Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mellowing into Fall ~ Pumpkin Ale

We brewed our first Pumpkin Ale of the year on Sept. 23rd. We use fresh pumpkins, so the anticipation and wait for them to be in season is an event all it's own. Here are some photos from this past brew session.

~The set-up, with the pureed pumpkin and rice hulls~

~Shannon stirs while Justin adds the grain~

~Tristan watches~

~Tristan and Shannon take turns stirring the pot~

~And, finally, the pumpkin is stirred in~

We must confess here, this didn't turn out quite like we had hoped. To quote Carrie's step-father "it didn't blow our skirts up." So, ingredients have been ordered and we hope to brew another batch this next weekend. That's one of the little hiccups with brewing seasonal ales, if you're not quick enough, you only get to brew once a year! And, we expect our seasonals to blow our skirts up!!
We're also still working on a good name for this brew. Some have come to mind, but we worry about copyright infringement and stuff like that. If you have any good ideas you'd like to suggest, please leave a comment ~ we'd love to hear from you!

1 comment:

Korey said...

Wow, neato. I did't know that real pumpkin was used in pumpkin brews... I thought it was just like pumpkin spice seasoning or something. You guys are quite the culinary adventurers! Hmm, lets see, what would be a good pumpkin brew name.... How about Sleepy Hollow Spice? Mmm. Inebriated Washington Irving? ;-) According to the wikipedia article, the other name of the headless horseman is Galloping Hessian. Sounds like an interesting brew name. :-p