Hollerweenie Pumpkin Ale

by Dave Buning

(from November 97 Fermenter)

David Buning brought a sample of his Hollerweenie Pumpkin Ale to the October CARBOY meeting. Wow! What an incredible brew! I think it is safe to say that everyone at the meeting considered themselves lucky to be able to share in this wonderful creation. David was kind enough to share his recipe with us. Enjoy!

7 lbs. light dried malt extract
1 lb. 40 L Crystal malt
2 lbs. pale ale malt
about 10 lbs. pumpkin (i.e., one 10 pounder or a few equaling that)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1.5 oz. Kent Goldings (90 min)
0.5 oz. Fuggles (90 min)
0.25 oz. Northern Brewer (90 min)
0.5 Fuggles (5 min)
1/2 to 2/3 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 scant tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (for priming)
Wyeast liquid ale yeast (1056), in starter

-Clean and quarter pumpkin, bake for 30 min. at 350 degrees.

-Puree the pulp in a food processor or blender.

-The grains and pumpkin were mashed for 90 minutes at 154F. This mess was then strained into the brewpot for a standard 90 minute boil. The spices were added at 21 minutes to go in the boil. The color going from the primary to secondary was the best orange Fall/Pumpkin-looking color you can imagine.