In honor of Halloween (Playlist will be posted later)
Here's my pumpkin amber. It's labor intensive but worth it.
The day before you brew:
get 8 sugar baby pumpkins (the ones used to make pumpkin pie). Cut them
in half and clean the seeds out. Don't worry about the 'stringy' parts
just get most of the seeds. Bake these in the oven at 350 for an hour or
so or until the flesh of the pumpkins get soft.
Scoop all the
pumpkin flesh out and split it between two cookie sheets, should be
about two inches thick. Put the cookie sheets back into the oven and
roast it at 350 for another 30 minutes or until the top of the pumpkin
begins to brown and caramelize.
Put the cookie sheets aside. You're done with day one.
The day of the brew:
12 lbs Maris Otter
4 lbs Munich I
2 lbs Biscuit
.5 lbs Special B
1 lb Carapils
Heat 8 gallons of water to 165 degrees
dough in and hold the temp at 155 degrees for 90 minutes.
the kettle is sparging put one cookie sheet's worth of pumpkin in a
kettle (5 gallon one) and then fill it with water. Heat the water to 180
degrees while stirring it occasionally to break up the larger chunks.
Put two full and unbroken cinnamon sticks into the collected runoff and put the whole thing on to boil.
the water has reached 180 and the first kettle is done sparging, use a
large strainer and pour the pumpkin water through it and into the grain
bed. Mix the water into the grains hold for ten minutes and sparge
again. Put the pumpkin you've stained aside.
While the first pumpkin water is sparging repeat the steps with the second sheet of pumpkin.
Strain and sparge as before.
both parts of the pumpkin into a large kettle and mash it with a potato
masher. Fill the kettle with water and heat to 180 and repeat the steps
from before. Collect the pumpkin still.
Repeat one more time. When this is done you should notice that the flesh of the pumpkin is more whitish in color.
the kettle with more water (just water this time) and heat it to 180.
Pour it into the grains. Collect the runoff again and top up the boil
kettle. Collect 14 gallons in total.
Begin the boil.
When a stable boil is reached begin the 60 minute boil:
Add 1.75 oz Newport hops (60 minutes)
Add 2.75 oz Cascade hops (30 minutes)
at flame out (zero minutes) add following spice mix:
8 teaspoons Cinnamon
7 teaspoons Nutmeg
6 teaspoons Allspice
4 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cloves