It's Pumpkin Beer Season!

It’s PUMPKIN Beer Season! (in most places)…

I don’t know about you, but I already have a pumpkin porter going strong…

I’ll be posting the video in a few days so stay tuned… but for now I want to share the recipe I used to brew this beer…

I brewed a Porter last year to get a good “base beer” recipe going… and as it happens sometimes, the good ole LHBS didn’t have all ingredients I wanted to use…

I love getting opportunities that force me to get creative on the spot and test my designing beer recipes skills… so here’s what I ended up with and from the smell and pre-mature fermentation taste test, it’s looking pretty good…

Pumpkin Porter Recipe:

8 lbs Maris Otter
0.75 lbs Brown malt (thomas fawcett)
0.25 lbs Pale Chocolate (200 °L)
0.5 lbs chocolate malt (350 °L)
0.15 Victory malt
0.15 Black Patent malt

1 sugar pie pumpkin
1/2 butternut squash
1/2 acorn squash
1/2 kabocha squash

1 oz Czech Saaz (30 min)
1 cinnamon stick (0 min)
The rest of the spices add while cooling when wort is about (200 °F)
1/2 tsp mace
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp all spice (I grounded myself)
1/4 tsp nutmeg

WLP 011 European Ale yeast (half liter starter)

RO Water
1/2 tsp calcium sulfate
1/2 tsp calcium chloride
1/4 tsp aluminum free sodium bicarbonate

bake pumpkin at 350 °F for ~1 hour (when tender and easy to scoop out, but don’t overcook)

Mash (include pumpkin in mash) @ 154 °F
Ferment at 62 °F

I’ll be posting full instructions and video in the next few days, but let me know what you think?

P.S. Summer runs until September 22nd, but your Fall beers should be conditioning right about now so they are best enjoyed during fall!

One of my favorite Fall beers I’ve brewed was a German Altbier

Altbier by Horst Dornbusch… and if you happen to like this style of beer and want to learn more about it, well you are in luck because the American Homebrewers Association is giving away the book Altbier by Horst Dornbusch when you join or renew your AHA membership…

You can get the free book by visiting the link below and entering the Special Offer “leaf”:

Join the AHA

You must do it before September 30th (and offer is only valid for US residents while supplies last)

If you want to check out the recipe for the German Altbier I brewed you can check out my brewing video and recipe here:

http://brewbeeranddrinkit.com/how-to-brew-a-northern-german-altbier/

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