Well so far everything looks and smells amazing. The beer is bubbling, after I got another yeast pack because I didn't trust the already smacked one from NB. I did add an extra tsp of pumpkin spice in addition to the NB spice in the kit. My only issue is that I messed up on the directions. The instructions say add half the LME at the beginning when you usually would and the other half 15 min before flameout. I didn't read through and put it all in before the boil. Is this going to ruin the beer?
it should still be ok. the late extract addition is to reduce any off flavors that may arise with the extract boiling for 60 min and caramelizing. i think it also gets rid of the "homebrew" taste that extract beers can have. i dont think it will be too big a deal with this beer though because there are a lot of other flavors going on.
check out this link for more info on late extract additions
I just racked this one last night, so far so good. Still has more of a beer/yeast smell than anything pumpkin, but is still finishing fermenting. Color is a beautiful dark amber, has a lot of promise. Hoping this will be ready to drink by Halloween!
It should carb up pretty much the same as table sugar, just hopefully a little of the molasses flavor from the brown sugar will be left behind. This is the first time I'm trying brown sugar, so we'll see. Sounded good to me, so I tried it.
I've had this kegged and carbonated for about two weeks. I added about a extra tsp of pumpkin pie spice to the boil. Beer seems to keep getting better the longer its aged, very strong spice taste at the beginning.
Just finished conditioning a NB pumpkin ale. So far (3rd beer), it has a nice malty taste upfront followed with a slight spiciness. This time I just followed the directions. I think next time I will add more spice or try real pumpkin. Also, the yeast packs I get from NB are sometimes a little inflated. I think this may be due the heat in transit. It hasn't caused any real problems so far. I used about 4.6 oz. of corn sugar.