Question about Pumpkin Beer - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Question about Pumpkin Beer

Thread Tools
Old 10-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
Oct 2012
Eldersburg, MD
Posts: 2

I'm brewing my 2nd batch of beer using a Mr Beer kit that I received some time ago. The first batch I made was several years ago and turned out great, but I never got around to making a second batch. Earlier this year for my birthday I had received a couple more Mr Beer malt extracts, and after attending the Maryland Microbrew Festival this weekend it got me juiced to try brewing again. I figure I might ask for some 5 gallon supplies for Christmas, but for now it's Mr Beer.

Anyway, I thought because the time is right and the variety pack of extracts had an Oktoberfest flavor, I'd go with a pumpkin Oktoberfest. I followed all of the directions, and following a recipe I found on the Mr Beer website, I added a can of pumpkin puree with the fermentables as well as some spices. The pumpkin seemed to dissolve well enough in the hot liquid and everything seemed great when I set the 'keg' in the basement last night.

This morning I was curious about it so I took a look before I left for work (about 10 hours since it was mixed w/ yeast) and it appears that all the pumpkin settled out into the bottom. There is about a 1" layer on the bottom.

My questions are then:

1) Is this normal?
2) If not, will my beer not ferment properly?
3) If not, is there anything I can do to fix this at this point?

The recipe I used is as follows:

- 1 can of Mr Beer Oktoberfest HME
- 1 bag of Mr Beer Booster
- 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
- 1.5 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.


Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
Nov 2010
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 397
Liked 46 Times on 29 Posts

Sounds totally normal. If you boil pumpkin, you'll end up with a whole lot of trub on the bottom. It shouldn't have any effect on fermentation.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:22 AM   #3
Pie_Man's Avatar
Aug 2011
Gainesville, FL
Posts: 1,369
Liked 138 Times on 130 Posts

Yes, it's normal. It's just pumpkin trub.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
Hopelesst's Avatar
Apr 2012
Frederick, Md
Posts: 104
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Just bottled a batch that had 4.5 pounds of pumpkin in the boil. there was a huge layer of trub at the bottom of the fermenter. So far it tastes great.

My fiancÚ and I brew together. No SWMBO here, only SWBBMS (she who brews by my side).
Primary: Kentucky Common
Secondary: ESB Base-Grain Experiment, Pantry Porter
Bottled: Lady Rumpkin Imp. Pumpkin Ale
Planned: Bramling ESB, White House Honey Ale, Sage/Rye Saison, Ethiopian Coffee Porter

Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 01:32 PM   #5
Sep 2012
South, NJ
Posts: 71
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

It's normal. I used about 4.5 pounds of canned pumpkin in a 5 gallon batch. I lost about 1.5 to 1.75 gallons of beer to the trub at the bottom of the primary. I had a hangover so I couldn't bring myself to taste it when going to secondary but it smells awesome. I'll let you know in about a month how it tastes lol.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2012, 02:30 PM   #6
Oct 2012
Eldersburg, MD
Posts: 2

Thanks for the quick replies! It's comforting to know that this is normal and I won't have to wait a couple weeks to find out that it didn't work out. I'm hoping to bottle and carbonate it in time to at least try one before Halloween. If it tastes great I plan to serve some to family at Thanksgiving. Can't wait!

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Pumpkin Spice Question tswea1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 08-13-2012 03:45 AM
Pumpkin Ale question chriss1241 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 09-29-2011 04:18 PM
Pumpkin Ale Question Vismich Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 09-21-2011 02:25 AM
Pumpkin Beer Question Armen_Tamzarian Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-20-2010 05:04 PM
Another Pumpkin Question kcpaige89 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 09-27-2010 06:20 PM

Forum Jump