here. There were a couple of modifications, most notably I used 58oz of pumpkin as it came in 29oz cans. I figured that this was close enough to the 60oz that I called for in the original recipe. Also I was able to get some great local and organic cascade hops that I wanted to use so I substituted them in. Here is how my bred day went.
Pumpkin Porter Brew Day
After the pumpkin was done I brought 2.5 gallons of water to 150 and began to steep my grains. Thirty minutes later I had some nice dark and roasty wort that smelled fantastic. I cranked up the heat and added my 7lbs of light malt extract slowly while stirring. Next came the pumpkin. This was my first time using pumpkin an I have to say it took a bit of work to get it to incorporate well. It tended to stay all globed up. The best method I found was to mush the globs with the back of the spoon on the side of the pot to break them up.
The wort was chilled and transferred to the fermenter where the additional 2.5 gallons of water were waiting. After a quick stir I pulled a sample for a gravity reading and taste. The gravity reading came out a little higher than expected at 1.059 vs the expected value of 1.056. I was expecting this as ibrewmaster did not adjust the gravity to account for the additional sugars in the pumpkin. The wort tasted pretty darn good, obviously very sweet, but with a nice pumpkin and spice flavor. I have good hopes that this will turn out pretty well and my become my annual fall beer. I will update more on the as it progresses and let you know how it turns out.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I have received a very good response from the yeast charts that I have put together. I have added a new page dedicated to these charts to make it a bit easier to find them all on one place. You will see a new link on the top left of this page where you can access all of the completed charts. I just uploaded the finished Wyeast Ale charts this morning. I will post the future just to let everyone know when there is something new. Also feel free to comment on that page if you would like charts for other yeasts that I do not have listed
Friday, August 31, 2012
White Labs Specialty/Belgian Yeast charts
Please let me know if there are any errors and I will get them corrected. I hope these are as useful to others as they are for me.
You can find the link to the Ale yeast Charts Here
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
As a follow on to my previous post on Yeast selection, I have created some charts that show the yeast strain attributes and how they compare to each other. The charts show White Labs Ale yeast strains mainly because that is what I use most. I find that these are a nice way to compare yeast strains quickly and find the one with the attributes that I am looking for. I Just wanted to share in the hope that these are useful for others. I will also be creating similar charts for the other White Labs yeast strains, lager and ect. Feel free to subscribe if you want to be notified when these are posted.
Here is an example of my attenuation chart.
You can download all of the charts here
Monday, August 27, 2012
This has a very traditional English ale smell. I am not getting the vanilla aroma that I noted in the previous tasting. There is a slight hint of the smoked malt which is pleasing but very faint. Over all there is a very nice, lightly sweet, malt smell that mixes very nicely with the earthy hop aroma of the kent goldings.
This is a very nicely balanced beer I am actually pretty amazed that it tastes almost nothing like it did two and a half weeks ago. The distinct vanilla and bourbon flavors that were there when bottling are now gone. These have been replaced with a nice balance of sweet malt and earthy hops. The flavors that were very distinct at bottling have now blended and flow nicely from one to another. If I had to compare it to something I would actually say it tastes like a lighter version of Newcastle.
If you ask anyone they would say that I am my own worst critic especially when it comes to my beers. Most beers I make to me are just "OK", while others say they really like them. That being said, I really like this beer. This one turned out well and may be my best beer to date. It is light and easy to drink but still has a distinctive malt character that I find lacking from many lighter beers. I will defiantly make this recipe again soon and I would encourage others to do so also. I give this an easy 4 out of 5 stars. The only bad thing is two cases will not last long at all.
You can find the recipe here
You can also find the previous tasting while bottling here
Thursday, August 23, 2012
It was really fun watching and trying to formulate recipes for what ever was in the lead at the time. I will defiantly let everyone vote on what I brew again in the future. I hope others enjoyed it as well. I spent an hour or so formulating my recipe yesterday. I wanted to do something a little different than your run of the mill Pumpkin ale, and with my somewhat unhealthy love affair with dark beers, my Pumpkin Porter recipe was born. Here is my first draft so there might be some minor changes down the road, stay tuned...
7.0lb Light Liquid extract
0.5lb Crystal Malt -60L
0.75lb Chocolate Malt
0.15lb Black Patent Malt
0.5lb Smoked Malt
60 oz Canned Pumpkin