Pumpkin Weissbier

Pumpkin Weissbier is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 10.
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Spookily good, this refreshing weissbier will remind you of everything good about fall. Much like the colors changing with the season, this brew will change in flavor both over the course of the conditioning period, and over the course of drinking a bottle as the brew begins to warm up. Take time to experience the complexities of this fantastic beer while admiring the changing foliage.

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    What You Get

    1 Bavarian Weissbier Brewing Extract (HME)

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

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Golden

    1 Hop Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    10oz Pumpkin Puree

    1 Tbsp. Mulling Spices

    For Fans Of

    Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat

    Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Wheat

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Fruity

    Original Gravity: 1.044

    Final Gravity: 1.011

    ABV: 4.5%

    SRM: (Color): 3

    IBU: (Bitterness): 19


    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, then place the unopened can and
    BrewMax LME in hot tap water. 

    2. Add 1 Tbsp. of Mulling Spices to your hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material.

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this to a boil, add in your
    hop sack with the mulling spices, then remove from heat.

    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir
    until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort. 

    5. 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.The add 10oz of Pumpkin Puree into the fermenter. 

    6. 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). 

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

    8. Sprinkle the 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 2 out of 5 by Davz13 from Needs a second hop sack Taste is like a mix between pumpkin and apple cider, but the spices seem off. There should probably be 2 Muslin Hops Sacks in this (there is only 1 included; for the spices. the should be a second for the pumpkin); the pumpkin puree had waaaay too much sediment floating on top. I tried a cold crash, but there was too too much puree that got into the final few bottles. I even used a strainer, but still too much while bottling the last ones. This produced about 3/4 of what a normal refill/recipe produces.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Brian from Can't wait to make it again This is the first pumpkin beer that I have ever liked. My only problem is that I didn't do a secondary fermintation. The last 6 bottles (12 oz) have quite a bit of sediment in them, but that is partially because a friend of mine was "helping". The first ones are very clean. Anyway, a secondary fermintation will make for a much clearer product on the final bottles. Definately will be doing this one again.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Liddy Boys from One of My Favorites This is what a Wheat Beer tastes like, smooth, drinkable and refreshing. The spice was not prevalent. But if I continue extraxt brewing, I'll do it again.
    Date published: 2018-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Irish Brewer from Pumpkin winner This beer is fantastic. The suggested lagering time is 2 - 4 weeks, I had to try this one and my lagering time was 2 weeks. Great tasting beer and a couple ofmy friends gave it a try and they even liked this one. I am letting the other 5 lager at least 2 more weeks to see if there is much of a difference. The only thing I did different from the directions was instead of 10 ozs of pumpkin, I did 12
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike84 from Loved it! I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers, but this one really hit the spot. It had a light, but diverse flavor to it without being too "pumpkin-y" or overloaded with cinnamon. I caramelized the pumpkin before adding it to the wort (I read somewhere it helps bring out the flavor). I plan on doing this one again next fall, but I might add a yeast strain that's designed for wheat beers.
    Date published: 2016-01-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by Boss from All Pumpkin, Little Beer I followed the directions to the letter and when I bottled I lost out on 2 1-2 16 oz bottles because of all the pumpkin puree that went into the bottles. It is a good tasting beer as long as you like mulled drinks. Really disappointed in the amount of beer I didn't get.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by JimboG from Pumpkin Weissbier I couldn't find Mulling Spice, so I made my own from an internet recipe and added canned pumpkin. The beer wasn't as flavorful as I expected, though with that said, everyone I shared it with liked it. I'll brew it again.
    Date published: 2018-01-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Brewbob from Pumpkin weissbier. Don t expect to drink it after two weeks of carbonation. It s good with time.
    Date published: 2020-09-25
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