Pumpkin Ale (No Comments)

I brewed the Pumpkin Ale last night and it made the whole house smell like pie. Unfortunately, there was no pie to eat and I am left wanting Pumpkin Pie. I have some pumpkin leftover, so I’ll probably make a pie this weekend. I think it will be a good beer, but I won’t know until I get a taste of it and determine if the spice balance is correct. A few years ago, our pumpkin ale tasted like a red hot because we used too much cinnamon and crushed it up too much.

I have a brewing dilemma this weekend. As usual, I am a little behind and I need to decide between brewing the Chocolate Stout and the Scotch Ale. If I make the Scotch Ale, I might be able to make the Chocolate Stout the following week and serve them both at the Halloween Party. If everything worked out, they would both be very young (possibly under-carbonated) beers. If I make the Chocolate Stout this weekend, then the Scotch Ale definitely won’t be ready in time, but the Chocolate will have an extra week to mature. The reason the Scotch Ale wouldn’t be finished is because it needs at least a week in a Secondary. I’ll probably make the Chocolate this weekend because even if I made the Scotch Ale this weekend I would be rushing to complete it in time. It really needs at least one more week in the bottle to condition and it should get an extra week or two in a secondary to mature. I had planned to make the Scotch Ale last Sunday, but the power went out just before I started crushing the grain.

I keep getting automated emails from my web provider telling me to update WordPress, so I am probably going to have to do that soon. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be as simple as unzipping the new version over the old one, and it’s made more complicated because I don’t have telnet access to the site. So if the page goes down for a few days, or looks totally different in a week, that’s why. (I’m pretending that I have readers, isn’t that nice)

– Chris

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