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Old 08-26-2009, 08:08 PM   #121
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I saw in the new Zymurgy that the winning pumpkin beer in the AHC was fermented with a Saison yeast. I have some WLP568 Saison Blend saved and am wondering how that would work with a nice pumpkin ale. A couple of judges obviously liked it in the AHC, so it can't be too horrible.

Any thoughts or experiences with Saison yeast in a pumpkin type beer? I may try this in the next couple weeks unless someone has had absolutely awful experiences with this combo.

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Old 08-26-2009, 08:13 PM   #122
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I like the choice of Mt. Hood, really think it will pair nice. That is, whatever comes through. Maybe throwing a late edition of .5 oz at 15 or 10 min would work out.

How are you going to handle your spice tea? What all goes into making that?

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Old 08-26-2009, 08:37 PM   #123
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I am most likely going to use equal parts cinnamon and pre-prepared Pumpkin Pie Spice mix at 5 minutes left in the boil. I haven't decided on the exact quantity of the two yet.

I am also going to add some brown sugar with 15 minutes left and a touch of pure vanilla extract after flameout for some added flavor complexity.

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Old 08-27-2009, 06:12 PM   #124
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So I read all of the posts in this thread and absorbed a lot of good info. I am really tempted to go with Jamil's recipe in BCS. One question I haven't seen answered, how much does mashed pumpkin add to the OG?

Has anyone calculated the difference between their calculated OG with grain alone, compared to the actual OG with the mashed pumpkin? Any estimates as to how many points 1 lb of pumpkin will add?

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:13 PM   #125
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So I read all of the posts in this thread and absorbed a lot of good info. I am really tempted to go with Jamil's recipe in BCS. One question I haven't seen answered, how much does mashed pumpkin add to the OG?

Has anyone calculated the difference between their calculated OG with grain alone, compared to the actual OG with the mashed pumpkin? Any estimates as to how many points 1 lb of pumpkin will add?

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In my recent batch, my predicted OG before pumpkin was 1.054 and my actual OG with pumkin was 1.054. So either it added nothing or I got lower than usual efficiency. I think it is the first. Don't expect much from the pumpkin.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:36 PM   #126
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Correct me if I am wrong (more than likely the case) but isn't pumpkin mainly startch? So that would effect the OG too much... Right???

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Old 08-27-2009, 09:07 PM   #127
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In my recent batch, my predicted OG before pumpkin was 1.054 and my actual OG with pumkin was 1.054. So either it added nothing or I got lower than usual efficiency. I think it is the first. Don't expect much from the pumpkin.
Personally, I got lower efficiency.

I have read that pumpkin provides 3-4 points per pound. I think, due to the way it ran off, My efficiency sucked. I think the "gumminess" of the mash worked against the rinsing of the grains.

For reference, I used 30oz of Pumpkin Pie Filling and 1# of Rice Hulls.

Expected 1.043 (without brown sugar)
Actual 1.039 (without brown sugar)
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:52 AM   #128
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Thanks for the info. It sounds like pumpkin almost works to lower the OG.

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Ditto, my anticipated OG was exactly what I got. I had hoped that mashing the pumpkin would give me a few extra points, but i guess it all comes out in the wash.

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Old 08-28-2009, 02:23 AM   #130
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Someone needs to use Kaiser's efficiency sheet for this brew. The missing pumpkin contribution should show up as an anomaly.

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