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Old 08-23-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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Hey guys.. I am looking to make this recipe this weekend. Its a clone I found on here and on other sites of DFH's Punkin Ale.

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10 lbs pale 2 row malt
1 lbs Special Roast
1 lbs Crystal 60
2-large cans libbys pumpkin in the mash

1 lbs brown sugar @ 60 min
1 ounces Hallertauer @ 60 min
1 1/2 TBS PUMPKIN PIE SPICE, boil 15 minutes
1 tablet of whirlfloc @ 15 minutes
1 oz. Hallertauer finishing @ 5 minutes

Mash 60 mins at 152*

Wyeast American ale yeast

Has anyone else made it? Any additional info or pointers? My plan is to bake the canned pumpkin on a cookie sheet for about a hour at around 325. Let that cool to room temp then put it in when I start the mash. Figure I will do about 1.5qts per lb of grain and pumpkin. So assuming "large cans" are 28oz I figure 12lbs grain and 3.75lbs of pumpkin. That would give me close to 6 gallons of strike water. Would anyone suggest less? Should I just do 1.5qts per the 12lbs of grain? Any input or suggestions are welcomed!

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Old 08-24-2012, 05:22 AM   #2
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I haven't made the recipe you have here, but I do make a mean pumpkin ale once a year. I use a boatload of pumpkin in the mash, about 4lbs. Bake it at 350 for 30-45 mins at 350. I also include about 1lb in the boil. Whatever you do, make sure you put 1-1.5lbs of rice hulls prior to mash, or it will stick and/or run slower than molasses in winter. It took me just over 2 hours to sparge my last 11 gallon batch with only 1.5lbs in the entire mash.

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I have this in my primary right now. I haven't tasted a fermented sample yet, but I did sample the wort right before I pitched and it was amazing. I can't wait for this beer to be done. Gonna secondary it this weekend so I will get to sample as well.

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Old 08-24-2012, 11:25 AM   #4
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Haven't made it, but recipe looks great.

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Old 08-24-2012, 01:18 PM   #5
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Yeah I had planned to throw a couple handfuls of rice hulls in with the mash.

formula2fast, how much strike water did you use?

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Looks very similar to this recipe. I brewed this one last weekend so it's still got a few weeks to go, but it smells great. I used .75 lb of rice hulls and had no issues lautering or sparging. As for mash water volume, I was a little confused about this as well because most pumpkin ale recipes I have seen use more water in the mash then typical beers. I guess the idea is to compensate for the pumpkin in the mash. I used the water volume listed in this recipe and it worked fine.

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Looks very similar to this recipe. I brewed this one last weekend so it's still got a few weeks to go, but it smells great. I used .75 lb of rice hulls and had no issues lautering or sparging. As for sparge water volume, I was a little confused about this as well because most pumpkin ale recipes I have seen use more water in the mash then typical beers. I guess the idea is to compensate for the pumpkin in the mash. I used the water volume listed in this recipe and it worked fine.
Awesome.. I guess I didnt find this post because I wasnt putting "punkin" in for my search. That will help out a lot.. thanks!
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I made that exact recipe last season. It is a great beer, but it is alot heavier than most commercial examples of pumpkin ales. It is pretty close to being more of a higher ABV pumpkin stout.

If you want a lighter pumpkin ale that tastes like pumpkin pie, find one that is based on an amber ale base, like the Austin Home Brew, Midwest, or Northern Brewer pumpkin ale recipes.

If you are interested in a heavier beer that's malty, roasty, with a tinge of pumpkin profile, the DFH clone is a good heavier beer!

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I made that exact recipe last season. It is a great beer, but it is alot heavier than most commercial examples of pumpkin ales. It is pretty close to being more of a higher ABV pumpkin stout.

If you want a lighter pumpkin ale that tastes like pumpkin pie, find one that is based on an amber ale base, like the Austin Home Brew, Midwest, or Northern Brewer pumpkin ale recipes.

If you are interested in a heavier beer that's malty, roasty, with a tinge of pumpkin profile, the DFH clone is a good heavier beer!
I have made the Austin Homebrew ale version for the past couple years. I like it, but I am looking for something a little more bold so it sounds like this will be a great choice! Thanks!
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Is that 1.5 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice? My word, that's a lot. I'd take that down a bit, move it to 5 mins, and maybe reduce the last hallertau addition to .5oz.

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