If you're like most craft brewers, you're always looking for tips on how to brew some tasty fall ales. As temperatures get cooler and leaves start to fall with the arrival of autumn, there are plenty of flavorful, hearty home brewing recipes you can create once you find some inspiration. Here are some of them.

Pumpkin Beer
Nothing says fall like the hint of pumpkin on the tongue. Recipes falling within this category usually include orange gourds coupled with a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. If you're planning to whip up some pumpkin beer, consider these tips:

  • • Opt for pie or Cinderella pumpkins (rather than leftover jack-o-lanterns since hallow pumpkins have very little flavor).
  • • Canned pumpkin is fine as you avoid products that have other preservatives, in addition to the pumpkin.
  • • Pumpkin pie "mix" or "filling" have more spices than actual pumpkin, so skip those and add your own spices according to your preferences.
  • • Pumpkin flavor can have a hard time coming through in base styles with rich flavors, so consider using a blend of spices to simulate the pumpkin flavor instead.
  • • Although usually added before being racked into primary, pumpkin can be added at any point in the brewing process.
  • • Spices are typically added towards the end of the brewing process to retain as much flavor as possible.


Oktoberfest Beers
Another option for fall craft beers is the malty dark lagers (Marzens) that are characteristic of Oktoberfest celebrations. To create your own, start with a basic Helles recipe. Kick the base malt up to a gravity of 1.055-1.060. Just add some more bittering hops to make up for the added base malt boost.

Some Other Autumn Flavors Worth Considering
Maple is always a popular craft brew ingredient in the fall. The uniquely robust autumn flavor can be achieved by mixing maple syrup (fresh, if possible) with yams, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with your yeast of choice. Light sour flavors and caramel are equally satisfying fall flavors that can make a tasty craft beer perfect for soothing a fall chill.

No home brewing recipe is set in stone. You can always stock up on supplies and equipment, from stores like The Brewmeister, and take a stab at enhancing some of your favorite fall recipes while incorporating some of the above tips into your brewing process. Or you can start from scratch and craft your own unique brew for fall based on your own seasonal cravings.


BEER RECIPES, beerandbrewing.com

12 great craft beers for the fall, kplr11.com