So, last night I was able to bottle both batches of beer. Doing it by myself sure takes some time!
The Pumpkin Ale is a bit weak in the pumpkin realm. It could really use more pumpkin presence. Guess that’s what I get for using a cheap pumpkin and not shopping around for the best pie pumpkin.
On the other hand, the chocolate stout is amazing! Rich, dark, full bodied and just a hint of dark chocolate flavor. Ooohhh, yeah! Gonna be a good winter with this beer on hand.
Final gravity for the pumpkin ale was 1.012, giving me a grand total alcohol by volume of 6.8%. Hmm…. that seems a bit high, especially for as little fermentation as I saw. Final on my stout was 1.016, for an alcohol by volume of 5%. This is wrong. I may have switched the initial gravities of the two.
Switching the initial gravities, I come up with the pumpkin ale being 5.5% alcohol, and the stout being 6.3%. I think I’m sticking with these figures. Next time I need to write down my initial gravities IMMEDIATELY, and not wait a day or two.