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Mashing Pumpkins Spice Saison

Mark Cherney’s pumpkin spiced saison earned a gold medal in the 2009 National Homebrew Competition.


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Mashing Pumpkins Spice Saison | Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

Ingredients

  • For 5 gallons (18.93 L)
  • 10.5 lb (4.76 kg) two row pale malt
    0.5 lb (227 g) wheat malt
    0.5 lb (227 g) 75 L crystal malt
    0.5 lb (227 g) biscuit malt
    1.0 lb (0.45 kg) dark brown sugar
    1.0 lb (0.45 kg) Libby's 100% pumpkin (in mash)
    5 whole cloves (10 min)
    3 cinnamon sticks (10 min)
    3 T (44 mL) nutmeg (10 min)
    1.0 oz (28 g) Styrian Goldings pellet hops, 5.4% alpha acid (60 min)
    0.5 oz (14 g) Czech Saaz pellet hops, 3% alpha acid (20 min)
    White Labs WLP 565 Saison I ale yeast
    Forced CO2 to carbonate

    Specifications

    • Original Gravity: 1.080
    • Boil Time: 60 minutes

    Directions

    Mash grains at 153° F (67° C) for 60 minutes. Mash out at 168° F (76° C) for 10 minutes. Add pumpkin at beginning of mash, and add spices to boil at 10 minutes from flam eout.

    Primary Fermentation: 70° F (21° C)

    Judges' Comments

    • "Excellent balance with spice addition. I really like this beer!"
    • "Subtle pumpkin character. Quite sweet—could be drier."