Punkin Lager

Punkin Lager is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24.
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Enjoy the crisp and rebellious taste of this festive lager. It's like drinking the very best things about a delicious pumpkin pie, but in beer form. Win win!

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    What You Get

    1 Oktoberfest Lager 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

    8oz. Pumpkin Puree

    1 Tbsp. Mulling Spices

    For Fans Of

    Lakefront Brewing Pumpkin Lager

    DuClaw Brewing 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Fruity

    Original Gravity: 1.042

    Final Gravity: 1.006

    ABV: 4.8%

    SRM: (Color): 11

    IBU: (Bitterness): 21


    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 the 1Tbsp. of mulling spices to your hop sack, tie closed and trim away excess material.

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

    4. Open the can of Brewing Extract, 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. Then add 8oz. of Pumpkin Puree to the keg using
    your sanitized spoon.

    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 70° and 78° F (21°-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 5 out of 5 by MightyKTC from Excellent! I subbed pumpkin spice for mulling spice. 3 weeks fermenting, 4 weeks conditioned. Really tasty -- better than most mid-priced pumpkin beers you'll buy in a store, imo. The pumpkin taste is not overwhelming -- it really tastes more like an oktoberfest with just a bit of cinnamon/pumpkin spice kick to it. A few particles floating at the bottom, but otherwise a very dark amber with perfect carbonation. I would recommend cold crashing 1-3 days before bottling to reduce the amount of trub. Some of the ones I bottled had a little too many floating particles for my preference -- didn't affect the taste of the beer, but was just too many floaters! :)
    Date published: 2016-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by LBK from Yes it tastes like Pumkin Pie Like others that have commented I used Pumkin Pie spice instead of mulling spices. I also used a tad more Pumkin Pie puree than the reciepe (maybe an ounce more as the can I bought was more than what the receipe called for so I just eyeballed it). I wasn't expecting much pumkin pie flavor put this had it in spades. My girlfriend enjoyed it and she doesn't usually like my Mr. Beer (she is more of a light beer person). I did however condition this one for a full 3 months and it is the longest I have ever conditioned my beers (usually 4-5 weeks tops). It was VERY mellowed out at the end of the three months.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Picoc57 from Great Holiday Beer. This was an easy beer to brew. Conditioning time is longer than I expected. So plan accordingly, if you want it ready for Thanksgiving brew it in mid-September. The color was a beautiful yellowish gold, clarity was good, head retention average, lacing was average. It had a very pleasant taste, not over powering at all. I had a pumpkin lager at our local micro brewery and it was awful! I was worried this was the same, but even with the shortened conditioning time I was really pleased at the outcome, it will only get better as it conditions.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by ArielMicheline from Easy Brew I brewed a double batch of this with the hope of having a really nice fall beer for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The flavor is nice, even though it's still really undeveloped a week after carbonating. I enjoy the citrus and clove flavors the mulling spices provided. I would suggest to future brewers to add some pumpkin pie spice and some brown sugar as well as the mulling spices. The pumpkin flavor is nice and it's not overwhelming. I will definitely brew this again next fall.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Jamel from Sleepy Hallow This is a really nice fresh beer. I like it a lot. I follow the suggestions of the other guys on here and used pumpkin pie spice instead of mulling spice. What I will do the nice time is use some brown sugar to give it some sweetness to the beer. Cheers
    Date published: 2015-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by bulldog126 from One of my favorites I've made this several times, sticking to the exact recipe but with pumpkin spice instead of mulling spice. It's a sturdy bold beer just right for fall. Just enough pumpkin to make it good and not sickening. It's one of my favs.
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by tree from best beer yet This was by far the best beer I have made yet. It just wasn't enough. Next time I am ordering three kits
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by GeneT from first punkin lager. I didn't get the recipe with the order so I just brewed the Octoberfest lager as it came. It is ready to taste today and will probably be bottled tomorrow. We will have to wait another 3 weeks to give it the taste test. Meanwhile my Imperial Red Ale was ready last week and I am having problems saving some to age a little longer. Oh well, I still have 2 bottles of Bewitched Amber Ale aging.
    Date published: 2017-12-29
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