more robust flavor.
A very good ale for Autumn. I used a can of organic pumpkin. Ale did not pick up the pumpkin flavor but still good. Next brew I will try 2 cans of pumpkin.
This was my first time brewing a pumpkin ale, and I will be doing it again. The kit was easy to use, I provided canned pumpkin, and inadvertently overlooked the included pumpkin spice blend (it got tucked behind a flap on the box), so I created my own from 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a pinch of clove. The spice blend is prominent from start to finish of a glass, but not overwhelming. There is a mild but pleasant bitterness from hops and just a touch of malt sweetness. Overall quite dry - like pumpkin pie without the sugar. Perfect for fall!