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The Headless Horsemen Imperial Pumpkin Ale

276 calories 28 carbs
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Beer Stats
Method: Extract
Style: Holiday/Winter Special Spiced Beer
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 3 gallons
Efficiency: 70% (steeping grains only)
Source: Matt Socia
Calories: 276 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 28 g (Per 12oz)
Created Tuesday September 25th 2012
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
9.90 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Pilsen9.9 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Pilsen 35 2 67.6%
2 lb N/A - Pumpkin2 lb Pumpkin 1.75 13 13.7%
11.9 lb Total      
Steeping Grains
Amount Fermentable PPG °L Bill %
0.75 lb American - Caramel / Crystal 80L0.75 lb Caramel / Crystal 80L 33 80 5.1%
2 lb Belgian - Biscuit2 lb Biscuit 35 23 13.7%
Amount Variety Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
2 oz Magnum2 oz Magnum Hops Pellet 15 Boil 50 min 50%
2 oz Saaz2 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 8.7 Boil 10 min 50%
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Type Use Time
0.75 lb Turbinado Flavor Boil 1 hr.
0.25 lb Dark Brown Sugar Flavor Boil 1 hr.
0.75 tsp Ground Ginger Spice Boil 5 min.
3 each Cinnamon Sticks Spice Boil 5 min.
0.50 tsp Whole Cloves Spice Boil 5 min.
0.50 tsp Nutmeg Spice Boil 5 min.
0.50 oz Allspice Spice Boil 5 min.
1 each Vanilla Bean Vodka Solution Spice Secondary --
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Spice Secondary --
1 tsp Capella Water Soluble Graham Craker Extract Spice Secondary --
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
68 - 73 °F
Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator

Clean pumpkin and cut into small cubes. Bake for 45 mins. at 350F then mash and coat with honey. Bake for another 45 mins. at 350F. Let cool to 154F then add to steeping grains in a grain bag. Steep steeping grains and pumpkin at 150-160F for 30 mins. Remove steeping grain bag and rinse with 1 qt. of 160F water. Add extract and boil. Add hops/sugar/spice at times indicated. Cool and rack into primary. Ferment in primary for 1 week. Rack into secondary and add additional ingredients. Ferment in secondary for 1 week. Bottle and age for 2 weeks.

For vanilla vodka solution, add 2 vanilla beans to 4oz of vodka. Let sit for 2 weeks.

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  • Last Updated: 2013-02-06 19:09 UTC
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snoochkart 06/30/2013 at 06:29pm
Hi Matt, how was the graham cracker extract? I've read blogs where people have used 1 tsp as you did. Some loved it and others said it made the beer have a "metallic" taste. Wanted to get your thoughts as I'm going to brew a Pumpking clone myself.ThanksMark

System Account 12/10/2013 at 06:32pm
Hi Y'all... I made this and it was DELICIOUS!! It came in at almost 10% which was a surprise. Amazingly little alcohol burn flavor. This beer seemed over-the-top but I went for it and am SO glad I did. Learned something new... high-alcohol beers take a lot longer to bottle ferment. Good to know. Wish I had known it before because I assumed I had done something wrong and we drank about half of it semi-flat. Now, seven eight weeks later, it is perfect. SO worth the extra $$$ for all the ingredients. - ArchiBish

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