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Old 09-12-2011, 01:14 AM   #1
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Tis the season to be brewing up some nice fall themed beer! I'm going to be trying my first Pumpkin Ale this week (probably Tuesday since I don't have enough dry malt extract to get my yeast starter going tonight). Anyway, I wanted some input from you guys who have made pumpkin beers before about my recipe. Please let me know what you think!

6 Gallon Batch, ~80% efficiency
Grain
10.2 lbs 2-Row
1 lbs Crystal 60L
0.5 lbs Special Roast
1 lbs Brown Sugar (in the boil at 60 mins)

Hops
1 oz Northern Brewer 60 mins
1 oz Fuggles 15 mins

Special Ingredients
1 tbs of Pumpkin Pie Spice at 5 mins and another 0.5 tbs of Pumpkin Pie Spice at 0 mins
2 8 oz Cans of Organic Pure Pumpkin Puree in the Mash Tun with 0.5 lbs of Rice Hulls

Yeast WLP002 English Ale

I collected 7.5 gallons of wort for a Pre-boil gravity of 1.052 and ended up with 6.25 gallons after the boil with a gravity of 1.059
I think next time a 75 min boil would be helpful to hit my target gravity a little closer

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Old 09-12-2011, 01:30 AM   #2
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is special roast the same thing as special b? if so, that sounds like a bit much, but otherwise looks solid

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Old 09-12-2011, 01:37 AM   #3
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I would cut back on your late addition hops some and the special roast.Maybe add up to a tblsp of spice @30 min.

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I don't think it's the same as Special B because Special Roast is only 50L and Special B is typically 140L or so.
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I would cut back on your late addition hops some and the special roast.Maybe add up to a tblsp of spice @30 min.
So maybe use only 0.75lbs of Special Roast and maybe only 0.5-0.75 oz of the 2 late hops?
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I didn't really look at the hop schedule. with the new information that for me about special roast, i'd keep it the same. I would however take out the 5 minute addition entirely

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Maybe .5 special roast, you do know its commonly in nut browns,porters probably stouts also?Personally i would try special b its used in abbey ales which seems more fitting. It is a carmel malt so you would use less 60, really i would use some of both. Unless you are going for a brown type pumpkin with the special roast in that case it seems like it would be lacking something.
I wouldnt go by the color special roast is going to give you a lot roastedness although special b isnt probably used in very big amounts either.

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Would I be better off just using Amber instead of the Special Roast or adding some of both? I'm really looking for a dark orange color and lots of caramel flavor/aroma to compliment the brown sugar and spices.

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I think you're grain bill will be fine where it is for all of that. maybe half a pound of crystal 80 might be good if you want to add a little something else

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I always use 4 15oz cans of organic pumpkin puree and then roast for an hour in the oven at 350 degrees. Use 1 lb of rice hulls and never had a stuck sparge. With that being said the pumpkin I could take it or leave it. Ive brewed the same beer with and without the pumpkin. No noticable difference other than color. The Spice mix is what could make or break the beer. Commerical Spice mixes have a lot of ginger so beware.

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