pumpkin ale recipe

I had a request from @chandlervdw for an Octoberfest or pumpkin ale recipe for an upcoming Halloween party. I’ve never brewed an Octoberfest, or any lager for that matter. A couple weeks ago I brewed my annual pumpkin ale fall seasonal. This year was my first all-grain version. I also jacked up the spice 50% over what I did last year.

I don’t know exactly how this year’s version will turn out since I haven’t bottled it yet, but initial samples after primary were good. I used a fresh roasted pumpkin, but you can also use pumpkin puree if you don’t want to go through the trouble.

I decided to do a 90 minute boil to see if it gave any more of a caramelized flavor. Not sure if it really made a difference.

Roasting a Pumpkin

To roast the pumpkin, I took a medium-sized, 10-pound pumpkin, cut it in half along the equator and scraped out the seeds and innards. I then put each half open side down in a baking dish with a thin layer of water. I roasted the pumpkin for about an hour at 425 degrees.

After roasting, remove the skin and mash up the pumpkin flesh. The 10 pound pumpkin yielded about 6 or 7 pounds of usable pumpkin.

2009 Untamed Pumpkin Ale
5-gallons, all-grain

6 lbs roasted pumpkin
7 lbs 2-row
4 lbs Munich
1.5 lbs C-20
2 lbs wheat
0.25 lbs roasted barley

Mashed 156 degrees for 60 min

1 lb brown sugar (90 min)
0.5 oz Fuggles (60 min)
0.5 oz US Kent Goldings (60 min)
0.5 oz Fuggles (30 min)
0.5 oz US Kent Goldings (30 min)

At 5 minutes, add the spices:
3 tbs cinnamon
3 tbs nutmeg
3 tbs allspice
1 tbs clove
0.5 tbs ground ginger

I used a Kolsch yeast to try something different.

Below is the partial mash recipe I used last year. The spices were definitely apparent, but I felt that there was room for more. Then again, I like things over the top, so depending on how much spice you like, adjust as you see fit.

2008 Untamed Pumpkin Ale
5-gallon, partial mash

4 lbs roasted pumpkin
5 lbs 2-row
1 lb C-60
1 lb Vienna

Mashed 152 for 60 minutes

3.15 lbs Northern Brewer amber malt extract (60 min)
2.0 oz Fuggles (60 min)

Add spices at 5 min:
2 tbs cinnamon
2 tbs nutmeg
2 tbs allspice
1/2 tbs clove
1/4 tbs ginger

Wyeast 1099 Whitbread yeast


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1 Response to pumpkin ale recipe

  1. Chandlervdw says:

    Thanks for the tips, I’m looking forward to brewing up a spiced ale soon enough – I might be taking some serious hints from your pumpkin ale. Please let me know how it turns out!

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