Halloween Party Keezer

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Alex Dropkin
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Halloween Party Keezer

Hello CHAOSers,

Steven Lane and I are hosting this year's Halloween Party, and there's a lot to get done in not that much time! One big thing to sort out is what we will do for the party keezer. For those of you that have never been to a CHAOS party before, every party we try to turn the keezer into a themed educational experience for our partygoers. It doesn't have to be boring, just six beers that, taken as a whole, teach people (and our brewers) about one aspect of brewing or recipes or ingredients.

Unless someone desperately wants to run the keezer this party, and has a really good idea, I am offering to do it. This is my thoughts on the keezer: deconstructed pumpkin pie spiced beers. Everyone knows pumpkin pie spice; some love it, some hate it. But people don't necessarily think about the individual flavors behind the blend. Clove, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. What if, for the keezer, we made five beers (and a sixth wildcard) that each showcase one of these spices?

I think that we could get really creative with this while also showing our partygoers that spiced beers can be nuanced and delicious. Not every pumpkin pie spiced beer has to be the traditional pumpkin beer, and there is so much room to work with here! IPA, saison, stout, lager, wheat beer would all be good styles to feature one of these spices, and you can also work in other flavors as long as the spice is the star, so to speak. For the sixth beer, someone could make a traditional pumpkin beer with pumpkin pie spice to see how the spice flavors come together, or the sixth beer could just use pumpkin as its special ingredient, to show that even though we all think of pumpkin pie spice as the main flavor of fall, pumpkin itself has a very different flavor and use on its own.

Thoughts? I will be in Costa Rica this next week but I would really like to get the whole project nailed down by the 28th so people can start brainstorming and brewing!

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The sixth could be a pumpkin

The sixth could be a pumpkin beer with all of them. I'll be brewing one either way, but if you want it for the keezer lmk.

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I'd be down to brew something

I'd be down to brew something for this for the party. My initial thought was a ginger saison with some rye in there to up the "spiciness" to help push it in the direction of recognizable as vaguely pumpkin pie like. A dry finishing beer to have on the keezer.

If not a saison something Belgian and using ginger and rye.

Alex Dropkin
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I think that is a fabulous

I think that is a fabulous idea. I will mark you down as taking ginger if we go with this keezer project!

Keith
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I'm going to chuck this in a

I'm going to chuck this in a fermentor in the next week to 10 days. It might take me a while to have it ferment out, and I'd rather have a beer and not have a use for it, then have an empty spot on the keezer I was supposed to fill. 

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I'll take cinnamon and do a

I'll take cinnamon and do a stout.

Alex Dropkin
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I’m going to make a roasted

I’m going to make a roasted carrot and allspice esb 

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I'm planning to make a cider

I'm planning to make a cider with bourbon soaked raisins. I could easily add nutmeg to it if you like.

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Is this full?

Is this full?

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According to sign up sheet...

According to sign up sheet.....clove is still available.

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OK, well, I'm not doing clove

OK, well, I'm not doing clove. I'll come up with something else, but if someone wants clove, go for it.

Alex Dropkin
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You can have allspice if you

You can have allspice if you’d like 

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I was thinking about the only

I was thinking about the only good part of pumpkin pie, the whipped cream.

Alex Dropkin
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Idk how a whipped cream beer

Idk how a whipped cream beer will come out but you're more than welcome to make it for the party 

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Idk how a whipped cream beer

Idk how a whipped cream beer will come out but you're more than welcome to make it for the party 

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OK, I'm in. It will be a

OK, I'm in. It will be a whipped cream NEIPA. A fluffy NEIPA with vanilla beans and lactose.

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Well played.

Well played.

Alex Dropkin
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Wait Rich lol the last beer

Wait Rich lol the last beer for the keezer has gotta be a clove beer

Alex Dropkin
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I'm saying make yours for

I'm saying make yours for tent city

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No, that kind of defeats the

No, that kind of defeats the purpose. I'll take it off.