The supplies for my next batch of homebrew just came via UPS today. Susan picked up a real pumpkin (which is an optional ingredient in this recipe) at the store during the week, so I should be all set to brew this weekend. In addition to the ingredients kit I picked up some more one-step sanitizer and some bottle caps.
I was a little surprised to see the bag of grains in the kit. From the description on the Austin Homebrew Supply website I was expecting malt extract only (the malt extract is in the white gallon tub in the picture). This recipe requires steeping grains and a full boil, neither of which were required to brew the Mr. Beer kit. I guess I’m taking more of a step with my second brew than I thought. AHS graciously supplies a grain bag with the dry grains, so at least I wasn’t caught without a bag to steep the dry malted grains in.
I chose the dry yeast rather than the liquid yeast option. I used dry yeast last time and everything worked out fine. Liquid yeast is a lot more expensive, and I don’t know how much difference it makes.
The spice pack is apparently considered the ‘aroma hops’ ingredient, to be added in the last five minutes of the boil. The spice pack contains 1 tsp cinnamon, 3/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp mace and 7g sweet orange peel. This doesn’t seem like a lot of spice for 5 gallons of beer, but it certainly seems potent. Potent enough that I can smell it through the heat sealed bag.
My brewing vessel is only 2.5 gallons, so I’m going to make half of this recipe at a time. I also don’t have a secondary fermenter, so I’ll either pick up another water jug or just do a single fermentation like I did last time.
I’m planning on roasting the pumpkin and seeds on the grill, and adding the pumpkin to the grain bag during the soak. I’m still not sure if I want to try leaving the pumpkin rind on or not.