So I am fairly green behind the ears when it comes to brewing, but I have a strong culinary background and am on my 6th batch of homebrew currently. Though not perfect all results have been pretty great. Mostly using recipes although my first was a completely made up porter recipe, bred from mistake and inexperience - Smoked Chocolate Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter. It was pretty darn good as it turned out.
***So the skinny of it all and my request for help is as follows:
With October coming around the corner, I want a good spiced pumpkin porter and a good Cider. The latter seems pretty simplistic but my imagination has gotten the best of me and resonates of some pies I've made. I want to make a Double Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Porter with a hint of Ancho for some smoky heat finish. I am not well versed or practiced enough to know about amounts, timing, etc, and though I am certain there is no tried and true base recipe for this I wanted to see about getting some feedback from those with a bit more brewing experience.
I am doing 5 gal batches with extract, steeping the specialty grains.
Feel free to edit my guestimations PLEASE!
1# Light LME
5# Dark LME
0.5# Chocolate Malt
0.5# British Pale Chocolate
0.25# black/dark malt
0.125# roasted barley
0.125# Smoked Malt
1/2# Brown Sugar
1oz Magnum Hops 60 min
1/2oz Goldings 10min
1/2oz Tehnanger 2-3min
White Labs California Ale yeast WLP001
3-4# pumpkin roasted quartered/peeled
6-8oz cocoa nibs
2 medium anchos
1 cinnamon stick
1 TBSP of pumpkin pie spice.
I am assuming steep pumpkin in seperate grain bag with specialty grains and keep in with boil. Add 1/2 cocoa to boil with pie spice and 1/2 of one ancho. Rack the cinnastick, remaining anchos and cocoa into secondary.
BTW these value are from recipes I have seen and the one's I referenced to create my last porter and are by no means solid but seem like a decent direction. I also was curious about Oatmeal for a better mouthfeel and perhaps vanilla... maybe even bourbon?
Any feed back would be great - I wanna brew this in 2-3 weeks to drink between halloween and thanksgiving!