Brew two: Better late than never

If you recall from our First brew, we were late getting started. Equipment was here for a month while I was constantly in and out on business. So it’s now Christmas week, and we haven’t brewed our second recipe kit yet. Pumpkin ale. Let’s rewind a minute on how we chose a pumpkin ale.

One of the many reasons I married my beautiful wife was the fact she can quite easily put me in my place. Another reason? I can get away with murder. Haha! So to finally fully persuade her I mention they have a pumpkin ale. Sold! Now remember, it’s October. Perfect season for pumpkin beers. Since we both love Dogfish Head Brewery’s Punkin Ale, she’s excited for me to brew a pumpkin beer.

Fast forward to present day, and we’re brewing it Christmas week. Who cares right? Relax, have a homebrew. So after my final day of work, Ustun and I decide to brew. Normally I would never attempt to brew during the week, since it took something like 7 hours with the first brew. But I font have to work tomorrow. Notice I didn’t say we? Haha. We thought we’d learned lots the first time and wouldn’t take as long this time. So around 2am Ustun heads home and I put the fermenter full of pumpkin ale into the now famous ‘brew closest’.

Pumpkin in fermenter

Pumpkin in fermenter

This brew is where we have our first disagreement. Sarah and I love the cinnamon, nutmeg and spices in the Punkin ale. So this is also the first time I modify a recipe. I increase the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice from .5 teaspoon to a full tablespoon. I should have increased the brown sugar also. Knowing now the more sugar the fun, I mean more alcohol by volume, or ABV. It ended up a little too spicy from the increase in allspice. Another mistake was taking it off the 30 ounce can of pumpkin that was in the fermenter.  If I’ve learned one thing it’s that patience improves all aspects of a beer. Post boil of ofcourse.

Time to put an end to this blog. We’ve just arrived at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA. We here this weekend for The Terrapin Beer Company beer school tomorrow. I’m super excited. Expect to read all a out it soon.


Posted on March 26, 2010, in homebrew and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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