My homebrewing diary thus far (this, my first, batch)
2 Small pumpkins
Cubed and removed rinds, broiled for ~15 minutes.
removed from broiler, added to 1 1/2 gallons of cold water, brought to boil
remove from heat
add grains, seep for 20-30 minutes
remove grains, discard
bring to boil again, then remove from heat
add malt, stir, add malt extracts and hops
stir until disolved
add heat until it boils and foams
remove until foam subsides,
repeat last 2 steps until it doesnt foam when under heat
During final boiling, add:
2 tbsp of cinamon
dash of nutmeg
pinch of anise seed
added 3 gallons water to fermenter
pitched wort into fermenter, let cool
stir to aerate
added yeast ~ 11:30 PM
Temp seemed a little high... around 72 degrees
7 AM - 1 - 2 bubbles / second - ITS ALIVE!!!!
5:30 PM - went to move it to its final brewing place and noticed that the bubbling had subsided considerably. I removed the air lock, covered hole w/ (clean) finger, and shook it up to aerate... hope this doesnt cause any problems
After that, I reapplied the airlock, and added a little more water to it. Will check on it later
initial gravit 1.042
Checked for fermentation, still bubbling, slowly, but bubbling.
Made the decision today to transport it to a secondary, Ill take a look at where it stands fermentation wise and probably transport it to the secondary tomorrow, and bottle in a week to a week and a half.
Temperature today dropped slightly to ~68 degrees
temperature ~68 still
transferred to 2ndary.
Gravity: 1.020 on the money
taste: VERY hoppy, kinda disappointed, wasnt expecting a hoppy taste out of an irish stout... but cest la vie. Im thinking the pumpkin will basically be completely unnoticeable due to the hop level.
On the bright side... there was still a decent amount of fermentation going on, as I could see plenty of bubbles!