Today, I finally pulled the trigger and took a shot at a pumpkin cyser. Here is the recipe:
3 gal Apple Cider (pasteurized)
1 gal distilled water
12 lbs Clover Honey
15 oz Libby's Pumpkin (no additives)
2 lbs brown sugar
2.5 tsp pectin enzyme
5 tsp yeast nutrient
1 packet EC-1118 (hydrated)
4 Cinnamon Sticks
1 vanilla bean (whole)
First I boiled 1/2 gal of water, reduced to 170 F, and slowly dissolved the pumpkin while stirring.
Next, I sterilized the carboy, added the nutrient, enzyme and 2 gal cider.
Next, I removed must from heat, added honey and brown sugar slowly until dissolved.
Finally, added must and hydrated yeast to carboy. Topped off with cider to 5 gal.
OG: 1.51 (20.1% ABV).