My weekend was very, very busy, in terms of brewing.
Saturday, I finally bottled by Sam Adams Summer Ale clone. In two weeks, I’ll finally get to drink it!
Once it was bottled, and all the carboys cleaned, it was time to start the Pumpkin Ale.
First, I gathered the ingredients. I started with a pumpkin beer clone recipe from the September 2014 issue of Brew Your Own Magazine. Then I made modifications, most important of which was the omission of cinnamon from the recipe as I am allergic.
From there, I moved into the ‘laboratory.’
I soaked the grains and the pumpkin puree in hot, but not boiling water for about an hour.
Then I added the liquid malt, and hops for a 60 minute boil.
When the boil was finished, I put the kettle in its usual spot to cool the wort.
I put the wort into my 6 gallon carboy, topped it off to 5 gallons and pitched the yeast.
The yeast immediately went crazy.
It was so exciting, I even took a video of the active airlock:
Now the waiting begins. In two weeks I’ll rack it into my 5 gallon carboy, and see if it’ll clarify a bit. Two more weeks, and I’ll bottle, and two weeks after that, I’ll be drinking it!