Autumn Seasonal Beer Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale (AG and Extract versions) - Page 9 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Recipe Database > Specialty, Fruit, Historical, Other Homebrew Recipes > Autumn Seasonal Beer Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale (AG and Extract versions)

Thread Tools
Old 09-13-2008, 10:00 PM   #81
Sep 2008
Posts: 12

Did you use a yeast starter for the fermentis, or just hydrate the yeast and throw it in?

Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2008, 02:21 AM   #82
Sep 2008
Denver, CO
Posts: 1,082
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

I made this yesterday as my 2nd batch ever. My OG reading was higher than the recipe at 1.063. Any ideas on why is was so high? Is it because I was lazy and just threw the hydrometer in the primary? I'm expecting it won't effect the final product.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2008, 09:17 PM   #83
May 2008
Dunkirk, NY
Posts: 836
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

After tasting dogfish head punkin ale i want to brew a pumpkin beer. Contemplating making this one.

edit: do you add the hops at 60 minutes or what?

Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2008, 03:10 PM   #84
big beers turn my gears
beerthirty's Avatar
May 2008
Podunk, VA. Not far from the NC line.
Posts: 2,589
Liked 34 Times on 14 Posts

thunderstruck is a lightly hopped beer so it doesn't overpower the pumpkin. there are only bittering hops in it and not much of those. yes 1 hour hop boil.
I only use starters if I'm using liquid yeast or making a big beer. most dry has a higher cell count than liquid. Just follow the instructions on the packet. Some say rehydrate and some say pitch it dry. pitching dry is less of a hassle and less chance of infection while rehydrating.
Originally Posted by the_bird View Post
"I've got a fever... and the only prescription is, MORE CARBOYS!"
primary- Tangerine Dream, SWMBO slayer,
serving- amber ale hop experiment #6, Roggenbier, apfelwine
planning- Cru?
conditioning- 9/9/09 barleywine
Drink water?... Never, fish fornicate in it.--- W.C. Fields
Most problems can be solved with the proper application of force.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2008, 10:40 PM   #85
Sep 2008
Posts: 44

Has anyone done this as a partial mash, with the grains and pumpkin mashed prior to the extract boil? I'm thinking this will help with the pumpkin extraction and the issue of straining the wort.


Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2008, 06:34 PM   #86
Beards Brews
Beards Brews's Avatar
Jun 2008
Northeast Georgia
Posts: 235
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Ok, I didn't get to brew this as soon as I would like, but it should be ready by Thanksgiving - a little pumpkin ale w/ pumpkin pie sounds mighty fine.

I built a mash tun out of a 48qt cooler I had in order to accommodate the pumpkin and now wonder why I never used this cooler before. I put a pound of rice hulls in here and used a false bottom out of my 5gal round cooler mlt. No stuck or slow sparges at all. I actually was able to bump up my brew house efficiency to 78% today. It is tucked away nicely in the fermenter and bubbling away.

Only bad part to my brew day was the gravity check I performed with a glass carboy full of 5gal of star san. Instant explosion on contact and a slightly cut foot (flip flops aren't exactly the safest brewing footwear). On the positive side, I now can justify buying some better bottles.
Primary:Blonde Ale, American IPA
Secondary: Chocolate Coffee Stout
Bottled: Pumpkin Ale, Pale Ale, Apple Cider
On Deck: Challenger Smash, American IPA

Yes we can!

Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2008, 01:08 AM   #87
Sep 2008
Posts: 44

Brewing this today extract version.

"Mmm, Beer" - Homer

Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2008, 05:39 PM   #88
Oct 2007
South Florida
Posts: 1,364
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Reviving this one...On page 3 there is a conversion for 5 gallons. I plugged the 15 gal recipe into BeerSmith and came out with these numbers:

Brew Type: All Grain
OG: 1.053
IBU: 14
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Volume: 7.67 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % (I get around 68%)

7.70 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US
1.83 lb Crystal Malt 60L
0.92 lb Biscuit Malt
0.37 lb Wheat, Flaked
1.10 lb Rice Hulls
60.00 oz Pumpkin (Canned) (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
0.82 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min)
0.55 tsp Clove (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
0.55 tsp Nutmeg (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.10 tsp Allspice (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.10 tsp Cinnamon (Ground) (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1.00 tbsp PH 5.2 Stabilizer (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs English Ale (White Labs #WLP002) Yeast-Ale

Anybody else get different #'s when converting down to 5 gallons?
Primary: Nothing
Secondary: DFH Punkin Ale
Bottled/Conditioning: Cigar City Jai Alai IPA Clone, Apple Jack 1.0, Apple Jack 2.0
Drinking: Yakima Blonde (Imperialized), Banana Wheat, Russian Imperial Stout, and anything i can get my hands on
On Deck: Watermelon Wheat, Red Panda Ale, Gluten Free Brown Ale, Mojito IPA, Smoked Pepper Stout

Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 06:48 PM   #89
Sep 2008
Posts: 12

Just brewed up a batch yesterday. I decided to make a 6 gallon batch, so just used 2/5 of all the ingredients in the 15 gallon recipe (except I used 90oz of pumpkin - I like pumpkin). Everything went swimmingly, except I forgot the wheat flakes. Oh well - I hope it doesn't effect the taste to much. I used 1.5# of rice hulls, and the sparge took less than an hour. I got 10 gallons of wort which boiled down to 7 - hooray, extra beer! the O.G. was ~1.054.

Moral of the story: using a metric crap-ton of rice hulls, this will sparge through even an s-braid just fine.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2008, 02:02 AM   #90
Full Throttle
Sep 2006
Clinton Township, Michigan
Posts: 37
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

I am brewing this right now, just did the first sparge and slow but no real problems, Igloo ice cube with manifold I made. I added 1 LB rice hulls, doing 5 gallon batch. 60 OZ. pumpkin. I may add some orange zest to the boil too just wating to see how it smells. So far so good
Full Throttle Brewworks

Fermentor1 - 50 shades of gourd pumpkin
On Deck - Hopslam Clone
On Tap - Nada
Empty Keg - Yuri's Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale Opinions Brett3rThanU Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 01-11-2012 12:40 AM
Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale question Diaperload General Beer Discussion 1 09-22-2011 11:46 AM
Thunderstruck Pumpkin mashed too low? duffman2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 09-29-2010 08:20 PM
Whirlfloc for Thunderstruck Pumpkin? kingmatt Recipes/Ingredients 1 07-09-2010 04:35 PM
Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale... Duckfoot Home Brewing Photo Forum 3 07-29-2009 09:52 PM

Forum Jump