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Will-o-Wisp Autumn Ale (no pumpkin)

Brewed: 10/23/2022   Kegged: 11/05/2022

AutumnAle.jpgAutumn of 2022, my wife (aka the SheppyBrew Beer Model) told me she didn't really want to brew a Pumpkin Ale this year. I didn't really ask why, but I suspect that she didn't want me nagging her in 2023 to finish up the beer.

Seriously, the last time we brewed the pumpkin beer, we had it on tap from the end of September until the following MARCH!

She just doesn't drink enough to go through a whole five gallons.

For quite some time, I've been thinking that the beer would be better with just the base. No pumpkin and (more importantly) no spices.

Another advantage of doing just the base is that we could make a pumpkin spice tincture and add it "on demand" if she really wanted a pumpkin spice beer.

Win / win.

So ... this is the recipe we brewed. Since I really like the name, I kept it on the non-pumpkin beer.

It's my beer. I can call it what I want. If you brew your own non-pumpkin Autumn Ale, you can call it what you want.

For more information on Will-o-Wisp, see Sheppy's Blog: Will-o-Wisp.

Will-o'-Wisp Autumn Ale --- Batch 1 (322)

Style American Brown Ale Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.054 SG Estimated FG 1.014 SG
Recipe Bitterness 28.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.3 %
BU : GU   0.519        
Recipe Color 18.5 SRM
Measured OG:    1.053   Measured FG:   1.013 
ADF:    74.6   Measured ABV:   5.3 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.96 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
6.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
2.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
0.50 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 5 - -
9 lbs 4.0 oz Golden Promise (Simpsons) (2.0 SRM) Grain 6 78.7 % 0.72 gal
2 lbs 4.0 oz Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 7 19.1 % 0.18 gal
2.0 oz Midnight Wheat Malt (550.0 SRM) Grain 8 1.1 % 0.01 gal
2.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 9 1.1 % 0.01 gal
0.500 oz Nugget [15.20 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 10 28.0 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 11 - -
1.0 pkg SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) [23.66 ml] Yeast 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.84 qt of water at 158.7 F 152.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 158.0 F over 10 min 158.0 F 15 min
Mash Out Heat to 170.0 F over 7 min 170.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Brewing salts in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Acid addition to bring calculated pH around 5.4
Mash grains as directed.
Boil as directed. Cool to as close to 60 degrees as possble.
Hold low temperature for first 24 - 48 hours of fermentation, allowing to raise where it wants after that.
Ferment 2 weeks. Keg and carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.049 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
10/14/2022 esheppy
Bought ingredients yesterday from Brew Hut. Brew day (probably) Sunday.
10/22/2022 esheppy
Prepped the water. Brew day tomorrow.
10/23/2022 esheppy
Brew day started at 4:30. Chilling before 8. 1.053 OG. Showered and out for bike ride before 9:30.
10/24/2022 esheppy
Bubbling away this morning. Temp strip says 64. No tilt for this batch.
10/25/2022 esheppy
Kraussen has fallen already. Still bubbling away. Temp strip says 72.
11/05/2022 esheppy
Kegged today. 1.013 FG, which is pretty close to plan 😋 5.3% abv. Sample tasted exactly as I want this beer. Can't wait to drink.
11/09/2022 esheppy
I had forgotten that I had this under pressure. Turned off the gas. Poured a sample glass with Lots of cascading foam. Didn't take too long to get to nice level, so I think it isn't too overly carbonated. Still tastes wonderful.
11/20/2022 esheppy
Yummy and beautiful.
12/01/2022 esheppy
Nice Autumn beer, but I think I'd really like it year-round. Smooth, medium bodied. Beautiful dark brown color. Notes of chocolate and caramel. Nice that it isn't real high in alcohol.
12/16/2022 esheppy
12/20/2022 esheppy
Killed the keg. Nice while it lasted. Made room for the X-Mas Ale in the keggerator.
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