As my family continues to grow I have been brewing less beer and more cider. But I have this week off so I thought I'd brew a beer or two. We have a large (30 at least), unplanned, unplanted pumpkin patch in our back yard. I was looking at it yesterday and thought, "Why not?" So I went and picked the most ripe looking one, cut it open and scooped the seeds out. Cleaned them and then roasted them in the oven at 275 for 20 minutes. I ended up with just over 2 oz of seeds (these are sugar baby pumpkins).
I steeped those for 30 minutes in 1 gallon of water, then:
1 gallon batch
1.5 lbs Brown Rice Syrup
3oz Buckwheat honey
.3oz Fuggles @60
.15oz East Kent Goldings @15
.05oz East Kent Goldings @10
Cooled, pitched S-04 and dumped 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice into the primary jug.
I know it is a lot of spice, but my spices never come through...EXCEPT when I brew Fall Harvest Mind Crusher mead, which uses 1/2 Tablespoon in 1 gallon. So we'll see.