October 20, 2011

Pumpkin beer tasting

After roughly six weeks between fermenter and bottle conditioning it was time to taste my pumpkin beer. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. It's a somewhat bland beer. The spicing was fairly weak, as was the pumpkin flavor. For a first go, I can't be too mad. It's not a bad beer, just kind of bland. I will probably experiment with adding some spice blends in the glass to see if I can improve upon it. That way I can have a better recipe for next year. In addition to upping the spice, I think I would like to add a little roasted barley to get some roasty flavor and probably use real pumpkin instead of the canned stuff.

Oh well. It was a good learning opportunity. Not every recipe can be a knock out. My wife likes it so I'll let her drink the vast majority of the beer. I'll sample enough from her beers to try to get a good spice complex.

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