As you may or may not know, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin beers. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin anything/everything, really. #PSL4Lyfe
So I decided that I wanted to brew a batch of pumpkin beer this Fall. Unfortunately I’d had a couple of bad batches, so I wanted to make sure I got my process back on track before I attempted a pumpkin recipe. Pumpkin beers are notorious for stuck sparges and tricky brew-days. After tasting Spirit’s Foe prior to bottling (solid, if a little too hoppy) and Uncommon Wrath at finishing gravity (a bit of a medicinal smell, but delicious); I figured I could give the pumpkin brew a shot.
This recipe is an adapted version of the Pocahontas Pumpkin Ale recipe appeared in Zymurgy magazine, and a few other pumpkin recipes that I’ve seen around the Interwebz. My undying love for Maris Otter is also prevalent in this recipe. I’m also using a different yeast; I have some San Diego Super around, and that’s sort of my go-to at this point.
In regards to the pumpkin and maple additions, I’m going to taste a sample of the first runnings after the saccharification rest and see if I should add the second dose of pumpkin to the boil. I’m planning to add the maple syrup with about 5 minutes left in the boil to get some of the flavor and aroma in there, but I want the pumpkin to be the lead in this show.
Symphony of Decay (Maple Pumpkin Ale)
|Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt||11.5 lb 81 %||Mash||36|
|Crystal 20L||14.0 oz 6 %||Mash||34|
|Rice Hulls||8.0 oz 3 %||Mash||0|
|2-Row Chocolate Malt||4.0 oz 1 %||Mash||34|
|Maple Syrup||1.0 lb 7 %||Boil||30|
|Northern Brewer United States||0.75 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||9.0%|
|San Diego SuperYeast WLP090||White Labs||79.5%||65°F – 68°F|
|Pumpkin||30.0 oz||0.0 min||Mash|
|Pumpkin||30.0 oz||60.0 min||Boil|
|Pumpkin Pie Spice||1.0 tsp||5.0 min||Boil|
- Spread the pumpkin into a shallow pan and bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.
- Mash all the grains together at 154F for 60 minutes, and sparge.
- Bring wort to a vigorous boil. Slowly add the baked pumpkin, stirring constantly until completely dissolved.
- Add maple syrup with 5 min left in boil.
- Ferment for at least 14 days at 64-68°F