Extract Recipe

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Headless Horseman

Super Simple Pumpkin Beer

extract recipe
Batch Number:
Starting Gravity:
5 gallons Final Gravity: 1.012

Fermentable 1:
1.5kg Munton's malt syrup - light
Fermentable 2:
1.5kg Munton's malt syrup - amber
(don't sweat the malt - just use a couple cans of unhopped extract - whatever your supplier has)

Other 1:
1.6 kg pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin - the kind used for pumpkin pie)
Other 2:
 3Tbs whole allspice - cracked with mortar and pestle
Other 3:
 3 Tbs ground cinnamon
Other 4:
5 tsp ground ginger
Other 5:
1 tsp whole cloves, crushed in mortar with pestle

Hops 1:
3 oz Kent Goldings
45 minutes
(use whatever hops you like in a similar quantity)

Safale - 2 packets

  • Brought 3 gallons of water to boil
  • turned off heat and added malt extract syrup and pumpkin
  • Returned to boil
  • After 15 minutes, added hops
  • After additional 40 minutes, added spices
  • Boiled 5 minutes after addition of spices
  • Cooled wort
  • Put into 5 gallon plastic fermenter, topped up with water to 5 gallons and pitched yeast

Some folks have been asking for another extract recipe and this year, I did not have much time since the squash potluck was planned in short time and I procrastinated through the first week of that available time - so all things came together and resulted in the simplest pumpkin beer I could make. 

In making this as easy a recipe as possible, I got out the old 25 qt canning kettle and brewed on top of the stove. 


In kegging this product, there is difficulty due to the fine pulp of the pumpkin.  About 2 1/2 gallons came off the top clear - the remaining beer is slowly filtered through a fine stainless steel sieve.

Because of the long open time, this straining process introduces great potential for contamination.  If it were not for the fact that this beer will be consumed within 48 hours of kegging, I would probably take the hit and discard the pulp.