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Recipe: manfre / American Amber Pumpkin Ale (revision #2)

  • Started Brewing: Sep 10, 2011
  • Original Gravity: 1.051
  • Finished Brewing: Nov 13, 2011
  • Final Gravity: 1.010
  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
  • Would Make Again?: Yes  

Final Review

The batch is contaminated and destined for the drain as soon as I can bring myself to do so. The local brew store employee was kind enough to sample one of the bottles and thinks that it has a rubbery taste that is most likely from the sanitizer.

Every step along the way, the beer had an amazing pumpkin aroma and prior to the contamination, it had a very definitive pumpkin pie flavor. I will brew this recipe again.

Notes From Sept. 10, 2011 (Brewing)

Gravity Reading: 1.051

The tasting from going in to primary has a very noticeable pumpkin pie flavoring with a bitter after taste. The bitter flavor should hopefully mellow for the next tasting when there is a lot less hops suspended.

The pumpkin mash left in the strainer (no grains) didn't have much of a pumpkin flavor left, so it seems a lot of the flavor was extracted.

Notes From Sept. 18, 2011 (Moving to Secondary)

Gravity Reading: 1.010

The beer has a strong pumpkin flavor and finishes with cinnamon. The pumpkin spices are more muted than I had expected. The flavor of the beer is good and drinkable at this point.

Notes From Oct. 3, 2011 (Other)

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

Poured a packet of dry yeast in to the secondary to make sure it's fully fermented and will not have a slow carbonation. Bottling in ~3 days.

Notes From Oct. 5, 2011 (Bottling/Kegging)

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

The yeast added 2 days ago was masking most of the pumpkin flavor, but it was still there. Pumpkin flavor is more muted that the last tasting.

Notes From Oct. 13, 2011 (Other)

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

Opened the first sample bottle. The color is nice and it smells great. There is a sour-ish flavor. It probably got contaminated going from primary to secondary.