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Halloween Brews?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:45 am
by yeastmeister
Ok, I'll start this off. What's everyones traditional halloween brew? Mine is a pumpkin ale that I make to be consumed every halloween.

Anyone else?


PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:30 am
by redtail28
I havent brewed anything special for halloween.
I have my Moose Drool clone for this year. I'll
bring a keg of it to the meeting, after we taste it we need to come up
with a name. I'm think "Tidal Surge"

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:29 pm
by Mob_Barley
I made a Weizenbock this year. Like Jamil says, it's like adult candy. I may make this my Halloween tradition, maybe Christmas too.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:54 pm
by aleguy
While I didn't make anything especially for Samhain, I did make an experimental brew that would probably best be described as an American golden pale strong ale. The first version is a little too grapefruity from the Amarillo hops. Once i get my hops sorted out I'll start refining my technique and malt bill.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:18 am
by aleguy
Well my second attempt at my strange brew still finished too high (1.022) I don't know what is going on. I mashed at 148 degrees and put in a lb of sucrose to lighten the body, but the fermentation finished fast again and the F.G. is too high, I was thinking it would finish at 1.012 or so.
Anyway, I'm putting that project on the back burner for now and brewing a pumpkin ale. I guess it's something that every homebrewer seems to try at least once, sooner or later. Somehow, one of us is eventually going to learn how to make the pumpkin flavor come through.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:16 pm
by redtail28
Maybe your yeast is on break give some time.

Shipyard is from my limited memory a good pumkin beer.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:17 am
by aleguy
Too late. it's kegged up already.Besides I don't think I want it any stronger.
I had three glasses last night and i was more drunk than I care to be.
My pumpkin ale is brewed, but it seemed like all the pumpkin got strained out with the hops. I'm thinking I'll mash some more pumpkin by itself (with added enzymes) and just add it to the secondary. Fermentation id very vigorous, the airlock gets blown dry in about five minutes. I guess the pumpkin added something the yeast really like. I've never had all the water blown out of the airlock before.
I'm afraid this pumpkin ale may end up being really strong, though I have no way of knowing how strong because I forgot to take an O.G. reading. I was shooting for about 8%, but I guess maybe the pumpkin contributed a lot of sugar.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:47 pm
by zeeboz
Nice pumpkins Yeastmeister. What happened to that guy in the front? Did he drink too much of your pumkin ale? :D :oops:

(Just teasing - your beer is great)

Since I won't be home for holloween I just brewed an Oatmeal Stout.
It's "chillin out" on secondary now.