Co-written with H.O.P.S Chair Sara Bondioli
November was a busy month of events for the Homebrew Outreach and Participation Sisterhood (H.O.P.S). Not only did this sub-group of DC Homebrewers host another brew day, it also launched a speaker series to help build community among women in the DC area interested in homebrewing.
On Tuesday, November 12, a dozen women gathered in the Brewer’s Room at the downtown location of Capitol City Brewing Company to mingle, swap homebrew, and meet the inaugural guest speakers, Kristi Griner, director of brewing operations at Cap City, and Mari Rodela, community liaison and director of human resources at DC Brau. Attendees ranged in homebrewing experience, and a couple were on the verge of starting. Three different homebrewing clubs were represented, although most brewers were unaffiliated.
The evening started off with a chance to mingle and enjoy some of the Cap City beers, including the Pretty in Pink saison and Hoperation Pink IPA, two limited-edition collaboration beers brewed to raise awareness of breast cancer. Once everyone ordered food, the discussion began. Over the next hour and a half, we talked about a range of topics including being a woman in a predominantly male industry, the Pink Boots Society, the strange paths our careers make, the new Washington Brewer’s Guild, and how the local beer scene has changed over the years. Throughout the course of the conversation, we also cracked open and discussed the homebrew that attendees brought to share.
The following Saturday, November 16, H.O.P.S. hosted a group brew day at the home of Margie Noonan and Josh Haas. The event drew about 10 brewers, some of whom also attended the speaker session earlier in the week. We brewed Margie and Josh’s 2014 Legend of Pumpkin recipe as well as a parti-gyle from the second runnings, which we turned into an English bitter (learn more about parti-gyle brewing).
We started with about 21 pounds of grain, 4 pounds of roasted pumpkin and some roasted pumpkin seeds. We finished off the imperial with some Fuggles hops and spices. The original gravity was a little lower than expected at 1.085, but it should still turn out a hefty beer.
In the second runnings, we steeped some Munich and Crystal malt, as well as some flaked wheat. Then we added Fuggles hops at 60, 30, 15 and 5 minutes of the boil. To bump the gravity, we also added 1 pound of Pilsen Light DME to get an original gravity of 1.040. We pitched a starter of WLP007 (dry English ale yeast).
2014 Legend of Pumpkin – all-grain recipe
target mash temp – 154
mash duration – 45 min
18 lbs Pale 2-row malt
1 lb Munich 10 malt
1 lb Flaked oats
12 oz Crystal 20
4 oz Crystal 60
2 oz Crystal 120
3 oz Chocolate malt
6.1 oz toasted cracked pumpkin seeds
4 lbs roasted cubed pie pumpkin, roasted for 45 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit
1 lb rice hulls
9 AAU Fuggle (~25 IBU) – 60 min
1 tsp Irish moss – 15 min
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon – 10 min
1 tsp nutmeg – 10 min
3/4 tsp cloves – 10 min
3/4 tsp cardamom – 10 min
1/2 tsp ginger – 10 min
WLP001 2 L starter with nutrient booster
Target OG: 1.1+
Actual OG: 1.085 @ 5.25 gal