Add Some Pumpkin for an Amazing Beer
The first time I brewed this ale, I didn't add pumpkin. The last 3 years, I've added 3 15 oz cans of Trader Joes pumpkin on two occasions, and Libby or some other store brand on the third brew. The TJs pumpkin rounds out the beer and makes it an amazing brew. Another option would be to bake some pie pumpkins and add them. Regardless, avoid the Libby pumpkin because it adds very little pumpkin flavour.
Also, someone suggested adding the pumpkin during the last 15 mins. of the boil, but I've also added it at the same time as my other fermentables with amazing results.
Finally, I like a pumpkin ale with less "pie" flavour and more subtle spice flavour that allows the pumpkin to shine. This said, I'd only add 1/2 half the spice mix that's included with this kit; add it all if you like "pumpkin pie spiced" pumpkin ale.
All-in-all, this is an amazing kit. I'm ordering two today and this will be my 4th season brewing this ale. Great job AIH!
Reviewed by: Matt C