Linus meets the Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin does exist. It doesn’t distribute toys; instead it makes a nice fall beer to get us to the holidays.   I always look forward to Buffalo Bill’s pumpkin beer, but, I’m not trying to make a clone of it.  Instead, I mostly followed this recipe, and some advice from here, as well.

I have fresh of the vine sugar-pie pumpkins in the garden, so, there’s no reason to use canned pumpkin here.

Batch #11 — 10G batch:

  • 14.5# 2-row RAHR
  • 2# 40L Crystal
  • 1.4# 75L Crystal
  • 1.7# Belgian Biscuit malt
  • 0.7# flaked/rolled wheat
  • 8.1# of roasted pumpkin flesh
  • ~1.3# rice hulls (overkill)
  • 0.5 oz Goldings (4.1%) , and ~1.45 oz Saaz (4%) — 60 minutes — just using what I had on hand.
  • 2 tablets Whirfloc (10 min)
  • 0.5 oz fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp ground cinamon
  • All spices added for 5 minutes of boil. All teaspoons were “rounded” (heaped)


  • Three 5# pumpkins were halved and scooped of seeds/guts and then baked (face up) in a 350˙F convection oven for 1 hour.
  • Once cooled, they were de-skinned and smooshed thoroughly, heated to 158˙F (mash temp) mixed with rice hulls, and then put into the mash with the grain bill.
  • Mashed for 1 hour at ~158˙F
  • Didn’t have any problems with the sparge. Will probably reduce the rice hulls next time.
  • There was a massive chill break coming out of the chiller.
  • Half the batch was pitched onto a Safeale S-05 yeast cake
  • The other half was pitched with S-04 yeast  (9/6)
  • OG: 1.057
  • FG: 1.020 after 5 days in primary and 8 days in secondary for both the S-04 and S-05 which makes 4.8%. Pretty high attenuation, but, it doesn’t taste like there is excessive sugars left. Went ahead and kegged it.
  • ~17 IBU

NIKON D200, ISO 500, ƒ/2.8, 1/30sec, 24mm focal L.

After roasting in the oven

NIKON D200, ISO 500, ƒ/2.8, 1/30sec, 24mm focal L.

Smooshed and ready to add into the mash with the grain.

NIKON D200, ISO 500, ƒ/2.8, 1/30sec, 24mm focal L.

The limit of what my 10G mash/lauter tun can handle

NIKON D200, ISO 500, ƒ/2.8, 1/30sec, 24mm focal L.

Setup for sparging (rinsing the converted sugars from the grain)

NIKON D200, ISO 500, ƒ/4.5, 1/50sec, 24mm focal L.

1 comment to Linus meets the Great Pumpkin

  • Valerie

    So far, the Pumpkin has proved to be a winner–I keep buying “guest” pumpkin beers to go head to head with, and the cooked, spiced flavor of this pumpkin with the extra malty flavors always pleases my pallet. I’ll be super sorry when it’s gone and so happy it was a 10 gal batch. ;)

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