Our fall seasonal pumpkin porter starts with a great robust porter base, with a rich malt flavor and restrained roastiness that melds well with the traditional pumpkin spices and flavors of the season. With hints of coffee and chocolate, this pumpkin porter will be a favorite of yours to celebrate fall each year.
Since pumpkin in itself is relatively bland, the spices provide much of the “pumpkin flavor” associated with pumpkin ales. If you desire to incorporate actual pumpkin into the recipe, we suggest using 1 medium pie pumpkin or 1-2 30 ounce cans of pumpkin (pumpkin only, NOT pumpkin pie filling).
If you're using fresh pumpkin, you'll need to prepare it: Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Bake at 350ºF for an hour, or until soft and fully cooked through. Cool and peel the cooked pumpkin, and add to your mash. Since pumpkin is very heavy, we suggest using 1/2 pound of rice hulls in the mash, or mashing the pumpkin in a bag with the main mash to facilitate lautering and avoiding a stuck mash or sparge.
We suggest only using 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice in the boil as it can be strong; a little goes a long way. If you desire more spice after fermentation, another teaspoon or so of spice can be added to the priming solution in the bottling bucket.
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- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150-152ºF
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.058 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010-1.012 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 6-6.3%
- Bitterness: 32 IBUs
- Estimated Color: 41.3 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Pale Malt
- Caramel 40L
- Special B
- Chocolate Malt
- Black Patent