Pumpkin Pie Porter

Pumpkin Pie Porter is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
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What goes better than a nice piece of pumpkin pie with an awesome porter? Nothing, so we thought, Hey, why not just add them together then we can enjoy it all at one time. Nothing says fall like drinking a few bottles of Pumpkin Pie Porter and watching those leaves fall or depending on how many bottles you have the leaves could watch you fall. Either way, this is a darn good beer.

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    What You Get

    1 American Porter Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    2 Packets of BrewMax LME Golden

    1 Packet of Lactose Sugar

    1 Packet S-04 Dry Ale Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    15oz of Pumpkin Puree

    1/2 teaspoon of Nutmeg

    1/2 teaspoon of Ground Ginger

    1/2 teaspoon of Course Sea Salt

    1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

    1 teaspoon of Cinnamon

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    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.047

    Final Gravity: 1.013

    ABV: 4.9%

    SRM: (Color): 15

    IBU: (Bitterness): 35


    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract (not needed for this recipe), then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME's in hot tap water.

    2. In your clean 4-quart or larger pot pour 4 cups of water. Bring this mixture up to a low boil, then add all of the spices, vanilla extract and lactose mix and remove from heat.

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and the LME's and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Then pour in the 15oz Can of Pumpkin Puree. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    4. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    7. Sprinkle the S-04 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


    After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide. 

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer

    Rated 4 out of 5 by Jflo from Pretty good This recipe had a good flavor, but it didn't have the pumpkin pie flavor I was hoping for. Not sure if it needed more pumpkin puree or what.
    Date published: 2023-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Donald F from Perfect Pumpkin Porter Followed the recipe and it had so much pumpkin flavor with just the right spice balance. Taste better after about 4 weeks in the bottle.
    Date published: 2021-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Lisa from pie? I love this beer. It's a good dark, porter. I have to be truthful, though. It doesn't taste anything like pumpkin pie.
    Date published: 2021-02-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by JohnS from Seasonal spice beer. It is a good beer I enjoyed it. I was expecting more pumpkin flavor. It is more of a seasonal spice beer.
    Date published: 2021-10-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by Reelmusician from Unfortunate name, unfortunate beer. First off this taste nothing like pumpkin pie. Pie should’ve never been in the name describing this beer. They really should change the name to Pumpkin spice porter, and even that is a stretch, as its porter with slight pumpkin pie spices. Followed the recipe exactly and let bottle condition for four weeks before trying the first one, and must admit I’m pretty disappointed. Brewed this along with the midnight lantern pumpkin stout, and much prefer the pumpkin stout. I brewed this one first that day, and what I found interesting was that the instruction said to simply add the canned pumpkin purée to the boil, where the midnight lantern said to brown the pumpkin first before adding to the boil. I think the porter instructions should be updated to include this step in the hopes of bringing out better flavor, but to be honest, I don’t really know if anything can save this one. Never been disappointed by a Mr. beer before, and I’ve brewed many of their porters and stouts. I might have tasted it early in the conditioning process but wanted to try one on Halloween (brewed on 9/7, bottled on 9/27). Hopefully aging in another 4-6 weeks might help. As a lover of the style though, I’m very disappointed in this one. Unless something amazing happened in a month I don’t even know if I’ll be able to drink this batch.
    Date published: 2022-11-02
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