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Recipe: mlavin / Roasted Imperial Pumpkin Ale (revision #2)

  • Started Brewing: Sep 11, 2011
  • Original Gravity: 1.062
  • Finished Brewing: Oct 16, 2011
  • Final Gravity: 1.018
  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.8%
  • Would Make Again?: Yes  

Final Review

Not everything went right when making this beer but it still came out as a solid beer. It's darker than your typical pumpkin. I'll most likely make this again next fall. I might try some different ways to filter out the pumpkin fiber. Maybe longer in the primary would let it settle more or use more fining agents.

Taste Notes

The smell of pumpkin and spices is noticeable but the taste is more subtle. There is a roasted character that complements the pumpkin nicely.

Notes From Sept. 11, 2011 (Brewing)

Gravity Reading: 1.062

Not a very good brew day. I forgot to add the extract before adding the water. Since this doesn't account for the volume of the extract the boil was closer to 7 gallons (maybe more) so instead of 6.5 gallons. It barely fit in the boil kettle which holds 30 qts. Because of that I didn't boil as aggressively since I didn't want it to boil over. The final batch is well over the 5 gallon mark on my carboy. It's practically the full 6 gallons which accounts for the low gravity reading. Still it will be a strong enough beer and I'll have more to drink. Smells pretty good too and it's pitch black.

Notes From Sept. 21, 2011 (Moving to Secondary)

Gravity Reading: 1.020

This beer made a mess of my bathtub after an aggressive first couple of days of fermenting. It probably doesn't need a secondary but I wanted to filter out a lot of the pumpkin fiber. There was a ton. After moving to the secondary there was under 5 gallons of liquid from the original 6 or so. Took a little taste and I didn't get a lot of the pumpkin spice but I did get the smoky roasted flavor.

Notes From Oct. 1, 2011 (Bottling/Kegging)

Gravity Reading: 1.018

Small gravity change from last time. The roasted/smoke flavor seems to have mellowed out a bit. There is a nice smell of the pumpkin spice but still not much of the taste. I'm starting to feel better about how this beer is turning out.