Pumpkin Rising Spiced Amber Ale

Pumpkin Rising Spiced Amber Ale is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 33.
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Good gourd, almighty! This beer has that pie flavor and aroma that has been so elusive in many pumpkin beers. Baking the pumpkin to caramelize the flavors, then adding it and the spices after fermentation is complete, really enhances the flavors so they shine most brightly against the malt back drop. With a thick, creamy head and a lingering spice finish, this is truly a beer with which to celebrate the holidays in style!

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    What You Get

    1 Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

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

    1 Packet Safale S-33 Dry Ale Yeast

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    10oz. Pumpkin Puree

    3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar

    1 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice

    For Fans Of

    Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

    New Belgium Brewing Pumpkick

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.060

    Final Gravity: 1.013

    ABV: 6.3%

    SRM: (Color): 15

    IBU: (Bitterness): 30

    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    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, it's not needed for this recipe, then place the unopened can in hot tap water.

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, then add in the brown sugar. Stirring constantly until the brown sugar is dissolved, bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. .

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. 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-33 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 65° and 76° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

    STEP 3: Adding Extras

    Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer which will impart more flavor and aroma in your finished brew.

    1. At the 1 week mark, sanitize your measuring spoon. Spread the pumpkin in a thin layer in a shallow pan and cover the pan with foil. Bake at 350° F for 30-45 minutes until the pumpkin begins to brown and the sugars caramelize, watch it carefully so it doesn't burn. Once the color and aroma is developed turn the oven off and allow the pan to remain inside until cooled to 70°F(about an hour). Once cool, mix the pumpkin pie spice with the pumpkin puree and carefully add into your fermenter. 

    STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating

    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 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 solution 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 to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    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 Pico from Pumpkin Ale I brewed this in October of 2013 and tried it Christmas 2013. It was way better than the swill they called Pumpkin Ale at our local craft brewer-restaurant. I personally didn't like it at the time, but most of my guests at my annual beerfest liked it. There were a couple of pints left over and they "got lost" in the back of the beer fridge. Come June 2014 I rediscovered the lost pints and decided to try one with the BBQ ribs I was making, OMG! Had the long conditioning time made this beer come alive. I'm brewing it again (Feb 2015) to have it ready for my summer brewfest in July. I'm going to tweak it a bit. This is a great fruit beer, just needs a minimum of 6 months of conditioning.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Bettasplash from Good pumpkin beer. Not to bad of a pumpkin spice beer. Needs some tweaks. It says ten ounces of pumpkin but I think its to much. I would go with six to eight ounces of pumpkin. It calls for two teaspoons of mulling spice. I found that the orange peel in the mulling spice is overpowering and doesn't belong in this beer. The spice in pumpkin beer should be like a pumpkin pie with cloves nutmeg and cinnamon. Buy the spices whole and mix together and crush them but not to fine so it stays in your pouch. Over all this beer has great potential and taste great except for the orange in my opinion.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Droogle from One of the best My friends and I had tried a couple Mr Beers before but this was the first one with extra steps (using your own pumpkin, etc) so we we’re pretty stoked to try it. We followed the recipe pretty close, ended up using more puréed pumpkin just to account for the amount we would be able to scoop off the foil we covered the pan with. Result was absolutely amazing. We like pumpkin beer and this was on par with Elysian and Lakefront. Definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good pumpkin beer.
    Date published: 2018-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jess from One of the best beers we've ever tasted! My husband and I are new to Mr. Beer. This was only our second batch, and our first recipe. We love pumpkin-Octoberfest beers and were really excited to try this. On our first sip, our eyes widened and we both had the same thought--this was quite possibly one of the best beers we had ever tasted! We'd like to think it was our newfound brewing skills, but truthfully it was probably the recipe.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Stroomer420 from really good Made this back in march tried it after a couple months was ok just tried again for Christmas and was awesome.. Let this one sit and you'll be very happy..
    Date published: 2017-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by kmiller748 from best pumpkin beer out there If you like southern tier's Pumking you will love this brew it's as close as you can get!!
    Date published: 2017-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Weissbiergirl from Pumpkin Rising is a great brew kit! I'm very happy with Mr. Beer! I've been a Mr. Beer brewer for 15 years now!
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Poettt45 from Good Flavor I bought this recipe (Pumpkin Rising) in November, after calculating the time frame for the Super Bowl. It is done. The minimal time frames were only needed for the brewing and bottling process. Although I used glass bottles with some of my Mr Beer plastic bottles. I used the glass bottles before they worked perfectly yet a seal on one failed so it was wasted. SMH! The beer has great flavor had three bottles so far...I think I will only need one for the Super Bowl lol.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
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    Can I use a clean parchment paper lining in the pan to bake the pumpkin puree?

    Asked by: Boba6
    Parchment paper should be completely fine for this process (and save on clean-up too!).
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2023-08-07

    After you bake the pumpkin puree, do you use a blender to mix it with the spice?

    Asked by: smenear33
    You do not need to use a blender. Just mix them together lightly with a sanitized spoon. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-09-07

    Can I substitute pumpkin pie mix for the pumpkin puree?  Would the higher sugar content change the fermentation time?

    Asked by: Kilmer47
    The problem with pumpkin pie mix is that it contains ingredients that can thin out the beer and you would need to modify the spices added and sugar added. The increase in ABV would be too small to notice. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-09-01

    What size of the pan is recommended for baking the pumpkin puree?

    Asked by: Boba6

    Does the 10 oz involve with the weight of the pumpkin puree since I could take 5 oz of 15 can away with the sanitized spoon to get the 10 oz as needed for this 2 gallon batch?

    Asked by: Boba6
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