Sunday, October 28, 2012

Batch #8 - Irving's Hollow Ale

Batch #8. This was a recipe Andy came up with for a pumpkin ale. We ordered a kit from Midwest Supplies and supplemented it with some ingredients from AHS.  We also used a turban pumpkin from Andy's parents in Colorado.  While brewing it had a great pumpkin pie aroma to the batch.  The first couple of days of fermenting also had a great pumpkin pie smell to it coming from the airlock.

Style: Extract Brew
Malts: Carapils Malt
            Caramel 10 L Malt
            Cara Munich Malt
            Crystal (60 L) Malt
Malt Extract: Gold Light Malt Extract
                        Brown Sugar
Hops: Bittering - Magnum & Mt. Hood
           Flavoring - None
           Aroma - Mt. Hood
Other Additives: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Allspice, Vanilla Extract, Turban Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Orange Peel
Yeast: Safale US-05 Dry Ale Yeast
Clarifying Ingredients: Irish Moss
Number of Bottles: 26 (12 oz. bottles) & 15 (22 oz. bottles)
Original Gravity: 1.049 (77°F)
Final Gravity: 1.010 (72°F)
Percent Alcohol: 5.20% by Volume
Comments: Overall this one was a not bad first attempt at a Pumpkin Ale.  That being said I think we need a lot more pumpkin flavor added to balance out the spices added.  The spices were great (great flavor of fall and pumpkin pie), but that dominated the palette.  If we add more pumpkin, the sweet creaminess should mellow the spices.
                    Testing Date: 1/3/13
                    Aroma: 9 out of 12
                    Appearance: 2.5 out of 3
                    Flavor: 14 out of 20
                    Mouthfeel: 2 out of 5
                    Overall Impression: 6 out of 10
                    Total: 33.5 out of 50

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