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Old 03-09-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default Pumpkin Ale when Pumpkins are out of Season?

Hey friends,

I'm wanting to brew a pumpkin ale recipe that I picked up from my LBHS. Problem is, everywhere I go to or call says that "solid pack pumpkin" (comes in a can) is out of season.

My question is, have any of you used pumpkin pie spice instead? Its made up of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.

Here is the partial-mash recipe I'm going off of:

Batch Size: 5G
OG: 1.060
FG: 1.015
Mash Time: 45 Min @ 170

(Grain Bill)
English 60L 8.00 oz 6.5 % 3.7
German Carafa II 4.00 oz 3.2 % 9.2
Belgian Aromatic Malt 4.00 oz 3.2 % 0.9
Belgian Pilsen Malt 4.00 oz 3.2 % 0.0
Solid Pack Pumpkin (in partial mash) 26.00 oz

(Extracts)
Extract - Light Dried Malt Extract 5lb 0oz 64.5 % 2.8
Sugar - Corn Sugar/Dextrose (Dry) 1lb 0oz 12.9 % 0.0
Sugar - Lactose 8.00 oz 6.5 % 0.0

(Hopping Schedule)
US Willamette 5.9 % 1.00 oz 28.1 60 Min
Styrian Goldings 3.1 % 1.00 oz 14.7 60 Min
US Cascade 5.4 % 0.50 oz 0.0 0 Min

(Adjuncts)
Chinese 5 Spice 2 tablespoon 15 Min
Allspice .25 teaspoon 15 Min
Molasses 1 oz (liquid) 15 Min

(Finings)
Irish Moss 1 teaspoon 20 Min

(Yeast)
#3522 Belgian Ardennes

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Its canned pumpkin. Its in EVERY grocery store go to the pie filling isle. Make sure you don't get the one with additional ingredients. Someone gave you some wrong info. Canned food is never out of season.

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Its canned pumpkin. Its in EVERY grocery store go to the pie filling isle. Make sure you don't get the one with additional ingredients. Someone gave you some wrong info. Canned food is never out of season.
I wish it were that easy. According to every grocery store in the area (Los Angeles, CA) there is currently a shortage of it and I can't find it anywhere.

I agree...sounded weird to me at first and thought I got wrong info since its canned.

Maybe I could order some online?
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There was a shortage of pumpkins last year due to flooding in certain parts of the country, so canned pumpkins can be hard to find some places.

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Better bet would be to find somebody that bakes. They probably have a few extra cans in their pantry. I know that I always have a few on hand. Ordering online just sounds silly especially since shipping would cost most then the ingredients.

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There was a shortage of pumpkins last year due to flooding in certain parts of the country, so canned pumpkins can be hard to find some places.
ahhh...just found this article in LA Times: http://tinyurl.com/y9gug7f
says that it won't be available until August, 2010

mosquitocontrol - great idea on finding somebody that bakes...another good reason to call my grandma up. I'm sure she's got a treasure trove of the stuff.

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If you really want to buy it via shipping
http://www.amazon.com/Farmers-Market...8158202&sr=8-1

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I have heard that Sweat Potatoes work just as well. Same color.

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hopefully you can find it w/o buying online. when me and my brew buddy went to brew up pumpkin beers this fall, I went to at least 7 different stores before I could find it due to the shortage, and this is when it was in season. thought we were canceling brew day for a while. i seached ebay quick and found some of the small 16oz libby cans for $10! -Some people are f'ing crooks.

the last place i seen the canned pumpkin was in some sort of pumpkin bread kit at one of the local grocery stores, it had a 16oz can of pure pumpkin in it. check out the entire baking dept and don't be afraid to check out the lesser shopped stores.

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I have heard that Sweat Potatoes work just as well. Same color.
Butternut squash is another good option, any other squash could be interesting as well (its not like you get a lot of "pumpkin" character in a pumpkin beer anyway).
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