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Old 07-21-2008, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default Looking for a good Fall beer

I am looking for something that goes well with the smell of burning leaves. Something that just screams - October!!! Of course I thought of an Octoberfest first, but my refrigeration capacity is at a max with my other pet projects. Can anyone suggest a good ale that makes you think it's time to jump on the hay cart and go-a-pumpkin-pickin'?

Any and all ideas are appreciated.

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Old 07-21-2008, 12:56 AM   #2
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Oh what the hell, I owe this site and I am never going commercial.

I made a roasted pumpkin seed ale last year that is really seasonal and good.

Pumpkin beers have been done to death. The pumpkin seed (IMHO) is a completely different animal more akin to a nut than a fleshy gourd.

If you are interested, I will post notes.

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There are a couple good "faux" Oktoberfest recipes in the database -- fermented as ales (EdWort and BierMuncher each have one, I think). Though I'm interested to hear about the pumpkin seed ale!

I find the problem with pumpkin ales is timing...by the time you get ripe pumpkins and then brew the beer, it's late fall. 'course, you can always use canned pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Ale of course!!!

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Yeah, let's here the pumpkin recipe.

Much Appreciated.

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Old 07-21-2008, 01:08 AM   #6
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Sorry, pumpkin [I]seed[I] recipe.

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indeed. that was fast.

Ag or extract, it was a very basic pale ale recipe, unhopped. (6 lbs 2 row or 3 lbs light DME 1 lb sugar)

I used WL English Ale yeast.

When said ale is done fermenting, take then 4 cups or so of pumpkin seeds. Roast on a cookie sheet with 1 tbsp of butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon.

Roast until almost burnt.....

dump the whole mess into the secondary (or primary) and let it sit until airlock activity stops.

Age for a month or two if you can.

If you CAN'T...use 1/2 oz or so of cascade to bitter and don't raost the seeds quite so dark.

(the burnt seeds bitter)

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Thanks for posting it. Your secret is safe with me. I'll be going AG if you have any more info to share.

Will post how it goes.

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I hope you can find pumpkin seeds! I have actually aged mine since last halloween. It is delicious. I plan to keep doing that, brewing it a year ahead.

I ACTUALLY USED BULLION HOPS!!!! Just 1/2 oz, and it didn't really need it. The burnt seeds and cinnamon actyually add plenty of "bitter". A little hard to precisely measure though in IBUs (no place for it in beersmith ).

Good luck. I have seriously gotten really amazing reviews.

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I nice scottish or porter (smoked porter even) are great fall beers imho. That pumpkin seed one looks yummy too!

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